PUTTIN ON THE RITZ, a horse named after the well-known Fred Astaire song, is better known as “Benny” and “Benoit”. Benny is a 2005 Holsteiner/Hanoverian cross by Carlson.
Like his names suggests, Benny looks and acts the part of a great event prospect. He has good bone and a big heart. Before coming to Molly, Benny competed in local hunter jumper shows but ended up at Havarah because his owner, Alyssa Klavens, knew he would be happiest in the Eventing world.
He started his career with us in Aiken, SC and, from the start, showed a lot of promise. A solid jumper and confident cross country, Benny easily moved up from Beginner Novice to Training in just a few short months. He finished 6th at the Virginia Horse Trials in May and recently schooled the Prelim questions at Plantation Field this past week.
Molly has taken Benny over to True Prospect Farm for a couple of lessons and Phillip’s response has been a positive one sparking excitement for us at Havarah. We are so excited that Alyssa brought Benny to Molly and now we have another great prospect in our program!
If you ask Molly’s boyfriend, Bryce, Benny can do no wrong, and it’s hard to disagree with him. This guy puts in a solid jumping performance every time out and he’s got plenty of personality to make things interesting on a daily basis.
It’s a running joke here at Havarah that Benny is the quarterback of our football team. We have a few beastly boys at the barn that make up the rest of the team. Benny kind of resembles that steady-eddy quarterback. Though not all of his plays score the memorable touchdown… consistency will get him that next first down.
Currently cruising around the Training courses look out for PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ on the Prelim leaderboards soon!