Meet The Team

Ben Benson

 

Head Honcho AWCF

Ben grew up in West Wales and was brought up around horses and shoeing as his father was a farrier. Ben left school and started his farriery apprenticeship in 1999, training under Haydn Price and finishing his apprenticeship with David Smith AWCF. During his apprenticeship Ben was part of both the Welsh apprentice and senior teams and won 2 individual national championships.

Upon qualifying Bens interest in shoeing sports horses increased significantly having seen how shoeing and its effect could influence the horses gait, soundness, and range of movement. This led Ben then to gravitate his business and shoeing practice towards both remedial farriery and the sports and performance horses that he is known for shoeing. He now has a successful business in North Oxfordshire that employs both qualified Farriers and has apprentices with a client list from hairy ponies to 3* and 4* eventers, Grand Prix dressage horses and Global Champions tour showjumpers. He works with many varied vet practices and alongside all other team associated para professionals. In 2016 he gained his Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (AWCF) Ben was one of the lead farriers at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio 2018 and recently was the head Farrier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

He is the 77th Master Farrier in the UK as awarded by the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 2017 and also one of only 120 Approved Training Farriers in the UK. He carries out farriery lectures to vets, universities and to the public. He has been involved as a consultant with the World Class Programme for some years and currently works with the Podium Potential Squads.

Ben currently sits as Vice President on the Executive committee for the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA) and also sit on the BFBA representative on the British Horse Society’s Equine Welfare Committee.

Ross Johnstone


3rd Year Apprentice

Ross grew up in Somerset and has been around horses all his life. He has competed nationally in show jumping and mounted games, competing for England being the highlight.

Ross has wanted to be a farrier from a very young age and has a passion for remedial shoeing.

In his spare time he enjoys competing in shoemaking competitions and going out with friends.

Ross is due to complete his apprenticeship in 2023 and he plans to continue to work with Ben after he has qualified.

 

 

Albert Jarvis

 

1st Year Apprentice

Bert comes from a little village just outside Lampeter in West Wales, very near to where Ben grew up.
Bert has ridden horses all his life, mainly hunting and show jumping where he completed at Broomes National Championships of Great Britain. Bert is also really into his music and plays both guitar and bass. He also loves Rugby and has played for both his school and local club.

He has always wanted to be a farrier as its something he connected with when he was young having the farrier come out to his horses. He enjoys competing in farriery competitions and working alongside Ben on remedial farriery and enjoys seeing our customers out competing.

 

Caroline Salter

 

Forge Office

Caroline oversees all the office matters and will be the person you speak to if you have any queries with your account. She has been around horses for much of her life, starting at local riding schools from the age of three then going on to ride for local families through her school and college days. She has over 20 years experience working in an office and customer service environment.

In her spare time Caroline loves spending time with her spaniels, holidaying in Cornwall and is a keen rugby follower supporting Northampton Saints.