Yeah I preffered the earlier series because they were more about the horses - though saying that I also love the 'recent' ones because of Stevie playing in them. She was my faverouite from when she appeared on screen, she reminds me of who I am and I love all her quirks. I was really upset when Alex died, sad for stevie, their unborn child and for the whole show.
One the side.. I hated how people I had grown to have a 'connection' with, started to drop off the show..