True West Horsemanship - Ben Longwell
Ben Longwell - True West Horsemanship Ltd
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Benjamin Longwell is the real thing. Ben grew up riding horses and working cattle, following in four and five generations of both sides of his family on the Western Slope of Colorado. After finishing school, he spent much of his time doing day work for ranches & outfits in the area, learning from the skills and experience of the ranchers. He also spent a year working as assistant trainer at Eagleview Quarter Horses in Loma, CO and learning the basics of colt starting and authentic horsemanship.

Having spent much of the next six years in the colt starting & horse training business, his knowledge and experience continued to expand. During this time both Ben & Natalie worked on a 300,000 acre cattle & horse ranch in Wyoming, where Ben was also involved in conducting horsemanship clinics and demonstrations.

Ben has worked with some great horsemen in the West, adding to his natural gifting and lifetime of practical equine experience. Ben is influenced from the methods of such horseman as Tom & Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Richard Caldwell, Martin Black, Buck Brannaman, Dave Weaver and others.

Ben and his wife Natalie, a local Kiwi, had been living in America, but in early 2011 took the opportunity to build a training and clinic business here in New Zealand, near Warkworth, just north of Auckland, working with interested parties and equine groups to provide quality Horsemanship.

Since being in New Zealand, Ben has been privileged to be a returning Clinician at Equidays (NZ's national horse expo five different years giving well received clinics ranging from Colt Starting, Vaquero Horsemanship, Problem Solving and Green Horse Clinics. In the media, Ben has been written about in Horse & Pony Magazine, Rural Lifestyle and a number of local papers.

In 2014 Ben was invited to participate in New Zealand's first Kaimanawa Stallion Challenge - where trainers were randomly given a Kaimanawa Stallion straight from the wild and competed in 2 competitions at Equidays and Horse of the Year (HOY).

True West Horsemanship Ltd has had a continual waiting list of horses coming in for training, ever since starting, and Ben has quickly been recognised in the industry as a great horsemen, especially for colt starting and problem solving.

Ben teaches various Horsemanship Clinics around the country and participants love his knowledgeable and quiet approach to teaching them. Where leaving egos behind and focusing on the horse results in true progress and a great learning environment.
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