Ashley grew up in the small town of Easley, SC with parents who had minimal horse experience. After begging for lessons, Ashley finally wore them down when she was 5. She began riding at a western barn just down the road, and at 10 years old, convinced her parents to invest in a horse of her own. They purchased Ace, an older Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse gelding, who spent many afternoons attempting to jump PVC poles held up with cinder blocks. Upon noticing some difficulties in actually getting to the other side of the fence, Ashley’s first trainer, Jamie Maddox, kindly suggested that Ashley focus her efforts on the English disciplines.
Ashley joined Pony Club around the age of 12, purchased a more suitable pony for jumping, and moved up the levels quickly. By the time she left for Clemson University, she had graduated as a C-3. She attained her B.A. in Communication Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude in just 3 and a half years. After college, Ashley gained valuable experience working in some of the top eventing programs in the country. She started out with 4* (now 5*) rider Holly Hepp Hudspeth before deciding to relocate a bit closer to home. She then moved to The Fork to work with Olympian Rebecca Howard, and continued to train with her after branching out on her own.
In addition to starting her own business, Ashley worked part-time at the breeding facility that had produced her 3* mare, Maybelline Cover Girl. She found her niche working with the young horses on the property, and remains passionate about it to this day.
In 2012, Rebecca was named to the London Olympic team, and decided to remain in England after the games. In search of a new coach, Ashley ultimately chose to relocate to Northern Virginia to train with Lynn Symansky. She has continued to work with Lynn for 10 years, and now rents a lovely facility in The Plains, VA. She and her husband Erich live nearby with their Shiba Inus, Scotch and Soda.
Ashley has never had a “made” or “fully-trained” horse, and has produced multiple horses to the international levels of the sport. She thrives on the challenge of unlocking each horse’s potential.
Ashley places an emphasis on making sure that she trains each horse and rider based on their individual strengths and weaknesses, rather than a one-size-fits-all solution.
- Years of experience completing FEI events with no cross country penalties, including Fair Hill CCI**, The Fork CIC**, and Jersey Fresh CCI** (now 3*s)
- USEF Long-Listed
- 6th Place USEA Adult Rider of the Year, Intermediate
- 35th out of over 70 starters at Fair Hill CCI** (now 3*)
- 10th Place- Virginia 2*L
- 11th Place- Virginia CCI* (now 2*L)
- 4th Place- Stable View 2*S
- 2nd Place- Virginia 1*L
- 3rd Place USEA Adult Rider of the Year, Modified
- USEA Blue Ribbon Award, Modified and Training
- TIP Champion- American Eventing Championships, Training Horse
- 1st Place– Area II Championships, Training
- Reserve Champion– CDCTA Eventing Coach of the Year
- District Commissioner of Middleburg Orange County Pony Club for 2 Years
- Graduate C-3 from United States Pony Club
- 1st Place- Area II Championships, Junior Beginner Novice
- 1st Place- Area II Championships, Junior Training
- 4th Place- American Eventing Championships, Novice Rider
- TIP Champion- American Eventing Championships, Novice Rider
- 1st Place USEA Adult Amateur of the Year, Modified
- 2nd Place USEA Adult Rider of the Year, Modified
- 6th Place USEA Junior Rider of the Year, Beginner Novice
- 1st Place- CDCTA Junior Novice Rider of the Year
- 1st Place- CDCTA Junior Training Rider of the Year
- 2nd Place- CDCTA Senior Training Rider of the Year
- USEA Gold Medal, Modified
- USEA Blue Ribbon Award, Novice
- 2nd Place Team- Virginia Horse Trials Team Challenge
- Consistently above an 85% Clear Cross Country rate