Har­vey Smith

‘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’

Horse & Hound - - Property - by Michael Whi­taker

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

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