Wednesday, November 20, 2019

I don't stand with George

Four years ago, Breyer and the Chronicle of the Horse teamed up to release a limited edition action figure of the iconic hunter/jumper trainer, George Morris
Despite the rather hefty price tag, I bought one straightaway. Like thousands of other horse crazy girls, I'd grown up with George Morris through his columns in Practical Horseman and his masterwork, Hunter Seat Equitation. The idea of adding little George to my collection was absolutely irresistible.
In the years since then, George Morris has turned up in a lot of my blog photos and performance entries.
In most cases, I've depicted him as a vain, 
selfie-taking caricature of the famously "mean" trainer.
I've really enjoyed this.
However, as of yesterday, my George Morris doll is officially retired. 
On Tuesday November 19 , the United State Equestian Federation upheld a lifetime ban imposed on George Morris for sexual misconduct involving a minor. According to the United States Center for SafeSport, the organization charged with investigating incidents of misconduct in Olympic sports, “Permanent ineligibility is the harshest sanction the Center can impose and is reserved for the most egregious offenses.” While some may question SafeSport's procedures, this much is clear, at least to me: George Morris is not a nice person. He is a verbally abusive predator, and there is no place for that in my 1:9 scale world.
Sorry, little George. It's been fun, but our time together has come to an end. I don't stand with you. I stand with the victims.