Nancy M. Smith - Update for 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009

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International Dressage FEI Competitor, Olympic Hopeful, Trainer, Instructor and Clinician

Nancy M. Smith is not your typical dressage professional. As a rider and teacher, Nancy focuses on the pursuit of excellence through the highest consciousness in life both in and outside of the horse world, believing that there must be a high degree of accountability for both rider and mount.  This focus is a rarity and sets Nancy apart from the traditional rider and trainer.

Pursuits in 2008

Fresh off a four-month German training and showing stint with German Dressage Master Hubertus Schmidt, Nancy, Dolly and Donneur were back on U.S. soil in December of 2007 ready to put what they had learned to work.

Both horses are competing successfully at Grand Prix and are gaining the necessary Grand Prix experience on both the Florida circuit to prepare for success another trip to Germany in the Fall of 2009 to compete on the Indoor Circuit. Then they will take part in the 2010 World Equestrian Games selection trials beginning in January 2010.

Also in 2008 Nancy participated in the Christoph Hess clinic in Florida where Christoph praised Nancy on her skills and noted that Nancy was one to watch for a future Olympic team.

Dressage Today was the next stop for Nancy where her pictures and article were featured in the November issue. She was chosen as the expert to thoroughly explain "Bend in the Half Pass". The article and illustrative pictures were well-received by riders of all levels.

Equisential, Inc.

As the founder of Equisential, Inc. Nancy continues to offer quality training packages tailored to fit the needs of both horse and rider.  With an established career training and teaching dressage Nancy knows how to help many horses and riders that are struggling to reach their goals.  She travels extensively throughout the United States giving weekend clinics and shows the Florida circuit with her Assistant Trainer, Mary Anne Milleman and students.  Visit Nancy's website, to learn more and follow her pursuits up close and personal.  Also, read Nancy's monthly articles and blog!

Nancy has had a life with horses that has been enriched by the opportunity to work with some of the greatest dressage masters of all time. She continues to apply her knowledge in all aspects of horsemanship to help others realize their dreams as well as hers of becoming a member of the United States Equestrian Team. She earned her USET emblem as a member of the 1989 North American Dressage Championship Bronze Medal Team and more recently as the alternate team member for the 1999 Pan American Games. Currently, she is looking toward the 2010 World Equestrian Games riding Donneur and Donatella. This is made possible largely through the support of the horses' owner, Caroline Ashton, as well as multiple grants from the American Horse Trails Foundation to pursue international competition and training.

Nancy's greatest joy is the daily journey of her quest, and she radiates that joy and consciousness every day of her life. She also imparts that perspective to the many steadfast students and new equestrians she meets.

WindSong Farms Equestrian Center

Nancy is thrilled to be the resident trainer at the luxurious new WindSong Farms Equestrian Center. The brand new facility, built and owned by Lori and Warren Wubker, is state-of-the art in equine safety and comfort.  The 28-stall barn has large, airy 12x12 stalls with pillow-like footing, automatic fly sprayers, automatic waterers and large aisle ways.  The feed and tack rooms are air-conditioned and include oversized wooden lockers with pull-out drawers, cabinets and spacing which allows dressage saddles to slide in easily without disruption of other tack and supplies.  There is even a place holder for dressage whips to prevent bending.

The oversized social room has a full kitchen, dining area and 52" flat screen television for family members and friends.  Two large gorgeous bathrooms equipped with showers complete the space.

There are two large arenas, one covered measuring 120x200 with amazing sand and seashell footing (coquina).  The outdoor arena can be seen and enjoyed from the social room.  There are ample outdoor wash racks and one indoor wash rack as well.  Security and safety are foremost and the facility is gated.  Many pastures are maintained and rotated to ensure amazing Florida grass grazing year round. The center is managed by an experienced equestrian who cares for each and every horse as if it were her own.

Nancy's Favorites:

Goal: To ride and teach with the highest level of consciousness and allow every horse to be all they can be. Enjoy the journey!

Saddle: County Perfection

Bridle: Passier

First horse: Palomino quarter horse "The Frenchman"

Clothing/breeches: Kentucky

Truck: GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel

Car: Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo

Supplements and Favorite Products: Platinum Performance CJ, MicroVet

Sponsors: Caroline Ashton; County Saddlery

Hobbies: Reading enrichment books, trail riding in Montana

Book: Success Principles by Jack Canfield, A New Earth:Awakening to your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle and Conversations with God, an Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch

Meal: Breakfast

Drink: San Pellegrino

Movie: The Secret

Song: Simply the Best by Tina Turner

Vacation: Autumn in Montana at the 63 Ranch

Pets in addition to horses: Mourning the recent loss of her beloved lab. Will adopt another dog when the time is right.

Guilty Pleasure: Day off

Expression/saying/mantra: You are the single biggest factor influencing your success or failure and the way you do anything is the way you do everything. Success is great for your confidence but wisdom is gained from the adjustments that you have to make from your failures.

Boots: Vogel

Fitness routine: Weight training, walking and riding many horses each day

Trailer: Imperatore Horse Van