Monday, February 9, 2015

HBE Kicks Off 2015 Season at Galway Downs

HBE Kicks Off 2015 

Hawley Bennett Eventing had a fabulous start to the season, competing at the Galway Downs Winter HT. Hawley competed Bodark in the Open Preliminary division and he had a terrific first show of the season. Hawley was also lucky enough to compete Ina McRoy's young gelding, Cheval De Tonnerre, in the Training division. Hawley and Frenchie proved they are a great team, winning the division from start to finish. Frenchie will be moving up to Preliminary level, with eyes on a 1* at the end of the 2015 season. Hawley cannot wait to see what the future has in store for this incredible horse and is so grateful to Ina for the chance to ride him!

Another new member to HBE is Dinero, a stunning Thoroughbred Gelding who is truly a pleasure to ride. He has all the look of an upper-level event horse; he is extremely talented, a super jumper, and great mover. Dinero and Hawley made their eventing debut together at Galway and it went fantastically. This talented horse is also for sale.

HBE has been busy welcoming new horses this month, and is happy to have Denny in the barn as a sale horse. Carpe Diem aka "Denny" is a 2009 16.2 hand bay Warmblood cross by Grand Prix Show jumper Capone. Denny is extremely talented with a superb canter and a big jump! Denny will be in professional training until sold. 

HBE could not be happier and prouder of super groom, Sarah Braun, who was back competing on her beloved mare, Candy. It's been a long road to recovery after Candy had colic surgery last year but this pair never gave up and seeing them back in action was the highlight of the weekend. Not only did Sarah compete Candy, she has also been fortunate enough to have the ride on Talan, a young TB owned by  Dr. Korin Potenza & Dr. Nick Huggons. Both horses competed in the Preliminary Rider division and finished in the top ten! Congratulations Sarah!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sarah Braun Named Best Groom of the Year!

HBE is so proud to announce that our very own Sarah Braun is the 2014 Christine E. Stafford Groom of the Year! This prestigious honor was established in 2005 for the U.S. Eventing Association to recognize the vital role played by the groom, who works countless hours behind the scenes to make sure their horses and riders are healthy, happy, and poised for success. Nominations are made by their employers, reviewed by the USEA Awards Nomination Committee and awarded at the Annual USEA Convention.

This award could not have gone to a more deserving individual and Hawley along with every member of the HBE Team is grateful for the hard work and dedication that Sarah has shown. We could not do what we do without her and feel very fortunate to call her a member of HBE!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hawley Bennett Selected as Guest Speaker and Clinician for USEA Clinic at Aspen Farms!

USEA Hawley Bennet Clinic
Jan 11-12th (Sunday and Monday) 2015
Sponsored by Area VII
USEA Area VII is proud to offer the opportunity to ride with one of Canada’s top riders.  Hawley has a wealth of team experience, representing Canada in multiple Olympics, as well as winning team silver at the the CanAms  and the World Equestrian Games.  She completed Badmitton, Burghley, Rolex, and Pau CCI****’s.  Hawley will be our guest speaker at the annual meeting held on Jan 10th, in Olympia, WA.

The clinic will be 2 days of group stadium jumping sessions (cross country fences if weather permits in the outdoor), with a maximum of five riders per group. Open to all riders and horses with some jumping experience.

The clinic and stabling will be held at Aspen Farms in Yelm, WA,

DISCOUNT FOR ATTENDEES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING.  Clinic cost is $250 for those attending the Area VII annual meeting in Olympia – All others $275. Single day only may be available, cost will be $150 per day.  Stabling $25 per night, Auditing -$15 per day includes lunch. Cancellations before December 20th will receive a full refund.   Cancellations after December 20th will be refunded minus $50.00 if your spot is filled.  Cancellations that are not filled will not receive a refund.

 Send entry form, release form, and all checks to organizer  Devin Robel, 34817 Matthews Rd. Eugene OR 97405

Download link to entry form HERE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HBE Makes Sweet Oaks Ranch New Home

Hawley Bennett Eventing is proud to announce our move to a much-anticipated new location, Sweet Oaks Ranch! Located directly across the street from one of the top international events in the country, Galway Downs, we will offer full board and state of the art amenities for new and current HBE clients beginning November 1st, 2014. 

Complete with a stunning twenty-stall barn, gated entrance, two large arenas with covered viewing areas, grass turnouts with shelters, a eurosizer, round pen and much more, this stunning facility is one you have to see for yourself. Hawley is so excited to make this a new home for her business, horses and clients. Sweet Oaks Ranch really has everything she could ever want in a facility, and with it being across from Galway Downs, schooling opportunities, trails, and locations to ride are truly endless!

For more information and pricing please contact Hawley at

High Duty Conquers the AEC's

Hawley had a blast taking High Duty around his very first Novice Championship at the AEC's in Texas! HD proved he was up for the challenge with a very obedient dressage test, scoring a 34.5. He followed this up with a double clear cross-country round on one of the more difficult tracks he has encountered. In addition to a great show jumping performance, with just one unlucky rail.

Hawley is grateful to have the ride on this beautiful 5 year old, and is very excited to take him up the levels. Thank you to The Hawthornes for this wonderful opportunity! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LAX-->AMS--> Maizey Manor

From Sarah:
LAX-->AMS--> Maizey Manor 

After two weeks of packing and repacking several times, it was finally time to head across the pond. We had to make a quick stop down the street from KingsWay before departing for LAX with Ginny. We went to pick  up "Quinberry", ridden by Bill Norwood, who will be representing Australia in Reining at the World Equestrian Games. Once all the equipment was loaded, we headed to LAX to drop off the horses at JetPets for the night, before flying to Amsterdam Thursday afternoon.  

We arrived at Jet Pets late Thursday morning to board Ginny & Quinberry onto the pallet, and then we were off to the airport. Once boarded, and 10 hours later, we made it to Amsterdam! Bill and I walked to the KLM cargo port, and waited patiently for the vets to arrive before we could take the horses off the pallets. Once the vet check was complete I was able to put Ginny in a stall to rest until Jessica Phoenix and her groom Sandra Andresen, and Selena O'Hanlon's groom Anne-Marie Duarte and their horses arrived. Finally, after just over 6 hours of waiting, we loaded all the equipment and horses onto the lorry and we were off to England!

We arrived around at Maizey Manor somewhere around 1AM, where team training camp will be held for the next week before heading to Normandy. We unloaded the horses and equipment, tucked in the ponies for the night and were finally off to bed after a long 2 days of travel. 

Our alarms came way too quickly the next morning! With just a few hours of sleep and a little jet lag, we got up and took care of the ponies who all looked great and happy to be here. Once we met our riders at the barn and everything was cleaned and organized we headed into the little town of Barborough for an English breakfast. 

While the horses were turned out in the luscious green grass fields for a few hours (which they very much enjoyed) the team discussed a few things for the coming week and our team gear was handed out. 

Hawley, Selena, and Jessie set out on finding jog outfits, while a few of us had a cup of tea and an afternoon nap... 

It's beautiful here in England, and the horses all look great, lessons and gallops are planned for the week, and some team activities as well!

Part of Team Canada in Amsterdam

Ginny on the lorry headed to England

We have arrived!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rebecca Farms and the Road to the WEG

From Sarah:
As the countdown to the World Equestrian Games began, Gin & Juice spent some time at her Auntie Robyn Fisher's while Hawley coached Area VI at Young Riders. Since Hawley had to head straight from Kentucky to Rebecca Farms in Montana, Chloe and I packed up the trailer and made a quick pitstop in L.A. to pick up Ginny and meet up with Robyn's crew. By midnight we were on the road with three trailers and ten horses. 24 hours and a layover in Salt Lake City later, we arrived at the prestigious Event at Rebecca Farms. Our precious cargo arrived happy and healthy. Hawley's first ride of the weekend, High Duty, ran the N3D and put in a beautiful dressage test to put them in the lead, which they held onto throughout the weekend to take home the blue!

Rebecca served as Ginny's last prep run before a little show in France A.K.A. The World Equestrian Games. To prepare for dressage day we tried a technique recommended by Uncle Buck- of lunging, which seemed to have paid off, as Hawley and Ginny led the CIC3* division after dressage! Since this was Ginny's first cross-country run since Rolex, Hawley's focus was to make Ginny rideable and get her 'feet wet.’ Their run put them into third going into show jumping after incurring a few time faults. The show jumping arena was packed with spectators and Ginny entered the arena fired up on Sunday. She unfortunately took down a handful of rails but still ended the weekend with an exciting fourth place finish!

We packed up, loaded the horses, and began the long haul home on Sunday afternoon, driving through the night before stopping at our halfway point. We finally arrived home at 1:30 AM on Tuesday from what was simultaneously an exhilarating and exhausting trip to Rebecca Farms!

After a few days of recuperation time for the horses and ourselves, we headed to a local jumper show the following weekend for some practice and fine-tuning. Now, with less than a week left before we head across the pond, the Juicer and a few of her friends went up to L.A. for some "round and fluffy" dressage lessons with Robyn Fisher. Only days away from takeoff and with less than three weeks until the start of competition in Normandy, it's time for the final countdown to begin.... Gulp!