The Team

The success of the Benchmark Feed Range is underpinned by the passion, empathy and expertise of the people who share the Benchmark Feeds story and who are excited and driven by the successes of their customers.

We are blessed to have a team who live and breathe these values and who will go the extra mile for you and your horses.

Dr Mark Barnett

Dr Mark Barnett

Consultant Nutritionist to Benchmark Horse feeds

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Dr Mark Barnett

Dr Mark Barnett

Consultant Nutritionist to Benchmark Horse feeds

Dr Mark Barnett, PhD (Animal Nutrition & Physiology), is a past University Lecturer in Equine & Livestock Nutrition, Researcher and now, a highly qualified and trained Equine Nutritional Consultant.

Mark has had a lifelong association with horses, growing up on his parent’s horse stud in North West NSW, riding and showing horses from an early age. Mark has competed in various horse related activities over the years including showing, campdrafting, polo, polocrosse and cutting. He has also been involved with the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industries, as well as pony club and rodeo.

Mark has a PhD in Animal Nutrition and Physiology ensuring the advice you receive from him is of the highest scientific focus while being practical and cost effective. In 2015, Mark was invited to become the Lecturer of Animal and Equine Nutrition at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Wagga Wagga NSW, teaching animal, equine and veterinary science students about horse nutrition and selecting more appropriate horse feeds, before moving to Toowoomba with his family to work full time as an Equine Nutritionist.

In mid-2019, Mark and his family moved to the beautiful Hunter Valley to finally pursue his dream of building his own Consulting Equine Nutritionist business - hence MTB Equine Services was born!

Louisa Nicholson

Louisa Nicholson - Ruivo

Queensland Territory Manager

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Louisa Nicholson

Louisa Nicholson- Ruivo

Queensland Territory Manager

“With a passion for all things horse starting as a toddler and supportive parents to help focus that enthusiasm, Louisa was always destined for a career in the equine industry!

Having grown up attending Drouin Pony Club and competing in all disciplines along the way, to now competing EA dressage and working on the equine athlete through bodywork- Louisa’s love of producing horses to the best of their abilities has always been a passion.

From competing at small Agricultural Shows, to managing a dressage ranch in Los Angeles, riding with some of best coaches in the world, breaking in, training and competing talented ponies and horses, to completing courses in Equine Sports Massage and Equine Photonic Therapy - Louisa has a whole horse perspective at heart and joining the team at Benchmark Feeds makes absolute sense.”