It will be a first Badminton for American rider Tamra Smith (44) who is based in Murrieta (close to Temecula) California where she runs Next Level Eventing in partnership with her daughter Kaylawna Smith and rider Heather Morris. Last year with Badminton entry Wembley, Tamra was 14th at the Lexington CCI4*. In 2015 she was the USEF CCI3* champion.
Tamra (aka Tamie) is an ICP level 4 instructor with over 25years experience. She has also ridden dressage to grand prix and competed in showjumping.
In 2011 she was long-listed for the Pan-American Games and awarded a grant to compete at Boekelo as a member of the Nations Cup team. In 2015 she was reserve for the US team for the Pan American Games and then crowned USEF CCI3* champion at Fair Hill and that year was the USEA 7th ranked rider of the year (Mai Baum). In 2016 she travelled over to compete in Europe – she represented the USA at Le Lions – and competed in the CIC3* 8/9 at Blenheim (Dempsey) with who she then completed Boekelo. In 2017 Wembley’s owner Kevin Baumgardner handed Tamie the ride on Wembley to allow her to qualify for Lexington with the aim of competing at WEG at Tryon.
Tamie is married to Dave; she has two children Kaylawna (23) who events and has competed in the NA YR championships and Tyler (15).
Wembley is a 16-year-old grey – almost white – Dutch-warmblood gelding. He is by Lester (Lancer-Julio Mariner xx) out of a mare by the Holstein sire Cantus. A former showjumper before turning to eventing he was initially produced in sport in the UK by Tim Price then acquired by his present owner Kevin Baumgardner (a former president of the US eventing association) who rode him to three-star level. He handed the reins to Tamie in 2017.
Wembley is described as; very particular on what he wants and what he doesn’t want and will let you know but deep down he is a sweetheart.’
17.0hh , grey , gelding
Dam E-VIP (Cantus)
Breeder J. Bovee Yesselsteyn Lb
Owner(s): Kevin Baumgardner,Washington, USA