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Benefactor RRS

BennyRegionalChamps2012NAME: Benefactor RRS
SEX: Gelding
COLOUR: Chestnut
HEIGHT: 16.2h
DATE OF BIRTH: 2008
SIRE: Bonheur (Brentano II)
DAM: Heidekind \ Rubinstein
BREED: Hanoverian
BREEDER: Melinda Walton & Larry Smith
PLACE OF BIRTH: Texas
OWNER: Melinda Walton & T. Larry Smith

Benefactor RRS could not be a more aptly named horse!  Since his arrival at Silva Martin’s farm as a four year old, he has proven to have the generous nature of an old soul.  Bred and owned by Melinda Walton and T. Larry Smith, “Benny” is out of their foundation mare, Heidekleid, by Rubenstein I and was sired by Bonheur, a son of the incomparable dressage producer, Brentano II.

Silva and Benny quickly developed a successful competition partnership and during their first year together, not only won the Region I Training Level Championship, but also the CBLM Training Level Championship in a class of thirty-nine horses.  At Dressage at Devon, this team once again proved their mettle by winning the USEF Young Horse Test for Four Year Olds.  In 2013,  as a five year old, Benny and Silva competed at First and Second Level, winning the Region I Championship at Second Level and the Region I Reserve Championship at First Level.  They went on to claim the First and Second Level Championships at the CLBM’s held in Lexington, Virginia.  Along the way, they were awarded numerous High Point show awards including the Potomac Valley Ride For Life competition in Maryland, the Dover Award at Second Level at Dressage at Lexington and the Second Level GAIG Qualifier and Second Level Champion, also at Lexington.  They were invited to the National Young Horse Finals at Dressage at Lamplight in Illinois, finishing Third in the Preliminary Test and Fifth in the Final Test.  To finish 2013, Silva and Benny won the Avery Draper Memorial Trophy at Dressage at Devon  and Benny received the 2013 EQ/Quest FEI Award  from the American Hanoverian Society as Champion of the Five Year Old Division with a median score of 8.3.

In 2014, Benny and Silva started their competition season in February by winning the FEI Six Year Old Qualifier at Palm Beach Dressage in Wellington.  However, everything changed in March when Silva suffered a traumatic brain injury while riding another horse.  Benny was rested and hacked for the next six months while Silva was working hard in and out of hospital and physical therapy sessions.  In the fall,  Silva started recovering, using Benny as a rehabilitation horse, with an assistant walker on each side.  Silva was convinced that Benny took care of her, sensing when she was experiencing dizziness and reacting by slowing down and stepping carefully.   Once again, he was exhibiting his generous disposition.

In the fall of 2014,  the winning partnership was once again in place with Second Level wins at the VADA/NOVA Autumn Dressage Show and taking First Place in both of their classes at the Glenwood Dressage Show in Middleburg, Virginia.  Due to  Silva’s accident, she and Benny were unable to compete nationally in the Six Year Old Young Horse Division, but finished the year by being named the Adequan/United States Dressage Federation “Dressage Horse of the Year” at Second Level!!

Benny’s plans for 2015 include competing in Wellington at the Global Dressage Festival and to perhaps make his Fourth Level debut in the fall.

After Silva recovered from her fall, she returned to the show ring in 2016, moving Benny up to PSG with great success.  They were on an upward trajectory to the GP ring, when in 2017 he tragically had an injury.  Benny has since moved on to a less requiring careen and we miss him very much!

2017 PSG at Stable View

Benny Schooling Video 2015

Benny 6 Year Old Test

Benny at Gladstone 2014

Benny BLM Championships 2013

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