Five Minutes with… Holly Smith

In the first of our ‘Five Minutes With…’ interviews, we quiz European Championship medal-winning Show Jumper Holly Smith about life, food, and the highs and lows of life on horseback.

Name: Holly Smith

Occupation: Showjumper

Describe yourself in five words: Loyal, determined, brave, single-minded, competitive

Earliest equestrian memory? Cantering towards a small vertical in my mum’s field thinking it looked terrifying!

Greatest achievement? Team Bronze medal at the European Championships 2019.

Most embarrassing moment? Getting eliminated on my first appearance in the international arena at Hickstead.

If you could only ride one horse again who would it be? I would love Dougie Douglas back in my string, he is just the most wonderful horse and did so much for me.

Whose horses would you steal if you could? Jamie Gornall’s. I have a real soft spot for his stallion Christian 25.

Last book or film you read or watched? Grit, a recommendation from Alexandra Thornton.

Five guests – dead or alive – at your fantasy dinner party? Ginny Leng, Beezie Madden, Henrietta Knight, Bryony Frost & Di Lampard. Girl power!

Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert.

Something old or something new? Something old.

Night out or stay in? We have no choice at the moment! I love a dinner party in with my fun friends.

Your signature dish or drink? Leg of lamb.

Last person you called? My husband Graham.

What would your superpower be? To be able to detect a lie immediately!

What’s your Desert Island Disc? You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates. It applies to so many people and horses in my life.

You couldn’t live without your…? Devoucoux Chiberta Lab saddles.

One surprising fact about yourself? I am often very unsure of my ability.

Favourite part of RWHS? The location, the whole area is stunning.