In November of 2019 George H Morris was deemed by Safe Sport to be Permanently  prohibited from participating in any activities and competitions that USEF licenses, endorses, or sponsors due to allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. George Morris has no financial interests in the educational material he has presented or participated in on and we leave it up to the subscriber to view or not view his contributions.


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.

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George's Video Topics:

George Morris Schooling Series: Tori Colvin Schools a Jumper

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

In part one of this series, get an in-depth look at a typical day in the teaching life of George Morris as he helps rising equestrian stars hone their craft on super talented horses. In this episode, he is ringside while Tori Colvin expertly pilots the lovely chestnut jumper, Felina, through a meaningful schooling session. George holds court during this efficient, yet thorough lesson that incorporates fundamental flatwork & classical position with competitive jumper strategies.

Running time: 37 minutes and 37 seconds


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

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

George Morris Teaching And Training The American Way

Spend an hour with George Morris and his two demonstration riders, Cynthia Hankins and Darragh Kenny, illustrating the most fundamental aspects of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System.

This topic is broken down into 14 chapters. Total running time: 58 minutes and 28 seconds.

George Morris’ Key Steps to the Show Ring Part One

At the very top of the sport it takes a certain work ethic, where only perfect practice makes perfect. In this three part video series, George Morris takes his protege, Andrew Ramsay, and 7 year old “Jadalco” through the rigors of a flatwork program that incorporates cavaletti, gymnastic exercises and culminates in the show ring performance, where diligent homework speaks for itself.

Click here to view part two: George Morris’ Key Steps to the Show Ring Part Two

Running Time: 48 minutes and 28 seconds

George Morris’ Key Steps to the Show Ring Part Three

In part three of George’s three part video series, we see the quality round that is the outcome of horse & rider’s assiduous practice at home with flatwork, cavaletti, and gymnastics. George Morris narrates during their lovely trip in a 7 Year Old Classic in Wellington. Andrew Ramsay is in the irons, deftly piloting his Grand Prix jumper prospect, “Jadalco,” over this impressive course.

Click here to view part one: George Morris’ Key Steps to the Show Ring Part One

Click here to view part two: George Morris’ Key Steps to the Show Ring Part Two

Running Time: 2 minutes and 58 seconds

George Morris’ Key Steps to the Show Ring Part Two

In part two of George’s three part video series, he bridges the gap between the basic dressage flatwork of part one and the course work to follow at the horse show in part three, the outcome of which reflects their preparatory work. This topic focuses on just one of many classic gymnastic exercises that can be utilized at home as part of a program designed for show ring success. Andrew Ramsay is in the irons with his Grand Prix jumper prospect, “Jadalco,” illustrating the progress through the steps to the show ring.

Click here to view part one: George Morris’ Key Steps to the Show Ring Part One

Running Time: 26 minutes and 7 seconds

In the Spotlight Interview with Tori Colvin

Lets get to know Tori Colvin. As a kid she was a pony rider extraordinaire, now, all grown up,  she’s a hunter ring phenom, not to mention a Maclay finals winner as well as an up-and-coming Grand Prix hotshot. George Morris interviews his protegee while she tells us how she was introduced to the sport, how she’s been influenced along the way, and the Olympic goals she has her ears pricked towards.

Running Time: 8 minutes and 25 seconds

Pony Hunter Teams From 1961

Vintage footage of the Pony Hunter Teams in 1961. It starts with the selection trials at Devon and then goes on to the International Pony Competition in England. This priceless archival footage was filmed by Gordon Wright and is narrated by George Morris.

Running Time: 16 minutes and 48 seconds


Range of Motion Exercise with Introduction by George Morris

George Morris, in his introduction, talks about and clears up some of the frequently misconstrued points of position. Bernie elaborates on how to improve the functionality of your lower leg with his range of motion exercise.

Running Time:  11 minutes and 15 seconds

Roots of Forward Riding in America by George Morris

George Morris looks at how forward riding evolved in America. A style born of the melding of the French and Italian cavalry systems and influenced by the Thoroughbred horse. He describes how the forward riding system is focused on the leg instead of the seat and how it will always have a place in the show jumping sport.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 40 seconds

The American Jumping Derby 1976 - 1988

Here is another priceless look back at some archival footage filmed by Gordon Wright & narrated by George Morris. This time we get a glimpse of Mason Phelps' amazing production, the American Jumping Derby. This challenging and rugged derby brought the grit of European show jumping to the U.S. courtesy of Mr. Phelps. Held at his stunning family estate in Rhode Island, the Derby was truly a gem of the show jumping circuit from 1976 through 1988.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 49 seconds