Training Education and Experience
Ben's horse journey started in 2004 at age 11 when he and his family moved to a small farm in Manchester, Maryland. Already living on the farm was a 25 year old un-broke mustang mare named Sugar. Ben was hooked and in April 2006 he got his first riding horse. Starr was a coming three year old 17 hand Percheron/ Thoroughbred gelding. By May of the same year, Ben was taking weekly lessons with local dressage trainer, Jackie Hyde just to learn enough to stay safe. Almost immediately, he saw Jackie her dressage horse and from that moment, Ben knew he wanted to dedicate his life to becoming the best rider he could become and later to become the best trainer he could be.
From 2006 to 2009, Jackie taught Ben on everything she could and took him from a very fresh beginner to showing through third level on multiple horses and developing stallion handling skills and even in starting young horses.
In the spring of 2009, Ben took his gelding to First Choice Farm in Woodbine, Maryland for a lesson with Felicitas von Neumann-cosel. He was so inspired with her riding and theory that he never left. Ben worked for Felicitas from 2009 until 2011. In this time, he was really developed as a feeling rider and it was really ingrained to always strive to be better in your own riding and understand horses in a deeper way; to really appreciate horses for what they are and everything they give us. Every day was inspiring and to this day, he strives to become the best horseman he can be because of her.
Ben was then offered a position working for James Armstrong helping to work horses for him at his business. During this short period, he showed again through Prix St, George young riders and started to develop his own clientele base with a group of sales horses.
After a short internship at Lars Petersen's farm in Florida, he went to work for Scott and Susanne Hassler in Chesapeake City, Maryland and was offered the ride on some very talented horses to campaign for the show season.
In Late 2012, Ben made the decision to move to KYB dressage and to further his career as a young professional. Both Kim and Yvonne Barteau worked with Ben to show through Grand Prix on a variety of horses, and to develop a client base that he retains today.
2014 brought Ben back to Maryland where he set up his own operation in Union Bridge, Maryland. His show and competition barn had a loyal following of competition oriented boarders, and sales horses. in Maryland, Ben continued his own education with several of his previous mentors and also added work with world-renowned classical dressage trainer, author and clinician, Paul Belasik.
Ben has also worked in private sessions or clinics with other top trainers such as Steffen Peters, Catherine Haddad-Staller, Tina Konyot, Bo Jena and Isabell Werth.