OK, lets start this off 49 years ago (so I lied about the 50 year thing. So sue me.)
Jr. Essex Troop, NJ.
Small Pony Hunters
Note: Long Shank pelham, big round fat braids (held in with rubber bands), huge loop in tail braid, number in collar of coat, thin white elastic "chin strap" sewn in by mother who loved me and thought it would make a difference, black coat and big old clunky off the rack boots.
But, notice the size of the jump! Pretty impressive for a 6 year old, eh?
Moving from mid 60's to mid 70's -- this is when things got weird.
Baby blue coats, rust breeches, velvet collars and pocket flaps... We thought we were stylin'!!!
But, the huge Stubben saddle flaps are gone and boots are now custom. So some parts of the modern look are sneaking in there. Also, although you can't see it, braiding has become "modern". (No tail braid since the horse rubbed his to the bone on the 24 hour van ride down to Fla. It was gross...)
But that pesky automatic release is still there... Well, it will go away sooner or later....
Moving into the early 1980's, or "the Valor years" -- I have already posted several of his truly good pictures, so I chose a picture this time which exemplifies WHY I love rust breeches.
This is from Washington International in 1982 or 1983. I had gotten a tad pudgy (yes, I do still have a neck although you cannot see it...) and even though I am popping out of my riding jacket, I think that the rust breeches do quite a good job of making my bulk look, er,... less bulky....
Everything else is pretty similar to today, except for all the fancy stitching which was big in the 80's, as was mentioned in the other thread. If the picture was bigger, one could see that my initials are stitched into the center of the noseband.....