Brit Judge Brings Plenty of Experience to Kihikihi

Brit Judge Brings Plenty of Experience to Kihikihi
UK judge Les Smith has fond memories of working alongside Kihikihi course designer John Nicholson at the Asian Games.
“We both wore pink flamingo jackets and had fun,” he said.
The formidable duo are back together for the 2017 Kihikihi International Horse Trial, where the Brit will be president of the ground jury for the 3* class.
Smith been to New Zealand before, having judged three times at Richfields and once at Puhinui, but never to Kihikihi . . . and he is looking forward to it.
Smith is currently a director on the British Eventing Board and chairs the sport committee. He is a list 2 national judge and tutor judge, as well as an FEI 3* and 4* judge, and has judged at events all over the world including CCI4* classes at Burghley (GBR) and Pau (FRA).
He comes from a riding background and competed at both Burghley and Badminton in the early 1980s.
“I became a judge to put something back into a sport that I enjoyed so much as a competitor,” he said. “I have had the pleasure in officiating at some wonderful venues around the world, including the United States, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Poland, Russia, South Korea, France, Belgium and Ireland – to name but a few.”
Smith will be judging in Australia the week before the event, and have just five days on the ground in New Zealand but is planning a flying visit to Christchurch to see a friend who is recovering from a long spell in intensive care.


Date Added: Wednesday, 29th March 2017