Reading ➷ Unrelenting Author George H. Morris – Writerscompany.co.uk
Despite its apparently imposing length, I breezed through this book in a few days and have gone back to re read many passages already Some of my favorite anecdotes involve accepted teaching practices when the young George was just beginning to ride during those less litigious times, it wasn t unusual to have young preteens sailing over 4 foot courses, like George did on one of his first horses Flying Banners as well as tales of showing in Madison Square Garden when spectators attended in mink coats and top hat and tails I loved the story about how George, then a trainer, decided to hit the New York City nightlife the evening before the Maclay only to find the student who he was coaching had a similar idea George with his co author is brilliant in describing the temperament of the horses he rode and trained Sinjon, of course, and also Rio a horse so hot and sensitive he would go to pieces if his rider had change rattling in his pocket , and the ill fated Royal Kaliber George s philosophy and method clearly shines through, as well as his unapologetically fanatical dedication to excellence There are blurbs from some of the riders and other people in George s life who have known him through the Long, but such a good read for horse people It s nice to get to know the man after all the myth It is fascinating to read about the evolution of our sport across the last 60 years by a man who has seen it all and had such a commanding hand in shaping it I don t think anyone can argue that GHM is the most influential and revered man to ever put on a padlock boot.Despite that, I found his personal anecdotes self indulgent and the random tidbits exhaust The subject matter is interesting, but as many other reviewers have said it is rather poorly written The story is choppy and doesn t flow I definitely enjoyed the back story of so many riders and appreciate George s honesty If you love the hunter jumper world it is a great read. I feel like I sat down with George over a weekend of good food wine and heard only half his stories This book is amazing and should be read by all equestrians as we only hope to be this amazing Also my coach Dayton Gorsline equally interesting backstory needs to write a book like this Where do I get Took me a lot longer than I d have anticipated George Morris is one on my personal heroes a man who has done a great deal to change the sport of show jumping in the US into one that isn t just about winning and who can make their horse jump higher or faster or both, but one that centers on horsemanship and what s good for the horse and still achieve outstanding results I don t know why it took me so long to read about his life and profe Enjoyable book but I don t think non horse people would enjoy it at all, it is like a history of the sport with tons of big name people saying how great he is,etc That said, as a horse person I totally enjoyed the first 3 4 of the book before it started getting a little old. Amazing account of this man s life and his considerable influence over the world of horse showing and training This book, while being very informative and fascinating, isn t very well written. Before all my horse friends cry foul about a 4 start vs a 5 star rating, let me be clear in terms of horse information, George s life, the sport, changes in the sport, politics, back ground, gossip, inspiration and anything else that is relevant to the Hunter Jumper industry, this is a 5 star read I was inspired by parts, some things made me angry sad and all of it made me want to be a better rider trainer for the horses and the humans involved in the sport I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated George s candor about his life and came away with an even greater appreciation of his knowledge and experience, and insight into his private life, which was eye opening as well All of this made it a must read for me, and for anyone who claims to be interested in great riding and horsemanship That being said.The 4 stars is a reflection of the actual writing The book is long and, at times, scattered We are not all authors by birth, and, although he has a writer help with the information, it can be a cumbersome read it is, at times, captivating, and at other times, disjointed It is loaded with information, which is fantastic but, periodically, gets distracted It is delightful to hear George s voice in the re telling of the stories, but structure in the format may have helped to make the book readable It would not hit my read again criteria as a book but would as a manual about our sport So, 6 stars for the content 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 S Been In The Saddle He Has Represented Our Country As An Athlete And A Coach And, At One Time Or Another, Instructed Many Of Our 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 The Godlike George Morris, Beautifully Demonstrates His Ultimate Humanity.