‘The best piece of advice Harvey gave me was not to jump too big before you go into the ring because a horse only has so much jump in it’
HARVEY SMITH was a major figure in showjumping when i was growing up. i spent many hours watching him on the telly and then on the circuit.
it was my mum Enid who suggested i take note of his riding. His lower leg was always in a good spot, he had a good position in the saddle and he was never out of balance. in many ways, he was a bit ahead of his time.
i was about 10 when i first met Harvey. i became matey with his sons Robert and Steven, and we competed at the same shows. Would i have gone up and spoken to Harvey then? Definitely not. He was a household name. However, if he ever saw you struggling in the warm-up, he would offer to help and his tuition was usually enough to get the horse going better.
The best piece of advice he gave me was not to jump too big before you go into the ring because a horse only has so much jump in it.
To me, Harvey was the legend who would win when it looked like he had no chance, and then give his famous V for victory sign. H&H
‘ahead of his time’: Harvey smith at olympia in 1973