UPPERCO, MD. — Crompton “Tommy” Smith died at his home March 5, 2013, and had suffered from paralysis for the past 11 years. This condition occurred when he was thrown from a horse while engaged in a morning ride with a string of horses. Work with, and the enjoyment of, thoroughbred horses were his way of life.
Tommy was born in Middleburg, Va., in 1937. He attended Taft School and Princeton University. The father and grandfather of Tommy were noted horsemen and he followed in their footsteps. From childhood, Tommy participated in fox hunting, horse shows, steeplechases and other equestrian events, rising to international recognition as a superb steeplechase jockey. He had any number of victories. For three years in succession, he was leading amateur steeplechase jockey over timber. Tommy won the Maryland Hunt Cup five times. After winning the Maryland Hunt Cup in 1963, 1964 and 1966 with Mary Stevenson’s Jay Trump, he retired the trophy for Mrs. Stevenson. In 1965, Jay Trump became and remains the only American-bred, American-owned and American-ridden horse to win the English Grand National. In addition, Tommy and Jay Trump were a close third in the Grand Steeplechase of Paris in 1965. Following Jay Trump’s retirement in 1966, Tommy also retired from riding. He and his family moved to Minnesota, where he was a founder/owner of Professional Systems for Medicine, which owned and managed Institutes for Low Back Care at hospitals in five states. Tommy served as CEO. After 22 years in health care, Tommy moved to Boston, where he became the principal executive officer of Datatree, a developer of health care information systems. In 1995, Tommy retired from business to finish building a 68-foot aluminum schooner, Star Light, which he sailed in Maine and the Virgin Islands until the boat moved to Annapolis in 2000. At that time, once again, Tommy participated in the development of racehorses at the family farm in Baltimore County. These activities continued to the time of his accident.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Frances; his two children, Alexandra and William; his grandchildren, Otto and Gracyn; and his sister, Kitty. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in his memory to the American Steeplechase Injured Jockey’s Fund or Friends of Acadia.