Ashley Woodford’s 20 plus years as a trainer and as a competitor began at the age of nine, when she started riding her neighbor’s endurance horses. In Junior High, she began riding and competing in dressage working with USDF Silver medalist, Rachel Markels Webber. Rachel introduced her to some of the many aspects of the dressage industry and provided her with the opportunity to ride well trained school horses. During that time, she also discovered vaulting and competed as a vaulter and dressage rider simultaneously. Later in college she was able to continue her dressage training with USDF Gold Medalist Joy Congdon. Studying Animal Science with an equine concentration at the University of Vermont helped cement her love of horses into a career. Her real passion for teaching came when working and later running a youth lesson program where she could share her experiences. She emphasizes knowing the whole horse and that communication between horse and rider starts on the ground with grooming and care which transitions to under saddle work. From her eclectic background, Ashley is able to bring a focus on the importance of a balanced seat and correct position that can be transferred to any discipline. She is a gifted and passionate teacher who is committed to all of her students no matter their level of experience.