BRAMEREL, foaled in 2013 by NEW APPROACH (IRE) out of LONG STEM RED (AUS) and unfortunately, he never made a debut on the racetrack due to a career ending paddock injury.
In September 2020 BRAMEREL was gifted to Patrick Herde at Ballyoch Horses to take part in a thoroughbred retraining clinic where he found his forever home with John Rutherford.
John had been riding on and off for a few years but lost his confidence and joy for riding after a bad experience. With John being a part of the Ballyoch Horses team, BRAMEREL was introduced to him as a horse that might just help gain his confidence around horses again. Under the expert guidance of Patrick and partner, Nora, BRAMEREL did just that!
Now affectionately known as Benny and the BFG (big, friendly giant) at Ballyoch horses, he quickly made his mark on everyone he encountered.
“He was the biggest horse in the yard so I didn’t think he would ever suit me but after a couple of rides on him I knew I could trust him” said John.
“Riding is something that I want to enjoy because a big part of my life involves being around horses as my partner trains them for a living. I really wanted to learn more and enjoy riding again but didn’t feel confident enough with any horse, so finding Benny was pretty special”.
John & Benny now spend their time continuously getting to know each other whilst learning how to showjump and look forward to entering their first show in the next few months. They often help out on the farm at Ballyoch Horses mustering cattle and lending their assistance in teaching the Backtrack Boys how to ride horses.