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Bob Smith dies at home at Netherwood Acres

Bob Smith, one of the legendary horsemen of this era, died at the age of 87 on February19 at his home, Netherwood Acres.  Bob’s career with horses began when he was ten, taking tourists from the city on trail rides into the Catskill Mountains. He studied agriculture and veterinary science at Cornell University for two years where he also played on the Polo Squad.  Soon after he acquired Netherwood Acres in 1951, Bob became a member of the Rombout and Millbrook Hunts. He introduced countless people to foxhunting and provided horses for members of both the Millbrook and Rombout Hunts. They all share fond memories of how he influenced their lives.  Millbrook Hunt joint master, Parker Gentry remembered, "Bob Smith had a keen understanding of animals as well as people. His wonderfully dry sense of humor combined with incredible patience served him well in the training of both." Doug Nieters of the Rombout Hunt perhaps expressed it best saying, “the passing of Bob Smith is truly the end of an era of true horsemen, but his legacy lives on in the many lives he touched from Hunt Masters to eventers, to weekend riders, to children. But especially to the horses he transformed into trusted partners. We will miss him but hold our moments with him as an honor.” Born on July 29, 1927 in Saugerties, Bob was the son of the late Leon and Clare Finger Smith. He is survived by his children, Lee Ann Michael, Robert L. Smith Jr., and Kristen C. Smith; grandson, Liam Z. Smith; brothers, Claire and David Smith; former wife, Kathy Herzing; and step-daughters, Natalie Smith and Sarah Filler. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Lisa S. Smith, and former wife, JoAnn Sauer Smith Moses.  His daughter, Kristen, said “it was a privilege just to be with him for 35 years. He was remarkable – a legend in every sense. He was a great father too.” A ceremony to scatter Bob's ashes on his beloved Netherwood Acres will take place in the Spring. Bob's family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, PO Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.