This “About Us” page is just that. I did not build The Margaret River Guide on my own nor do I have such an amazing family life on my own. So let me introduce you to “Us” – Benji and Helen, and most importantly the kids Emma and Jack Leggate.
We were first drawn to Australia for the optimistic yet laid back approach to life and embraced the opportunity to emigrate from Scotland to Australian. It was during our return visit as newly weds in November 2006, that we found and fell in love with Olive Hill Farm in Margaret River.
We both grew up on farms in the Scottish Borders of the U. K.. We met through the Pony Club and went on to raise money for the MacMillan Nurse Cancer Research fund, as members of the “trick ride”. This led on to us both being selected for the British Vaulting Team, when we competed at the World Equestrian Games in Sweden, 1990.
I pursued my love of farming by studying Agriculture. During this time, I also sailed across the Atlantic as a crew member for a yacht delivery, before returning to farming and shearing sheep. I am very enthusiastic and love team sports and any opportunity to chase after a ball. I’m told that I am also musically talented and play the bagpipes which accompany me on my travels.
Helen travelled to Idaho, U.S.A. as an exchange student for a year and returned to Edinburgh University, where she graduated as a vet in 1998. She has loved working (and travelling) in mixed practice for over 10 years and has experienced numerous “character building” situations, with people and their 4 legged friends. Having spent many years riding, swimming and playing the piano, she has more recently developed her photography interests.
We have travelled and worked extensively throughout the U. K., N.Z., Australia, U.S.A. and Africa both individually and since 2002, as a couple. We share a love for a wide variety of
sports including skiing, sailing and more recently Polocrosse, as well as relaxing at home with a passion for cooking, good company and an appreciation of the simple things in life.
Now with an ever expanding family, a growing business in Margaret River and great friends, life is good!
We look forward to welcoming you to Margaret River and our farm and wish you all the best for your travels.
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