Thursday Morning Feed from Fleeceworks

We’re loving Fleeceworks’ new Team Talk series, featuring stories, words of wisdom and training tips from Team Fleeceworks Riders each Wednesday.

This week’s Team Talk comes one of our favorite Fleeceworks riders, eventer Tamra Smith.

Tamra is fresh off a year that was full of ups and down. Among her achievements were piloting Fleeceworks Cinco, a stunning gray superstar-in-the-making owned by Fleeceworks’ Judy McSwain, to the 2012 USEA Young Event Horse West Coast Championships 5-year-old competition. She was also the recipient of the Rebecca Broussard National Developing Grant, a prestigious honor. On a less bright note, she suffered a broken leg halfway through the year that forced her to spend some time out of the saddle. Through it all, however, she maintained a positive attitude that should be inspiring to us all. She puts it all in perspective in her most recent blog entry.

Tamra & Cinco

From Tamra’s Next Level Eventing Blog:

So grateful for the way 2012 ended because the beginning and midway through wasn’t the way I had planned! But is anything the way we plan it? Not usually!

2012 brought many new relationships that I’m so grateful to have and a few new horses that I can’t wait to have relationships with!

Team USA has a new coach and the changes that seem to be happening are very exciting for all of us who aspire to ride for Team USA and those who want Team USA to be the best!!

As far as my plans I’m very excited to be sitting on several nice horses right now. I have my tentative plans on what and how I’m going to improve on my horses both on a personal level as well as a competitive level.

Receiving the Rebecca Broussard National Developing Grant put so much inspiration in me! I have always been pretty determined and focused, however this just gave me a nudge that is truly going to help me become even better because of the financial boost!

Receiving a 15k grant to better myself is such a wonderful and amazing opportunity. I sat down and realized that I will be able to be more consistent in my training as well as more thorough in my competitions due to not having a financial constraint.

I have already been in full force and its paying off. I’ve been down to Stefen Peters to work on my dressage and be able to watch the master ride!

Lane Clarke has been out to teach me on all of my horses to perfect my show jumping. Niki Hall has been my dressage instructor that I have ridden with for over 5 years now and has been out weekly to help me on my horses… and Allen Clarke has helped me all around with all of the horses especially the horses that need that extra attention to detail. I really feel like I have a great team and we all work so well together.

I have a very busy year ahead of me as well as NLE. I’m really excited about everyone and there plans for the future.

NLE has expanded beyond my expectations and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Every student, owner, parent, sponsor & horse is an important part of the success of NLE and I’m so excited for what the future has in store!

With everything that happens to us in our lives we can only take our experiences and let them teach us and allow them to make us better. The strong and determined allow this to happen and when we do that it makes us that much better. It prepares us for greatness.

I’m really looking forward to 2013, and I am so excited for the future of everyone involved with my program! It’s very inspirational to see each and every horse and rider improve daily! To see the enthusiasm surrounded around our team is such a great feeling and really keeps each and everyone of us wanting to strive to get better!

I’m wishing all of my friends, peers, colleagues and teammates a wonderful 2013 and I hope you find your inner competitive desire to be the best in everything you do!!!

Cheers to SUCCESS & Kickin Butt!!!


Well-written, Tamra, and here’s wishing you the best in 2013!

Go Fleeceworks, and Go Riding!

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