My Love of Show Jumping to My Love of Real Estate

From Show Jumping to Real Estate: How My Passions Intersect and Benefit My Clients

When I’m not immersed in the bustling Ottawa real estate market, helping clients find their dream homes or selling their properties, you’ll find me pursuing another passion – equestrian show jumping. At first glance, these two worlds may appear unconnected, but, in reality, they often intertwine beautifully, enriching each other through a vast network of contacts I’ve cultivated across Canada, the United States and abroad.

With more than 30 years as a realtor in Ottawa, I have developed a special fondness for the city’s established neighbourhoods. My playground ranges from Rockcliffe/ New Edinburgh, Beechwood Village South, Golden Triangle, the Glebe, Wellington West, Hintonburg, Westboro/Island Park, McKellar Park and everything in between… I have clients and friends in all these neighbourhoods and know them well! My team, Nancy Benson & Associates, is an integral part of the RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group, the most significant single realty office in Ottawa but know in all ” the hot spots” in Ontario.

Over 3 decades, I’ve had the privilege of helping a diverse clientele, including urban professionals, Foreign Service officers, military personnel, RCMP members, and fellow equestrian enthusiasts. Their unwavering support has enabled my team to achieve award winning sales volume year over year. In 2022, Nancy Benson and Associates sold a staggering $42.5 million worth of real estate in the Ottawa area. To all my clients, a heartfelt thank you for your trust and loyalty.

Beyond Ottawa, my influence reaches across national and international borders. Whether you’re looking to buy a property in another city or country, my extensive real estate contacts are at your disposal. From finding homes in Canada, the U.S., Mexico to Europe, I’ve assisted countless clients in their quest for the perfect property.

Nancy Benson Real Estate To Show Jumping

Parallel to my real estate career runs my passion for equestrian show jumping, a journey that began in my teenage years. This hobby was momentarily sidelined as I focused on building my career, but about 20 years ago, I rekindled my love for show jumping. The same passion, focus, and discipline that fueled my real estate success became my driving force in the equestrian world.

Today, my equestrian adventures have taken me to competitions in Canada & the U.S., including the Wellington Equestrian Festival in Florida & Lexington Horse Park, where I’ve won multiple accolades. Balancing two worlds might seem challenging, but with modern technology and a fantastic support staff, I can efficiently operate my office from any corner of the globe!

My equestrian world has not only offered me the thrill of competition, but also an opportunity to broaden my business network. Truly an invaluable combination, as many of my Ottawa client’s winter in Florida or have purchased abroad with my assistance.

Whether you’re seeking a property in Ottawa or looking for solid advice abroad, I’m here to assist. My diverse network in the real estate and the equestrian world allows me to connect you with reputable realtors who have in-depth knowledge of their local markets.

If you’re looking to buy or sell property in Ottawa or need referrals for purchases elsewhere, let’s connect! Drop me an email at, or give me a call at 613-747-4747. I’d love to hear from you! To view my current listings, please visit:

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