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From David Broome to Scott Brash, nearly all of Great Britain’s leading showjumpers will have cut their teeth on the county circuit at some point in their careers. Here, we take a trip down memory lane to a time when the stars of the sport were household names, cigarette companies sponsored all things equestrian and riders only had to drive down the road to compete for some of the richest prize money in the world…

1. A 24-year-old Michael Whitaker riding Amanda, on his way to winning a Crosse & Blackwell-sponsored class at the Royal Show in 1984, when the event was used as a GB team selection trial

Graham Fletcher riding Buttevant Boy Great Yorkshire Show,1981

2. A legion of fans followed the great Graham Fletcher and he draws in immense crowds at the Great Yorkshire Show in 1981 when competing on Buttevant Boy

THE ROYAL SHOW - MARION MOULD ON STROLLER 1971

3. The much-loved combination of Marion Mould and Stroller competing at the Royal Show in 1971

1976 Rowland Fernyhough and Bouncer, with Cardiff CASTLE in the Backgrund at cardxiff benson and hedges champs

4. Rowland Fernyhough and Bouncer riding in the Benson & Hedges Championships at Cardiff Castle in 1976, billed as the ‘world’s richest horse show’

GREAT YORKSHIRE RYANS SON MIDLAND BANK COCK OF THE NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP 1975

5. A 19-year-old John Whitaker and Ryan’s Son winning the Midland Bank Cock O’ the North Championship at Great Yorkshire Show in 1975

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NICK SKELTON EVEREST LOUISIANA SOUTH OF ENGLAND COUNTY SHOW 1978

6. Nick Skelton, at the age of 20, riding Everest Louisiana at the South Of England County Show in 1978

BATH AND WEST SHOW 1976 DAVIS BROOME RIDING BESS WINNETS OF THE BERNI INN STAKES

7. David Broome riding Bess at the Bath And West Show in 1976 where they were the winners of the Berni Inn Stakes

Don’t miss the showjumping special issue of Horse & Hound — including an exclusive interview with legendary horseman John Whitaker and we pick out some of the up-and-coming riders set to make huge waves in 2018. Out Thursday, 29 March, don’t miss it!