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Reuben Jones

Medal record
Equestrian
Competitor for 22x20px United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City Team eventing



Sgt Ben Jones is an Olympic Equestrian rider who competed in 1964 tokyo, 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Ben was born and raised in Newport, Shropshire, England.

Ben was part of Great Britain at the 1964 Summer Olympics team.

  • 1964: tokyo Team eliminated: Michael Bullen,Sgt Ben Jones, Richard Meade, Capt James Templar.

He won his olympic gold medal with the team from Great Britain at the 1968 Summer Olympics 1968, Ben road a horse called The Poacher finished fifth in the Mexico Olympics with Sergeant Ben Jones, being last to go in the team and having to cope with the worst of the going after a violent tropical storm. Ben was also part of team that won gold at the same games. This is my Great Great Uncle and His name is Ben Jones Full name: Reuben Samuel "Ben" Jones Gender: Male Height: 5'10" (178 cm) Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg) Born: October 19, 1932 in Newport, Shropshire, England, Great Britain Died: January 3, 1990 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England, Great Britain Country: Great Britain Sport: Equestrianism Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total) Biography At Tokyo in 1964, Sergeant Ben Jones of the King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery became the first NCO to represent Great Britain in the Olympic equestrian events. At the Tokyo Games, Britain was eliminated in the team event but individually Jones finished a commendable ninth. Four years later in Mexico City, Jones improved to place fifth in the individual event and won a gold medal in the team event,

He won his olympic GOLD medal with the Great Britain Team at the 1968 Summer Olympics

Ben road a horse called The Poacher finished fifth in the Mexico Olympics, being last to go in the team and having to cope with the worst of the going after a violent tropical storm Ben was also part of team that won gold at the same games.

He was a regular member of the British team and won gold medals at the European Championships in 1967 and 1969.

For many years, Ben Jones was the staff sergeant in charge of equitation of the King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery at St. John's Wood in London. In 1968 he was posted to The Royal Army Veterinary Corp and later on being commissioned he transferred into the General Service Corps and took charge of training of the RAVC re-mount depot at Melton Mowbray. Having then retired from army service Ben Jones died in a tragic accident whilst schooling a young horse.

Ben was an accomplished Horse man as a young man and his ambition was to become a jocky but unfortunately for him he was too tall, so his other option was to join the army so that he could work with horses,

In Newport there is a residential street named after him, “ BEN JONES AVENUE “ and the Fish and Chip shop on Audley avenue was built and run by his mother and father who was my great Grandmothers sister Gladys,

There is also a residential home just outside of Newport named The Rubens that my family used to own that was also named after Ben, Rubens being his first name




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