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A pictoral timeline of hunter dress codes from the last (gulp!) 50 years. UPDATE: New Pics -- p8

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  • #21
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by xegeba:
    OMG! YOU have a GPA???? I'm ruined. Time for cocktails.....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    • #22
      That was wonderful LH! Thanks for sharing that with us. Isn't it amazing the change in attire. I actually had one of those baby blue bad boys myself . I have to say that it did look quite smashing on the b-e-a-utiful gray! I too curse that wonderful auto-release. Thanks again for sharing!!!!

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      • #23
        WOW, Lord Helpus, you are a Beeeeautiful rider !!

        Thanks for the photos, that was fun. The six-year-old LH is fantastic !!

        * lost tb *


        • #24
          Pam, thanks for sharing the pictures; I really enjoyed them.

          Is that Moolah before or after his WTF years?


          • Original Poster

            Thanks, guys. These themes are fun. I have boxes of pictures --- looking through them for ones that showed off clothes, instead of just the best jumping ones, was fun.

            But with hundreds of unscanned pictures still unsorted in boxes, I could do pictoral essays categorized by types of jump, indoors v. outdoors, hair down in pageboy v. tucked up under hat --- the possibilities are endless (and oh so boring...)

            The gray horse who people like so much was my first ammie horse after I took 9 years off (from 18 - 27). He is an appendix QH! Unfortunately, he was 16.3 and had those upright pasterns on tiny little QH feet, and so did not stay sound for very long. But he had a nice life as the babysitter for the yearlings when they were being broken and taken out through the woods in Southern Pines. He was a really nice horse.

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            • #26
              One thing I haven't seen comments on is the solid jump in the second picture. OMGiH, you must be a little tetched in the head like us wacko eventers!

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              • #27
                LH, i sent you a PT about 2 weeks ago... tried to tell you about it then, but the topic got bumped down... check your pt's?

                I'm very impressed with the 6 year old.. the pony is adorable too. and i love that grey.

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                • #28
                  Lord Helpus: wow, looking at all of those you really were a fashion queen! Your pics all look like the epitome of style (if only for their era! haha).

                  In comparision, I offer you a glimpse into the life of someone with NO STYLE. That's right- I have absolutely no style at all - in fact, having no style has become my style!

                  Early '80s
                  Navy jacket hand-stitched by my mother (we didn’t have a machine). Navy helmet, navy tie, beige jods and brown boots. Notice the way my foot elegantly sits against the saddle flap! Yes, it was a borrowed pony.

                  Mid '80s
                  Brown tweed jacket, brown velvet collar, brown helmet, brown tie, brown boots – with a grey pony! At least we had brown gear to match. Lovely lemon coloured shirt and you’ll absolutely love the huge hideous red fake flower pinned to my lapel. I also look like a boy here – this disturbs me greatly.

                  Early '90s
                  Navy jacket (quite acceptable) – but the black velvet collar, and matching navy blue jods make it just a little scary! Nifty bright red shirt there too. And lets not talk about my helmet cover.

                  Mid '90s
                  They just couldn’t get that helmet cover away from me. But at least the jods got a bit more acceptable (white this time) and the tie is finally a contrasting colour.

                  Late '90s
                  The helmet cover is gone! And replaced with a bright dayglo yellow one. Notice how I’ve taped the boots in yellow to match? (no – this is NOT eventing… these are all jumper shows). Wearing my number around my arm, because I thought it looked way cooler there. At this stage I also thought it was cool to quartermark/stencil my horse’s name on his bum.

                  Early '00s
                  Finally graduated to long boots (well – gaiters and short boots, but don’t tell!). I’m still attached to white breeches and white shirts… but I’ve finally ditched the tie and plain coloured jacket (cute windowpane now). The helmet really just follows tradition though, doesn’t it? Oh – and hard to tell in the pic, but we’re sporting a beautiful flat chocolate bridle – which apparently is not in fashion anymore – after it took me 15 years of begging to steal it off my mother!

                  And all of that fashion tragedy just within 2 decades! Ah well, at least it's cheap (I'm still competing in the same jods I had in 1990).


                  • #29
                    These are hilarious! I LOVE the helmet covers, perf!

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                    • #30
                      Oh thank you, thank you, thank you Lord Helpus! You've finally answered the question I've been asking since getting back into riding a couple years ago after a long hiatus...."Where the h*ll did the auto release go?"
                      NOW I KNOW! It ran away in shame the minute the funny looking skunky helmets came in!

                      As for the rest of the HP's out there...are we feeling a tad sheepish that years back 6 year old children had an independent hand/seat/leg, balance and could handle two sets of reins while jumping what the adults do now?

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                      Hold onto the bridle!
                      Jump in the line!


                      • #31
                        Those were fun! Thanks LH for sharing. We are the same age, and I remember the elastic helmet straps. My first pair of breeches (from the Salvation Army Store in - then - horsey Santa Barbara) had huge flares and about 15 little buttons up each side to the waist. Also, thanks to perf for the yellow helmet picture!
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                        • #32
                          Lord Helpus...Such a cool topic, love the pics!


                          • #33
                            <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GatoGordo:
                            One thing I haven't seen comments on is the solid jump in the second picture. OMGiH, you must be a little tetched in the head like us wacko eventers!


                            If you want to go back a little further, here is a serious solid fence! Ladies Hunters, Piping Rock, circa 1936. Note the bowler, the jods, and the hound whip and no pad. The hound whip means it's an appointments class.

                            Automatic release is there, though.

                            * What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis


                            • #34
                              LH...thanks for that timeline. Too cool. Loved the Essex Troop photo...gave me flashbacks, although I wasn't making it over fences at 6! I'll have to dig through my 70's and 80's photos.


                              • #35
                                Ohhhh, thank you LH!! Having just gone thru my mom's things, pictures etc, you have brought back some very fun memories. Wish I had a scanner, or maybe not. Those literally were the days. And yes, those fences were always solid on the outside courses. You hit it, you crashed and burned. Loved the one with the fat braids. I'll bet you did those yourself? Have one of my first pony, same loveliness....Even down to the long shanked pelham. Must have been the bit du jour..


                                • #36
                                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lord Helpus:
                                  OK, lets start this off 49 years ago (so I lied about the 50 year thing. So sue me.)

                                  Jr. Essex Troop, NJ.

                                  Small Pony Hunters


                                  Thank you! As per my request from the NJ thread? The Apache picture


                                  • #37
                                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Flashy Gray:
                                    Pam, the 70s A/O photo proves my theory that baby blue huntcoats are like Christmas fruitcakes: there is only one in existence and it keeps getting passed around.

                                    Aren't you happy that Sea Urchin has your coat now?


                                    OMG! I was just going to forward him this thread when I saw this post.


                                    • #38
                                      Great pictures, LH! I especially like the one from WPB in '77, beautiful horse.

                                      madeline, I remember jumping fences like that one in hunters (in the 60's) and I truly hope I never have to do so again.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        wtywmn, No, I didn't do those braids. My sisters and I were not expected to braid our own ponies until we were 8. Looking at them, I bet one of my older sisters did, though...

                                        The solid fence: May look big --- but it was only about 3'. However, it was at the top of a hill. Two strides, jump, two strides and down a steep hill, over a ditch to a final uphill brush jump. The Montpelier outside course was always one of my least favorites, even though I was a B pony clubber at the time. It was a mini cross country course, that you had to do for style.

                                        And Max was a 4 year old in his first year of showing. We bought him as a 3 year old stud colt the summer before and I was just starting him on his show career. Not many shows had a 3' division -- When the Prize List called for First Year Green at 3'6" it meant just that -- a horse in its first year of showing. If you didn't jump 3'6", you stayed home until you did. Often getting mileage in the hunt field.

                                        As for handling two sets of reins as a 6 year old -- I just think of it as early training for learning how to use draw reins. No really. That pony had a mouth like iron and pulled like a freight train. He gave me hard hands which I have spent years learning to overcome. But it has made me very aware of putting soft mouths on the babies I start so that none of them will ever lean on the bit and pull like Apache did.

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                                        • #40
                                          What great photos! LH - is it bad that I aspire to your 6 year old competence level?!
                                          Perf - put down the helmet cover. Back away from it slowly. Easy does it
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