Ben Longwell owns and operates True West Horsemanship, based most of the year in Canterbury, New Zealand.
Ben grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado, riding horses and working cattle. After finishing school, he spent much of his time doing day work for different ranches in the area, learning from the experience of the ranchers. He also spent a year working as an assistant trainer at a breeder’s, learning the basics of colt starting and true horsemanship. Much of the next six years were spent in the colt starting & horse training business and his knowledge and experience continued to expand. During this time Ben worked on a 300,000-acre cattle & horse ranch in Wyoming, where he was also involved in conducting horsemanship clinics and demonstrations.
Adding to a lifetime of practical equine experience, he and his wife Natalie moved to her native country of New Zealand in 2011 and took the opportunity to build a horse training and clinic business. Since then, Ben has been privileged to be a returning Clinician at NZ’s national horse expo for eight different years.
Ben has appeared in and written for several Equine Magazines, both in New Zealand and internationally. He also offers an Online Video Library that contains a wide range of instructional videos for advancing students’ skills and horsemanship regardless of discipline or breed.
Ben loves catching up with his clients, fans and other equine professionals from around the country at Equifest and meeting new people to help educate people to become better leaders and partners for their horse's.
Regardless of breed or discipline, true horsemanship is the ability to fit your approach to the specific horse and situation. This builds better communication, leadership and understanding because of mutual safety and trust!
Key learnings to take away from Ben's sessions:
- Mythbusting Groundwork
- Returning to Riding
- The Connection of Western & Dressage
- Problem Horse or People Problems?