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UPHA Lillian Shively Equitation Distinguished Service Award: Barbe Smith

The world of equitation has long been a vital part of our sport. Besides teaching young people to ride and polishing their skills for the show ring while providing many life lessons, all those involved spend vast amounts of time and resources to see these young people thrive. 

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, [Louisiana] our recipient Barbe has spent decades introducing horses to untold numbers of New Orleans residents through her participation in Mardi Gras, Son of a Saint, and other programs supporting the community.  

Hailing from Cascades Stables in the historic Audubon Park she has exposed others to the joy of riding throughout the park. Her drive to fundraise and establish a new state-of-the-art facility has allowed her the opportunity to host many events including the filming of horses for movies and TV shows.

Barbe has been impacting the lives of her riders for decades. She tirelessly gives her time to not only her students but also many organizations. A decorated instructor of many titled riders, made it the natural transition for her to become avidly involved through committee services through UPHA, USEF, and ISSEA.   

Most notably she has dedicated an immense amount of her time and energy to the Exceptional Challenge Cup Program and Saddle Seat World Cup programs. Whether she is coaching, instructing, or hosting Barbe gives her all and doesn’t hesitate to lend a hand.  

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