mimi Polo

Smith-Tate Horses


The rich history of the Wymont Ranch is the stuff western legends are made of.

Starting in the early 1900's, Bob Tate and his parents raised remount horses for the United States Army. To be assured of the quality and quantity of horses needed for the ever growing US Army, the government provided local ranchers with high-grade Thoroughbred studs to put on their local mares for colts that were strong and athletic. The Wymont Ranch ran 300 mares and 50 of these army studs. When Bob enlisted, he was put to work riding and training remount horses at Fort Reno. As WWII neared its end, he was sent to Calcutta India with 10,000 mules and orders to trail them "over the hump" into China.
After WW2, Bob returned home and started raising, buying & selling the best horses he could find. His talent as a horseman and eye for good horses allowed him to produce champion show hunters and steeplechasers as well as multiple Hall Of Fame Polo ponies.

As the business grew Bob's daughter, Mimi, was swept up and proved her own talent in the saddle, riding polo ponies and hunter-jumpers for the operation. Later, she married famed rodeo cowboy, Jim Smith.

Jim started his career as one of the top saddle bronc riders in the country, winning the Calgary Stampede twice before he was 23 years old. After his decorated career as a bronc rider, Jim set out to build on what he had learned about horses to become a self-taught horseman that excels with ranch and arena horses.

Today, still in the beautiful foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, they concentrate on selling quiet, gentle, sound geldings for roping, personal trail horses, fox hunters, & 3-day event horses, but old habits die hard and a top playing polo pony can still be found around there from time to time including the above, currently played by Adolfo Cambiaso.

Jim Smith & Mimi Tate