Sponsored Rider Caitlin Benzie


We're delighted to support Caitlin in her dressage career, she is an absolute pleasure to work with. Caitlin has proved herself able to compete with the countries top professional riders and at that time was the youngest rider to ride Grand Prix in New Zealand. She is now riding youngster GC Lucius (Lorenzo, photograph above by Debbie Stevens Photography).

"Miriam and Chris have also been long term supporters of my riding, since 2015. Chris is definitely the only person I would trust with fitting saddles to my horses, I'm very grateful for his and Miriam's support! In 2013 I began riding in Albion Saddles, starting out in a Platinum SLK with Le Connoisseur and then moving to a Revelation (my favourite saddle of all time) on Rosari Royal Gem.
As one of New Zealand’s leading saddle fitters (the leading in my opinion!), Chris has a deep understanding of how critical a saddle is in ensuring that both horse and rider are able to perform to their highest ability." - Caitlin Benzie
 

GC Lucius - Lorenzo

This young horse has started out beautifully, winning three of their four tests at the Auckland Manukau Amateur and U25 Champs. With three scores over 70% on his first ever Novice start, he made his owner Liz Farrell very proud!

Rosari Royal Gem - Jason - Albion Revelation dressage saddle

Out of Kinnordy Gera and by Royal Diamond, Jason is now retired but competed Grand Prix.  In 2017 Caitlyn and Jason took out Champion at the Northland Champs. Other achievements together include Reserve Champion Level 6/7 AMDG Dressage Champs 2014, Champion Young Rider Level 6/7 AMDG Dressage Champs 2014 and Reserve Champion Level 8 Bay of Plenty Dressage Champs 2015.

 Le Connoisseur - Odie - Albion Platinum SLK dressage saddle

Caitlyn also rode Le Connoissuer to Level 5.  Their achievements included Level 3 Champion Bay of Plenty Champs 2014, Level 4 Champion Taihape Champs 2014, Level 4 Reserve Champion Waitemata Champs 2014 and 6th Level 4 Horse of the Year 2014.

We look forward to seeing what comes next for this talented rider and her horses!