Ben Hobday is a successful British event rider. He grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire. As a child, he was an enthusiastic member of the Holcombe Hunt pony club, qualifying for the Pony Club Championships in all three phases — the first rider in his club to do so in 25 years.
Keen to become an event rider, he became a working pupil for Cheshire-based eventer Hannah Bate, then jumped at the chance to work for top showjumper William Funnell. With William and his wife Pippa’s encouragement, Ben went on to win the under-21 national championships, followed by selection for Britain’s young rider squad. In 2008, he won team gold and individual bronze medals at the European Championships at Krueth, Germany, riding Uptons Who.
Since then, Ben has jumped clear at some of the top three- and four-star events in the world, including Badminton, Burghley and Bramham and Blenheim. He has the ride on the unsually bred Mulry’s Error, a Clydesdale x thoroughbred, described by Clare Balding as having ‘the biggest feet in eventing’. The popular pair have an huge following on social media, via Mulry’s Error’s Twitter profile, @Mr_Mulry, while Ben’s tweets, Instagram posts and Snapchats are taking on legendary status. #yehBoi #TrueStory
They have just completed their third Badminton together which will be Mr Mulry's last. "He'll take it easy educating our stable jockeys, do some eventing grand prix and go out in the field with the mares," says Ben.