Best of 2017 Video Countdown #10: Bada$$ Badminton

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the most popular videos shared on EN in 2017. The #10 spot goes to “Bada$$ Badminton,” which garnered 3,563 views when it was posted on October 13, 2017. Enjoy, again! 

Fifty years ago, people were made of tough stuff. Like, actually cobbled together with steel panels and rusty nails and more than a dash of insanity sort of tough stuff. Case in point? This vintage Badminton video from 1968, which is part of the extensive British Pathé film archives. It’s a glorious time capsule of weighted saddlepads, frolicking royals, massive timber, and skull caps that actually look like they offer about as much protection as a beanie made of cheese. Also, no body protectors. Health and safety, schmealth and safety.

Almost makes this year’s Badminton course look jumpable, right?