World famous eventer joins us for top flight clinic

We’re welcoming back one of the world’s best known jumping coaches to help the region’s riders train over the winter.

Eric Smiley (FBHS) travels the world teaching – from America to Dubai and South Africa to Denmark – and his credentials speak for themselves.

He was named Irish Field Event Rider of the Year in 1982 and made the team for the 1985 European Championships at Burghley, going on to win two bronze medals for Ireland at two European Championships.

He has also competed in three World Equestrian Games and been on four Olympic Teams competing in Barcelona and Atlanta.


Eric also trained at the world famous Talland School of Equitation and, as Sanctuary Head of Education Sally Page said, he is “one in a million”.

She added: “We are so delighted that Eric has decided to share some of his valuable knowledge and insights with us.

“The clinic is designed to help riders with sound, basic training to get the most out of their horses over winter, helping them achieve a successful season in 2018.

“Eric always makes his talks fun and informative and even a novice will walk away with new ideas to help themselves and their horses.”

The clinic is being held in the giant indoor arena of our Coombe Park visitor centre in Littlehempston near Totnes, TQ9 6LW, on December 1 between 7pm and 9:30pm.

Hot beverages, mince pies, Christmas cake and other seasonal goodies will be available from the café, which will be open from 5pm, but visitors are being asked to bring warm clothes and a blanket to beat the winter chills.

Tickets cost £15 in advance from the Sanctuary’s visitor centre on 01803 866615.