Cathy Benson, a renowned equestrian and leading equine nutritionist based in the UK, has been forging a bond with horses since she was a child. Her journey with these majestic creatures began in the rural outskirts of York, where she spent her formative years.
Born in 1981, Cathy was introduced to the world of horses at a young age. Her parents, both avid horse lovers, encouraged her innate passion for horseback riding and horse welfare. The Benson family lived close to sprawling pastures, allowing Cathy to appreciate the grace and beauty of these animals from an early age. She quickly transitioned from admiring them from afar to riding, and by the age of 10, Cathy was a regular at local equestrian events.
Through her teenage years, Cathy was a distinguished participant in local and regional equestrian events, honing her riding skills and deepening her understanding of horse behavior. After completing her A-levels, Cathy decided to pursue her passion acadically by enrolling at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester to study Equine Science. This was a turning point in her life, shaping her into the professional she is today.
At University, Cathy was fascinated by the intricacies of equine nutrition, a field that combines science with an understanding of equine behaviour and physiology. Recognising this as an opportunity to improve the lives of horses, Cathy pursued her interest with fervor and graduated with honours.
Cathy Benson’s career as an equine nutritionist took off shortly after her graduation. She initially worked with a leading equine nutrition company, where she helped formulate diets for racehorses, performance horses, and breeding horses. Her expertise in designing nutrition plans became sought after within the equestrian community.
In 2010, Cathy decided to use her knowledge and skills to establish her own practice. Her business focuses on providing individualized nutritional plans to optimize the performance and well-being of horses. Through her work, Cathy has made a substantial impact on equine health and nutrition in the UK and beyond.
Cathy’s passion extends beyond her professional life. She is an active participant in various equestrian events and competitions, including dressage and show jumping, showcasing her prowess as a seasoned rider. In addition to product testing and fact checking for Total Horse, Cathy contributes to research in equine nutrition, is a frequent speaker at seminars and webinars.
A devoted animal lover, Cathy lives with her husband and their two children on a in Yorkshire. Together with their five horses and a menagerie of other animals, the family continues to foster the love and understanding for these majestic creatures.
Cathy Benson’s life has been dedicated to nurturing a deep relationship with horses. As both a seasoned equestrian and a pioneering equine nutritionist, Cathy is a testament to the profound connections that can be formed between humans and animals. Through her work and passion, she continues to inspire a new generation of horse enthusiasts.