Meet popular coach and internationally acclaimed horseman Eric Smiley, find out about his new book "Two Brains One Aim" and get the chance to purchase the book and have it signed by then man himself.
Born in Ireland, he has represented Ireland at two European Championships, gaining team bronze medal on each occasion. Three World Equestrian Games and been on four Olympic Teams competing at Barcelona and Atlanta. A consistent and regular participant at Burghley and Badminton, he has also represented Ireland at all levels of International competitions throughout Europe.
A passionate and enthusiastic teacher, Eric has conducted clinics around the world from the continent of America to Dubai and South Africa to Denmark. In 1995 he took the Fellowship of the British Horse Society examination. The highest teaching qualification in the world with only 59 so qualified. He brings a unique blend of competition experience and education to an audience of all levels. In 2014 he was was the recipient of the Pat Smallwood memorial trophy voted by Fellows & Instructors of the British Horse Society to the member who contributes to the Association with their expertise, encouragement and is an ambassador for the sport and Association.
Eric is an FEI International Judge who regularly acts as a Ground Jury member. He was Team Coach to the Belgian eventing team for the London Olympics 2012 and the European Championships 2011. For 18 years Eric was Director of the Golden Saddle Scheme, identifying talented children in all equestrian disciplines and coordinating their training bursaries. He has been Chairman of Eventing Ireland (Northern Region) for a total of 5 years throughout the last 15 years.
His many interests and talents keep him extremely busy but he still manages to find time for them all and also starts off all his homebred young horses.
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