Trainers That Built Me Project
Ashley Ford Gayhart

Trainers That Built Me - AFG

Trainers That Built Me Project

Ashley is one of the trainers that was nominated for my “Trainers That Built Me” passion project. She had a wonderful nomination by one of her students to be a part of this.

Ashley is located at Forward Motion Farm in Virginia Beach, VA. In addition to being a trainer, she helped to develop Untamed Spirit, a therapeutic and educational non-proft, and she also hosts an equestrian lifestyle blog, The Ideal Connection. She is much more than a riding instructor and she contributes so much to the community around her. Ashley is also a wife and a mom of two!

“Ashley leads with compassion. She has transformed my experience as an equestrian. Ashley is inclusive and inspires a passion to learn more and be better – not in a competitive sense, but rather how can I be a more gentle, compassionate, and connected equestrian.”

It was an honor for me to give back to one of the amazing riding instructors we have here in Hampton Roads.

Here are some of my favorites from Ashley’s session.

Trainers That Built Me - AFG

“Ashley has taught me to accept myself just as we accept ‘the horse we have today.’ She has inspired a greater kindness. She has helped me build a connection and conversation with my horse I didn’t know was possible.”


Trainers That Built Me - AFG

“Ashley is humble and deserving and worthy. I would love to see the connection she’s so mindfully developed with Rue captured in art.”


Trainers That Built Me - AFG

Ashley’s Credentials:

Owner- Operator of The Ideal Connection, LLC.

Certified Centered Riding Instructor, Level 1

Certified PATH International Registered Instructor

Graduate H-A Knowledge with C2 Dressage and C1 Traditional Pony Club Certificates

Certified Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner, Level 2


Find out more about Ashley here: https://ashleyfordgayhart.com/

Location | Forward Motion Farm


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