Theresa Smyth dressage about me

My name is Theresa Smyth. I was born in 1985 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, where my interest in horses began. I learned to ride at Weelsby Park Riding School where I was lucky enough to train with Ian Woodhead. Aged 12, I used to help out at weekends at the riding school. Watching the top riders there sparked my interest in dressage and made me determined to become a successful dressage rider myself.

Since leaving school, I have worked for several top dressage trainers including Pammy Hutton, Vicky Thompson-Winfield and Peter Storr. Whilst training at Talland I gained my BHSII certificate. I spent two years at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre where I trained and competed all levels of horses, as well as teaching all levels of riders on schoolmaster horses.

I had a successful career in Under 21's, being a member of the National Squad Training and representing Great Britain on the Sunshine Tour and in Roosendaal, Holland and also competed my own horse up to Intermediare I.

In February 2010, I won the inaugural BD Dressage Young Professional of the Year Award. This award replaced the Talent Spotting competition and is intended to recognise under 25's who are showing a dedicated commitment to a career in dressage. I was chosen from hundreds of applicants to attend one of three selection days - from these 48 entrants, 6 were selected to go through to the Finals.

Since leaving my job as Peter Storr's assistant rider in 2011, I have built up a successful freelance business, travelling throughout the Midlands and South West. I give individual and group lessons as well as coaching the Wheatland Hunt Pony Club. I also hold clinics for all ages and levels of rider. I am now able to take horses in for training at my base in Shropshire as well as preparing horses for sale.

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