Occupation: breeder of endurance horses and farmer of 1,400 acre sheep and beef farm
Horse: 11-year-old home-bred pure Arab gelding Glenmore Tariq – or Max at home
Best results: 2011 national champion, 2012 runner-up, 2013 North Island and New Zealand 160km champ, 2014 North Island 120km champ.
National representation: 2008 World Endurance Champs, rode the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games test event.
Andrea Smith has mixed emotions about the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games – she is thrilled to be making history with Georgia as the first mother-daughter combination to ride for New Zealand at championship level, but she doesn’t think she will be able to bring her horse home.
“It’s a straight financial decision,” says the mother of two. “It is very sad – he is a pretty special horse, so this is a big call. So with the excitement, there are lots of other emotions going on.”
Smith was given Max’s dam by her husband Murray as a birthday present.
“His mother was the first pure bred mare we owned,” she said. “At 11 he is still pretty young in endurance terms, and he has been at the top for a while.”
Smith qualified for the 2012 Endurance World Champs, but chose to save Max for WEG.
“I think we could do well in France,” she says. “The course will suit our riders – it’s flat but technical, with plenty of changes in footing and direction.”
|Normandy 2014 World Equestrian Games||Glenmore Tariq||Endurance Team||DNF|