Ashley is originally from the east coast, but has recently moved back to Manhattan, KS. She has been involved in the hunter-jumper industry as a professional for 8 years but has shown extensively on the "A" circuit for 18 years. She is committed to teaching the forward system of riding and is passionate about teaching good equitation as a way to develop the most functional riders. Ashley loves developing both riders and horses. She has experience putting horses under saddle and advancing them through the divisions in both the hunters and the jumpers. Ashley has a good eye and can focus on what both horse and rider need to improve themselves. Her teaching style is simple and she breaks down concepts in a way that can be easily understood and applied. While Ashley enjoys improving horse and rider over the jumps, she knows that a good jump comes from good flatwork. Her lessons incorporate a great deal of flatwork and apply the balance, straightness, and tempo learned on the flat to the jumping.
Ashley has a lot to offer teenage riders because she has coached both Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and National Collegiate Equestrian Association teams. Before the move west, Ashley was the coach of the St. Andrews University Hunter Seat Team from August 2009 until May 2012. While at St. Andrews, she coached the show team, American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Team, and the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Team as well as help run the 2012 IHSA National Championship Horse Show. Over the three years, Ashley coached the show team to multiple championships and many equitation wins including coaching the 2012 North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Adult Medal Finals Champion and Reserve Champion. The ANRC Team took home a 6th place finish at the 2010 and 2011 Championships and earned a 5th place finish at the 2012 Championships. The IHSA Team was crowned Regional Champions in 2011 and 2012 and went on to qualify for IHSA Nationals by earning Zone Reserve Championships both years. In 2011 the team placed 7th at IHSA Nationals and 8th in 2012. Additionally, Ashley coached the 3rd place Cacchione Cup Rider at the 2011 IHSA National Championship.
Ashley coached the Kansas State Women’s Hunter Seat Team from August 2005 until May 2009. During that time, she coached the team to qualifying for multiple IHSA and NCEA National Championships. The team had their best finish in 2007 when they placed 3rd at the NCEA (then called Varsity Equestrian) National Championship. While in Kansas, Ashley served on the Kansas Hunter Jumper Association board (then called Northeast Kansas Hunter Association) and was a contributor to the journal Topline Ink.
As a junior rider, Ashley showed throughout the east coast in the Junior Hunter and Children’s Jumper divisions. Ashley then attended Virginia Tech where she competed for the Hokies in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and Intercollegiate Dressage Association. She qualified for both the IHSA National Championship Horse Show and IDA National Championship Horse Show in 2004 and also represented the United States in two International Student Riding Competitions.