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Fave showjumpers of the 80s...

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  • Fave showjumpers of the 80s...

    I was just reading an article about Conrad as the course designer for the WEG, and was reminiscing about the great horses and riders we had in the 1980s. Besides Conrad (who made it look so easy), we had so many incredible riders - and horses...

    Some of my fave pairs:

    Joe/ Touch of Class
    Michael Matz/Chef
    Katie/Noren (remember him?)

    Who were some of your faves from the 80s?? There were so many greats...
    In loving memory of Chutney (1977 - 2008)

  • #2
    Originally posted by Kim View Post
    Katie/Noren (remember him?)

    Who were some of your faves from the 80s?? There were so many greats...
    I bred a mare to Noren and had a colt in 1987
    Roseknoll Sporthorses


    • #3
      Even though he may be considered more of a late-70s kind of guy, Balbuco was still going strong with Conrad in the 80s and he's simply a personal absolute favorite.

      Anything Rodney Jenkins rode in that era was a crowd-pleaser: believe Idle Dice was still active in the early 80s, along with Number One Spy, The Natural, and others.

      Bernie Traurig and Eadenvale (sp?)!!!

      Can't forget Anne Kursinski's 2 80s superstars, Livius and Starman.

      And HELLOOOOOOOOO Gem and (across the pond) Milton!


      • #4
        Greg Best and Gem Twist?
        "The nice thing about memories is the good ones are stronger and linger longer than the bad and we sure have some incredibly good memories." - EverythingButWings


        • #5
          Ian Millar and Big Ben!


          • #6
            Originally posted by littleum View Post
            Greg Best and Gem Twist?
            They have my vote!!
            "Life is too short to be a slave to the whims of others." -- RugBug, COTH


            • #7


              • #8
                Chase the Clouds was my favorite, oh, and Threes and Sevens. (I think that was his name)


                • #9
                  Jet Run/Micheal Matz (my fav)
                  Abdullah/ Conrad
                  Chase The Clouds (have a great pic of he a leslie Burr-Howard)
                  Touch of Class( great pic I have from American Invitional)
                  I love You /George Linderman
                  Noren/ Katie
                  Leaping Lad/Jay Land
                  Sugar Ray
                  Let the horse go, get out of its way, it knows what to do...Stop pulling and keep kicking!!!!!!


                  • #10
                    Thanks, Flashy Gray, for the shout out for Buccy. His best year was 1980 when he won the World Cup, Valley Forge and Charlotte all in the space of 3 weeks. He won a couple more GPs before his death in 1984, but 1976 - 1980 were his strongest years. He was also selected for the Moscow Olympics.

                    Michael/Jet Run and so many others
                    Dennis Murphy/Tuscaloosa
                    Rodney/Coastline (Spy was done by the 80s, unfortunately)
                    Norman/Allegro and I Love You


                    • #11
                      Does anyone remember The Natural?


                      • #12
                        Laurie, as a young-ish teen I got to take a trip up to Ox Ridge - I was childhood friends with PB's granddaughter for a few years - for the life of me I can't recall what year it was but I could swear we saw Balbuco go, hence it had to be pre-'84.

                        Have some wonderful old photos of that weekend that are very scan-worthy (if I had a scanner).

                        I much prefer to remember Norman Dello Joio's wonderful partnership with I Love You.


                        • #13
                          Idle Dice


                          • #14
                            I have photos of a lot of these guys at LAke Placid in 1982 or 3(?)

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


                            • #15
                              I just loved Joe and Touch of Class. Her Olympics winning round sent shivers up my spine.


                              • #16
                                For the Moment (Fred) and Lisa Jacquin. What is so remarkable about this pair is that she took this OTTB from cross-rails all the way to multiple Grad Prix wins, the Pan-Am games, and the Olympics. A truly great OTTB who went all the way to the top.


                                • #17
                                  No one has mentioned Calypso and that incredibly versatile Sandsablaze...or was he the 70s?


                                  • #18
                                    Touch of Class. Abdullah.
                                    "With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come" (Shakespeare).


                                    • #19
                                      Katie's 80's

                                      The Jones Boy- Katie Monahan

                                      Silver Exchange- Katie

                                      The Gov - Katie

                                      Special Envoy-- Katie

                                      Jethro-- Katie
                                      Aefvue Farm Ft.Lauderdale


                                      • #20
                                        The diminutive Jappeloup....

                                        How could you not love that little horse.