November 2, 2011 Leave a comment
I consider the George Morris clinic I audited last fall to be one my top 5 equestrian experiences. He is an amazing horseman, period.
His emphasis on the importance of correct fundamentals -correct bend, working the horse over its back, suppling and use of the outside rein – also made an impression on me. Because in his sessions schooling high level jumpers, he talked about dressage a lot – directly and indirectly. Christy echos him when she says that dressage can improve any horse, and any rider. So does Liz, when she says that she wouldn’t be able to have Cloud out on the trails if she didn’t have the tools she acquired learning dressage.
Dressage – with its foundation in the cavalries of yore, and with its application in the jumper ring and elsewhere today – is about pinpoint, precision control of every aspect of the horse and rider. It’s about immediate response, and cultivating balance and power.
The video above, of George Morris having a fun ride on Catherine Haddad’s fantastic firecracker Winyamaro, is so fun to watch. Obviously, George knows his dressage and is an extremely sensitive and tuned-in rider. And Winyamaro is a fully fledged GP horse, and he’s a hot one, right up George’s alley. Piaffe, passage and a line of 16 one-tempis are no problem for George. I’d love to see him in a dressage ring! Who’s with me?
Catherine Haddad & Win hauling in a 74.8% in the Kur at last year’s World Cup:
George Morris suppling a horse (and doing quite a bit of basic dressage along the way)