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Training Opportunities with Robert Smith

September 26th, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

Robert Smith is a sought after show jumping trainer with clients in the UK, Europe and further afield. Over the years, aspiring riders have come for training from all over the world. Now back in the UK, with his primary base in the heart of England, Warwickshire there are training opportunities for both horses and riders.

His excellent training facilities (close to the M40, M42 and M1 motorway networks) are easily reached from London (and just over an hour away if travelling from Marylebone Station to Warwick Parkway) making it ideal for those travelling from the city for tuition.

Horses are available for hire/lease with stabling at his Brook Furlong Farm. Robert is also an experienced agent in horse buying/selling with contacts worldwide.

Please get in touch using the Contact form on this website to make an enquiry.

Animo New Arrivals – Zico and Zepellin

April 7th, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

The wonderful new arrivals to kick off the 2014 spring-summer season are the men’s and women’s riding boots, as worn by Robert and his daughter, Chloe Smith.

Zico is the women’s model, while Zepellin is the men’s version. They come with a fabulous anatomical design created to fit perfectly around the leg, wrapping it like a glove thanks to the very soft leather.

They are a light, elegant and comfortable boot which allows maximum adherence to the horse and agile movement of the heel and foot. Available in black with details that add personality: a rear zip and two additional straps – one at the top in red, and one behind the heel and with the logo embossed on the side.

Available in sizes XS-S-M-L-XL. (Euros: 549.00 – 569.00)

Animo ZEPPELIN

Animo ZICO

For further details please visit Animo’s website: www.animoitalia.com

How to get involved?

August 19th, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

Check out our new page on this website “How to Get Involved”. It has full details on how to get involved with Robert Smith either as an owner or a sponsor.

Team GBR Triumph in Dublin

August 14th, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

Dublin (7-11 August) Team GBR rode to glory in the prestigious Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup securing a spot in the final in Barcelona. Team members were Robert Smith (Voila), Nick Skelton (Big Star), Ben Maher (Cella) and Scott Brash (Hello Sanctos).

Team GB finish 2nd in Falsterbo

July 31st, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

Falsterbo played host to the Swedish leg of the FEI Top Level Nations Cup series with Robert Smith’s talented bay mare Voila IV making an impressive debut in top level competition by achieving a double clear. The team of William Funnell (Billy Angelo), Alexandra Thornton (Cabellero 84), Tina Fletcher (Ursula XII) and Robert Smith (Voila IV) finished on 12 penalties narrowly behind Sweden, who were fielding their Olympic team.

Rob Hoekstra commented, “We are very pleased with the result. We had three new horses for the first time in Top Level Nations Cup. Robert Smith’s horse jumped superbly and they look like they’ve got a great future ahead of them and today gave us exactly what we needed and also shows that we are in a solid position with the way the strength of our team keeps building and developing. Will Funnell produced three fantastic clear rounds and Billy Angelo is proving to be a great team horse the more experience he’s getting under his belt. When you consider that Sweden had their Olympic team out I’m just please that we came so close to them!”

Robert Selected for British Squad at European Championships

July 29th, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

Robert and Voila IV have been selected as part of the line-up for the British showjumping team heading out to the European Championships in Denmark next month (20-24 August) along with fellow team members Scott Brash, Ben Maher, William Funnell and Michael Whitaker.

Bavi Second in Aachen’s Prestigious Youngsters Cup

July 1st, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

In just her sixth international show, the eight year old Balou Du Rouet mare, Bavi, shone once again to take second place in the prestigious Sparkassen Youngsters Cup at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen (25-30 June). Germany’s Patrick Stuhlmeyer on Chasmo claimed the winning honours.

Success for Robert in Rome

May 31st, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

Five star Rome CSIO (23-26 May) once more proved successful for Robert Smith who finished with an impressive third on his talented mare Voila in the Rome Grand Prix, one of the world’s most coveted show jumping contests. With 14 horses in the jump-off and Robert third to go, he elected for a steady clear which ultimately proved a wise decision to clinch a very respectable third. For a while, he held on to the top spot until Nick Skelton took the risky ‘victory or nothing’ approach to win the class, with Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano in second. Robert had already notched up an earlier win on Balourado in the two phase class.

Chef d’equipe, Rob Hoekstra said, “Robert’s horse (Voila) jumped a perfect first round and then repeated it in the jump-off.”

Solid Performance from Smith at CHI Al Shaqab, Doha

March 31st, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

Competitors at the impressive CHI Al Shaqab stadium in Doha had to tackle the technical tracks designed by Leopoldo Palacios in a demanding three round challenge for the 650,000 euros class which brought with it, its fair share of dramas.  Six remained clear in the Big Tour Grand Prix, including Robert Smith on Voila, but unfortunately they were the first of three pairs to be caught out by a tight double but finished a very credible 6th on 4 faults.

Balourado also came up trumps to finish third in a 12 rider jump-off in the three star Grand Prix.

Foot Perfect Double Clear for Voila helps Great Britain finish 2nd in Furisiyya Nations Cup, UAE

February 28th, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

The first of the Furisiyya FEI Nations Cup competitions took place in Al Ain (UAE) which saw Great Britain competing against eight other teams. Drawn 7th to go of the nine teams competing across the two rounds was Robert Smith with his own 11 year old bay mare Voila that took the role of pathfinder for the team.  Producing a superb clear round within the time set of 77 seconds for the fifteen jumping efforts required the combination met with considerable applause for producing the first faultless round within the time required.

Second to go and making her debut for the 5* Nations Cup team was 19 years old Yazmin Pinchen with Van de Vivaldi.  The combination looked set to follow in the footsteps of Robert and Voila having jumped clear to almost the last fence.  However, coming into an oxer just near the end of the course Van de Vivaldi put in an uncharacteristic stop, which he repeated resulting in their elimination in the first round. Next to go was Belgium based Joe Clee with Diablesse de Muze. Also making his debut at 5* Nations Cup competition, the combination were unlucky incurring 4-faults when they touched the last fence. Tina Fletcher with Hello Sailor incurred 4 faults when a fence fell mid-course and a time penalty.  This left Team GB in 4th place going into the second round.

Once again Robert Smith showed what a talented mare Voila is by producing a foot perfect round with a few seconds to spare giving Great Britain an extremely solid start to round 2.  Yazmin and Van de Vivaldi became the drop score for the team when they were once again eliminated at the same fence.  Joe and Diablesse de Muze, looking extremely comfortable in the arena were determined not to incur the same unlucky 4faults that they did in the first round. They produced a faultless round within time adding another clear to the one produced by Robert.  Tina Fletcher produced a clear but incurred a time penalty.  Together this left Great Britain finishing in 2nd place behind The Netherlands with Saudi Arabia in third.

Rob Hoekstra, World Class Performance Manager for Showjumping commented, “This was our first Nations Cup of the year and a few of the horses were perhaps a little rusty in the first round but came back great in the second.  Robert Smith’s performance was absolutely fantastic which really bodes well for the year ahead.”

Achievements

1st Grand Prix, Arena UK
3rd: 300,000 Euros Global Champions Tour
1 st: Speed Champion, Royal Dublin Horse Show
1st: Nations Cup Winning Team Member, Dublin
1st: Nations Cup Winning Team Member, Rome
1st: Young Horse Champion, Valkenswaard
2nd: Grand Prix, Valkenswaard
1st: Six Bar Final, Rome
1st: Royal Windsor Horse Show
1st: Speed GP, France
1st British Open Show Jumping Champion
1st Wellington Masters Grand Prix, Florida
1st Speed Stakes, Florida
1st Nations Cup (Team) Hickstead
1st British Open Champion, Sheffield
1st Sheffield Masters
1st Grand Prix - BSJA Scope Festival
1st World Cup Qualifier - Goteburg
1st Lisbon
1st Eindhoven
Leading Rider of the Show - Geneva
1st World Cup Qualifier, Olympia London
1st Grand Prix, Olympia London
Leading Rider of the Year: BSJA Ranking List
4th: Olympic Games, Athens (Individual)
3rd: $1,000,000 Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows
1st: Nations Cup, Hickstead
1st: International Stakes, Hickstead
1st: Gothenburg Cup, Sweden
1st: Sires of the World Grand Prix, S'Hertogenbosch
2nd: British Open Show Jumping Championships
1st: Speed Stakes
1st: Goteburg Trophy
Leading Rider: Belfast International Horse Show
Leading Rider: Geneva
1st: Prix du Leman, Geneva
1st: Prix Tribune, Geneva