Ben Hobday

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Ben HobdayBen Hobday is a successful British event rider, who was diagnosed with cancer in June 2015. He completed his chemotherapy treatment in September the same year and returned to the saddle shortly afterwards. During his treatment he received huge support from his fans on social media, including a surprise get well luck messages from Richard Branson.

Ben grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire. As a child, he was an enthusiastic member of the Holcombe Hunt pony club, qualifying for the Pony Club Championships in all three phases — the first rider in his club to do so in 25 years.

Keen to become an event rider, he became a working pupil for Cheshire-based eventer Hannah Bate, then jumped at the chance to work for top showjumper William Funnell. With William and his wife Pippa’s encouragement, Ben went on to win the under-21 national championships, followed by selection for Britain’s young rider squad. In 2008, he won team gold and individual bronze medals at the European Championships at Krueth, Germany, riding Uptons Who.

Since then, Ben has jumped clear at some of the top three- and four-star events in the world, including Badminton, Burghley and Bramham and Blenheim. He has the ride on the unsually bred Mulry’s Error, a Clydesdale x thoroughbred, described by Clare Balding as having ‘the biggest feet in eventing’. They went double clear at Burghley 2014. The popular pair have an huge following on social media, via Mulry’s Error’s Twitter profile, @Mr_Mulry, while Ben’s tweets, Instagram posts and Snapchats are taking on legendary status. #yehBoi #TrueStory

Ben was the inaugural winner of the Charles Owen Most Memorable Moment of the Year Award at the 2016 Horse & Hound Awards after captured the imagination of our readers when he rode triumphantly through the finish at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials after recovering from cancer, complete with Willberry Wonder Pony strapped to his back.


Ben runs his own business, Shadow Sport Horse Ltd, producing event horses from his yard in Lancashire.