If there is one name in the American equestrian story that everyone knows, it is George Morris – a horse lover, rider, carouser, competitor, taskmaster, dreamer, teacher, and visionary, George Morris has been ever-present on the rarified stage of the international riding elite for most of the 70 years he has been in the saddle. He has represented the USA as an athlete and a coach and, at one time or another, instructed many of the USA’s nation’s best horsemen and women. His carefully chosen, perfectly enunciated words are notoriously powerful. They can raise you up or cut you to the quick. His approval can be a rainmaker; his derision can end a career.
But as much as people know and respect (or, perhaps, fear) the public face of George Morris, he has lived, in other ways, a remarkably private life, keeping his own personal struggles with insecurity, with ambition, and with love behind closed doors. It is only now that he has chosen, in his own words, to share the totality of his life – the very public and the incredibly private – with the world. This engrossing autobiography, the real story of George Morris, beautifully demonstrates his ultimate humanity.
'A lot of people know George for his bark and they take him so seriously, but he has such a keen sense of humour and wit. Most people have never been around him like I have. I feel honoured to have a friendship with him.' Buck Brannaham, World-renowned horseman and star of the award-winning documentary, Buck
'Just knowing George is watching gives me a little bit of an edge. It's the immense respect I have for him.' Georgina Bloomberg
George H Morris is an American trainer and judge of horses and riders in the hunter/jumper disciplines. In 1952, at the age of 14, he won the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals and AHSA Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Final. Morris represented the USA in many international competitions as both a rider and coach. In 1959 his team won the gold medal in the Pan American Games and he won a team silver medal and placed fourth individually at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Morris rode on eight winning Nations Cup teams and his students have medaled in the 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. Morris acted as chef d’equipe for many winning teams, including the 2005 champions of the Samsung Super League and the gold medal team at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games. His previous titles include Morris’ Hunter Seat Equitation, George Morris Teaches Beginners to Ride, A Clinic for Instructors, Parents, and Students, The American Jumping Style, Because Every Round Counts, and Classical Riding with George H. Morris.
Karen Roberson Terry is a freelance writer. After growing up riding and showing on the east coast and outside Chicago, Karen spent several years in New York, which taught her how much she needed horses in her life. She continues to ride and show in the jumpers, along with the occasional trail ride.
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Sub Heading The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights, and My Pursuit of Excellence ISBN 9781570767104 Author George H Morris Binding Hardback Extent 242 x 165mm, 436 pages Illustrations 336 colour and black & white photographs Ebook No
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