Ashley Mathers grew up in Eugene, Oregon where her love of horses and riding began. Her older brother rode and competed in hunters and jumpers and passed along his love for the sport to his younger sister. Ashley started riding at the age of 9 and began competing shortly after. She rode as a working student for Mike Galloway in Eugene through high school. After graduating high school, she spent a year traveling and studying in Belgium. While in Belgium, Ashley had the opportunity to ride a variety of horses in both Dressage and Jumpers.
Upon her return to the states, Ashley went to Oregon State University to pursue a business marketing degree. During her time in college, Ashley competed on the Intercollegiate Equestrian team, where she had a great deal of success catch-riding and showing. Her success on the team took her to horse shows at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA., Seattle, WA., Parker, CO., and Harrisburg, PA. She had many top 5 and top 10 finishes on the West Coast, along with a top 15 finish at the IHSA National Championships in Harrisburg in 2014. After graduating college, Ashley accepted a position working for the horse show company HITS, and moved to Saugerties, NY with the company. This opportunity allowed her to meet and work with the top riders in the sport.
Shortly after, Ashley spent about a year grooming and travelling internationally with Marilyn Dawson-Dixon to horse shows in California, Langley, BC and Calgary, AB. She looks forward to the opportunity to be training and teaching in Tucson with the great group 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.
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.
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