July Excerpt: Punch Back with Eventer, Holly Jacks-Smither

It takes a certain kind of bravery to be a three-day eventer at the top levels of the sport. There’s a grit and a toughness one needs to push along the ultra-fit horse required to tackle some of the largest, most unforgiving jumps in the world, down ditches and up banks, at a full gallop.

And then there’s Holly Jacks-Smither, a 32-year-old Canadian four-star eventer, who has proved she can do just that and more. Aside from eventing, in which she took an off-track Thoroughbred to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event for the second time this year, she also gallops racehorses on the track. She’s married to an English Thoroughbred trainer. And she grew up barrel racing and team penning.

Did I mention she also boxes competitively?

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