Leonie Smith

Leonie Smith practicing dressage moves on Rommert HW (Bert)
Leonie Smith is a Grand Prix dressage rider. She is pictured here riding Rommert HW or Bert as he is more commonly known. Bert is a 10 year old Friesian gelding by Heinse 354, National Champion in Holland before being imported to the USA where he competed to PSG level.

Leonie is passionate about producing and training horses with care and empathy. Her talents have led her to work with para dressage riders, which she finds particularly rewarding.

Leonie teaches extensively at clinics throughout the country and it was at one of these that she found Bert. A sensitive and superbly talented horse, he had almost been put to sleep by previous owners as he was terrified of being mounted. With a classic BPT approach to this problem, through carefully handling this fear with patience and understanding, Leonie has taught him to stand beautifully for mounting.

In the competition arena Bert has gone from strength to strength, culminating with qualification for this year’s Winter National Medium Open Championship – not bad for a horse who had been given up on!

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