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  • vintage 80's show jumping videos

    Found these on youtube yesterday. I am assuming they have not been posted here based on the low amount of hits.

    Here's George and Brussels:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzNfM...os=JiaqXhcmD8U

    Rodney and Coastline:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Equestri.../1/kLXB1C0IUzE

    Norman and I Love You:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Equestri.../0/V5scD6ls7HE

    Conrad and Abdullah:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Equestri.../7/GSe-0nT5GaQ

    Michael and Jet Run:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Equestri.../4/L-8aUHyVenA

    Ian and Big Ben:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Equestri.../5/T7lxm8j8_BE

    Certainly brought back many memories! More on youtube by the same account. Enjoy!
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  • #2
    cool! My daughter recently dug up my copy of the Equestrian events from the 1984 Olympics - such fun to watch!!!

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    • #3
      Thanks especially for unearthing some Stormin' Norman. I've been looking and couldn't any for a long time.
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      • #4
        Ohhhhhhhhh, Brussels! I think she was the last grand prix horse I recall seeing GM ride. She was SO TOUGH! That tail of hers was always wringing.

        Wow - that course for Rodney - what...three banks and a grob? They don't do GPs like that anymore. That was more like a derby. I got to see Coastie when he retired at Paul and Wendy Matthews.

        Conrad and Abdullah and the Olympics - breathtaking. We kicked ass that year.

        And Matz and Jet Run - what a pair!

        I LOVED riding in the 80's. I don't know if it is because I'm older now or what but it just seemed like we were better then - like we dominated then. Well, we did dominate. Thanks so much for sharing.

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        • #5
          WOW! That video of Rodney brought tears to my eyes! That was the International Jumping Derby that was held in Newport RI in the early 80's! I've never seen any video's of that course until now. That just brings back such fond memories of being there...thank you!

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          • #6
            Ok - if you could ride any of those horses, who would you have ridden? I would love to have gotten to take Abdullah for a spin
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Hunter Mom View Post
              Ok - if you could ride any of those horses, who would you have ridden? I would love to have gotten to take Abdullah for a spin


              Oh definitely Abdullah but I always had a soft spot for Albany.

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              • #8
                Seems like nobody jumps with that kind of pace anymore.

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                • #9
                  I could answer which one I would NOT want to ride...Brussels! She looks like one tough horse! I think Jet Run or Abdullah look like fun rides (as if I could do either of them justice ).

                  That big wide open course is interesting, very different from what we would see today. I don't think you see that forward pace today due to the technicality and tight ring of the majority of today's courses. A big course like that you would have to gallop to make the time. I love the natural style jumps and how the course encourages flow, beautiful to watch. I was really impressed by each of those riders tact. Thank you for posting the links!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NorthFaceFarm View Post
                    Seems like nobody jumps with that kind of pace anymore.
                    Funny you should say because I thought the exact same thing. It is the difference between TBs and WBs. Granted, there were some WBs (Abdullah for one) but those riders cut their teeth on TBs and were from a generation that carried that as their defacto (did I use that word correctly?) pace.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by M. Owen View Post
                      That big wide open course is interesting, very different from what we would see today. I don't think you see that forward pace today due to the technicality and tight ring of the majority of today's courses. A big course like that you would have to gallop to make the time. I love the natural style jumps and how the course encourages flow, beautiful to watch. I was really impressed by each of those riders tact. Thank you for posting the links!
                      Back in the day, when the WB was starting to squeeze the TB out (which was right around then in the 80's), people used the WBs for classes that required power and their TBs for the ones that required speed. These days, the courses definitely appear to be more designed for the WBs although I'm certain a good TB could easily hold his own. Which brings me to my new favorite GM quote: "Thoroughbreds are the best. They’re lighter, quicker and more intelligent. The best of any breed is the Thoroughbred horse, the best of that breed is better than any other breed.”

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                      • #12
                        I was lucky enough to get to ride Big Ben after he retired - now that was an experience :-D
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                        • #13
                          Very cool!

                          Mikali, I am jealous!
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                          • #14
                            80's is vintage !??!
                            Boy I feel old now

                            Regardless, thanks for the links

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                            • #15
                              Such fun to watch---thank you!

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                              • #16
                                wow I wish people rode like that today...

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                                • #17
                                  I havent yet watched all of them, but does it seem to anyone else that the fences in the Rodney Jenkins video were MUCH bigger than grand prix's of today? Why does it appear that way, as I do not think the height/widths are that much different (but could be since this was some sort of a derby type course)? I grew up in the 70's and watched these guys all thru their career, just seemed like HUGE fences!
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                                  • #18
                                    Wow those are awesome! I love the Conrad video-talk about style! And Joe Fargis with Touch of Class at the end, that little mare looks like she has wings for hooves!
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by shawneeAcres View Post
                                      I havent yet watched all of them, but does it seem to anyone else that the fences in the Rodney Jenkins video were MUCH bigger than grand prix's of today? Why does it appear that way, as I do not think the height/widths are that much different (but could be since this was some sort of a derby type course)? I grew up in the 70's and watched these guys all thru their career, just seemed like HUGE fences!
                                      I noticed this as well. Of course, I'm used to watching today's GP courses so I can't really compare because those were the first oldish GP courses I've seen. But it was a treat watching all the riders... funny how we all know automatically who they are just by first name.
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                                      • #20
                                        I actually would like to take a spin on Brussels (although I might consider one of those inflatable eventing vests for the occasion...). She looks like riding a pogo stick!
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