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Few people have impacted equestrian sports like George H. Morris. 

 

As one of the most distinguished American horsemen in equestrian history, Morris is universally considered the “Founding Father” of Hunt-Seat Equitation. Morris’ vast experience and depth of knowledge is legendary and spans decades.  He is an accomplished hunter/jumper rider, trainer, judge, chef d’equipe, and highly sought-after clinician.

 

Today, Morris’ primary focus is helping the current and next generation of equestrian athletes achieve competitive excellence on the world stage. Athletes interested in this lifetime opportunity should seize the chance to learn under a mentor who boasts such an unprecedented career.

 

Morris first made history when he won both the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals and the AHSA Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Finals in 1952.  He was only 14 years old, the youngest rider to, accomplish such a feat. 

Morris continued his success as a young adult representing the United States internationally. His team won the gold medal in the Pan American Games in 1959, and one year later he earned a team silver medal in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. 

 

His expertise as an international high-performance athlete and effective coach contributed to his appointment as Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, a position he held for eight years. During his tenure, the show jumping team, the United States captured the team gold medal at 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games as well as multiple Nations Cup victories. 

 

Morris went on to train numerous students at his famed Hunterdon Stables based in Pittstown, New Jersey. His pupils have amassed medals in several Olympic Games, Nations Cup wins, and top ribbons in the equitation finals. His former students continue to represent the United States at the highest levels of show jumping to this day.

 

An icon of the sport, Morris is known for his insistence on the basics, and the need for mastery of the fundamentals such as riding forward, on the aids, with contact, and in classical position.  Morris strenuously advocates all riders must have a driven work ethic, workmanlike attitude, and utilize modest attire and tack.

 

Today, Morris is on the USEF National Jumper Committee and Planning Committee, and serves as president of the United States Show Jumping Hall of Fame. When Morris is not on the road teaching, he is based in Wellington, Florida.

Photos By: Chicago Equestrian and Kenneth Kraus

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