Morgan is a horseman. His earliest memories are of a
horse stud in the Hunter Valley in NSW and of a western
NSW property near Condobolin. He recalls that he
probably started riding at the age five. He travelled
to England with his celebrated Father in 1954 when
England was the centre of the equestrian world, before
returning to Australia to complete his schooling.
Warwick managed sheep and cattle properties and horse
studs around Australia before moving to Tasmania where
he and his wife continued property management before
starting their own bush riding business.
Warwick is an accredited judge and has officiated at
many horse shows including the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
He is a classifier for the Australian Stock Horse
Society. He has been an instructor for pony clubs and
adult riders for 20 years. He now practices as an equine
I have come
to know Warwick as a mate during the time we have worked
together to produce this significant history of his
remarkable father. Both Warwick and his father would
have been at home in the company of Banjo Paterson. Both
men are quintessential Australian blokes from a time
when the image we held of ourselves was that of
the bushman, the horsebreaker.
Warwick is a quietly spoken man that you sense
would be at ease in an Irishman's debate, should
the need arise. Almost a man from another era,
that of the tough resourceful bushman. Yet he
was also at home in the upper class English
world of riding to hounds, country estates and
the British aristocracy.
Although his father must have been a powerful
and, one suspects, even a domineering figure,
Warwick has always remained his own man; the
kind of bloke you would want for a mate and
definitely someone you would want on your side.
There is no sense that he ever lived in his
famous father's shadow.
He has vividly captured the extraordinary life
of his remarkable father. He has brought to his
writing some of the same qualities that have
served him well as a horseman. Patience when
required and hard work with careful research as
is required to get the best from a fine horse.
This book should be read not only for an insight
into the story of Laurie Morgan but also for a
view of an Australia that is fast vanishing.
As a writer Warwick takes the reader into the
world that has been his whole life. This is a
sport biography written by an insider with
direct knowledge of the sport. It is a journey
through the equestrian world in the company of
an all round horseman.