About Ben Liles and Team Liles Equestrian…..
Ben started riding at the age of nine at Ross Nye’s Stables in Londons Hyde Park. He spent most of his summer at their summer riding camp just outside Guilford and went on to compete at his first horse show at Kensington Paddock. He also received a write up in wesminster times for his gymkhana performance at the London Westminster show in Hyde Park.
Shortly after the beginning of his riding career Bens parents began to drive a team of Shetland ponies for which later they became National Shetland Pony Driving Champions. Ben gained experience in driving from an early age and still backstops for his parents today.
Ben left school at 16 to study equestrianism for 3 years at Duchy College Cornwall. In the first 2 years he studied BTEC Nat Dip in Business & Finance with Equine Studies where he gained his BHSAI. He then stayed on for a further year to gain his Advanced National Certificate in Equine Management.
After leaving college Ben spent a season Jousting with the ‘Knights of Christchurch’ during which time he opened up his first business backing and training young or ‘naughty’ horses based at his parents yard in Wareham Forrest. It was from here where he began his Eventing career on his first 2 horses, the stunning grey ‘Mercury’ & Welsh section D ‘Willoway washington star’ to Novice Level.
The business soon expanded and so Ben set up his own yard at Heartland Stud, Wareham. It was here that Ben Learned Monty Roberts method of join up which he still uses today when backing young horses.
In 2003 Ben travelled over to America and began braking in horses for Sally Miller the owner of Anna Karina, number 1 Dressage horse in America 2003. This where Ben met USA Olympic Team Rider of London 2012 Tina Konyot.
Ben trained with Tina and competed her horse Justice at USEF Fourth Level, a horse who had previously finished in the top seven at the US Trials for the Sydney Olympics. Ben still trains regularly in Florida with Tina and more recently had the wonderful opportunity to watch and support her at the London 2012 Olympics.