RNS video must have stumbled onto a hidden treasure of old Eventing videos. They have been uploading them over the last few weeks and I CANT GET ENOUGH.
I started with the Checkmate videos…so unbelievably cool to see the place where I did my second Prelim as a teen and see some of the same fences we jumped! Then seeing names you recognize or have heard of and seeing them young and green is just too fun.
From there I went to the Essex Radnor and Fair Hill Videos… then the YR and finished with the Ledyard series.
Haven’t watched the rest but I’m going to soon especially since I’m back working from home in another lockdown.
Takeaways and things I have learned:
Boy, was I ever ever WRONG thinking those were the “good ol days”. I can’t not believe the amount of horse and rider falls. Period. Then rotational falls and the riders get back on and finish! I’m just gobsmacked. I wonder if those horses ever evented again.
Riding backwards instead of forwards almost always ends in disaster. Riding confident and forward (not too forward) and soft hands almost always results in a good brave jump.
We don’t deserve horses.
Im actually glad the long format is dead. Those horses were all tired tired tired.
Appaloosas were once a lot more common in the upper levels. Warmbloods were rare and a novelty.
Everyone used huge leverage bits and snaffles were the exception lol
Sassy Reason is my new fav event horse discovered in the Checkmate videos and upon looking him up online it turns out he actually did become a superb Event horse.
Would love others to watch and hear your takeaways! Sharing some links below, many more on their channel.