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Yasmine Smart

"Liberty Horses"/"High-School" Dressage (GREAT BRITAIN)

Yasmine Smart, the granddaughter of the famous Billy Smart, and Eleanor Stey, who crossed Thames on a wire in 1951, is presently touring Germany with Circus Roncalli.

Yasmine is known and loved in England for her role as the glamorous ring mistress on her grand father's much-televised circus. Yasmine first presented a “Liberty Horse” routine when she was ten years old, and was presented with her first horse when she was thirteen. She was then tutored in the art of horse training by John Gindel.

In 1980 she purchased her own group of Arab Stallions, and trained them herself. Yasmine's methods of training are based on positive reinforcement, reward and patience. The horses, who arte stabled in large loose boxes throughout the year, practice every morning. It is indicative of the gentleness of methods that no horse is worked until it sweats.

Yasmine's horses are her work, her art and her life, and for the last fifteen years she and the horses have travelled through Europe, and their work, in circus's horse shows and circus festivals has always been an equalled demonstration of horsemanship and glamour.

Yasmine's Smart International Itinerary:


1985: Awarded a Silver Clown for her Liberty Display at the INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL OF MONTE-     CARLO

1986: Award for the best-trained horse act in Gent, Belgium and the Trophy Anne Marie Puttevils Circus Fans of Belgium

1987: Appeared at the international Jumping and Dressage Masters of Germany (Stuttgart)

1988: Austrian National Circus Award for the best animal act.

1989: The International Interpol’s Circus Award for her exceptional humane equestrian dressage. Awarded the "Cultura de Roma" Golden Circus Award in Verona, Italy.

1990: Indoor show jumping, Stuttgart. First prize for horse display.

1991: Appeared at the Arab prestige in Ostend, Belgium and at the Crinière d'Or- Cheval Passion in Avignon, France.

1992: Appeared at the Crinière d'Or in Avignon, France.

1993: Awarded "La dame de Cirque" and "Special Prize Spencer Hodge"  at the INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL OF MONTE-CARLO

1994:"Best British Equestrian Act" - Circus Fans of Great Britain. Appeared at the Bremen Indoor Show jumping, Germany, and the Maastricht Indoor Show jumping. Also Berlin, London (Olympia), Kiel, Leipzig, Frankfurt.

1995 - 2002: Part of the Circus Roncalli Show (Germany)

Beside of all this, she's presented many other horses numbers...from Circus Krone, Circus Hagenbek, CIRCUS KNIE and CIRCUS LOUIS KNIE and has taken part in many TV Shows (Stars in der Manege, Billy Smart's Christmas Circus, Monte-Carlo Circus Festival, Massy Circus Festival and many more …).

Yasmine's beautiful and quiet horses have also been used for modelling, photographic sessions and films.

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