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Tamie Smith on Fitness and Conditioning


Tamie Smith and Mai Baum’s victory lap at the 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Mary Cage

Tamie SmithWinner of the 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event CCI5 German 18-year-old teenager catches a ride on the German Sport Horse gelding Mai BaumShe tailors each horse’s fitness and conditioning program based on the specific goals and needs of that particular horse.

“Going into a top five star, I would be galloping typically every four to five days,” she says. “We have wonderful mountains in our area [Temecula Calif.], so I have access to probably the best gallop that I’ve been able to find in the whole country.”

She explains that having hilly terrain is paramount to being able to get her horses’ heart rates up, especially the non-Thoroughbred horses. The steep inclines test the horses’ hearts and lungs without putting unnecessary wear and tear on them.

Tamie is a great help to the horses in the lower levels. Work with cavaletti and poles Get their heart rates going. It improves their rideability and endurance.

Tamie takes her horses trot-hacking once a week. She finds it extremely beneficial.

“We have all kinds of different types of footing, like a river bed, hard-packed road, uneven slopes, and…

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