I also agree to disagree with some of GM's things. I have seen plenty of "chubby" riders ride their butts off and do it very well. While I am traditional with the tack thing, I also don't think it should count against you as the color of your tack has nothing to do with how you ride. I just prefer brown.
I do want to touch lightly on how everyone is talking about how GM picks on people with dirty horses and tack. While I agree that he gets a little nutty with it, as someone mentioned before his thoughts come from the fact that a clean shiny horse is often an indication of a healthy and well cared for horse as well. As for the tack, if your tack is unkempt and dirty, it could be hiding flaws in the functionality of your tack that you might not miss if it wasn't caked with dirt and horse hair. Cleaning your tack regularly you become intimately familiar with every detail so if you notice a stitch that is loose or torn leather, etc....anything that could present a possible hazard when riding, it's better to notice while cleaning then to be riding and have something break and you get injured. I think that is what he is trying to drill at people about when he harps on those things. Being safe and treating your mount well is very important.
JJI, I don't think anyone was saying that ALL hunters are perchers, but just that it seems to be the case more and more, and not just in the hunter ring but I see a lot of jumpers in precarious positions on their horses too. I recently notcied that I jump ahead and I need to try to fix it but how do you fix it when your trainer does the same thing?
That pic of GM just aboe is interesting to me...in his Bill Cosby sweater, haha. About his release, let's not forget that this man is quite old, it looks like maybe he just needs a little more support because it looks like his right hand is on his horses neck? Just a guess but I'll be lucky if I'm still riding like that when I'm his age.