Spencer Smith Is Pushing His Limits, and Finding Big Opportunities Come With Boldness

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pencer Smith has learned to always answer his phone - you never know who might be on the other end of the line, after all.

Smith, still a veritable young gun at 21, had never before ridden on a senior Nations Cup team when he received a phone call inviting him to compete alongside Team USA at CSIO5* Rome in May of 2018. He was in Germany at the time, preparing to jump at CSI4* Wiesbaden, when he got the call to represent his country following the defections of Lauren Hough and Kent Farrington. Jumping at the opportunity, he packed up his horses and immediately set off on another two-day trip across Europe.

Five days later, outfitted in his own red coat, he contributed to a silver-medal winning effort the U.S. alongside Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut, and McLain Ward. While contributing the drop score in both rounds on scores of eight, he did more than impress some of the biggest names in American show jumping around him.