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Ashley Hays

Assistant Trainer

Ashley has been riding since the age of 9, as a member of the United States Pony Club she earned her C3 rating and  the love of 3-day eventing.  Pony Club taught Ashley the importance of hard work, horsemanship, integrity, and patience.  Ashley’s first mount, Suzie Q,  taught her the ropes of eventing taking her thru the beginner novice and novice levels.  Ashley then had the opportunity to take the ride Ocotillo, a horse who had been rescued from slaughter and competed through the 4 star level. From “Opie”, who took her through training level before his retirement from competition, Ashley was able to gain a wealth of knowledge that only an upper level horse can give. In 2009, the pair competed at Pony Club Championships, where they won the team and individual competition.  After Opie, Ashley rode what horses where available to her before finding Northern Lights in 2012.  “Skai” had only a few unsuccessful novice events under his belt before he was paired with Ashley, however, under her guidance the pair competed thru the preliminary level with many top placings.  Ashley and Skai qualified for the American Eventing Championships 2013, competing at training level and qualified in 2014 at the preliminary level.  In the fall of 2014 Ashley was able to purchase Call it Courage, a 2008 Holsteiner gelding.  Although “Cadillac” had not yet competed at an event, she felt he has what it took to be an upper level prospect.  With Ashley in the irons the pair not only won the Training Level Amateur division a the American Eventing Championships, they also qualified for AECs in 2016 at the preliminary level!

Ashley Hayes and Call it CourageIn 2013, Ashley became a working student/ groom for Julie.  Working closely with Julie,  the two have traveled the country with Consensus in tow while working on qualifying for Rolex . In 2014, Ashley accompanied Julie to Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event, as the lead groom for Consensus.  While working under Julie, Ashley was able to grow as a rider and begin to develop her skills as a trainer from Julie’s knowledge.   After the awesome experience of a 4* level event, Ashley knew she had found her calling, gaining a new love and respect for the sport and the inspiration to work on becoming a 4 star rider in the future.  She is currently working on building up her own lesson and training program.  In 2016 Ashley will officially give up her amateur status and compete as a professional.

Contact Ashley at 318.294.8127 or