Ashley offers 20 years of riding experience and horse management. She is originally from Washington State and got her start riding in the local 4-H Club. She showed ponies english and western, then quickly found her true passion in dressage at age 11. From a young age, she was involved in every aspect of horse care and barn management, along with having the opportunity to ride many different types of horses as a working student during her high school/college years in WA.
From 2010-2012, Ashley worked for Siggi Wolff, of Cavallis LLC as the assistant trainer at 4J Farm in Fall City, WA.
In 2012, an opportunity presented itself, and Ashley moved to Del Mar, CA to take a grooming position for David Blake at Arroyo Del Mar home of Shannon and Steffen Peters. What started off as a three month long apprenticeship, quickly turned into nearly three years. Ashley quickly advanced to become assistant trainer for David, and his wife Rebecca Rigdon. It was a dream come true for Ashley to be fully immersed and surrounded by top quality horses and riders in Southern California.
Ashley then began training and working with Elizabeth Ball in 2015. Ashley played an integral part on Beth’s team, assisting her in many aspects of taking care of her top FEI horses. She would travel with Beth to local shows, CDI’s and high-performance training sessions and now continues to provide support for Beth at home, by riding her horses for her when she is away.
In 2016, Ashley started her own business, "Donadt Dressage", offering training and lessons to clients in the Greater San Diego Area. While still offering freelance training, Donadt Dressage moved the business into Fairbanks Ranch Equestrian Center in August 2017.
Following a life long passion for horses and the dressage adventure, Ashley is happy to call CA her home now, living in Encinitas with her husband, Evan and their dog, Rosie. Ashley is also excited to be developing her own young prospect, a 2015 Andalusian Cross Mare.
Ashley with husband, Evan,
aka: the Super Horse Show Helper!
Ashley, with her young PRE mare, Keira