George Morris Stresses Impulsion at Rabbit Mountain Equestrian Center

Friday, April 24, 2015


Longmont, CO - April 23, 2015 - "The horse must go forward first, before you can balance or collect." That was the theme during George Morris' three-day clinic at the Rabbit Mountain Equestrian Center. Morris traveled to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Michaels' facility in Longmont, Colorado, April 17-19 to teach participants and auditors the fundamentals of classical riding.

"We are so very honored to have George come all the way to Boulder," expressed Nielsen. "It is fairly remote here, only 45 minutes northwest of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and George is an inspiration to all. George brings an international and east coast standard to the Wild West. We have people riding from as far away as Hawaii and Kansas, but mostly local Coloradans. He told us. 'You people are too happy out here, I don't want happy, I want excellence!'"

During the clinic, Morris had riders complete many different exercises, including shoulder in, haunches in, serpentines and lots of bending lines. During these exercises, in addition to stressing impulsion, he focused on making sure riders use inside leg to outside rein, and suggested that everyone spend 50 percent of their riding time without stirrups.

Despite the cold weather, the clinic was held in an indoor facility that reminded Morris of his old home base at Hunterdon, and 150 auditors attended each day. Please contact Willy Goldschmidt to view video of the final day at

After retiring as Chef d'Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, Morris has set his sights on developing the future of the sport by conducting clinics around the world.  Focusing on helping riders develop correct form and function, Morris has often been referred to as the founding father of hunt seat equitation. Second to none, his teachings, technique and style are revered around the world. Over the course of his career, Morris has been highly successful as a rider, coach, clinician, author and judge.

This weekend, Morris will travel to New Hope, Pennsylvania, to teach a clinic at Heathman Farm April 24 - 26, followed by a clinic at the Beverly Equestrian Center in The Plains, Virginia, April 28 - 30.

For more information about the George Morris Clinics and his 2015 schedules please contact