Holly Jacks-Smither Retires More Inspiration

Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Holly Jacks-Smither announced last night that she has retired her five-star partner, More Inspiration, from upper level eventing.
This pair were set to compete this weekend at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event when when a heart condition was discovered. At the in-barns, veterinarians picked up on a heart murmur, and after follow up testing, Holly said the decision was made to pull “Morris” from the competition.
In their 13-year partnership, the off-track Thoroughbred (Inspired Prospect x Gentle Buck) took Holly to the top of the sport, debuting at CCI5*-L in 2017. They had another Kentucky start in 2018, followed by a career high, finishing 12th at Les Etoiles de Pau the following year.
Holly posted this tribute today:
“Morris, thank you for being my constant. You have been with me through thick and thin. You took me from a gallop girl to a 5-star event rider.
“We travelled the globe attending Aachen Nations cup, the 5-star at Pau France and of course the Rolex Kentucky.
“You taught me that 5-star horses don’t need to be fancy and well bred. They can have crooked legs, sway backs and huge hearts.
“To say I’m totally heartbroken is an understatement , however I am so thankful that the team at Kentucky found this and he is going to be ok. Thank you to everybody who has been part of this 13 year journey, what a wild ride it has been!”
Please join us in wishing Morris a happy retirement.