Although originally a Reserve for the British Show Jumping team taking part in the Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA (October 2010), it was Robert Smith on the stallion he owns jointly with Di and Pennie Cornish, who emerged the only British contenders to qualify for the Individual Final.
Earlier in the week, Talan competing with 120 riders from 37 nations went clear to finish 14th in the Speed Competition on the first day of the competition. Day two also went well for Robert when he produced a superb round on Talan in the Team competition with just a time fault which left him 8th in the individual standings, the highest of the British riders. Team GBR were left in 10th place at the end of Day 2.
The pressure was on for Day 3 for Team GBR (Robert Smith, Michael Whitaker, David McPherson and Scott Brash). Robert was first to go under the floodlights and started brilliantly but had two unlucky rails down. Team fortunes did not improve when David McPherson’s horse became unnerved and was forced to retire. Scott Brash had 4 faults, with a clear this time coming from Michael Whitaker. The team managed to move up a place to 9th in a contest won by Germany.
Although Robert was the only rider to qualify for the Individual Final, just getting into the top 30, having had three fences down in the first round, he opted to withdraw Talan sayin: “He’s done enough and we weren’t going to make the top four so there was no point jumping the final round. I’m really pleased with how he’s gone throughout the Games and once more Talan has proved he’s a great horse.”