Awesome pictures from everyone! I want Rommel and Free Union, what lovely jumpers - I just love all the ponies going over the big fences.
Silly Mommy - despite your big ol'boots, your leg looks fantastic in the roany pony picture.
In the entire time I have been posting on the BB, I don't think I've ever done a Sea Urchin post (although I've read lots of them). Let me jump into the fray and state that the Urchinator's turnout in that photo is IMPECCABLE - clean tack, sparkling saddle pad and pony, and LOOK AT THE SHINE ON THOSE SPURS! What a great picture.
I do have to correct an earlier poster - Ronald Reagan was elected to his first term in 1980. In 1984 he was re-elected in a whomping landslide over former Carter V.P. Walter Mondale - the year of those amazing Roger Ailes-produced "Morning in America" T.V. ads. Remember them?
I know what you mean about the cheap ponies. I showed in 83 at the "A" shows on my $500 pony. She was brilliant and we won our fair share. I need to scan a few pictures to post, especially my first show with the plaid coat, rust britches and helmet with the old elastic strap to hold it in place. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif
Like Silly Mommy said, if they put it in front of us, we jumped it. Here's a picture from the Garden, 1967. The large pony I'm on was 14.0 1/4 (these days she would probably measure as a medium. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif) The fences for large ponies were supposed to be 3'3".
Oh Silly Mommy and Laurie B, wonderful pictures! And I LOVE the madras coat - I had coats with madras lining and matching chokers. I still have a few of the chokers. things are so DULL these days! Great jumping ponies....I will dig up a few more of Not Guilty.....think I have posted some before.
What a bunch of great pictures! As an old timer myself, I have to wonder if we were a more gutsy group back then than the riders of today. We didn't fear anything! Big, open fields were used for showrings, and the height of jumps were nothing to be concerned about. If we thought we could jump it, we did! And those outside courses with solid jumps and rolling land were awesome!
Then we would take our prized mounts out on all day trail rides, bareback! Helmets, who used or needed them?
Ah, the good old days!
Secretplace Farm - Raising fine paint hunters since 1987 www.spfarm.com
Okay, I am trying out the new format but I have to move the screen around so much to find the "Post"...sigh. Okay, here is Not Guilty and I, early 60's at the Maryland Pony Show, on the outside course in the corinthian class - I think I was about to fall off (but didn't...ha!).
What was the name of that spotted large pony of yours?? I definitely recognize him -- I was doing the smalls and mediums back then and showed at Saratoga every year. My poor little small pony barely could make it around that LOOONG outside course! If only I had a scanner I could show off my tan coat with velvet collar . . .
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Janet:
This isn't me, but my sister, riding a (13H2") pony that later belonged to MAD's family. Sometime in the late 60s.
In those days there were only "small" and large", no "medium".<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
THANKS, Janet~I'm with Mom in Wellington and she's thrilled to see a picture of "Minnie".
Silly Mommy: I've been racking my brain for the name of your pony! "Dot to Dot". My sister rode ponies (and you two must be about the same age) about the same time as you, so of course all of your pictures are slightly familiar.
Do you remember Alice's "Billy Blastoff"? I think if there had been Pony Jumpers back then, your Dot to Dot and Billy would have been battling it out week after week. (And as for the name "Billy Blastoff", he was named perfectly; everyone whoever rode him was bucked off at least once!). On the old Jeopardy thread I posted a picture of me on him in 1973.