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Until she was 16 years old, this is about as close to a horse this future FEI rider and Alternate Pan American Team member got. But, then in high school in Florida, she began to ride, mostly rehab jumpers; hence, dressage became her sport of choice by default.

She attended a college focused (hint) on equine studies, and has continued teaching there every summer. Through her education, she learned how to manage, and market herself. After a lengthy stint with a leading international training and sales facility where she met many of the great European masters, she returned to her roots in Florida, with a plan; to raise enough money to purchase and train a horse worthy of a spot on the 1996 Olympic Team. She made it to the Selection Trials, but after her horse was sidelined by an injury, she learned, it is not the goal but the journey.

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Nancy M Smith has had a life with horses enriched by opportunities to work with some of the greatest dressage masters of our time. As a 1978 graduate in Equine Studies at Lake Erie College , she applied her knowledge in all aspects of horsemanship, management, and marketing her dream, to make the United States Equestrian Team. Earning her USET emblem as an alternate team member for the 1999 Pan American Games, was just one of her goals, but her greatest joy has been the journey, and teaching her clinics and many students who have remained with her throughout the years.

Nancy M. Smith is the founder of Equisential Inc, offering training packages to fit the needs of horse and rider. Whether traveling to do her regular clinics, or providing idyllic training facilities at her winter location in Florida or at her Alma Mater, Lake Erie College , in Ohio during the summer months, Nancy has established a career training and teaching dressage which was launched through her education in Equine Studies at Lake Erie College