Gear look at it then
Rider wear has changed significantly, as this 1983 spread (left) shows. It ref lects lifestyle fashion of the time, where big-brimmed hats and checked patterns were definitely in. It’s black and white, so we can’t tell the colours exactly, but it looks like some tweed is in there — still a staple among spectators at today’s horsey fixtures too. Everyone had — or wanted — a hat strap with a chin guard in the 80s (check out that image, below far left). Apparently a hip f lask was a must-have piece of kit back then too. Fast forward to 1996 and colour creeps into the magazine. Big news at that time was manufacturers experimenting with different types of saddle pad (left). Exciting times — but how dated it seems now. Today’s gear is a lot more colourful, to the extent it has become many riders’ identifying feature (eventers Paul Tapner in red and Mary King in green, for example). You can’t beat a little bit of matchy matchy. Our gear pages still move with the seasonal (and fashionable) trends and we put products through their paces with a tried and tested. There’s always something to win, too. Bonus!
Above: lifestyle fashion in 1983 — horse and rider kit was included too Left: a hip flask was classed as essential gear in the 80s Above: in 1996, technology finds a place in saddle pads