Thursday Video: British Show Jumping in the 1960s

In this excellent short film on the show jumping lifestyle of the 1960s in Britain, we get to follow the trial, purchase and training of a cheeky Irish horse named Beethoven, as well as watch some great footage of the old-style Hickstead courses. Fun fact: Beethoven went on to win the 1970 men’s individual World Championships with David Broome! It’s always fun to see the original horses and riders who tackled those insane obstacles and even more fun to watch them train at home over enormous open ditches and scary upright vertical gates. Actually, I think the narrator is my favorite part — do you think we can get him as an announcer at competitions?!

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