In Conversation with Jimmy Elder
The Beginning: The Canadian Equestrian Team, circa 1950s "I started on the show jumping team in 1950 when I was 16. Before 1950 you had to be in the military to be on the team, so I didn't have to do that, but I did have to lie about my age, because you were supposed to be 17, and I'd just turned 16. I jumped with the team through the '50s, but then we moved to the three-day event because we never had the jumpers with the scope that could jump the big outdoor stadium fences. Where the Europeans had big strong jumpers, ours were a different kind of horse. They were good jumpers - we always jumped high, because back then in the classes you kept jumping until a winner was declared. If you went clean, you came back and they put the jumps higher, and so on. So…
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