Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 5th May, 2019 #MMBHT


British rider Ben Hobday (30) last completed Badminton in 2016 with Mulrys Error his entry this year. Ben, from Rossendale in Lancashire is now based near Morpeth in Northumberland, where he runs his own business Shadow Sport Horse Ltd producing event horses.

Ben began riding aged four, progressed to local shows and was a winner of ‘first ridden’ at Ponies UK. With Lancashire’s Holcombe Hunt Pony Club Ben qualified for the Pony Club championships in all three phases; the first to do so in his pony club for 25 years. Keen to become an event rider he went as a working pupil to Cheshire based Hannah Bate, then went to work for show jumper William Funnell. He now trains with Chris Bartle.

In 2006 Ben won the U21 National Championships (Uptons Who) and was selected for Britain’s young rider squad. In 2007 he and Upton’s Who represented GB at the Young Rider European Championships, finishing on their dressage score in 6th place. In 2008 the pair won European team gold & individual bronze at Kreuth. In 2010 Ben competed in his first four-star at Pau with Gun A B Good, where he was 11th and in 2012 at Burghley the pair was 33rd with a double clear and Ben won the prize for the highest placed Under-25.

In 2010 he was the winner of the four-year-old section of the Burghley Young Event horse final with Shadow Boxer and in 2011 the pair was second in the five-year-old final. In June 2015 he was diagnosed with cancer (Burkitts Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma). He completed chemotherapy in September and in March the following year with Mulrys Error competed in his first three-star since diagnosis.

Outside of eventing Ben enjoys ‘all extreme sports’. His father Steve was a British National champion in motocross and also competed in formula Ford, legend and stock car racing.

Ben trains with dressage rider Matt Frost. Ben is married to Emma.

Mulrys Error is a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding of unverified breeding albeit according to his breeder Mark Mulry he is by the thoroughbred Eves Error (a son of Be My Guest) out of a Clydesdale mare. He was bought by his owner as a four-year-old and was produced by Sally, who was taught by Ben, to one-star when she asked Ben to ride him. He has ridden him since and exceeded all expectations; in 2014 the pair completed Burghley with a double clear – the horses first four-star. Ben says; ‘he is the event horse with the biggest feet but also has a heart of gold’ and describes him as ‘the V8 supercob sent to give the average cob hope that anything is possible’. Ben claims he turned down a top job working for Budweiser as part of the Clydesdale advertising team.





Mulry's Error

Clydesdale x TB, Ireland, 2002
16.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Eves Error

Breeder Mr Mark Mulry

Owner(s): Sallie Ryle, Ilkley, W. Yorks.

Notable Results

2017 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CC2* 10th Shadow Man

2017 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 4th Kaapachino

2017 – Millstreet CCI3* 8th Lawless Lil

2017 – Bramham CCI3* 27th Mulrys Error

2016 – Burnham Market CIC3* 34th Mulrys Error

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 20th Mulrys Error

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 38th Mulrys Error

2014 – Tattersalls CIC3* 16th Mulrys Error

2013 – Blenheim CCI3* 30th Mulrys Error

2013 – Bramham CCIU253* 11th Mulrys Error

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 33rd Gun A B Good (highest U-25)

2012 – Bramham CCI3* U-25 6th Gun A B Good

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 41st Gun A B Good

2011 – Hartpury CIC3* 26th Gun A B Good, 14th Upton’s Who

2011 – Bramham CCI3*U-25 5th Uptons Who, 18th Gun A B Good

2010 – Pau CCI4* 24th Gun A B Good

2009 – Burnham Market CIC3* 14th Uptons Who

2009 – Bramham CCI3*U25 4th Uptons Who

2009 – Kreuth CH-EU-YR C2* 3rd Uptons Who

2007 – Blair Castle CH-EU-YRC2* 6th Uptons Who

2006 – Weston Park CCIY2* 1st Uptons Who


2016 – 32nd Mulrys Error

2015 – 54th Mulrys Error

2013 – El Gun-A-B-Good

2011 – 56th Upton’s Who