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Balourado wins in Zurich

January 30th, 2013 Posted by News No Comment yet

Robert Smith won the Toshiba Knock-Out on the 13 year old Balourado by Baloubet du Rouet to land the £7000 prize pot beating off rivals, Christina Liebherr, Vladimir Beletskey and ultimately, Daniel Etter in the final round.

Voila On Form in Verona

November 30th, 2012 Posted by News No Comment yet

With all eyes focused on the Verona Grand Rolex Prix FEI World Cup class, the Sunday, competition was fierce with all hoping to pick up the lion’s share of the €190,000 on offer.  With a total of twelve combinations producing a clear in the first round the spectators saw some incredible competition in the jump-off with all vying for the lucrative first place.   It was Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez-Moya however that secured the title with their double clear in a time of 43.20seconds with Zipper. Hot on their heels was Robert Smith with his own 10 year-old bay mare Voila IV taking 4th place who, although producing one of the only five double clears achieved, was just a few seconds behind in a time of 46.91 seconds.

Robert was also in the ribbons on the 12 year old grey Balourado whom he finished 5th on the 1.45m speed class.

Balourado Placed in Helsinki

October 30th, 2012 Posted by News No Comment yet

Robert Smith and Balourado narrowly missed out on 2nd place finishing just a whisker behind Scott Brash on Bon Ami and Dutchman Henk van de Pol on Chesterfield in the 1.45m Speed Class in Helsinki.  In fact just 0.10 seconds separated the first three placed riders.

Voila in the Winners’ Line up in Ukraine

September 30th, 2012 Posted by News No Comment yet

Donbass Equicentre hosted the first CSI5*-W tournament in Ukraine. 34 riders from 16 countries were fighting for the Grand Prix of Donbass Tour 2012.  The on form Voila, ridden by Robert Smith once again wowed crowds with her ability, notching up a double clear in the Grand Prix to land the combination 4th place.

Great Britain Third in Dublin Nations Cup

August 30th, 2012 Posted by News No Comment yet

Team GB, made up of Robert Smith (Voila IV), Nick Skelton (Carlo 273), John Whitaker (Argento) and Tina Fletcher (Hello Sailor) finished a respectable third in the Dublin Nations Cup.  Robert gave a counting score in both rounds with a single fence down in each on Voila IV.  They finished behind winners Ireland and second placed France.

Smith 2nd at Hoofddorp

June 30th, 2012 Posted by News No Comment yet

Following their recent success in Madrid, Robert Smith took 2nd place in the CSI2* show in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands with his impressive mare, Voila IV.

The Grand Prix which had a total prize purse of €23,000 saw seven clear rounds coming forward for the Jump Off. Only four of the seven managed to produce a double clear with Robert having to settle for 2nd place behind Abdullah Al Sharbatli and Melodie Ardente.

Talan wins Ascona Grand Prix

July 28th, 2011 Posted by News No Comment yet

Robert Smith jumped a winning double clear on the amazing Talan at Ascona (Switzerland) last weekend (24 July) to scoop the feature 1.55m Grand Prix and also the honours for the Leading Rider of the Show. 

He was one of fifteen clears that went through to the jump-off in this hotly contested event to challenge for the 32,000 euro car. 

Talan, the 11 year old stallion jointly owned by Robert and Di & Pennie Cornish, is currently second in British Showjumping’s Top Horse rankings.  His next outing is at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.

Robert in the Prize Money in Fontainebleau

June 29th, 2011 Posted by News No Comment yet

Robert was in the ribbons once again on both Talan and Balourado in France at CSI**** Fontainebleau (23-26 June). 

The grey gelding Balourado jumped a stylish clear in 1m45 Merial Grand Prix on Saturday to take 4th place.  Later, it was Talan’s turn.  The stallion owned jointly by Robert and Di & Pennie Cornish, produced another clear in 1m50 Grand Prix finishing in 5th.  Talan was once again in action in Sunday’s feature Grand Prix but a light touch of the pole resulted in a costly 4 faults.

Balourado Jumps Brilliantly at La Baule

May 16th, 2011 Posted by News No Comment yet

While Talan was making the headlines in the Nations Cup, the stunning grey Balourado was also making his mark by jumping fantastically to take the second place honours in the small Grand Prix at La Baule. Balourado is a very exciting horse indeed!

So Near but So Far – Robert narrowly misses out on Winning 200,000 Euro Grand Prix in La Baule

May 16th, 2011 Posted by News No Comment yet

Robert Smith and Talan were just one of the eleven clears (out of 47 starters) to go through to the jump-off to stake their claim to the phenomenal La Baule 200,000 Euro Grand Prix.  

Going through in reverse order, Robert was third last to go and looked set to take the lead but a slight touch lowered the last the fence which plummeted him down to 8th place.   “To have the last fence down was gutting because Talan was jumping so well,” said Robert.  “His performance is amazing considering this was only his sixth time competing since Olympia.  He is definitely a world-class horse in the making.”


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