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Become an Owner of Vangelis S

A new share ownership venture has been launched by Robert Smith and professional syndication specialist, Tom Gittins

Trading as The Robert Smith Partnership, the initiative gives individuals an opportunity to experience world class show jumping at its very best as an owner of the exciting 10 year old stallion, Vangelis S ridden by Robert Smith.

Already proven on the international show jumping circuit , the talented Grade A Vangelis S (owned by Sharon Baldwin and Robert Smith) is regarded as a genuine prospect for future major championships, not least the Europeans in 2009 and London 2012. 

The BSJA gold accredited son of Non-Stop, is the first topline approved stallion to be syndicated.  Vangelis S, always rated by Robert as “having star quality with amazing jumping ability” has successfully competed on winning Nations Cup teams in Dublin and Madrid this year, as well as proving himself in the Spruce Meadows $1,000,000 Grand Prix in September.

1/20th shares are now available in Vangelis S costing £25,000+VAT per share. This professionally managed Partnership gives owners the opportunity to watch their horse compete from VIP facilities at prestigious shows in Europe and other international venues.  Owners are also entitled to a percentage of prize money, stud fees and breeding rights with supporting legal documentation.

“I am very excited about this venture, especially being in a position to launch this with such a tremendous show jumping stallion,” says Robert Smith. “It gives individuals the opportunity to experience the thrills of top class international ownership while investing in a proven, sought-after stallion which I’m confident has even more to offer.”

If you are keen to be part of this, then don’t delay in contacting Tom Gittins on 01608 659988 or visit www.robertsmithpartnership.com

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Glorious in Gold in Germany

It was a touch of gold fever in Germany for Robert Smith when he claimed the coveted Sprehe Gold Cup at the Munich Indoor show (December 2008).  Robert was riding Mr Mike Dawson’s talented Holsteiner mare, Columbia, who returned in top form following a break from competition since February.  She put in a faultless performance to help Robert secure the winning spot, not to mention the gleaming gold.Robert also notched up second place in the 1.40m speed class on his and Sharon Baldwin’s superb stallion, Vangelis S.

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Verona Victory for Kalusha while Vangelis on Song in World Cup Jumping

Kalusha and Robert Smith opened the Jumping Verona 08 (FEI World Cup) international show with a stylish win in the speed class virtually one second faster ahead of Albert Zoer and Uraya.

This success was followed up with a third place in the Accumulator on Talan and a great performance from the 10 year old stallion Vangelis S, who wrapped the show up with a competent sixth place finish in the feature FEI World Cup Jumping competition.  Vangelis S, owned by Sharon Baldwin and Robert Smith, had 4 faults in the 134,000 euro prize fund class that ultimately concluded with just three clear rounds.

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With the build-up to Christmas, why not take advantage of buying Robert Smith’s rider training DVD now only £9.99 plus p&p (normally £19.99)?The DVD “Training the Rider to Win” gives useful advice on improving rider technique with a variety of easy to follow training exercises.

To order your copy, simply make your cheque payable to Kingston PR for £11.49 (including £1.50 postage and packaging) and send to Kingston PR, 4 Reeds Park, Ufton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9PR.  Tel: 01926 614696 or email rachel@kingstonpr.co.uk

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The Great Mr Springfield Retires

The prolific winning Mr Springfield owned by Jimmy McCloskey was officially retired from competition at the Belfast International Horse Show (25-26 October) at the age of 15.Mr Springfield came to Robert as a seven year old, having been bred by Robert Gallagher and produced in Ireland by Jimmy McCloskey.  Robert Smith and Mr Springfield (known as Jimmy) went on to become one of the best combinations in international show jumping, amassing over £278,000 in prize money during his career. 

In 2004, Robert and Mr Springfield were selected for the Olympic Games in Athens where they put in a fantastic performance to finish 4th, only narrowly missing out on an individual medal.  Just a couple of weeks later, they finished third in the richest show jumping competition in the world, the Spruce Meadows Grand Prix.

Unfortunately, Mr Springfield suffered an injury that kept him out of competition for the next three years, which meant a move back to Northern Ireland to continue his recuperation with his owner Jimmy McCloskey.

Following a period of rest, Mr Springfield made a great comeback at Olympia in 2007 where he won the Accumulator.  He also went on to win the third leg of the 2008 British Open back in April.

The Irish bred gelding by Western Promise now retires in Northern Ireland at Jimmy McCloskey’s stables in County Derry. 

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Jaguar XJS Jumping saddle for sale in dark brown leather with air cushioned French calf leather flaps and seat.  Never used and in immaculate condition.  Size: 18″ medium width fit.  £800 plus carriage.  Telephone: 01926 614696 for further information or email: rachel@kingstonpr.co.uk
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Ronaldo was in winning form at Geesteren (11-13 July) and set the pace with a blistering clear round in the 1.45m speed class.  “Ronaldo jumped great and was extremely quick,” said Robert after winning the class that was contested by some 70 riders.

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Dalmar Ireland, manufacturer of the world’s most technologically advanced tendon boots, is pleased to be continuing its association with show jumper, Robert Smith for a third consecutive year.Robert endorses Dalmar’s range of boots, using them on his top international horses both in competition and at home, and is delighted with the comfort, performance and protection they offer his horses.

“I am impressed with the design and technical innovation of Dalmar’s boots as I feel they give my horses the best possible protection which is vital in world class competition,” says Robert. 

The patented design utilizes materials technology transferred from Formula One and Aerospace industries.  The designer is a former Formula One engineer with a lifetime’s experience in horses.  Andrew Daly has applied his knowledge of both industries with the support of veterinary scientists and leading equine professionals in developing his advanced Dalmar range.

Dalmar’s ultra lightweight tendon boots for show jumpers, eventers and racehorses have carbon fibre shields to give the best possible protection against tendon injury in the event of the severest of over-reach strikes and from any hard knocks to the canon bone and fetlock joint.  The carbon fibre content helps the force of any impact to be distributed over the entire length of the boot, immediately deflecting from the horse’s flexor tendons and suspensory ligaments. 

They are also unique in being the world’s first air-cooled tendon boots designed to effectively cool the horse’s tendons.  Latest research published by the Royal Veterinary College shows that excessive heat build-up is a significant factor in causing the onset of injury to the flexor tendon cores while galloping.

Manufactured in Ireland, the patented boots have been tested thoroughly over the past eight years.  The design also features a quick wrap fastener that guarantees a secure fit with even pressure applied to the horse’s legs.  This also enables the boots to be put on or taken off in less than a second – simple, safe and ideal for busy yards.

For further information, please contact Andrew Daly at Dalmar Ireland.  Tel: 00 353 (0) 21 4355275 or www.dalmar-ireland.com

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Robert Smith has won the third round of the British Open Show Jumping Championships (5 April 2008) with Mr Springfield, going clear in a time of 61.06 secs ahead of Robert Whitaker on Rusedski  who jumped clear in 61.83 secs.  Earlier that day, Robert Smith had finished second in the Zinc Management Speed Stakes with Kalusha.

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See Robert in Action at The British Open Show Jumping Championships

Robert Smith will once again be contesting the British Open Show Jumping Championships at the NEC, Birmingham (3-6 April 2008).  The former British Open Champion of both 2005 and 2006 will be taking his top horses Kalusha, Mr Springfield and Ronaldo.  The British Open title is the richest single indoor class in Great Britain and features top class riders from all over the world.  www.britishopenshowjumping.com for further information.
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