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PoohLP 04-02-2010 05:21 PM

Giggling at most recent George Morris column
I love reading the George Morris columns in my Practical Horseman magazines. They are the first thing I read each month when my magazine comes and I really take a lot out of them.

But I do have to say that it really makes me giggle when every time he evaluates an eventer decked out in their gear, he can't help but make a dig at the "gaudy," colors that take away from showcasing the horse and then then, I guess to make up for it says something like, "but this pair is certainly color coordinated." Clearly, he is trying to say something nice, he just can't quite get there. :-P Sort of like my Grandmother talking about the latest trends in fashion or music.

Just thought I'd share my amusement and see if anyone else also enjoys reading GM try to complement something he clearly and unabashedly cares so little for.

gypsygirl 04-02-2010 08:53 PM

i think its hilarious !!!!

he always says that he likes how eventers care for their horses, but the hot pink outfits ? not so much... haha

PBritton2U 04-02-2010 09:12 PM

You know, rumor has it that he's mellowed a lot with age. I hope so. I was always scared to death of him at the shows.

Can't help but wonder what he would say if he ever turned his acerbic wit on the breed show "wenglish" riders. Even though I've moved to the dark side, I would still love to read THAT column. ROTFL.

Pam<-- a wenglish rider now.
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StormyBlues 04-02-2010 09:42 PM

OMG! LOVE HIM! lol He does take alot of digs at us, doesn't he? I don't think navy and hunter green are that bad... he'd hate me! My bright blue is, well bright! lol

gypsygirl 04-02-2010 09:46 PM

^^^ yeah hunter & navy are acceptable, bright blue may me too distracting !

MIEventer 04-02-2010 10:37 PM

I love GM and I watch him in person whenever he is in my area. Very knowledgeable, very experienced and he is who he is, for a reason.

I agree and disagree. I say let kids be kids and ride in whatever colors you want at low levels, but when you get to mid and upper levels, you have to be presentable, it is about the horse, not the colors. Respectful of the sport and the traditions.

It is ok to have colors here and there - regardless of what you choose. I couldn't care if you had hot pink, but don't make it appear on every single body part, tack part, equipment bearing thing you can have on yourself and your horse.

Instead of seeing a horse and rider going across course, you end up seeing a flippin' pilon cone galloping around instead.

I like colors, but I like them to be tactful. It isn't really about colors - it is about represntation of yourself, your horse, your coach, your team, your sport. Don't get me wrong, I love my navy and baby blue - but I try to not go overboard with it.

Try....that is......

Allison Finch 04-02-2010 11:37 PM

Yes, he has mellowed. He is now saying he is sorry that he promoted the crest releases so much. He seems to hate how they're being used today.

StormyBlues 04-03-2010 06:06 PM

That's why insted of doing hot pink and royal blue like I planned, I put black with it. I think it looks not to distracting, and plan on keeping my colors when I go up in the levels.

Yeah, he does say that he wishes he hadn't done so much with the crest release, and I agree. It's overused

MIEventer 04-04-2010 11:13 AM

Ok - I had to get this months issue because of the fear factor article in it and I had to see this critique.

Really - the horse/rider isn't that bad at all. Green pad, green long sleeved polo, green helmet cover and green gloves. That isn't as bad as I've seen before.

Green is a very traditional eventing color - but we usually see it toned down a bit. Green pad, green helmet cover, green tape over boots. Or white pad, green helmet cover, green tape over boots with matchin vest or something along those lines.

Don't forget - GM is a traditionalist hunter.

StormyBlues 04-04-2010 11:37 AM

That's true.... I think matching is the most important to me. I've seen riders out there with just a bunch of mismatched shades of colors and it's my top pet peave.... grrrrr.

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