Verity Smith



Date of Birth

24th April 1973


Singing, Song Writing and Trapezing


Verity Smith

Blind, Blonde and Blazing a Trail.

Verity is a Blind International Dressage Rider who is going for Gold and competing to earn her place back on Team GB for Rio 2016. She is a finalist in this year’s Daily Mail inspirational Guide Dog owner of the year awards.

“Horses gallop through my veins and no loss of sight will allow me to lose the freedom they afford my spirit”. Quote from Verity.

Verity’s love affair with horses has been in place since a very early age, riding since age 3 and competing on horseback since the age of 5. At the age of 8, Verity was told that she would go blind, to which she responded: “It’s ok; I ride and the horse can see for me!” A testament to her positive nature, drive and determination; the only concession thereafter was a switch from show jumping to dressage.

Having represented her country but having had her London hopes dashed through the death of her horse and injury to herself, Verity is now back in the saddle. She is training with Szekit and under guidance of acclaimed rider and trainer Sandy Phillips. Szekit is a gorgeous 9-year old Oldenburg gelding, purchased in part thanks to a crowdfunding campaign held by Agon and Verity in June 2014 where public contributions generated in excess of £14,000.

Over the years, Verity has been training in the UK, Sweden and France with top class dressage trainers, these trainers have never worked with blind or disabled riders and measure Verity’s abilities against all-comers.

Verity is also an accomplished singer/songwriter whose unique voice, melodies and lyrics illuminate the light and beauty of the darkest corners of our hearts. Since the age of 19 Verity has worked with:-

EMI Publishing, Eagle Records, Little Buddha, Kensal Town records, Mike Dixon Management.

Her talent as a singer/songwriter has led to her collaborations with:

Sacha Skarbek: Ivor Novello award winner, Grammy award nominee and writer of such hit songs as ‘You’re Beautiful’ for James blunt, Paul Herman: Writer of ‘Thank You’ for Dido, Craig Armstrong: Orchestral composer and Oscar winner for film Music for Baz Luhrmen’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’, Daryl Runswick: Orchestral and Jazz Composer, co-writer and bass player for Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Lane, Richard Stilgoe: giving song writing Master Classes at The Orpheus Center UK.

Verity currently writes and performs her songs, with, and arranged by Jason Carter, composer and guitarist. Verity’s debut album ‘La Verity’ is available to download on iTunes now. The album was premiered at the South Bank Center in London in December 2013.

Verity has created, written and performed in a musical theater show with a French Theater Company. This moving and innovative show explores the intimacy of love from her blind perspective. The show climaxes at the breath taking moment when Verity takes love by the hand and flies on the trapeze.

Verity has recently finished her autobiography ‘The Groper’s Guide’ which is available on Amazon. The Groper’s Guide gives an eye opening insight into the hidden world of the unseen, in which the wonders of Verity’s world are bumped into, tripped over, scratched, sniffed and fallen in love with. The book gives a humorous account of the travels and tribulations that she experiences while growing up as a blind explorer, whose perspective of the world adds a new dimension to an already colorful planet. We follow her journey through a wonderland and watch as, just as they did for Alice, things for Verity become ‘curiouser and curiouser’.

Throughout this colourful life, Verity has always strived to open through positivity, doors, which can sometimes be closed to disabled people. She has written online articles regarding access for Guide Dogs in Sweden and represented Guide Dogs at the House of Lords. Verity is also instrumental in initiating and publicizing the rights for international travel for Guide Dogs and their owners.

Achievements & Training


ENGLAND Verity currently trains towards the Rio 2016 Paralympics with Sandy Phillips, who has competed in dressage at Olympic Games and several world championships and is now an acclaimed dressage trainerDaily Mail inspirational Guide Dog owner of the year awards finalist


FRANCE Trained with Max Vendrell (Dressage trainer & French National Team coach/captain for Equitation De Travail)


Verity’s celebrated horse Marcus died suddenly, and Verity was forced to abandon Olympic hopes


Trained with Henri Ruoste (Finnish Grand Prix rider and trainer)


Trelleborg Sweden National Clubs PSG 2009 (able-bodied) 1st prize, score 69


Sweden trained with Peter Bengtsson (Grand Prix rider & trainer)


 Sweden trained with Maria Borge (Grand Prix dressage rider & trainer, member of Swedish dressage team)


Flyinge competition Sweden PSG (able-bodied) 2nd prize, score 72


England and Sweden, trained intensively with Louise Carlen (Grand Prix rider & trainer)


Member, British Dressage Para Team in the World Championships at Aarhus, Denmark; overall 5th and top in her category, score 71


Selected for Team GB. Whilst a member of Team GB, Verity trained with Clive Milkin (Team GB coach)


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