Melanie Roeder fell in love with horses and riding at the age of nine and spent her junior years competing on the east coast in the hunters, jumpers, and big eq classes, including shows at Old Salem Farm, Ox Ridge Hunt Club, and Maclay Regionals.
In 2010, Melanie became a Path International registered instructor and began a career in therapeutic horseback riding. She worked at Freedom Woods in Morton Grove, IL teaching both therapeutic riding and able-bodied hunter/jumper lessons. In 2012, Melanie moved to Tucson to work at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT) as the Equine Training Coordinator, and then as Program Director. In 2017, she received her Path International Advanced Certification.
Melanie enjoys tailoring lessons to individual students' learning styles and using creative problem solving to help riders overcome challenges and achieve goals.
Ashley Stannard grew up riding and showing hunters and jumpers in the Midwest with Bill Nunn of Skyrock Farm as a working student. After a successful junior career, Ashley continued her education at William Woods University (MO), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Studies. During her time at the University, she was able to intern with many top professionals such as Linda McClaren, Otis Brown and Patty Stovel. The experience she gained from attending William Woods was like no other. She became even more dedicated to pursuing an education in all aspects of the equine sport.
From her location in the Midwest, she was able to compete at the Kentucky Horse Park, American Royal, Lake St. Louis as well as many other top show venues. Upon graduation Ashley competed in the A/O Jumpers with Kim and Andy Barone of Raven Ridge Farm traveling with them nationally.
We are so excited to have Melanie at Ashbrook Farm!
Ashley moved to Tucson and started Ashbrook Farm in fall 2010. Since the formation of Ashbrook, Ashley has established a program that produces some of the best horses and riders in the southwest region. Ashley has accompanied students to ASPCA Maclay Medal Finals (Lexingon, KY) and has had students bring home numerous championships. Ashley herself also has a lot of personal accomplishments and actively competes in and has won Grand Prix classes. Ashley was one of 10 riders chosen in the country for the 2014 George Morris Gladstone program in Antioch, IL. The program is focused on up and coming riders competing in 1.45 and higher that may be candidates to represent the United States in international competition.
Ashley's own experience and training continues to evolve. A believer in constant learning, Ashley regularly attends clinics, works with other knowledgable horseman and encourages her riders to do so as well.
With a strong foundation and hard work, as well as a passion for teaching riders of all levels, Ashley has extensive experience in the hunters and jumper arenas. This has given her a balanced formula for establishing successful teams finishing at the top in major events which demonstrates her dedication to excellence.
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