Robert Smith wins joint first place in the Six Bar Competition

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Robert Smith and Ilton win joint first place in the Suregrow Fertiliser Six Bar at Bramham International Horse Trails.

Robert, originally from Yorkshire, is now based in Warwickshire. He is an Olympic show jumper whose career has spanned three decades. He placed fourth in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and has represented Great Britain in Nations Cup teams on over 100 occasions, winning over 20 times. He frequently tops the BSJA Show jumping Riders List and is one of Britain's most well-known and consistently successful international show jumpers.

Robert also spends his time sourcing and selling quality horses as well as training aspiring young riders who are serious about pursuing show jumping as a career. At his yard in Warwickshire he has on average 20 to 25 horses with outstanding facilities and has clients from all over the world.

The Six Bar Jumping competition sees a horse and rider jump six fences set in a straight line. Usually the fences are placed with equal distance between them and the first fence is the lowest with each subsequent fence being higher than the one before.

Horses are either penalized or eliminated from the competition if they knock down a rail.

When, after each round, more than one competitor jumps clear or are tied for fewest faults, the six fences are raised in height for each subsequent round until there is a winner. If there are multiple jump-off's the final fence can be raised to well over 6 feet.

Image with thanks to DoAllThingsWithLovePhotography - Luke Taylor

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June 24, 2015  |   Share: