Ben Grogan, Equine trainer
August 7, 2019
Ben has been at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center since August 2017, but he has been on staff at Harmony in the past, taking a break to manage his own horse training business. In his current position, Ben can be found working with the new trainers helping them employ the Harmony colt starting program, and he can also be found riding and evaluating the horses in training to determine their riding level. Harmony Equine Center uses riding levels 1-5, with a riding level 1 being a horse just started under saddle, to a riding level 5 being a horse that a child could safely ride. It is up to Ben to determine each horse’s level and to assist the trainers in bringing up their horses’ level to increase the horses’ adoptability.
When Ben was young, he started out riding horses in the Westernaires. After riding on the drill team for several years, he knew he wanted to pursue a full-time career as a horse trainer. Ben left Colorado for Texas and joined the team of horseman Chris Cox. Under Chris’s instruction, Ben worked as an assistant trainer and pretty much did it all. Ben worked at cutting, team roping, colt starting and traveled and assisted Chris with horsemanship clinics. Ben worked as Chris’s right hand man for about four years until he decided it was time to branch out on his own as a horse trainer. He started up Ben Grogan Performance Horses and worked as a freelance horse trainer for several years before finding himself as a contract trainer at Harmony for the first time in late 2015. After a little over a year working at Harmony, Ben decided to venture out again only this time finding himself in Nevada working alongside several different expert horseman, such as Bobby Ingersoll. Ben polished his skills in Nevada, before coming back to work on staff full time at Harmony in 2017.
Ben says the best thing you can do to improve your horsemanship is to ride with horseman that are better than you are. Another pointer he would give to new horse trainers or anyone looking to follow a career path with horses, is to practice self-control and to learn how to keep your emotions out of the situation. Horses can be frustrating and challenging, and it is important to always keep your cool and don’t act out on your emotions. Finding good horseman to learn from and keeping the right attitude are the two best things you can do to become a better horseman.
Ben lives on site with his wife, Kate, and his son, Tanner. In his free time, he works with his 3-year-old High Brow Cat colt, Tank, and his 5-year-old reining cow horse, Danny, who was adopted from Harmony. Ben also cares for his dogs, Tucker, a 7-year-old Blue Heeler, and Lady, a rescued Coonhound/Lab mix puppy.