Mary Beth Gray has an extensive resume riding and showing hunters, jumpers and equitation horses. Mary Beth spent two years riding on the South Dakota State University Equestrian Team, a year and a half as an assistant trainer in Prescott, Arizona, and three years as an assistant trainer at Swan Training located out in Wilsonville Oregon. She grew up in Hood River where she started riding at the very early age of 5. From that early beginning she was hooked and so began her lifelong passion for a career with horses.
During her years with horses, Mary Beth has taken every advantage of a variety of riding and training opportunities. Her horse adventures include fox hunting, competing in the 3’-3’3” jumpers and the AO hunter ring, and starting her own green broke off-the-track Thoroughbred. Mary Beth was an active Pony Clubber for twelve years. Her time on the SDSU Equestrian Team greatly enhanced her riding and training skills including learning how to watch a warmup and translate what she saw into her own ride when she didn’t have time to do her own warmup. As an assistant trainer in Arizona she was able to successfully show many quality horses further improving her own skills as well as improving the skills of the horses she showed. Then, she returned back to Oregon where she managed the day to day tasks of running a high level show barn which included riding numerous horses per day and teaching beginners to the ‘A’ level riders to show and compete. She has participated in clinics with Jeff Cook, George Morris and other prestigious trainers and traveled all over the Northwest to "AA" rated horse shows including Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC.
We are very excited to have Mary Beth on our team!
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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