Steve Smith is a dedicated horseman with a passion for what he does best, breaking horses. Born and raised in the Gumdale area, west of Brisbane he has always been a horse fanatic. As a youngster he was always around horses and soon found a way to be involved in what has become his life’s occupation.
Early in his teenager years he started helping a western pleasure breaker and trainer, Robbie Wright. He accredits Robbie with being a big influence on his current breaking style. He feels that the Western Pleasure discipline requires horses to accept their training with a certain awareness of their rider and their surrounds before they continue into their education. This brokeness is something Steve still aims to achieve with every horse he starts.
After a short time shearing as a young man, he started working full time on a property west of Goondiwindi. As an after hours diversion he started breaking in horses for Phil Dawson and soon by word of mouth he had up to 6 breakers all the time for various owners.
His reputation continued to grow and he soon had more horses than he was able to handle on a part time basis, so after 13 years on the property Steve and Stacey decided to move on to their own property, ”Waldron”, and Steve would set up as a full time horse breaker. With the support of Stacey and their three children, Phillip, Tom and Lillian, his business prospered.
Steve’s ambition was to keep riding and doing a good job on the horses that passed through his facilities. He enjoyed watching the horses he started continue on and seeing them perform at the top level, such as the 2013 & 2016 NCHA Futurities where two of his breakers, Foo Licious & Moore Metal won the Futurity and in 2018 the DDCC Futurity saw Shines Like Metallic win.
In October 2018 Steve decided to go Pro, it was a natural progression. It was business as usual for Steve with his breaking in program with the added bonus of him being able to train horses as well as start young horses on cattle & Sale prep.