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Past Perfect with Tom Gayford

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. So said Yogi Berra, allegedly. And while the passage of time can sweeten our memories somewhat, there is no denying that the “good old days” of equestrian sport were just that. On the occasion of Horse Sport’s 25th anniversary in 1993, we interviewed a number of horse people who were active competitors in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. A recurring sentiment was that more people simply rode for the joy of it, when the showing lifestyle was still affordable. “Everyone knew everyone,” recalled Bonnie Bolton, one of the early Corinthian staff members. “Riding and showing was a big social thing. Nowadays [1993], nobody seems to be having much fun. Back then, we’d have our $500 horses and go out and have a good time, we’d win our ribbons, go to parties. But these days, it seems to be a contest between who can…

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