Unfortunately, despite what this thread would lead you to believe, it appears that Mr. Morris is in fact a mere mortal (could have fooled me... I mean, have you seen this?), and has been feeling under the weather. Fortunately, some of the most talented athletes in showjumping stepped in to teach this year's Horsemastership Sessions. What an amazing opportunity for the young riders participating in these clinics.
I have been reading the articles on the Chronicle, which you can find here:
Day One, Ann Kursinski and Beezie Madden
Day Two, Kent Farrington
Day Three, Mclain Ward
It is my new life's ambition to clinic with Mr. Ward. I don't care if it takes years for me to make this happen. I will ride with him. Oh yes, I will. And not just because I used to think he was cute when we were both still in the pony ring (Literally a lifetime ago. Interestingly enough my riding career did not pan out as well as his. Go figure). He focuses on the fundamentals, the reasons why a proper position is important, and boy does it show in his riding. He rides every Grand Prix course like he's trying to win the Maclay. (Maybe he is. He did come in second in 1993.)
I haven't watched the videos of the Horsemastership Sessions yet (darn working for a living thing getting in the way of my riding again), but I plan to snuggle up under the covers tonight and watch them all online. You can watch the videos online for free on the USEF Network, here.
Can't wait to pick up some tips and try them out this weekend! Of course, remember what happened when I said that last year?