Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My

Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My It is fascinating to read about the evolution of our sport across the last 60 years by a man who has seen it all and had such a commanding hand in shaping it I don t think anyone can argue that GHM is the most influential and revered man to ever put on a padlock boot.Despite that, I found his personal anecdotes self indulgent and the random tidbits exhausting He is muchconcise and to the point in his teaching than he is in his writing, and operates in his professional life withhumi It is fascinating to read about the evolution of our sport across the last 60 years by a man who has seen it all and had such a commanding hand in shaping it I don t think anyone can argue that GHM is the most influential and revered man to ever put on a padlock boot.Despite that, I found his personal anecdotes self indulgent and the random tidbits exhausting He is muchconcise and to the point in his teaching than he is in his writing, and operates in his professional life withhumility than he does in his account of it Overall, worth the read If there is one name in the American equestrian story that everyone knows, it is George MorrisA 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 theyears 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 careerBut 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 Before all my horse friends cry foul about a 4 start vs a 5 star rating, let me be clear in terms of horse information, George s life, the sport, changes in the sport, politics, back ground, gossip, inspiration and anything else that is relevant to the Hunter Jumper industry, this is a 5 star read I was inspired by parts, some things made me angry sad and all of it made me want to be a better rider trainer for the horses and the humans involved in the sport I thoroughly enjoyed and apprec Before all my horse friends cry foul about a 4 start vs a 5 star rating, let me be clear in terms of horse information, George s life, the sport, changes in the sport, politics, back ground, gossip, inspiration and anything else that is relevant to the Hunter Jumper industry, this is a 5 star read I was inspired by parts, some things made me angry sad and all of it made me want to be a better rider trainer for the horses and the humans involved in the sport I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated George s candor about his life and came away with an even greater appreciation of his knowledge and experience, andinsight into his private life, which was eye opening as well All of this made it a must read for me, and for anyone who claims to be interested in great riding and horsemanship That being said.The 4 stars is a reflection of the actual writing The book is long and, at times, scattered We are not all authors by birth, and, although he has a writer help with the information, it can be a cumbersome read it is, at times, captivating, and at other times, disjointed It is loaded with information, which is fantastic but, periodically, gets distracted It is delightful to hear George s voice in the re telling of the stories, butstructure in the format may have helped to make the bookreadable It would not hit my read again criteria as a book but would as a manual about our sport So, 6 stars for the content and the inspiration, 3 stars for the actual writing, settles me at a nice compromised, 4 star rating Pick it up and read it just be prepared for the long haul The subject matter is interesting, but as many other reviewers have said it is rather poorly written The story is choppy and doesn t flow I definitely enjoyed the back story of so many riders and appreciate George s honesty If you love the hunter jumper world it is a great read. Long, but such a good read for horse people It s nice to get to know the man after all the myth What a huge disappointment this book was First, the writing is terrible It reads like a teenager wrote it the ghost writer should be ashamed If I had a dollar for every exclamation point used, I could buy myself a fancy horse The chapters are long and disorganized There is so much name dropping maiden and married names that I just skimmed most of them.Second, Mr Morris revels in the fact that he s a hardass instructor who puts people in their place More than once he tells with glee What a huge disappointment this book was First, the writing is terrible It reads like a teenager wrote it the ghost writer should be ashamed If I had a dollar for every exclamation point used, I could buy myself a fancy horse The chapters are long and disorganized There is so much name dropping maiden and married names that I just skimmed most of them.Second, Mr Morris revels in the fact that he s a hardass instructor who puts people in their place More than once he tells with glee how he put students in danger to prove his point Some of those students got hurt Some of the horses got hurt That s not good horsemanship Neither is leaving your horses on a trailer overnight parked on a street near Madison Square Garden because you re partying at a club This from the man who insists on proper turn out at all times Third, there is way too much about his sexual proclivities However, I do understand now why he s in trouble with SafeSport because at one point he talks about how in other countries, it s acceptable for an older man to have a relationship with young er boys Right This book could have been a great addition to Mr Morris legacy as a visionary trainer Instead, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth because he comes off as a bully and a cheat although when he does cheat, such as in poling his horse at a show, he s sure to name another top rider who did the same thing Took me a lot longer than I d have anticipated George Morris is one on my personal heroes a man who has done a great deal to change the sport of show jumping in the US into one that isn t just about winning and who can make their horse jump higher or faster or both, but one that centers on horsemanship and what s good for the horse and still achieve outstanding results I don t know why it took me so long to read about his life and professional career it is a long life, Mr Morris being in h Took me a lot longer than I d have anticipated George Morris is one on my personal heroes a man who has done a great deal to change the sport of show jumping in the US into one that isn t just about winning and who can make their horse jump higher or faster or both, but one that centers on horsemanship and what s good for the horse and still achieve outstanding results I don t know why it took me so long to read about his life and professional career it is a long life, Mr Morris being in his eighties by now, having begun showing nationally as a youth in the 1950s, having been on the silver medal team in the Rome Olympics but I found I could only read in snippets, and it s a very long and thorough and honest book I hope George Morris lives forever I feel like I sat down with George over a weekend of good food wine and heard only half his stories This book is amazing and should be read by all equestrians as we only hope to be this amazing Also my coach Dayton Gorsline equally interesting backstory needs to write a book like this Where do I getwine food for George to tell me the rest of his stories This one was no holds bar I feel like I sat down with George over a weekend of good food wine and heard only half his stories This book is amazing and should be read by all equestrians as we only hope to be this amazing Also my coach Dayton Gorsline equally interesting backstory needs to write a book like this Where do I getwine food for George to tell me the rest of his stories This one was no holds bar cleaning up my goodreads with some long overdue updates Stopped reading this part way through A fun and gossipy glimpse into this world, but waaaay too name droppy large sections of it just seemed to be there for the purpose of listing all of the people he knew With the recent news of his lifetime ban from the sport and revelations dating to the period covered by the book, there may be a renewed interest in this work, but I dont think I will finish it. Enjoyable book but I don t think non horse people would enjoy it at all, it islike a history of the sport with tons of big name people saying how great he is,etc That said, as a horse person I totally enjoyed the first 3 4 of the book before it started getting a little old.

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