Getting to know Ben
Ben began riding western horses when he was 12 years old on a palomino quarter horse called “Annie”. Although he still utilises principles from his western background in his breaking and retraining programs, he soon learnt that his riding passion lay elsewhere.
At 15 years old Ben had started jumping his second quarter horse, “Tank”. He attended the local equestrian school, Hillcrest Christian College, where he was given a lot of opportunities to further develop his equine knowledge. Ben took Tank though to Grade 2 Pony Club level while a member of Pakenham Pony Club before deciding that maybe he would just pursue dressage as jumping the quarter horse was a challenge!
Ben met Am when he was 18 years old and she had a few FEI eventers at the time and after starting jumping bigger tracks on them he realised he had finally found his calling in eventing and show jumping! He sold his dressage warmblood and rode Am’s FEI horse “Sea Student” to 2* level. He then discovered his talent for starting and producing young horses and produced his next four 3* horses from 3 and 4yo’s.
One of Ben’s most iconic horses was the cross country machine “Chilli Class”. His breeding was unknown but suspected to be Arab X with two of the most terrible club feet you have ever seen. He was given to us because he was so naughty and he bucked Am off when they went and trialled him but they took him home anyway. Within 12 months, he was competing successfully at 2* level, and would go on to win and place at 3*s all over the state. He was named “Equestrian Victoria Event Horse of the Year” in 2016, and helped Ben take out the rider of the year title the same year. Chilli Class would also be Ben’s first serious show jumping taking him around tracks up to 135cm.
At the same time Ben produced “Jamaica”, an unconventional WB x Saddlebred who would go on to place at 3* level and show jump around 130s. Ben’s current FEI eventer “Equineaffair Casanova” or “Captain” is currently competing at 3* level with countless international wins and placings under his belt. Captain is a competitive dressage horse also and Amber is working towards an FEI dressage start on him in the not too distant future.
Ben really loves producing young horses for our team and clients and has a huge team of upcoming horses coming through so we look forward to seeing what 2021 has in store for him and his eventing team!