The Horses of Tara Equestrian...
Noblesse Oblige a.k.a. Tink
Tink is a 1995 Dutch Warmblood chestnut mare by Consul out of Harmonika (by Rampal). Ashley found Tink in 2007 while she was training with Clark Montgomery in Ocala, FL. Ashley began competing Tink at Training level and in their first year together, they competed in 17 nationally recognized events, placing in the top six 11 times. Their success in their first year together earned them national and regional year-end rankings. As Ashley moved up to Preliminary, Tink's jumping skills gave Ashley confidence and in November 2012, Tink helped fulfill Ashley's dream of completing a CCI*. Tink is currently enjoying downtime from competition due to an injury and motherhood, but we look forward to having her as another seasoned school master for our lesson and lease clients. Tink is known around the barn for her laid back, sweet behavior as well as her insistence to always have food in front of her.
Nehalem Bay A.K.A. Nick
Nick is a 2008 Canadian Thoroughbred bay gelding Ashley bought off the track in July 2013 as an eventing prospect. He is 17.2 hands and a great-grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew on his dam's side and a great-grandson of Northern Dancer on his sire's side. He only raced six times and his best finish was third. He was well cared for and spoiled at the track, with his nighttime snack including peppermints, molasses and slices of carrots and apples. He made a smooth transition to off-track life and Ashley is currently working on the basics with him. We are excited to see what this big boy's future holds! http://www.pedigreequery.com/nehalem+bay
Jubilee is a grey filly by Riverman out of Ashley's long-time eventing partner Noblesse Oblige. She is Ashley's first homebred. She was born March 9, 2014 and is registered with the KWPN-NA. She received a First Premium Rating at her Keuring in September 2014. Jubilee qualified for the 2015 and 2016 USEA Future Event Horse East Coast Championships. In 2015, she received a score of 76.7 and placed 5th in the yearling fillies division and in 2016 she received a score of 74.3 and placed 6th in the 2-year old fillies division. Jubilee is sweet to everyone she meets, loves scratches and has her mother's ears and appetite. She has started working under saddle and is learning fast!
Kirika is a bay filly by Riverman out of Noblesse Oblige. She was born April 26, 2015 and will be registered with the KWPN-NA. She is Tink's second foal, Ashley's second homebred and a full sister to Jubilee. Kirika competed at the Dressage At Devon Breed Show in September 2015 where she placed 10th in the fillies division, scoring 71.95. In 2016, she qualified for the USEA Future Event Horse East Coast Championships where she scored 72.0 and placed 11th. She is just as sweet as her mother and sister, and we cannot wait to watch her grow.
ThunderCap A.K.A. Cap
Cap is a 2003 unraced Thoroughbred grey gelding Ashley purchased from long-time clients and friends the Long family in summer 2013 when Cap's rider Camryn went off to college in Oregon. With Camryn, Cap competed at several recognized horse trials at Novice and Training levels, winning their Novice division at the November 2011 Virginia horse trials. Cap is fancy on the flat and a talented jumper. Ashley looks forward to competing him some in the future and Cap is also a wonderful school master for our lesson and lease clients.
Winning Cool Colors A.K.A. Beau
Beau is a 2002 Quarter Horse palomino gelding Ashley also purchased from the Long family in the fall of 2015. Ashley first met Beau in 2006 and took him to his first recognized horse trial in 2007. With his rider Shannon, he evented through Training level earning several top placings as they moved up the levels. Beau is an honest jumper and great with beginners. He is another great school master available for lessons or leasing.
Xenia is a 1998 dark bay Quarter Horse mare Ashley adopted from Days End Farm Horse Rescue in September 2012. Days End did an excellent job rehabilitating Xenia from the neglect she suffered. Xenia immediately went to work for Ashley and quickly proved to be a calm, quiet teacher for Ashley's students. She was awesome on trails and seemed open to learning more about jumping. In 2013, Ashley's student Jackson Schrickel piloted Xenia around her first horse trial and surprised everyone with her excellent cross country round. Xenia is available to Ashley's lesson and lease clients and we look forward to seeing this girl out and about in the future.
Dorito Cooler Ranch A.K.A. Dorito
Dorito is a 2000 paint pony gelding Ashley purchased in January 2015. Ashley first began working with Dorito in 2006 when he was purchased by the farm where Ashley was teaching lessons at the time. He was green, but showed talent for jumping and did not know anything about dressage or cross country. One of Ashley's students fell in love with Dorito and wanted to event him. She and Ashley worked together to introduce Dorito to eventing and in 2012, Dorito completed his first Training level horse trial. Dorito is now a fantastic addition to the lesson and lease programs. He has been shown by several of Ashley's students in dressage, hunters, eventing and show jumping. Dorito is known around the barn for his incredible jumping ability and his adorable antics.
Diamond Bracelet A.K.A. Diamond
Diamond is a black 1996 Welsh/Quarter Horse cross pony owned by Carrie Bishop. Ashley first met Diamond and Carrie in 2004 when Ashley worked as an instructor at Hopkins Spring Farm. Geography and school separated Ashley and Carrie for a few years, but now Carrie is in graduate school and is sharing Diamond with Ashley and her students. Diamond is great with beginners and loves jumping. We look forward to working with Diamond in our lesson and lease program and hope to see her out at some shows soon.
Just a wildflower a.k.a. Lilo
Lilo is a grey 2010 OTTB mare Ashley bought off the track in August 2017. She had a successful career as a race horse earning over $165,000 in her 6 years at the track. She is a granddaughter to Stormcat and her pedigree boasts other names like Secretariat and Northern Dancer. She is making a smooth transition to off the track life. Stay tuned for more updates on Lilo's progress under saddle. http://www.pedigreequery.com/just+a+wildflower
Sky's the Limit A.K.A. Sky 1993-August 21, 2013
Sky was Ashley's first horse. He was a bay Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse Cross gelding Ashley's parents bought her in March 2002. He and Ashley competed up and down the east coast through Training level and took her to 4 camps with David and Karen O'Connor. He was the perfect first horse that taught Ashley so many things. When Ashley decided to semi-retire him to her lesson and lease program in 2007, he gave so many riders so many firsts...first ride, trot, canter, jump, fall, show, horse trial, dressage test, trail ride. He loved his job and that was lucky for Ashley because the best teachers are the ones who understand that not every rider is perfect and that the hard lessons need to be taught every now and then. Just one month before he died, Sky did his 7th Xtreme Week and gave every camper that rode him the best he had. He was known around the barn for his quiet nickers, his ability to get along with any horse and despite his often grumpy expression, everyone knew he loved his family and his home. We miss him so much.
Video courtesy Jackson Schrickel
Thank you so much for putting this together.
Thank you so much for putting this together.