1971 -1973 Amateur rider for Mrs Jenny Pitman riding point to pointers.
1973 - 1980 Stable Jockey to Mrs Pitman at Weathercock House, Lambourn, riding over 200 winners.
1980 - 1982 Based with Fred Winter at Uplands whilst retaining his position as stable jockey to Mrs Pitman riding top horses.
1982 Retired from race riding after a fall at Huntingdon.
1982 - 1986 Trained point to pointers in Wales- 10 winners and 2 seconds in first season.
1986 - 1990 Moved back to Lambourn, started training career from Hill House.
1990 - 2002 Expanded the yard and progressively improved the quality of horses and the number of winners he trained. The highlight of this period was Sil Sila winning the Prix de Dianne(Group 1) Chantilly, France.
2002 - Moved North to Hambleton House, expanding the string further. Where Bryan and his team have had some great success training the winners of Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 races and many other notable wins both on the turf and all weather.
Major Career wins
1996 -Sil Sila - Prix De Dianne (French Oaks) (Gp1) at Chantilly in France.
1998 -Boomerang Blade - The Doncaster St Leger Yearling Stakes (Class B),
Europes richest 2yo race (£200,000)
1999 -Don Puccini -The Weatherby's Super Sprint - Newbury
2002: Bond Boy - The Stewards Cup - Goodwood.
Monsieur Bond- The Gladness Stakes (Gp 3) The Curragh, Ireland. April 2004.
Monsieur Bond-The Duke of York Stakes (Gp 2) York. May 2004.
Titus Alone - The Windsor Castle Stakes (L) Royal Ascot at York
Sir Xaar - The Ripon Champion 2 yo Trophy(Listed)
Misu Bond - The Redcar 2 yo Trophy(LIsted)
Bond Boy - The Scottish Sprint Cup
2006: Hellvelyn - Coventry Stakes(Gp2) Royal Ascot
Aegean Dancer -Scottish Sprint Cup Musselburgh
Maze- Chesham Stakes (L) Royal Ascot
Moorhouse Lad - King George Stks (Gp3) - Goodwood
Captain Gerrard - won 5 races including:
The Roses Stks(L) - York
Harry Rosebury Stks(L) - Ayr
The Cornwallis Stks(Gp3) - Ascot
Hellvelyn - The Beverley Bullet(L) Beverley
Unilateral - The Firth Of Clyde Stks(Gp3) - Ayr
2008: Moorhouse Lad: World Trophy (Gp3) Newbury
Captain Gerrard: Palace House Stks (Gp3) Newmarket
2009: Distinctive: Firth of Clyde Stks (Gp3) Ayr
Summer Fete: Oak Tree Stakes (Gp 3) Goodwood
Spin Cycle: Rous Stks ( L) Newmarket
2010: Tangerine Trees: Rous Stakes ( L ) Newmarket
2011: Tangerine Trees: Palace House Stks (Gp 3 ) Newmarket
Tangerine Trees: Group 1 Prix de l'Abbey, Longchamp
2013: Moviesta: King George Stakes (Gp 2) Goodwood
2014:Moviesta: 3rd King George Stakes ( Gp 2) Goodwood
and 3rd in the Prix De L'Abbey ( Gp 1) Longchamp
Showing/Judging Retrained Racehorses/Hunters
Bryan and Vicky met while Bryan was coaching show jumping at The Royal Windsor Horse Trials in 1990 and Vicky was the Equine Physiotherapist to vet Jenny Hall (now GB 3 day event team vet).
Vicky belonged to the Pony Club and competed in BSJA Show Jumping before she became involved in racing through the point to point field. Vicky is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and worked in Animal Health for the Ministry of Agriculture prior to training as an Equine Physiotherapist. She joined William Hastings-Bass in Newmarket in 1989 riding out, helping in the office and carrying out treatments on the horses. When the Hastings-Bass (later Lord Huntingdon) team moved to West Ilsley in Berkshire to train from the Queen's West Ilsley Stables, Vicky became the full time Veterinary Physiotherapist and was involved with many good horses including Indian Queen - Ascot Gold Cup; Colour Sergeant - Royal Hunt Cup; Unknown Quantity - Breeder's Cup turf; Drum Taps - Ascot Gold Cup (twice) and many others.
Vicky was a successful amateur rider herself and has ridden winners both in the Point to Point field and on the flat. These days she is very involved with re-training ex racehorses for alternative careers and has been highly successful in ROR show classes including qualifying her three horses Diiferential, Chivola and Roger's Revenge for the Horse of the Year Show competing there every year since 2007. Chivola was the Tattersalls & ROR champion at Hickstead in 2010 and in 2012 Vicky fulfilled her lifelong dream to win at Horse of the Year show on Roger's Revenge. In 2013 Vicky and Chivola were Reserve Champion at Horse of the Year show just missing out on the top spot by a single mark! In 2014 Chivola has shown his talent in dressage and qualified for the ROR Dressage Championships coming 6th in the National final.
You can read more about Retraining & Rehabilitation in the section on this website or go to www.ror.org.uk
In 2010 Vicky completed a three year course in Veterinary Homeopathy and has found that this natural system of medicine hugely benefits the racehorse as it treats the totality of the animal stimulating the body's own healing process and has no side effects or withdrawal periods.
One of the unique features about Bryan Smart's training yard is the constant presence of a physiotherapist and homeopath who also rides out and is personally involved with the horses. To find out more about Vicky's work in any of the above fields click on the appropriate area on this website.
Schooling and training ex racehorses
Regional Co-ordinator for ROR (North East)
Showing and showjumping with daughter Beth.
Beth Smart is 16 years old and totally involved with the daily routine at Hambleton House. She particularly enjoys getting to know the new yearlings as they come in and is a great help when it comes to choosing names for them. She enjoys visiting the bloodstock sales with her dad and is becoming a well known face in the bidders gallery. Beth is very busy at school where she is Head Chorister in the Chapel Choir and plays in the orchestra, however she loves going up the gallops on her ponies.
She competes regularly at shows and has ridden at the Horse of the Year Show in 2010 and 2011 on her 13 hands SHP Mario. Beth has two working hunter ponies to compete - Grangeduff Johnny's Pride and Boolagh little Model and a Show hunter pony Carnsdale Iron Lady. She has also started to compete her mum's ex racehorse Chivola winning and going Champion in the Intermediate class at Ingleston in Scotland on their first outing in 2013.
Assistant Trainer - Kevin Edmunds
Kevin Edmunds has been assistant trainer since 2006.
He was previously head lad to Milton Harris and also rode as a National Hunt/Point to Point jockey. Kevin will be a familiar face to many both at home and on the racecourse where he frequently attends meetings when Bryan is unable to be present. He rides many of the horses in their home work and is very much a 'hands on' presence in the yard. He also looks after the gallops and makes our haylage during the summer.
Kevin relaxes by racing his German wirehaired pointers !!
Head lass - Rebecca Edmunds
Rebecca (Kevin's wife) has an Equine Science degree and is our Head Lass. She organises the yard routine and manages the horses and the staff equally well.
Rebecca recently qualified as a Sport's Therapist (human) and is enjoying using some of her skills on the staff and horses!
Rebecca has just started showing her German Wirehaired Pointer Bandit with much success.
We have a great team of staff here at Hambleton House where we take great pride in attention to detail.
Our staff have won numerous 'best turned out' awards at the races and take great pride in each horse in their care.
Racing Secretary - Karen Ratcliffe Karen joined us in January to take on the role of Racing Secretary. Karen brings with her a lifetime of experience with horses as well as over 30 years involvement with racing albeit National Hunt but we are rapidly converting her to the flat!
Having ridden in Point to Points in her twenties with some success Karen then turned her attention to breeding her best horse being a horse called Mooramana who won under rules and several Point to Points, incidentally trained by Karen too. Mooramana in retirement enjoyed a second career in ROR competitions. Karen is still involved with Point to Pointing can be seen stewarding aroundYorkshire during the season.
Karen lives locally with her dog a weimeraner who is called Dillon, and affectionately called "dope on a rope" due to his placid nature. When not at work Karen enjoys walking with her dog.
Accounts Secretary - Fiona Watson
Fiona joined us in 2010 and comes in on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to run the accounts department.
Fiona was brought up in the West Country where she owned and rode her own ponies and is enjoying combining her accountancy work with the equine industry.
Sue specialises in Homeopathy and vistis the yard once a month to build up profiles of each horse, developing important remedies and nosodes to help maintain their wellbeing, general health and immunity. Sue worked closely with the late Alastair Nelson and this has helped us to create a healthier and more relaxed environment for the horses to train.
Minster Equine Clinic
We are very fortunate to have the services of the team at Minster Equine Clinic near York. Mark Collins and Jamie Christie make regular weekly visits to the yard and are backed up by Julian Rishworth who is also does all the equine dentistry.
Farrier - Londonderry Forge - Huw Dyer
Huw and his team of lads visit Hambleton House every day and help to keep the horses feet in good condition. Huw is a well known expert in his field and regularly lectures to vets and students on remedial farriery.