Tamra Smith is an accomplished equestrian, and ICP level 4 Certified Instructor with over 25 years of industry experience. Specializing in Dressage, Show Jumping and 3-Day Eventing, throughout her career, Tamra offers a well-rounded skill set with proven results.
In addition to having ridden Dressage at the Grand Prix level, and earning multiple Show Jumping accolades, Tamra has made a name for herself in the eventing spotlight. With career highlights that include being named to the United States Developing Rider List (a proven training ground of the United States Olympic Team) multiple times, competing at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** event, and developing the 2x West Coast Young Event Horse Champion, Tamra takes great pride in each horse she works with. Additionally, Tamra was listed for the Pan American Games team in 2011, and awarded a US Olympic Grant to compete at the Boekelo CCI3* abroad, where she was a member of the Nations Cup team. She was also a member of the Nations Cup winning team, at the Bromont CCI3* that same year.
Stemming from the belief that every horse can teach us something valuable if we give them a chance, Tamra is known for training and developing difficult horses, helping them to find their purpose and achieve greatness.
Achieving her long time goal of representing the United States in an Olympics, World Equestrian Games, or Pan American Games would be a dream come true and culminate her already fantastic equestrian career. Tamra’s continued effort to receive instruction and broaden her education is a testament to her commitment to the sport of eventing, as well as her success for the future. Having catch ridden horses through the CCI3* level and trained horses to the CCI4* level of international competition, Tamra has proven she has the skills necessary to stand atop a podium for her country and be a medal contender. With continued determination, and the right support, she looks to be a great United States Equestrian Team rider in the near future. To learn more about joining her in this journey, click here.
Tamra knows each horse and rider are unique. Her training philosophy is that most often horses and riders are lacking understanding and that a carefully catered training program can take their abilities to new heights. Horses are very simple creatures and people…..well we try and make them very complicated. To better understand the horse you have to think like a horse. With obedience comes reward, which is what makes training a horse simple. It’s our lack of patience that gets in the way of our horses training progression, something Tamra believes we must remember on a daily basis. To learn more about Tamra, visit http://nextleveleventing.com/