About Ashley

Ashley

From a very young age, Ashley Kehoe has proven she can accomplish almost anything she sets her mind to. Born into a “non-horsey” family, Ashley’s equine obsession began at age 4, when she started begging for riding lessons. With her determination, natural riding talent, and a passion for all things horses, Ashley spent any free time as a working student in exchange for rides and lessons.

Throughout grade school, Ashley was very involved with Radnor Hunt Pony Club where she would later earn her “A” level rating. Starting out, Ashley predominately rode in the hunter/jumper ring, until 2000 when she was caught racing her pony through the fields one too many times, it was clear a switch to Eventing would soon follow. In 2002 Ashley began training with 4* event rider Pam Wiedemann progressing through training level, eventually recommending her to Olympians Karen and David O’Connor.

1912143_10102010379899439_6792810529749345902_nIn 2005, Ashley packed her things and moved to train with the O’Connor’s, as a working student. With their help, Ashley’s riding abilities developed quickly and before she knew it she had gone from training level, to the top of the sport as an advanced competitor. Eventually, Ashley went on to attend James Madison University, but continued to ride with Karen and David during the winter month’s taking time away from school to train in Ocala, FL. She learned an incredible amount being a part of their program.

In 2010 Ashley graduated with a B.B.A. in Business Management from James Madison. While in college, Ashley invented Rebound Hoof Pack, a soreness relieving hoof pack for horses. Find out more at www.ReboundHoofPack.com. 

Today, Ashley is furthering her riding skills and knowledge by riding for various competitors, owners, and trainers. In 2010 Ashley rode for Emily Beshear, a gifted rider and  trainer, who has one of the top training programs in the country. Ashley gained valuable knowledge about starting young horses, and also become more competitive at the 3* level. With Emily’s coaching, Ashley she won the Area II Advanced Championships, 2nd in the Plantation Fields CIC3*, and 3rd at the Jersey Fresh CIC3*, and 7th at Bromont CCI3*.

In 2011 4* rider and dressage judge Debbie Adams shattered her leg, and asked Ashley to bring along her young horses. In the year she worked for Debbie, she received a lot of one on one advice on how to train winning young horses! Ashley competed D.A. Bjorn and D.A. Adirmo with many top placings.

10385556_10102024529094339_2130501967729263042_nIn the Spring of 2012 Ashley made the difficult decision to retire her 3* partner, Mazetto. She worked on Rebound full time for 5 months, growing the business. Ashley realized that even though she was growing the business successfully, she would never fulfill her riding potential sitting behind a desk all day. She learned many new skills, but knew that to be one the best riders in the country it would take hours and hours of hard work in the saddle, on all types of horses. When she decided to sell Rebound, her parents, who had helped from the start, decided they could come out of retirement and take the reins. This allowed Ashley to once again spend her days focusing on her riding.

In 2012 Ashley rode for 4* event rider, Sharon White. She rode and competed all different types of horses, some young, some more experienced, all gaining knowledge and experience. Alongside Sharon, Ashley was also lucky enough to ride with legends Linda Zang and Jimmy Wofford, who came to the farm for weekly.

2013 and 2014 Were spent riding for Michael and Nathalie Pollard. Being able to ride Michael’s winning 3 and 4* horses at home gave Ashley the knowledge of what the best training feels like. A goal to work towards on all young horses. Dressage lessons from both Nathalie and Michael helped Ashley understand how to get the most from herself and her horses. Ashley was also in charge of bringing along the Pollard’s young horses & sales horses.485541_10102001010735319_7224158073936595267_n

2015 Brought an opportunity Ashley couldn’t turn down. It meant leaving the US and moving to Herford, Germany, to ride and compete for young horse producer and seller Philip Kolossa. Philip produces and sells young horses to the likes of Boyd Martin, Chris Burton, and Jonathan Paget. Spending her days riding and competing a variety of horses at all different levels gave Ashley the opportunity to solidify her skills, improve them, and deal with competing in a completely foreign environment. As Germany is known for its Dressage prowess, Ashley took every opportunity to learn. She had bi-weekly dressage lessons on a variety of horses to strengthen her own position, knowledge and effectiveness on the flat.

steinhagen 2015 022-12016 was spent in England riding and competing for both Jodie Amos and Emma Forsyth, while basing out of Aston le Walls. The facility is owned by International 4* riders Ann Hardaway Taylor (USA) and Nigel Taylor (IRE). Ashley gained valuable experience from competing in Europe, putting her new skills to use, and getting training from some of the best riders in the sport. She was able to take her young partner Cinco De Mayo around the Osberton CCI*, and her new partner Kiltealy Toss Up to 10th place at the South of England CIC2*.

Ashley has always wanted to base on US soil, and when the 2016 event season ended, she headed back to the states. She based in Ocala, FL, where she was able to train for both Eventing and pure show jumping. She had the opportunity to compete D.A. Vittoria, a mare Ashley formerly produced to the 2* level of eventing before switching to pure jumping, up through the 1.40m level jumpers. Working closely with Kirk Webby, an Olympic Show Jumper from New Zealand, Ashley gained valuable knowledge and experience over even bigger fences. She showed at HITS Ocala, and placed at the 1.40m level. Ashley continued her event training with Leslie Law, highlights include tackling the Ocala CCI2* with Tosca, and placing 4th at the Poplar Place Farm CIC2*. She also spent her mornings galloping racehorses for 2yo consignor and trainer Nial Brennan. No doubt a good workout, and a way to stay strong for Cross Country!

D.A. Vittoria was sold to continue on in the jumper ring, and the spring season in Ocala was coming to a close. When Ashley was offered the opportunity to be head trainer at Antebellum Farm in Lexington, KY by her veterinarian, Dr. Chris Newton of Rood and Riddle, it seemed like a perfect next step. Well situated in the heart of horse country, Antebellum has all the amenities an upper level training farm needs, as well as a great group of people. She looks forward to building a positive event team at the farm, and will be able to continue traveling to the major events throughout the year.

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Ashley’s goal is to be competitive Internationally at the CCI4* level. Having already achieved top placings at the 3* level, Ashley will continue to dedicate her life to improving herself as a competitor and trainer. She believes that with hard work, perseverance, and an open mind, the possibilities are endless. If you are interested in joining Ashley on this journey, be it sponsoring, owning, advising, or simply encouraging, please feel free to contact her!