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Blogger Ashley Stannard

August 26, 2015

One Very Special Mare And The Gift Of The Future

Everyone has those horses that make a special impact on their life. I wrote a blog last year about my grand prix horse, Whisper VC, whose character and generosity helped make advancements in my career.

But even before my time with Whisper, there was another bay mare (with a much sassier attitude) that also contributed greatly to my development as a rider and person.

July 21, 2014

Soaking Up Knowledge From George Morris And More

I had one of the most educational, inspirational and enjoyable weeks of my life on June 23-28 at the George H. Morris Gladstone Program that took place at the stunning Annali-Brookwood Farm in Antioch, Ill. 

I had a lot of ideas and anxieties about how the week would play out but I didn't have any clue how much it would impact my riding and my horsemanship. I knew I would be surrounded by nine other riders that were some of the best young riders in the country, but I didn't expect to genuinely enjoy, respect and build relationships that  will last for a long time. 

June 16, 2014

Getting To The Next Level

Finding out you’ve been selected to be a part of the George H. Morris Gladstone Program inspires a lot of different feelings. Beginning at the application process, you ask yourself, “Am I good enough? Am I experienced enough? Do I have all of the resources to do this correctly? Am I even the type of candidate this program is looking for?”

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