International Canadian eventer and showjumper Jamie Smart has died at the age of 62.
The talented rider, who died on June 5 at his home in Georgina, Ontario, spent more than 20 years representing Canada at international competition in both disciplines.
“Jamie represented the consummate rider whose talent afforded him the ability to seamlessly and successfully master two demanding disciplines in our sport,” said Equine Canada President, Michael Gallagher.
“He held the skills that many dream of and inspired countless Canadians to take up equestrian sport. Heartfelt condolences to Jamie’s friends and family.”
Beginning in show jumping, Smart won several grand prix events including the puissance class at the 1974 Royal Winter Fair, and the 1974 National Show Jumping Championship. He then moved on to become the veteran of Canada’s three-day event team, having competed in (and completed) more than 30 international CCI-level events. He was a member of two Canadian Olympic Teams – in 1980 and 1988 – and brought home silver and gold team medals from the 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games.
Smart took the Leading Foreign Rider honours three times at the Rolex Three-Day Event in Kentucky. He placed 16th on Fascination Street in 1994 and consequently qualified and participated in the 1994 World Championships in The Hague, thereby helping Canada qualify for the 1996 Olympics.
William James (Jamie) Smart survived by his sister, Susan Young.
The funeral service is at Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home in Sutton, Ontario, on Friday, June 14 at 11am.