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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Ashley Minion
Today’s featured rider is Ashley Minion, an aquatic biologist who is working her way up the levels with a talented OTTB.
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Get to know Ashley and her story
I started riding as soon as I could walk. Following various ponies, I was in need of a horse and my mother’s 4-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was the only suitable mount in the barn.
Taylor Made took me through pony club from D rally to A level. We did NAYRC twice, placing as top Canadian both times and winning team Bronze CCI2* in 2003.
Then we headed to Virginia to a working student position with Stuart Black and then Stephen Bradley. Taylor Made, who is now 25 and still on our farm, loved the advanced level.
We completed our first three-star at Fair Hill in Maryland.
When Taylor retired, I went to school. I am now working as an aquatic biologist with an engineering firm.
After a ten year absence from riding, I decided to go to Woodbine Racetrack and acquire my first OTTB. Titleist was eager to transition to an event horse. We started out at Entry and upgraded through the season to Training level. He completed his first year of Eventing by winning the 2015 OHTA High Point Thoroughbred award.
A broken ankle in February slowed me down but despite the setback, we launched into Preliminary that spring. We wrapped up the year by completing the Midsouth CCI1* in Kentucky.
Health issues sidelined Titleist for this season so of course, I headed back to Woodbine last November and I watched a bay gelding place third in race 9. The next morning Vanquish was heading home to my farm.
After two months of training, Vanquish won his first horse trial. He moved up the levels this summer and qualified for OHTA Open Training championship where he finished fifth and maintained his record of no cross-country jump or time faults to his name.
My biggest supporter has always been my mom, Janice. She has always been my inspiration.
Best of luck this season Ashley!
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