Hubby watched it with me last night, and he was pretty shocked by some of the older course design. (He's not a horse person, but he's pretty certain that xc should be natural obstacles-- he scoffed at anything that appeared "gimicky". ) We talk about things being trappy and technical nowadays... some of the stuff they were showing from the early 80's looked terrifying. Maybe it was just the particular fences they chose to show.
Proud Momma of *Capital Kiss* and Bottle Rocket!