Meet our fantastic and inspiring team of sponsored riders who regularly compete across the UK and Ireland. They have impressive results wherever they go and we're proud to have them on board.
Upon leaving school Ben had jumped ponies to national level. He then spent 2 seasons race riding learning speed and jumping but it was his love of showjumping and improving that prevailed as his career choice. As a young show jumper Ben succeeded in jumping horses to national finals and national age classes winning Welsh Pony and Cob Society young rider award in 2012, finishing 5th in the HOYS semi-finals in 2014 and having overall welsh horse champion three years running.
Ben then appeared in the nations loving film War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg, acting as a stable lad and riding throughout the war scenes. In 2012 he was talent spotted in Ireland by Olympic trainer Patrick Quinlan and began an apprenticeship riding full time for Paddy.
Ben's stats for the last 12 months read: 125 double clears, over 40 wins and over £3000 in winnings from a total of 6 horses British Showjumping.
Ben is now settled at his yard in Suckley which consists of 12 competition horses. They travel nation wide and abroad, including to shows such as Hickstead, Arena UK, Hartpury Spectacular, HOYS, Scope Festival and many more prestigious events. Ben is planning to add The Sunshine Tour to this list this year.
Ben runs a range of clinics from his yard and offers a number of services for horse owners and riders. For more information on these visit www.benthomascook.com
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Brogen had a very successful pony career, competing ponies right up to grand prix level with many placings in these classes. She qualified a pony to event at Kelsall Hill, where she has the opportunity to compete for Ireland. Brogen also brought on a 5-year-old 148cm that she went on to compete in six and seven year old qualifiers for the RDS.
When she was 14, she was given the opportunity to ride a 9 year old mare by Maltstriker who eased her into the horse classes. Brogen then went on to win the Children on Horses qualifier for the RDS and successfully competed at the RDS in Summer 2013. After ending her pony career at the age of 16, she was lucky to get the ride of a 7 year old stallion by Douglas, that allowed her to progress in her riding ability as she competed him up to 1.35m 7 year old classes and many other young rider classes.
Brogen took the ride of her own a talented mare by OBOS Quality as a 5 year old and they had a wonderfully successful season competing in a number of 5 year old classes including many wins and placings in 1.10m classes and above.
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Luke started riding from a very young age because much of his family has a history in showjumping and different equine spheres. He competed at pony club and eventually worked his way up to grand prix level on ponies, taking him to prestigious shows like the RDS Dublin.
Luke always had a passion for young ponies, which drove him to make a career out of producing and selling on young horses. Luke worked to the limits to build a reputation across Ireland for producing young horses and has developed a brilliant string of horses that have gone to grand prix level.
Over the years, Luke has jumped through the age classes on young horses he had produced and up to National Grand Prix throughout his native Ireland. For 2016, Luke plans to continue climbing up the national circuit to Premier Series grand prixs.
Connect with Luke Campbell
I have competed on the equestrian circuit for as long as I can remember, starting off in working hunter pony classes. I was quickly bitten by the eventing bug through pony club, and I joined Eventing Ireland in 2013.
In my last year in pony classes I bought and produced Rosog Rusty up to one star level before getting my first horse Candy 737 in 2014. I then trained and worked in both Germany and England before moving to Joseph Murphy's, where I was based myself in 2015
In 2016 I began managing and competing my small string of horses full time. I had an amazing season where I was placed in the top 5 at all my international competitions, and got selected for the Junior European Championships on two horses. The season ended on an absolute high when I finished best of the Irish at the championships with my mare Catriona.
The aim now is to progress up the levels with my super exciting team of young horses, while aiming to be selected again to represent Team Ireland at the Young Rider Europeans. 2017 will be important in my preparation for seniors in the future, and we plan to attend more events abroad to gain as much experience as possible.