About Ashley Buelt
Ashley began riding at age 4 on her Welsh pony, Ruby, which she rode bareback around her parent's farm in Wisconsin. Growing up, she rode western, hunt, and saddle seat as well as started young horses for her parent’s breeding business, Darley Farms. As an early teen, she began riding American Saddlebreds at Knollwood Farm with Scott and Carol Matton and later in Shelbyville, Kentucky with Jane Bennett.
Throughout her youth career on the Arabian show circuit, she won a number of UPHA Saddle Seat Equitation Challenge Cups, as well as regional and national awards in Saddle Seat Equitation with her Half-Arabian/National Show Horse.
During college, Ashley joined the UW-La Crosse Equestrian Team and competed in hunt seat equitation on the flat and over fences, continuing her love of classic equitation in another seat. Then in grad school while she was working on her PhD at Clemson University, she purchased a retired racehorse, which she retrained for eventing. While in grad school, she also taught beginner lessons at Twin Tree Farm in Pendleton, SC.
Following her family to Arizona, her move to the West has allowed her to enjoy the desert lifestyle by trail riding and horse camping. Ashley believes "good riding, is good riding" where learning classic fundamentals allow you to enjoy a variety of equestrian sports. Ashley is enjoying being back in the Saddlebred world, teaching saddle seat lessons for Desert Palms Equestrian Center and sharing her love of horses.