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George Morris

George Morris
Jumpers • Equitation • Hunters

Considered one of the most influential riders and trainers in the equestrian sport, George’s career began as a precocious junior rider, winning both the AHSA Hunter Seat Medal Final and the ASPCA Maclay Final at the tender age of 14, the youngest rider ever to do so.  In international competition, he represented the United States on the gold medal-winning Pan American Games team in 1959 and on the silver medal-winning team at the 1960 Rome Olympics.  Between 1958 and 1960, he rode on eight winning Nations Cup teams and in later years served as Chef d’Equipe for numerous Nations Cup teams including as Co-Chef d’Equipe at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, where the U.S. won both the team and individual silver medals.  George also served as a Director of the former USET and as a member of its Executive and Show Jumping Committees.

George’s training successes include a “Who’s Who” of the United States’ top show jumping riders, figuring prominently in U.S. Olympic history.  At the 1984 Olympics, the gold medal-winning team included three former students, Conrad Homfeld, Leslie Burr-Howard and Melanie Smith Taylor.  The 1992 team included students Lisa Jacquin, Anne Kursinki and Norman Dello Joio.  IN 1996, George was assistant Chef d’Equipe of the silver medal Olympic team, which included former students Burr-Howard, Kursinski and Peter Leone.  At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, former student Chris Kappler won the individual silver medal and was a member of the gold medal-winning team.

He is a member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association Hunt Seat Equitation Task Force and is a member of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program Committee.  He is also a Member Emeritus of the United States Equestrian Federation Jumper Committee and a non-voting advisor of the High Performance Show Jumping Committee.

Bio Provided by USHJA

 

Geroge's Video Topics:


1959 National Horse Show

Enjoy some more nostalgic footage taken by Gordon Wright and narrated by George Morris. This time we step back in time to the pageantry of the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden during the days of “mink & manure.”

Running Time: 10 mintues and 48 seconds

1959 Pan American Games

USA’s Gold Medal win is captured here in another installment from our series narrated by George Morris and inspired by the priceless archival footage of Gordon Wright. The year is 1959 in Chicago’s historic Soldier Field and, as George will tell you, it was very, very hot...

Running Time: 10 minutes and 35 seconds

1960 Rome Olympics

Here’s another look back at some priceless archival footage taken by Gordon Wright and narrated by George Morris. This time we see our U.S. Show Jumping Team competing in the Rome Olympics for the silver medal.

Runtime: 4 minutes and 49 seconds

 

A Tribute to the Thoroughbred Sport Horse

A narrated video presentation celebrating the extraordinary contribution the Thoroughbred horse has made in all the jumping disciplines. Until the very recent past Thoroughbreds dominated North America’s competitive jumping scene with their superior athleticism, heart and jumping prowess. Their popularity sadly declined as warmbloods descended en masse upon the horse show industry beginning in the early 1980s. Thoroughbreds seemed to virtually disappear as seemingly “easy-going” warmbloods gained momentum and cachet. This video is a reminder that some of our most outstanding and beloved equine athletes of all time were proudly Thoroughbreds. Not only should we remember their profound influence, but applaud and encourage their reemergence into the mainstream of the equestrian sport.

Running Time: 37 minutes and 15 seconds

Dressage for Jumpers

A schooling session over fences with George Morris in the tack as he demonstrates his favorite dressage exercises as they apply to the jumping sport.

Running Time: 38 minutes

Dublin Horse Show 1960

George Morris takes us back in time narrating exceptional footage taken by Gordon Wright of our U.S. Equestrian Team competing at the Dublin Horse Show.

Running Time: 5 mintues and 58 seconds

European Show Jumping From the 1960s

Here's another priceless glimpse at show jumping history captured on film by Gordon Wright and narrated by George Morris. Legendary riders and horses from a bygone era compete at iconic venues across Europe from London to Aachen to Lucerne.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 31 seconds

George Morris Schooling Series: An Equitation School with Emma Kurtz

The George Morris Schooling Series Featuring Tori Colvin, McKayla Langmeier & Emma Kurtz

This is the final installment of our George Morris Schooling Series. The goal of this video series has been to spotlight the up and coming generation in the sport. We are sure to see these girls dominating the sport in the near future. This time we are proud to feature the very talented young equitation rider, Emma Kurtz. Aboard Clearway, Emma dials in perfect distances and shows off her sophisticated mastery of invisible aids, all the ingredients expected of champions in the equitation division.

Running Time: 23 minutes and 43 seconds

View Part One of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: Tori Colvin Schools a Jumper

View Part Two of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: Tori Colvin Schools a Hunter

View Part Three of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: McKayla Langmeier Schools a Jumper

George Morris Schooling Series: McKayla Langmeier Schools a Jumper

The George Morris Schooling Series Featuring Tori Colvin, McKayla Langmeier & Emma Kurtz

This is the third part in George Morris’ schooling series. This time he acts as mentor to the 2015 ASPCA Maclay Finals Champion, McKayla Langmeier, as she schools her talented jumper mount. We get to see how a top junior prepares for the show ring with sophisticated exercises on the flat and over fences.

Running Time: 19 minutes and 23 seconds

View Part One of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: Tori Colvin Schools a Jumper

View Part Two of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: Tori Colvin Schools a Hunter

View Part Four of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: An Equitation School with Emma Kurtz

George Morris Schooling Series: Tori Colvin Schools a Hunter

The George Morris Schooling Series Featuring Tori Colvin, McKayla Langmeier & Emma Kurtz

In part two of this series, George is ringside once again with Tori Colvin as she schools the beautiful 7 year old hunter, Style, who is currently showing in the  First Year Green Division. George reflects on the changes he has  witnessed through the years in the hunter ring, but ultimately, how the classical standards of the past are still being upheld by a new generation. With young genius hunter rider Tori in the tack, we get a  visual stamp of what assets are most prized in a hunter, namely the horse’s beauty, movement, jumping prowess and rhythmical cadence.

Running Time: 13 minutes and 24 seconds

View Part One of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: Tori Colvin Schools a Jumper

View Part Three of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: McKayla Langmeier Schools a Jumper

View Part Four of this series: George Morris Schooling Series: An Equitation School with Emma Kurtz

Get to know Tori Colvin in an in-depth interview: In the Spotlight Interview with Tori Colvin