Pony Profiles: Oak Hills Sweet Ashley
John's Gladiator x Oak Hills Heather Buck
Ashley came to Florida in 1973 as a yearling with a truckload of other Connemaras at the dispersal of stock from Oak Hills Farm. She was sold to an excellent young rider who trained her for Pony Club and Combined Training events. She competed Ashley up to Training level and also bred her to a Thoroughbred stallion and got a beautiful colt now also competing in combined training.
When Ashley was 12 she was sold to Edward Duckworth for his Pony Club and event mount. Edward rode Ashley until he was 14 and inherited his sister's larger half-Thoroughbred. Ashley then became the favorite mount for Edward's mother, Donna, for dressage shows and trail rides. Ashley also served as a brood mare for Balmullo Farm.
Ashley's enormous horse-y stride often brought favorable comments from dressage judges. One said, "I wondered what that lady was doing, riding that old mop, but then I saw her move!" Later, Ashley served as the lead pony for the Connemara Quadrille, which did exhibitions at recognized dressage shows.
Ashley has had three foals by Roaringwater Bay while at Balmullo Farm. The first, Balmullo Bay, is now competing successfully at 4th level dressage. He gave a demonstration at the ACPS meeting in North Carolina in 1993. The second, Balmullo's Water Lily, still lives at Balmullo Farm. Lily was part of the Quadrille, along with her mother. The third, Balmullo's Dundee, is being trained for Combined Training. Both Lily and Dundee were approved at the ICCPS inspections last October, although Ashley was not presented, due to her somewhat advanced age.
It is expected
that Ashley will live out her days at Balmullo Farm.
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