Brought up around horses and shoeing, Ben started his apprenticeship in 1999, training under Haydn Price and David Smith. As an apprentice he enjoyed competition success. He was part of the Welsh apprentice team each year, and won the national championships twice. In his third year he represented the senior team in Verona, Italy, and in his fourth year was part of the winning Moreton Morrell team at the European College Championships, in Saumur.
Following qualification in 2003, Ben set up on his own, as well as working freelance for Haydn Price. At this point his interest in shoeing sports horses increased significantly. He saw to what extent shoeing could influence the horses gait, soundness, and range of movement.
Ben enjoys teaching and training. He is a qualified Approved Training Farrier (ATF) and is an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (AWCF). He also gives lectures and talks, including a seminar at Your Horse Live in 2012. He is one of 300 Euro approved farriers in the United Kingdom.
In the last few years Ben has worked with the World Class Performance program, and is the farrier for the B.E.F Excel Talent program. He also works as a consultant for Centaur Biomechanics. In 2012 he was one of the lead farriers at the London Olympic Games, and head farrier at the Paralympic games. In 2016, he was one of the Lead Farriers at the Rio Olympic Games.
Rhys has been with us throughout his apprenticeship. He qualified in 2018 and has his own business in Essex. However, he still comes back up to help us for a few days each week. All the clients enjoy having him around and he is certainly a farrier with some talent!
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, going to the gym and socialising
Loti comes from Cardiff. She is a 3rd year apprentice and attends Warwickshire College. A very keen and committed apprentice, with some serious skills to match. Very calm with the horses and our clients love her!
In her spare time, she loves to travel, ride her horse and meet up with her friends.
Peter is our newest recruit. He comes from Harrogate and attends Myerscough college. At the moment he is learning the BTB way of things! The forge cleanliness and upkeep is his responsibility. He is hard working and enthusiastic so we are excited to watch is farriery skills develop.
He rides horses in his spare time and has a keen interest in Mounted Games.
She oversees all the office matters and will be the person you speak to if you have any queries with your account. She has been involved with horses for much of her life, but also has been working in the corporate environment for the majority of her career.
Hillary has been with the business since 2005 and is Ben’s head of finance/bookkeeper. Hilary is a blood stock agent and used to spend many hours riding her horse.
Kite works hard to ensure the van is looked after at all times, and is always on hand to clear up any unattended food/lunch boxes that may be littering the cab.