Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
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George Morris Clinic Tips
George Morris Clinic
I posted earlier that I had entered in a George Morris Clinic in October.. Iím sooo happy and excited and canít wait!! I know a few people who will be in my group and Iím pretty confident that it will go really well. My horse has great form over fences, huge scopey jump, calm and no issues like stopping, running out, bucking exc exc. Some others in the group I think shouldnít be (1.10+ group and theyre showing at 2í6 )
Anyway, I read posts on here, CH forum and I read his books and articles in PH. So I kind of know what to expect but still need to know more about what will happen.
But I thought I would post on here to get your guys input on appropriate comments, explanations, what to expect and what to wear. And any extra advice you have. I donít have a 700$ helmetÖ But I donít think that ďnice turnoutĒ necessarily means expensive tack and clothes but I was still going to buy new Tailored Sportsman Breeches and a new long sleeve top/sweater to wear. I am going to this clinic to learn and take as much in as possible, I take riding very seriously so Iím not there to socialize with the other riders. I do have an injury to my left leg, I was in an accident and my left quad was basically ripped right off of my leg so this does make things harder but I donít want to use it as a crutch or excuse. So if it comes up as to why my left is weaker how much detail would I go into, or would it just be a quick ď I was in a car accidentĒ?
Itís a 2 day clinic and there will be around 8 riders in our group, itís a lot but 2 hours each day and heís done this before so Iím not worried that I wont get a lot out of it. I have heard though, unlike most clinicians that is you are at the bottom of the group in ability he will not spend the whole day on you, he will tell you to sit out, stop teaching you, or if you are really bad tell you to leave. I have also heard mixed stories about him, so many people say hes mean, he yells exc. But then others say they have a great experience with him and he was nothing like they expected.
To sum up I know:
BE ON TIME!!
Be able to do a short crest release, long, and automatic
Have spur and stick even if you donít need them
Be able to do posting trot and jump without stirrups for a long period of time
No see-saw hands, steady light contact
Have tack spotless and clean.
Be well turned out, workmanlike as he would say. I will get new breeches and a long sleeve shirt or sweater thatís fitted
Have horse well turned out. Lucky for me the clinic is in October so my horse will be have a full body clip
My horse is fit and good behaviour, no stop or running out from fences, she has great form, big scopey jump.
I have been training at a higher level than what the clinic is so there wonít be anything new
Donít change any tack ( example: Always ride in flash but take it off for the clinic, I don't do that - just a random example) but make sure itís all nice tack
.. Theres more but I'm not going to write out EVERYTHING
I donít know:
Do I change bits from the flat day and the jumping day ( I usually switch at home too ) Or will this bring on questions about my tack choices
Make up? No Make up? Even if its simple and light?
Iíve heard he doesnít like blondes, any input on this? Or urban legend
If he asks what my horse has done and what I have done what are the points that I should really make clear?
There is a breakfast and possible night dinner for riders ( not George ) like I said Iím not there to socialize, would it look bad on me to not go to the dinner/night out? Breakfast Iím okay with Iíll be on the property anyway but a night out when I have to ride the next day? No thanksÖ
Thatís all I can think ofÖ Any extra tips/advice would be greatly appreciated