Meet The Team

Ben Benson

 

Head Honcho AWCF

Ben Benson - FarrierBrought 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.

Harry Sprinks - BT Benson Farrier

Rhys Anderson-Smith

 

4th Year Apprentice

Rhys comes from Essex he is a 4th year Apprentice and attends Warwickshire College for his block training. He is now going out and about on the van and is getting some experience under the watchful eye of Ben. So far he is really doing well in his college blocks, achieving top grades and standing out from the crowd

In his spare time, he gets fit by going to the gym and socialises with his friends.

Loti Innes-Parry

 

2nd Year Apprentice

Loti comes from Cardiff. She is a 2nd year apprentice and attends Myerscough College. For the past year she has been learning the basics, helping out with all the organising and learning the ropes. This year she has stepped it up a gear and is hugely helpful and is getting to grips with trimming and the foundations of shoeing and shoemaking.

In her spare time, she loves to travel, ride her horse and meet up with her friends

Jessica Doidge

 

Forge Office

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 Stratton

Hillary

Accountant


Hillary has been with the business since 2005 and is Ben’s head of finance / bookkeeper. Hilary is a blood stock agent and also enjoys competing at riding club level with her horse. She is also an active member of the local hunting community.

kite

Kite

 

Van Protection

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.