For the Love of Endurance Riding
When Ashley Tomaszewski heard that there was such a thing as endurance riding, and it was in Ontario, she was intrigued. After lots of research and asking questions, she was prepared to start training for her first ride. It seems like it all paid off as Ashley and her mare Splash finished their first ride at 25 miles in second place! She was hooked! Ashley’s next goal was to complete a couple more 25-mile rides in 2015 to gauge how ready they were to attempt a 50-mile ride, which they completed as their the last ride in 2015 and she beat a number of personal goals as well. Ashley’s goals for 2016 include improving her time on the 50s and doing some rides in the U.S.
Although Ashley is new to endurance, she is not new to horses. Starting riding at a young age, Ashley has competed in many disciplines including barrel racing, western performance classes, hunter, jumper, and eventing. She was also a member of the Canadian Cowgirls drill team, getting the opportunity to travel across North America as a proud ambassador for our great country. Although she lives for the excitement of the show ring, her favourite thing to do is get lost on the trail for hours. This led her to discover the world of endurance. Her pinto mare, Splash, much prefers the trail to the arena so it seemed like a good fit. They completed their first distance ride (25 miles) in 2014 finishing an impressive second place. 2015 was their first full year of competition culminating in completing their first 50 mile ride, finishing over an hour before they had originally planned to with great vet scores throughout. You can follow their adventures through the Eat Sleep Ride Repeat blog at http://eatsleepriderepeat.com/.