Behind the Slide – Marinne Benais, France

“When I was young my parents had horses, so I learned how to ride with them. Then they sold them, and I started riding at a club. I started out riding classic [English], but a part of the club was western so I started to learn a little bit and then I began learning about reining. I started to go to some shows and I really liked it, so I bought my first horse. I still needed to learn some more so I decided it was time to go to a professional.”

Since then, Malinne has become a professional herself. This is not only Malinne’s first time at NRHA Futurity, it is also her inaugural trip to Oklahoma. She’s here showing in the limited open.

“Ruben [Pacheco] proposed that I come and ride his horse here at the Futurity. I said yes because it is good experience. I had never ridden her before I came here but Ruben has helped me a lot.”

Malinne lives just outside of Paris, France, and works as an assistant reining trainer.