Rose Hugh Smith

Rose – International Dressage Champion

rose-2Fifteen year old Rose Hugh Smith lives with her family in Church Lane. She has had a keen interest in horses from a very early age, started riding lessons aged four and had her first pony at seven. From there she has progressed to owning her present horse Florentino (known as Flo) a ten year old which stands at seventeen hands. Flo is a German bred dressage horse and together he and Rose are proving a very successful team.

Rose was a member of the European Pony Team in 2013 for riders aged 14–16 with ponies under 14.2. The team won a Bronze medal. This year she has competed in England, France and Belgium gaining a personal best in France last year of 75% from one judge. This is her first year of competing on a horse rather than a pony and she has been in the under 18 Junior Squad since the beginning of October. This summer she took part in the under 25s Championships and became a medium reserve champion. The summer also saw her in the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme where her successes continued. Rose has two trainers, keeps fit in a gym and both she and Flo have physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment.

I know almost nothing about horse riding but had to wonder how Rose fits all this in with school! She attends a girls’ boarding school in Ascot, Berkshire which is very supportive of her sport. Her mother collects her from school so that she can come home to ride during PE lessons and while she is away competing she takes school work with her.

Rose will take GCSEs in nine subjects next year and plans to go to university to do an economics degree.

She has her sights set on the Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games.

It is no surprise that she hopes to make a career in dressage.

Sue Nickson