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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 560 pages
  • 167.64 x 238.76 x 53.34mm | 1,133.98g
  • North Pomfret, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1570767106
  • 9781570767104
  • 246,808

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"Enlightening and inspiring. And insight into [Morris's] human failings--his struggles and doubts and worries--made for a much more complete picture of him than has ever been painted. ... An unprecedented look into the life of a legend."--The Chronicle of the Horse "Raw and real...well-written, thoughtful, and very thorough...So what are you waiting for?"--The Legal Equestrian

"Unrelenting lets you in on the beauty behind the beast."--Equine Journal

..".there's a description in the book that says 'the god like George Morris, ' and in the horse world he is God like and it's also a parody of himself but he's also still doing it, it's not like we're talking about someone from twenty years ago, this is a guy who is still out there coaching...it's amazing."--Horse Radio Network

"There are myriad old timey pictures and reading this book is a history lesson on horse showing in the United States. You can't go wrong with this book, and George's exploits will hold your interest for 560 pages."-- Saddle Seeks Horse

"This book is a must read for any serious student of the horse...A dedicated horseman who continues to serve and influence at an age where many are happy to hang up their boots."--St. Andrews Equestrian

"Morris' surprising candor shows us, at long last, all that has gone into the making of the man who is the most recognizable figure in the equestrian world."--Equisearch

"Over the course of a book which describes in detail 70+ years of an extremely full career, the reader is pushed and pulled by the stories we know, the George Morris stereotypes we've all come to expect, and the sometimes thrilling and unexpected revelations he makes about himself and others. ... [Hunter Seat Equitation and Unrelenting] are the 'how' and 'why' of perfection in our sport, and this story of one man's life will leave the reader deeply motivated to follow suit."--Horse Nation

"This compelling portrait of one of America's most renowned horsemen will appeal to anyone who is entranced with the horse-show circuit and high-society culture. Even readers who are less familiar with horses may enjoy the glimpse into life with the rich and famous."--Library Journal

"Knowing George is watching gives me a little bit of an edge. It's the immense respect I have for him."--Georgina Bloomberg, Team Bronze Medal, 2015 Pan American Games

"A lot of people know George for his bark and they take him so seriously, but he has such a keen sense of humor and wit. Most people have never been around him like I have. I feel honored to have a friendship with him."--Buck Brannaman, World-Renowned Horseman and Star of the Award-Winning Documentary BUCK

"George was a no-nonsense individual who shot from the hip and I liked that. What you saw was what you got."--Tab Hunter, Film and Television Star

"One of the few remaining, working teachers with true, in-depth knowledge of the great figures of the past...as well as the rising stars of the equestrian world's future."--Chris Kappler, Individual Silver and Team Gold Medalist, 2004 Olympics

"George helps you figure out how to be your absolute best. For him, there is no other way to be in life."--Anne Kursinski, Five-Time Olympian and Two-Time Silver Medalist

"George is such a competitor. When we're with George on a team, we are there to win."--Kent Farrington, Team Gold Medal, 2011 Pan American Games

"No matter what your endeavor might be, George fuels you to commit and keep high standards and be a winner."--John Madden, Owner, John Madden Sales

"Truly, George has much wisdom to offer and one would be daft to not listen to what he has to say."--Mark Phillips, Team Gold Medal, 1972 Olympics, Former Chef d'Equipe US Eventing Team

"In Unrelenting, [George Morris] reveals both the vulnerability and the strength that made him into the icon he is today. It is perhaps his bravest move yet."--Street to Stable "For a man widely known for his curmudgeonly sounding quips, he's more approachable and generous with his time than most. And there's nothing off limits for discussion." HorseNetwork.com, April 20, 2017 &#34Mark Rashid has, over the years, expanded his influence through his many bestselling books on horses, horse training, and ranch life. Now he&#39s joined forces with a team of actors and producers to bring his first novel, Out of the Wild, to the big screen." &#34I&#39m an avid reader, and my mom always sends me books, so when I have time, I always have a good book to read (yes, a book!). I have this romantic notion of carrying a paperback and reading it, so I haven&#39t gone electronic. I&#39m currently reading George Morris' Unrelenting. It&#39s amazing." Enlightening and inspiring. And insight into [Morris s] human failingshis struggles and doubts and worriesmade for a much more complete picture of him than has ever been painted. An unprecedented look into the life of a legend. The Chronicle of the Horse
Raw and realwell-written, thoughtful, and very thoroughSo what are you waiting for? The Legal Equestrian
Unrelenting lets you in on the beauty behind the beast. Equine Journal
there s a description in the book that says the god like George Morris, and in the horse world he is God like and it s also a parody of himself but he s also still doing it, it s not like we re talking about someone from twenty years ago, this is a guy who is still out there coachingit s amazing. Horse Radio Network
There are myriad old timey pictures and reading this book is a history lesson on horse showing in the United States. You can t go wrong with this book, and George s exploits will hold your interest for 560 pages. Saddle Seeks Horse
This book is a must read for any serious student of the horseA dedicated horseman who continues to serve and influence at an age where many are happy to hang up their boots. St. Andrews Equestrian
Morris surprising candor shows us, at long last, all that has gone into the making of the man who is the most recognizable figure in the equestrian world. Equisearch
Over the course of a book which describes in detail 70+ years of an extremely full career, the reader is pushed and pulled by the stories we know, the George Morris stereotypes we ve all come to expect, and the sometimes thrilling and unexpected revelations he makes about himself and others. [Hunter Seat Equitation and Unrelenting] are the how and why of perfection in our sport, and this story of one man s life will leave the reader deeply motivated to follow suit. Horse Nation
This compelling portrait of one of America s most renowned horsemen will appeal to anyone who is entranced with the horse-show circuit and high-society culture. Even readers who are less familiar with horses may enjoy the glimpse into life with the rich and famous. Library Journal
Knowing George is watching gives me a little bit of an edge. It s the immense respect I have for him. Georgina Bloomberg, Team Bronze Medal, 2015 Pan American Games
A lot of people know George for his bark and they take him so seriously, but he has such a keen sense of humor and wit. Most people have never been around him like I have. I feel honored to have a friendship with him. Buck Brannaman, World-Renowned Horseman and Star of the Award-Winning Documentary BUCK
George was a no-nonsense individual who shot from the hip and I liked that. What you saw was what you got. Tab Hunter, Film and Television Star
One of the few remaining, working teachers with true, in-depth knowledge of the great figures of the pastas well as the rising stars of the equestrian world s future. Chris Kappler, Individual Silver and Team Gold Medalist, 2004 Olympics
George helps you figure out how to be your absolute best. For him, there is no other way to be in life. Anne Kursinski, Five-Time Olympian and Two-Time Silver Medalist
"George is such a competitor. When we re with George on a team, we are there to win."Kent Farrington, Team Gold Medal, 2011 Pan American Games
"No matter what your endeavor might be, George fuels you to commit and keep high standards and be a winner."John Madden, Owner, John Madden Sales
"Truly, George has much wisdom to offer and one would be daft to not listen to what he has to say."Mark Phillips, Team Gold Medal, 1972 Olympics, Former Chef d'Equipe US Eventing Team
In Unrelenting, [George Morris] reveals both the vulnerability and the strength that made him into the icon he is today. It is perhaps his bravest move yet. Street to Stable
" "This compelling portrait of one of America's most renowned horsemen will appeal to anyone who is entranced with the horse-show circuit and high-society culture. Even readers who are less familiar with horses may enjoy the glimpse into life with the rich and famous." --"Library Journal"
Knowing George is watching gives me a little bit of an edge. It s the immense respect I have for him. Georgina Bloomberg, Team Bronze Medal, 2015 Pan American Games
A lot of people know George for his bark and they take him so seriously, but he has such a keen sense of humor and wit. Most people have never been around him like I have. I feel honored to have a friendship with him. Buck Brannaman, World-Renowned Horseman and Star of the Award-Winning Documentary BUCK
George was a no-nonsense individual who shot from the hip and I liked that. What you saw was what you got. Tab Hunter, Film and Television Star
One of the few remaining, working teachers with true, in-depth knowledge of the great figures of the pastas well as the rising stars of the equestrian world s future. Chris Kappler, Individual Silver and Team Gold Medalist, 2004 Olympics
George helps you figure out how to be your absolute best. For him, there is no other way to be in life. Anne Kursinski, Five-Time Olympian and Two-Time Silver Medalist
"George is such a competitor. When we re with George on a team, we are there to win."Kent Farrington, Team Gold Medal, 2011 Pan American Games
"No matter what your endeavor might be, George fuels you to commit and keep high standards and be a winner."John Madden, Owner, John Madden Sales
"Truly, George has much wisdom to offer and one would be daft to not listen to what he has to say."Mark Phillips, Team Gold Medal, 1972 Olympics, Former Chef d'Equipe US Eventing Team
In "Unrelenting," [George Morris] reveals both the vulnerability and the strength that made him into the icon he is today. It is perhaps his bravest move yet. Street to Stable
" Knowing George is watching gives me a little bit of an edge. It s the immense respect I have for him. Georgina Bloomberg, Team Bronze Medal, 2015 Pan American Games
A lot of people know George for his bark and they take him so seriously, but he has such a keen sense of humor and wit. Most people have never been around him like I have. I feel honored to have a friendship with him. Buck Brannaman, World-Renowned Horseman and Star of the Award-Winning Documentary BUCK
George was a no-nonsense individual who shot from the hip and I liked that. What you saw was what you got. Tab Hunter, Film and Television Star
One of the few remaining, working teachers with true, in-depth knowledge of the great figures of the pastas well as the rising stars of the equestrian world s future. Chris Kappler, Individual Silver and Team Gold Medalist, 2004 Olympics
George helps you figure out how to be your absolute best. For him, there is no other way to be in life. Anne Kursinski, Five-Time Olympian and Two-Time Silver Medalist
"George is such a competitor. When we re with George on a team, we are there to win."Kent Farrington, Team Gold Medal, 2011 Pan American Games
"No matter what your endeavor might be, George fuels you to commit and keep high standards and be a winner."John Madden, Owner, John Madden Sales
"Truly, George has much wisdom to offer and one would be daft to not listen to what he has to say."Mark Phillips, Team Gold Medal, 1972 Olympics, Former Chef d'Equipe US Eventing Team
In "Unrelenting," [George Morris] reveals both the vulnerability and the strength that made him into the icon he is today. It is perhaps his bravest move yet. Street to Stable"
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About George H. Morris

George H. Morris is an American trainer and judge of horses and riders in the hunter/jumper disciplines, and is considered a "founding father" of Hunt Seat Equitation. Morris began riding as a child. In 1952, at the remarkably young age of 14, he won the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals and AHSA Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Final at Madison Square Garden, making him the youngest rider to do so. He went on to train numerous riders at his Hunterdon Stables (located in Flemington, NJ), who won consistently on the East Coast. Morris has represented the United States 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 between 1958 and 1960. Morris' students have medaled in the 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. Morris has acted as chef d'equipe for numerous winning teams, including the 2005 champions of the Samsung Super League, the gold medal team at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games, and numerous team and individual medals in the World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games.

Morris' Hunter Seat Equitation, originally published in 1971 and now in its third edition, is often recognized as the definitive work on the subject, including 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. Morris also writes a very popular column in the monthly equestrian magazine Practical Horseman, entitled "Jumping Clinic," in which he critiques the jumping positions of photos which have been submitted by readers.

Mr. Morris resides in the heart of the USA show jumping scene in Wellington, Florida.

Karen Robertson Terry is a freelance writer and regulatory affairs manager in the pharmaceutical industry. After growing up riding and showing on the east coast and outside Chicago, Karen spent several years in New York City which, among other things, taught her how much she needed horses in her life. She now resides in Bend, Oregon and continues to ride and show in the jumpers, with the occasional trail ride in the Cascade Mountains.
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