About assistant trainer, Kayleigh Gates

Kayleigh grew up riding and competing in her hometown of Camden, South Carolina. She was introduced to the sport at barely a few months old by her mom, Melinda, who also grew up riding and showing in the hunters, equitation, and jumpers across the Southeast. 
Kayleigh's family owns an active training facility. This has allowed Kayleigh to grow up riding a steady stream of a variety of horses and ponies, and also allowed her to compete on more competitive circuits across the Carolinas. She has had a strong emphasis on the Equitation. She qualified and took home numerous top ten placings in the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Junior and Adult Medal Finals, Progressive Show Jumping Junior and Adult Medal Finals, and Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Association Junior and Adult Medal Finals, as well as a win in the BRHJA Adult Medal Finals in 2017. She also has amassed numerous year end champions and reserve champions on these circuits in the 12-14 Equitation, 15-17 Equitation, and Adult Equitation. 

Kayleigh’s most memorable achievement was qualifying and competing at the 2014 IEA National Finals in Springfield, Massachusetts with her Creekside Farm team. There, she competed against riders and teams from the east coast to California. She won her Varsity Intermediate Equitation on the flat class, which helped her team to the overall Hunt Seat Upper School National Championship title. Kayleigh, her teammates and coaches were also recognized for their accomplishment by the United States Equestrian Federation at the USEF Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY in January 2015. 

In addition to her Equitation background, Kayleigh has competed in numerous hunter derbies, has taken young horses and off the track thoroughbreds from scratch to being ready to show in their first pre-green classes, and has competed and schooled in the lower levels of classical dressage. 

Kayleigh has taught riding lessons to toddlers as young as 3 up through adults. She has also taught a few special needs children. She is very excited to have been given the opportunity to teach, ride, and expand her knowledge of the sport all while doing what she loves at Ashbrook Farm. 

About Ashley Stannard

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.

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.