Owner and Trainer
At Memory’s Hill, we provide quality instruction with a focus on hunters and equitation. Ashley Holsinger, accepts riders and horses of all levels, abilities and focuses. Ashley not only aspires to turn out good riders but, more importantly, educated horsemen. The lesson and training program at Memory’s Hill is comprehensive and includes instruction both in the ring and the barn. Whether you aspire to begin riding for the first time in your life, ride for pleasure, begin work with a young horse, or be competitive on the local or “A” circuit, Ashley will help you get there.
Ashley has spent all of her life with horses. She has worked, ridden and trained alongside greats in the horse industry including Bob Cole and Sarah Irvine. She has ridden competitively on the local and “A” show circuit in New Jersey and Virginia, both as an amateur and a professional. Ashley has managed a large equestrian facility, taught extensively in lesson programs and has served as the assistant coach for two college teams in her career. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association. Ashley has served as the Assistant to the Director of Riding at Bridgewater College where she played an active role in the equestrian program for 11 years. Her experience is not only limited to teaching and riding, but also includes horse show management, course design and judging. Ashley has a passion for young horses and enjoys raising foals and breaking and bringing along young hunter prospects as well.
As for a teaching philosophy, Ashley is an advocate of solid basics, beginning with a correct position. She believes that form is function in the saddle, and that mechanics, technique and style must be built upon that foundation. She has a patient approach to breaking and training, beginning on the ground.
Ashley has coached several students from their first riding lessons to National successes in IHSA competition. Additionally, she has assisted in the coaching of several SWVHJA, Oak Ridge Medal and Randolph Medal Finals ribbon winners. Let her help you to reach your next goal!