The sport of competitive horseback riding has produced many fine jumper riders and trainers and these three men will be considered among the legends of our time.
George Morris is one of the greatest living athletes in the sport today. He was the youngest rider to ever win the Maclay medal and the AHSA Hunter Seat medal final when he was only 14. Throughout the 1950s and 60s he rode for the US on eight Nations Cup teams and in the silver medal-winning team at the 1960 Olympics. In later years he has become one of the sport’s foremost Chef d` Equipes, with three of his students as part of the 1984 Olympic gold-medal team, 3 other students competing in 1992, 3 in 1996, and he even had a student in the 2004 gold medal-winning team. Today he serves as a member of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program Committee, and the USHJA Hunt Seat Equitation Task Force among other honors.
Bernie Traurig is not only an excellent rider, but an excellent trainer and teacher as well. He started riding at age 11, and had his first win in 1961, winning the AHSA medal finals and the ASPCA Maclay medal finals on his horse Trouble Maker.
Conrad Homsfeld is another student of George Morris, and was born on Christmas Day 1951. His first major win was in 1978 when he helped the US win bronze at the world championships on the horse Balbuco. He would win his first individual gold in the FEI World Cup final two years later. In 1984 he rode Abdullah to an individual silver medal and helped win a team gold at the Olympics,.