Theresa Smyth horses - Brownscombe Francisco Theresa Smyth horses - Brownscombe Francisco Theresa Smyth horses Theresa Smyth horses - Brownscombe Francisco

Brownscombe Francisco, owned by Louise Danton, is an 8 year old bay gelding, 16.2hh, by Fontaine Bleu. 2014 proved to be a very successful year in competition for Cisco, culminating in the Novice Open National Dressage Championships in September. You can watch the video of him qualifying for the Nationals on 1st August 2014 at Mount Ballan Regional Championships Novice Open, scoring 71.61%. The pictures show him in February 2015 winning the Elementary Open class at Allens Hill with 73.1% and at Patchetts Winter Regionals April 2014 (photo courtesy of Catch-It-Quick Photography)"

Winter Championships April 2016 at Hartpury College

In a hotly contested class with less than two percent separating the top five, it was Shropshire-based Theresa Smyth who topped the leader board in the Petplan Equine Medium Open Area Festival Championship. Piloting Louise Danton's nine-year-old Fontainbleau-sired gelding Brownscombe Francisco, Theresa scored 69.80% to not only earn the title but also a personal best.

"I'm over the moon! We compete him quite likely, so I didn't have any expectations - although of course I wanted to win," admitted a delighted Theresa "I went out last week to give him a run and he won both classes, so I was quietly confident. He definitely feeds off me, so I had to calm myself down a little bit so not to stress him out too much.

He was a little bit conscious of the trade stands but settled down really nicely and about halfway through the test he took a breath and was really good," continued Theresa. "The mediums and half passes were definite highlights for me, his walk pirouettes weren't great but other than that he felt so secure and I feel like I have so much more time now between movements."

Theresa and 'Sisco', who train with Maria Eilberg, have been a partnership for almost four years after Louise bought him as a five-year-old and didn't quite gel as a combination.

"I've spent the winter training him and making him more secure in his work," stated Theresa. "We've already qualified for the Summer Regionals at Medium, next we'll move him up to Advanced Medium, then PSG.

"We've got a secure bond now, he understands what I want and vice versa - he even follows me around the arena, which Louise finds hilarious. We're in a good place at the moment. I'm trying not to get too excited but I have high hopes for him!"

Photo courtesy of Kevin Sparrow Photography.

Theresa Smyth dressage
Theresa Smyth horses - Livingstone II Livingstone II (otherwise known as Dave) owned by Henrietta Cheetham was sent to me to compete until he was sold. A 6 year old Westphalian gelding, by Fidermark, he was bought at the Brightwells auction. I competed him in the British Dressage Young Horse 6 year old classes at Wellington Premier League Show in June 2016. He won the Qualifying class there on a score of 7.94 thus qualifying for the National Dressage Horse 6 Year Old Championship at Hickstead. He was sold before the Championship in July and will be continuing his career abroad."Theresa Smyth dressage
Colour Trento M, owned by Richard & Sue Cook, is a stunning 16.2hh 8 year old skewbald gelding by Trento B. Purchased in 2010 from the Equine Elite Auction in Holland, he was the first ever coloured horse selected to go through the sale. We had excellent competition results in 2014 at Elementary Open level and hope to continue this year through to Medium/Advanced Medium, although he is with me to be sold.
Theresa Smyth dressage
Theresa Smyth horses - Uppergraig Black Flyer Uppergraig Black Flyer, owned by Tracey Young, 12 years old. A Welsh Section D who was sent to me to prepare for sale. He had done all the Pony Club activities, teams etc and some unaffiliated dressage with Tracey's daughter, but they wanted to improve his dressage. Such a lovely horse, he competed both at Novice and Elementary Open through 2014. The photo shows him in February 2014 at Myerscough Winter Regional Championships. He qualified for the Summer Regional Championships also at Novice Open and scored 68.68% at Mount Ballan in August 2014. He was sold shortly afterwards and I am sure he is giving his new owner lots of pleasure.
Theresa Smyth dressage
Theresa Smyth horses - Uppergraig Black Flyer Hermani, owned by Kath Ackroyd, a 6 year old Hanoverian gelding. Bought as a 4 year old, Kath asked me to take on his training and compete him, with a view to her taking him back when she felt ready. A very sweet horse, I competed him very successfully in 2013/2014, winning the Pet Plan Area Festival Novice Open at Summerhouse and coming 2nd at the Winter Championships in the same class. Kath has taken back the ride on Herman and is having a lot of success with himTheresa Smyth dressage
Escada, bought by Louise Danton from the Brightwells Auction in December 2013. Ethel, as she is known in the stable! is a Hanoverian mare by the stallion Edward, known for his rideability. She has competed her lightly at Preliminary level, but as Louise is now pregnant, she has handed over the ride to me until she is able to get back riding and competing towards the end of 2015
Theresa Smyth dressage
Chelsea, bought by Tracey Young as an unbacked 3 year old from Brightwells August 2014. A Westphalian mare by SJ sire Chello III and Flemmingh. She was backed in October 2014 and is progressing nicely. I am aiming her at the 4 year old Young Horse dressage classes this year, although without pushing her as it is more important to get her physically strong.
Theresa Smyth dressage
Theresa Smyth horses - Gucci

Gucci - sold 2014

Theresa Smyth dressage
Theresa Smyth horses - Beron

Beron - sold 2014

Theresa Smyth dressage

These are my main competition horses, however I ride many more and aim to take out a few exciting prospects this year.

Image credits: Equine Life Photography

Theresa Smyth dressage
Theresa Smyth dressage gallery Theresa Smyth dressage contact Theresa Smyth dressage results Theresa Smyth dressage blog Theresa Smyth dressage facebook