Horse: Marius Claudius, 12yo 16.2hh bay KWPN stallion by Concorde

Age: 45

Championship experience: Robert represented Britain as an individual at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, where he produced an outstanding performance to finish just outside the medals in equal fifth. He has also helped Britain to win team bronze at the European Championships.

Recent form

Marius Claudius has shown he is back to his best since returning to top level competition after a break from competition since June last year. He has played an important role in a number of Samsung Super League nations cups this season, including the recent class at Hickstead where the British team triumphed. Robert is currently in top form, retaining his British Open title in the spring and has been number one on the FEI World Cup ranking list. The partnership produced a class double clear at the Royal Windsor Horse Show to win the Links of London Grade A class.

Major results with Marius Claudius

1st grade A: Royal Windsor 2006
Nations Cup Teams 2006: Hickstead 1st, Aachen 3rd, Rome =2nd
4th Speed Stakes: CSI**** Sheffield 2006
1st Masters: CSI**** Sheffield 2005
1st A7: CSI-A Eindhoven 2005
Nations Cup Team 2005: Lisbon 2nd
1st A4 CSIO Lisbon 2005


The eldest son of Harvey Smith, Robert has represented Britain on 73 Nations Cups, has won the King George V Cup three times and was Britain’s only representative at the 2003 World Cup final with Marius Claudius. He has four children.