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Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My Pursuit of Excellence Hardcover – March 22, 2016
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"I'm an avid reader, and my mom always sends me books, so when I have time, I always have a good book to read (yes, a book!). I have this romantic notion of carrying a paperback and reading it, so I haven't gone electronic. I'm currently reading George Morris' Unrelenting. It's amazing."
Raw and real well-written, thoughtful, and very thorough So what are you waiting for?”The Legal Equestrian
Unrelenting lets you in on the beauty behind the beast.”Equine Journal
there’s a description in the book that says the god like George Morris,’ and in the horse world he is God like and it’s also a parody of himself but he’s also still doing it, it’s not like we’re talking about someone from twenty years ago, this is a guy who is still out there coaching it’s amazing.”Horse Radio Network
There are myriad old timey pictures and reading this book is a history lesson on horse showing in the United States. You can’t go wrong with this book, and George’s exploits will hold your interest for 560 pages.” Saddle Seeks Horse
This book is a must read for any serious student of the horse A dedicated horseman who continues to serve and influence at an age where many are happy to hang up their boots.”St. Andrews Equestrian
Morris’ surprising candor shows us, at long last, all that has gone into the making of the man who is the most recognizable figure in the equestrian world.”Equisearch
Over the course of a book which describes in detail 70+ years of an extremely full career, the reader is pushed and pulled by the stories we know, the George Morris stereotypes we’ve all come to expect, and the sometimes thrilling and unexpected revelations he makes about himself and others. [Hunter Seat Equitation and Unrelenting] are the how’ and why’ of perfection in our sport, and this story of one man’s life will leave the reader deeply motivated to follow suit.”Horse Nation
This compelling portrait of one of America’s most renowned horsemen will appeal to anyone who is entranced with the horse-show circuit and high-society culture. Even readers who are less familiar with horses may enjoy the glimpse into life with the rich and famous.”Library Journal
Knowing George is watching gives me a little bit of an edge. It’s the immense respect I have for him.”Georgina Bloomberg, Team Bronze Medal, 2015 Pan American Games
A lot of people know George for his bark and they take him so seriously, but he has such a keen sense of humor and wit. Most people have never been around him like I have. I feel honored to have a friendship with him.”Buck Brannaman, World-Renowned Horseman and Star of the Award-Winning Documentary BUCK
George was a no-nonsense individual who shot from the hip and I liked that. What you saw was what you got.”Tab Hunter, Film and Television Star
One of the few remaining, working teachers with true, in-depth knowledge of the great figures of the past as well as the rising stars of the equestrian world’s future.”Chris Kappler, Individual Silver and Team Gold Medalist, 2004 Olympics
George helps you figure out how to be your absolute best. For him, there is no other way to be in life.”Anne Kursinski, Five-Time Olympian and Two-Time Silver Medalist
"George is such a competitor. When we’re with George on a team, we are there to win."Kent Farrington, Team Gold Medal, 2011 Pan American Games
"No matter what your endeavor might be, George fuels you to commit and keep high standards and be a winner."John Madden, Owner, John Madden Sales
"Truly, George has much wisdom to offer and one would be daft to not listen to what he has to say."Mark Phillips, Team Gold Medal, 1972 Olympics, Former Chef d'Equipe US Eventing Team
In Unrelenting, [George Morris] reveals both the vulnerability and the strength that made him into the icon he is today. It is perhaps his bravest move yet.”Street to Stable
"Mark Rashid has, over the years, expanded his influence through his many bestselling books on horses, horse training, and ranch life. Now he's joined forces with a team of actors and producers to bring his first novel, Out of the Wild, to the big screen."
About the Author
Morris has represented the United States in many international competitions as both a rider and coach. In 1959 his team won the gold medal in the Pan American Games and he won a team silver medal and placed fourth individually at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Morris rode on eight winning Nations Cup teams between 1958 and 1960. Morris’ students have medaled in the 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. Morris has acted as chef d’equipe for numerous winning teams, including the 2005 champions of the Samsung Super League, the gold medal team at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games, and numerous team and individual medals in the World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games.
Morris' Hunter Seat Equitation, originally published in 1971 and now in its third edition, is often recognized as the definitive work on the subject, including George Morris Teaches Beginners to Ride, A Clinic for Instructors, Parents, and Students, The American Jumping Style, Because Every Round Counts, and Classical Riding with George H. Morris. Morris also writes a very popular column in the monthly equestrian magazine Practical Horseman, entitled Jumping Clinic,” in which he critiques the jumping positions of photos which have been submitted by readers.
Mr. Morris resides in the heart of the USA show jumping scene in Wellington, Florida.
Karen Robertson Terry is a freelance writer and regulatory affairs manager in the pharmaceutical industry. After growing up riding and showing on the east coast and outside Chicago, Karen spent several years in New York City which, among other things, taught her how much she needed horses in her life. She now resides in Bend, Oregon and continues to ride and show in the jumpers, with the occasional trail ride in the Cascade Mountains.
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I find the other reviewer's comments about his personal life puzzling. There was absolutely nothing graphic in this memoir, he is positively coy and circumspect when he describes his personal life. And from the 70s on, there was simply never any question of his sexual orientation. He was about as out as it was possible to be. I just don't understand where either the shock or the distaste are coming from.
I find it hard to imagine that anyone outside the hunters or the jumpers industries would have much interest in this book, but for those of us that are or have been inside that world, it's fascinating. If you want to know about the evolution of forward seat riding, hunter seat equitation, the amateur rule, the evolution of the selection process for our Olympic Teams or just read a lot of gossip about virtually everyone in the business, then you'll thoroughly enjoy this memoir.
This writer is advanced enough to execute an automatic release but has resorted to a crest release, creating a broken line between plot elements. Instead of relying on the fundamentals to provide a solid base, he is leaning on pretty pictures for support. His back is flat and his eyes are up.
This book appears to be a very capable story. However, many of the transitions in this book are abrupt and on the forehand. With more attention to detail this book could go from adequate to a superstar. Until the basics are mastered at home, I would not allow this book to be published.
This book is a good rough draft, but needs some polish to really shine. Spending at least 45 minutes each day editing would make it a standout on the book shelf. Flashy elements, such as exclamation points, detract from the story and should be used sparingly, or not at all! The mane needs to be pulled and the subtitle could use a trim. The author needs to pay more attention to details to really show this book's true potential.
Despite the above critique, we gave this book 5 stars because it has George Morris standing at the in-gate.
The close relationship & interactions between him and other icons of American riding was interesting - so much of our riding foundations from such an inter-twined group who have known each other from their early teens!
Save your money. Go buy carrots for a real horse.