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  • GM clinic- brave or foolhardy?

    I just signed up for the George Morris clinic in October (at Foxchase). So am I brave or foolhardy? Is he going to hold it against me for riding in an eventing saddle? (I have a flatter saddle, but it doesn;t fit that horse as well.) Is he going to hold it against me that my (dress) boots are too short? I'll be in the "3 foot plus" division.

    The clinics I have been too recently have had lots of useful exercises, but not a lot of criticism (constructive or otherwise). I figure I am ready to get a long list of "things I need to work on".

    (I think his comments about the Nations Cup team were deplorable, but I also think I owuld learn a lot at his clinic.)

    Anybody else going?
    Janet

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).
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    I just signed up for the George Morris clinic in October (at Foxchase). So am I brave or foolhardy? Is he going to hold it against me for riding in an eventing saddle? (I have a flatter saddle, but it doesn;t fit that horse as well.) Is he going to hold it against me that my (dress) boots are too short? I'll be in the "3 foot plus" division.

    The clinics I have been too recently have had lots of useful exercises, but not a lot of criticism (constructive or otherwise). I figure I am ready to get a long list of "things I need to work on".

    (I think his comments about the Nations Cup team were deplorable, but I also think I owuld learn a lot at his clinic.)

    Anybody else going?
    Janet

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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    • #3
      You'll definitely learn a lot. As for your saddle and boots....I really couldn't tell you, but I want to say that as long as they're clean, fits, and "functional", he really isn't going make a big deal out of it...if at all. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

      The yearly Hunterdon clinic info just arrived yesterday. I'll probably go on sunday as a spectator.
      "fighting stupidity; one step at a time" -- a wise COTHer

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      • #4
        I can't tell you for sure, but I've read and heard tons about GM. I agree with Jane; if your tack and boots are immaculate, and your horse is in good weight and well groomed, you shouldn't have a problem. I would think that a horseman as old-fashioned as GM wouldn't be swayed by the latest fashions as long as you're neat and tidy, and ESPECIALLY if you ride well. Have fun! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

        "Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow."

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        • #5
          Go for it, Janet. He's not my favorite person this week, but even I would sign up!

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          • #6
            Shorten your stirrups, ride with an automatic release (oops, you event [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] bet that part is already done!), make sure you wear a black velvet cap and use a white pad, and don't mention the AHSA, Samsung, Nations Cup or any of those other buzz words, and you should do fine.

            Only other thing I have heard is that if you are just comfortable at 3'6, you should not do the 3'6 clinic and so on...
            Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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              I am more than comfortable jumping 3'3" courses, and individual 3'6" fences. And the group is defined as "3' plus". The other groups are 2'6" to 3' and 2'3" to 2'6".
              Janet

              chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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              • #8
                Wish I were going! Don't worry about your boots or saddle. As long as they're clean, and you and your horse are super-tidy, you shouldn't have a problem. When I went for my lessons at Hunterdon, I took my old Collegiate saddle. It's definitely seen better days, but of course, it WAS spotless! I was worried that George would tell me to go out and buy a new one. During my lesson, he had to adjust my leg position (I had ridden dressage for a year and my leg got too far back). While he was there, he checked the girth...then asked, "What kind of saddle is that?" *gulp*...I said, "Collegiate." He said, "Okay. Let's fix your other leg," or something like that. WHEW! In hindsight, I wish he had turned to my mom and said, "No wonder this poor kid's leg is messed up! You need to go get her a new saddle!" [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] What I found, though, is that all he's really worried about is neatness and cleanliness. Make & model aren't that important, be it your saddles, boots, or breeches (I rode that lesson in my off-the-shelf Devon-Aire field boots and a hand-me-down pair of breeches my friend shrank.) So, go for it, good luck, and have fun!

                Sara [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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                • #9
                  I would love to take a clinic with him!!! I have admired him ever since I was a little girl!!!! I think it would be a chance of a lifetime!!

                  Barb [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
                  **BARB***

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                  • #10
                    good for u i really wont be as bad as u think im doing another one with him in a month or 2he is great and although critical it is very helpful

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                    • #11
                      I did a clinic with him last year and thought he was great...would do it again next year if he comes. You will learn a lot if you listen carefully and pay attention [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

                      If you want some tips and have access to Towerheads, LR Davidson rode an article (day by day) about participating in his clinics last year, with many helpful tips and an idea of what to expect. I believe it was written around Nov/Dec...anyway, I advise reading that before you go if you can, just so you'll be prepared...
                      -Megan

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                      • #12
                        <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DMK:
                        and don't mention the AHSA, Samsung, Nations Cup or any of those other buzz words, and you should do fine<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                        LOL! I don't think George needs to be reminded...wanna bet he'll bring it up somehow? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

                        Be prepared to do lots of flat work too....he's big into making the horses supple and soft. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
                        "fighting stupidity; one step at a time" -- a wise COTHer

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                        • #13
                          Libbyd16, I would love to do a GM clinic, could you tell me more about the one you are going to? You can email me, I think it is on my profile.
                          www.clospepe.com

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                          • #14
                            Chanda, GM is doing a clinic at The Oaks December 11th-13th. I think it's become an annual thing.

                            Hey LibbyD...I'm from Agoura Hills too! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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                            • #15
                              I audited George's clinic at Foxchase a couple of years ago and I wouldn't worry about any buzz words. The only time the participants talk is when asked a direct question and at the end of every session. He either asks what you have learned during the session or discusses with you what specifically you need to work on if you have a major issue. By the way he speaks to all the participants and from what I observed gets on everyone's horse at least once. He talked a great bit to those observing as well but there really wasn't time for conversation otherwise. He is strictly business. Definetly worth the money even if you can only audit.

                              Have fun and keep your eyes and ears open.

                              Oh yeah, if he asks what is the most important thing that anyone should ride with I will give you the answer he expects: YOUR BRAIN. Might earn you some brownie points. If your stirrups are different lengths and he asks why make sure you don't say your legs are uneven. He dislikes that answer. Someone said "I don't know" and he said "at least you didn't say your legs are uneven since that isn't possible".

                              Other than that he was funny, entertaining, informing and taught a lot. No snide comments that I have heard attributed to him in the past. If your turn out is conservative and tidy the issues you have raised will be irrelevant. Remember NO CHAPS. He hates those. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
                              \"The credit belongs to those people who are actually in the arena...who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy cause; who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, fail while daring greatly, so that their

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                              • #16
                                a few do's and don'ts~

                                definitely no chaps!! Breeches and tall boots (polish those boots), with a tucked in conservative shirt...if it is winter, be sure to layer or something instead of a bulky jacket- don't wear those. Also, he likes for everyone to have spurs and a crop, and of course, clean tack. Be polite and respectful, and don't ramble on and on if he asks you a question. And pay attention while the other riders are going, he expects you to learn from them too. That's all I can think of right now, hope it was helpful if you do the clinic [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
                                -Megan

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                                • #17
                                  Wish I was going, but I don't think George would come down to Alabama. Have a wounderful time!!!

                                  http://www.dmtc.com/dmtc98/Pedigree/ you can look up you Thoroughbred's Pedigree with photos 9 Genrations back!
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                                  "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher

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                                  • #18
                                    I took a clinic with him many many years ago. It was fantastic. I learned so much. No, he wasn't scary or mean. I was a beginner/int. rider at the time, and he really knew how to teach. My biggest suggestion would be to keep your ears open. At my clinic he had a microphone on, and some of his words got mumbled/jumbled. And let me just tell you it didn't go over well if you didn't correct the thing he was trying to say on the FIRST time!!!!!!!

                                    I am so relieved, I didn't miss month 4!!! This is month 4!
                                    My adventures as a working rider

                                    theworkingrider.blogspot.com

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                                    • #19
                                      Sounds like you picked the right group.

                                      A couple of suggestions.

                                      READ HIS BOOK - he might ask questions.

                                      Look neat and workmanlike. Boots, britches, shirt tucked in, hair up in hairnet, etc.

                                      LISTEN and do what he says and don't take criticism personally - sometimes he will use someone to make a "point" to the group.

                                      Make sure you are there on time and have your horse warmed up and listening to you.

                                      He often starts the group on the flat and will give orders like - working trot, volte (please tell me you know this), reverse, collect the trot, etc - you need to be prepared to execute! Sometimes he picks one person to lead the group so to speak - it's usually a rider he knows from previous clinics or whomever seems to be most on the ball that day.

                                      Have fun! you'll learn a lot I'm sure.

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                                      • #20
                                        Volte? I don't speak french!

                                        Use the Force.
                                        Man plans. God laughs.

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