Donadt Dressage - Owner and Trainer
Driven by her passion and a true joy for horses and teaching, Ashley moved to California from her home, WA state in 2012, to follow her dressage dreams, working for many top barns and trainers in San Diego. She then later started her own business, "Donadt Dressage", in 2017.
As a Grand Prix rider with high ambitions of her own, she is always seeking further learning opportunities, and enjoys sharing those experiences with her students. She is extremely grateful to have the following coaches and mentors throughout her riding career:
Ashley trains regularly with Guenter Seidel, three-time Olympic medalist, since May of 2019. Guenter's support and guidance has had a major impact and positive influence on Ashley's daily training and teaching.
She also trains weekly with Anna Buffini, U25 Grand prix National Champion, on her Grand Prix schoolmaster, Sundayboy - the king!
Ashley also values her mentorship with Elizabeth Ball, who she began working with 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.
Ashley began riding at the age of 7, and offers 23 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 levels and breeds 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.
Donadt Dressage - Head Groom
Meet Evan Donadt, Ashley’s husband, and trusted partner at Donadt Dressage. Originally from Massachusetts, Evan graduated from UMASS with a Chemical Engineering Degree, and has a background in Biotech and Marketing roles.
Prior to meeting Ashley, he was not a horse person, but he took to them immediately and never looked back. He has always been the self proclaimed, biggest fan of Ashley’s career with horses, and has encouraged her to dream big since day one.
For the past seven years, he’s learned about the horses through Ashley and provided extra support, at home and at competitions, by grooming, filming and all the small details that help keep things running smoothly.
At the start of 2020, he began full time at Donadt Dressage as Head Groom, providing top notch grooming and stable care. He is well liked among both the horses and humans with a calming demeanor and a keen eye for detail and each horses individual personalities. The level of trust and communication with Evan is paramount to make for a very efficient and productive care program at Donadt Dressage.