Theresa Smyth was born in 1985 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, where her interest in horses began. She learned to ride at Weelsby Park Riding School where she was lucky enough to train with Ian Woodhead. Aged 12, she used to help out at weekends at the riding school. Watching the top riders there sparked her interest in dressage and made her determined to become a successful dressage rider herself.
After leaving school she worked for several top dressage trainers including Pammy Hutton, Vicky Thompson-Winfield and Peter Storr.
Whilst training at Talland she gained her BHSII certificate. She spent two years at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre where she trained and competed all levels of horses, as well as teaching all levels of riders on schoolmaster horses.
She had a successful career in Under 21's, being a member of the National Squad Training and representing Great Britain on the Sunshine Tour and in Roosendaal, Holland and also competed her own horse up to Intermediare I.
In February 2010, she won the inaugural BD Dressage Young Professional of the Year Award. This award replaced the Talent Spotting competition and is intended to recognise under 25's who are showing a dedicated commitment to a career in dressage. She was chosen from hundreds of applicants to attend one of three selection days - from these 48 entrants, 6 were selected to go through to the Finals.
Since leaving Peter Storr's yard, where she was assistant rider in 2011, she has built up a successful freelance business, travelling throughout the Midlands and Shropshire.
She has competed and won numerous young horse classes and produced and competed a variety of horses up to Prix St George’s.
She gives individual and group lessons as well as coaching 3 different pony clubs in Shropshire. Her passion lies in helping the rider get the best out of themselves and their horses/ponies.