HAWLEY BENNETT-AWAD: HEAD TRAINER
Hawley Bennett grew up on a hobby farm in Langley, British Columbia. She was involved with the 4-H Horse Club and the Grove and Langley Pony Club throughout her childhood, and, like countless other little girls out there, dreamed of riding in the Olympics one day.
By the age of 16, she’d competed through Training level with her Arabian gelding, Ibn, but a truly remarkable new partnership was about to begin. In 1994, Hawley met Livingstone, a 4-year-old off-the-track Canadian Thoroughbred gelding bred by Dr. Anderson of Langley, BC. The diminutive young rider and the gangly young horse “just clicked,” and four years later, following a 4th place finish at the North American Young Riders’ Championship, Hawley, then just 21, was named to the Canadian Eventing Team Long List.
In 2002, Hawley and Livingstone, a.k.a. “Hank,” finished 14th at the CCI3* Fair Hill International and the following year, they enjoyed a clear cross-country performance at the prestigious Rolex Kentucky CCI4*. In the fall of 2003, they were members of the Silver Medal Team at the 2003 Pan American Eventing Championships, and Hawley’s Olympic dreams became a reality when she and Livingstone represented the Canadian Equestrian Team in Athens, Greece, the following year.
In 2005, the fairytale continued when Hawley and Livingstone traveled to Sweden place 15th in the FEI World Cup Final. In 2007, they accomplished yet another goal by successfully completing the Badminton CCI4* in England. In 2008, Hawley and Livingstone competed at Rolex for their fourth time with yet another clean cross-country.
Hawley and Hank’s incredible partnership and their remarkable record together wouldn’t have been possible without the support of an amazing team of friends and family. Her mother, Gerry Bennett, first coach and mentor, Pamela Arthur, and long-time friend and mentor, Buck Davidson, were steadfast supporters of Hawley’s dreams. Despite being raised in the cold and rainy climate of British Columbia, Hawley has always been the quintessential California girl. So, in 2004, she forged out on her own to Temecula, CA.
Hawley’s competitive success and thriving training business flourished over the next several years. She brought along a string of talented young horses, including Gin & Juice, FiveO’ClockSomewhere, SplendoroftheSun, Miracle Save, Canadian Spy, and Amstel, all whom have gone on to achieve remarkable success.
Hawley and Gin & Juice had an impressive International Eventing career together. They won several national CCI3* events and proved themselves on the world stage at both the Badminton and Burghley CCI4*. In 2010, “Ginny” was named USEA Mare of the Year and the pair represented Canada on the silver medal Canadian WEG team. Following their success at WEG, they went on to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympics in London! In 2013, Hawley and Ginny finished 7th at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* event and were also in the top 20 at the Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4* in France. In 2014, the pair was shortlisted for the Canadian National Eventing Team for the fifth time and completed their 8th CCI4* competition together, placing 16th at The Rolex Kentucky CCI4* Event! In 2015, Hawley and young horses Bodark and Hi Duty had numerous top placings at both the one and two star levels, including Bodark’s 5th place finish in the CCI2* at Twin Rivers and Hi Duty’s 1st place finish in the CIC1* at the Fresno County Horse Trials. In 2016, Hawley and her newly acquired upper level horse, Jollybo had a very successful season. They formed an amazing partnership winning both the Preliminary at Copper Meadows followed by the Intermediate at Coconino. Next, Hawley and Jollybo went on to produce an impressive 3rd place finish at the Rebecca Farm CCI3*, as well as a top 20 finish at the prestigious Fair Hill International CCI3*!
Now fully established as one of the top upper-level riders and trainers in Southern California at Copper Meadows, Hawley is fostering a whole new community of young and young-at-heart eventers. No matter their backgrounds or goals, Hawley is committed to giving other hard-working riders like herself a proverbial leg up!
Hawley would also like to extend an enormous THANK YOU to all of the people in her stable and her life who have made her success possible:
- Mom Gerry Bennett and husband Gamal Awad
- Buck Davidson, the BEST coach, mentor and friend
- Pamela Arthur – who helped Hawley take Hank from green to 3*!
- Ann Glaus – for her unstinting support of Hawley’s move to California
- Coach extraordinaire Nicki Zamora
- Tim Shannon of Tim’s Horse Shoeing
- Dr. Jennifer Miller – for her unwavering veterinary support
SARAH BRAUN: HEAD GROOM
Sarah Braun became a working student for Hawley in August 2011, and became Hawley’s full time groom in August 2012. Sarah has traveled with Hawley to events around the country including Rebecca Farm in MT, the AECs in TX, Jersey Fresh in NJ, Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, and internationally to France for Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4* and the World Equestrian Games in Normany, France. In 2014, Sarah was awarded for her hard work and dedication by being named the USEA Christine E. Stafford Eventing Groom of the Year.
Sarah successfully competed through the Advanced level on her own Canadian Thoroughbred mare Perfect Intentions, and earned herself a 5th place individual finish at NAYRC representing Area VI in 2012, as well as a team gold medal. Sarah enjoys riding a variety of horses at Hawley’s and is excited to continue progressing in her own riding career. Question for Sarah? Send her an email.
SALLY SPICKARD: HEAD GROOM
Sally Spickard joined Hawley’s team in 2016, relocating from Kansas City, Kansas with her 7-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Mischief Managed. Sally has competed through the Novice level and has worked as a barn manager and groom in Kansas City for the past year. She also works for Eventing Nation and is looking forward to being the West Coast correspondent while working for Hawley. Sally is excited to join the team and has aspirations of competing at the upper levels. She selected Hawley’s program after organizing and participating in clinics with her and enjoying her style of teaching and competition experience. Contact Sally by email.