Harvey Smith (equestrian)
|Representing Great Britain|
|1970 La Baule||Individual show jumping|
|1967 Rotterdam||Individual show jumping|
|1971 Aachen||Individual show jumping|
|1977 Vienna||Team show jumping|
|1983 Hickstead||Team show jumping|
|1963 Rome||Individual show jumping|
Harvey Smith (born 29 December 1938) is a former British show jumping champion.
Smith was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and still maintains his stables at Craiglands Farm, High Eldwick, Bingley, near Bradford. He stood out from the ranks of showjumpers because of his broad accent and blunt manner. His career was often controversial; in 1971 he was disciplined (overturned on appeal) after he gave a "V sign" to the judges following a near perfect round which won him the British Show Jumping Derby for the second year in succession and also a 'tongue-in-cheek' part in an advert for Victory V sweets with the slogan 'They've got a kick like a mule!' Smith became so famous that he embarked on a brief, but unsuccessful, singing career. His sons, Robert and Steven, also became equestrian champions.
Competing in two Summer Olympics, Smith's best finish was fourth in the individual show jumping event at Munich in 1972. He later became a television commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation, doing equestrian coverage at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
In 1989 Smith was honoured for being the first man to have jumped in 100 Volvo World Cup Qualifying Rounds.
In 1990, after retiring from competition, Harvey joined with wife and trainer Sue Smith, a former showjumper herself, to form a racing team at their Yorkshire base, Craiglands Farm. Their charge Auroras Encore won the 2013 Grand National.
- Simon Garfield, The Wrestling, 1996