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Nancy Benson – Life in Balance

A glance at the results of the low adult jumper division at the Winter Equestrian Festival and amateur jumper classes at major Ontario tourn

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By: Susan Stafford-Pooley |

Benson began riding hunters in her teens, coached by Robert Meilsoe. But after graduating, the reality of realty dictated that she give up horses for the next 20 years while she built her business. About 10 years ago, she felt she needed a change and took up skiing and a few other pursuits, but longed to return to her first love. She purchased a couple of prospects and decided that if she was taking another shot at the sport, she would get serious. "Rather than keeping my horses here in Ottawa, I moved them to Torrey Pines (in Schomberg) so I could train with Eric Lamaze and Courtney Vince. Mostly I did hunter at first with Courtney and bought and sold a few horses through Eric." Her two current horses - Joli Coeur and Quannan De Bray - were imported five years ago from Europe through Lamaze and Vince's overseas…

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