IT was with the kind permission of Fergal Dooey and family, along with local landowners, that Glen Harriers were able to provide a magnificent hunt at Ballymacaldrick, Dunloy for its members, followers and without exception to Mrs Ashley Russell, who travelled all the way from Lovettsville, Virginia USA.
When Club member Fergal Dooey spoke with Glen Harriers and mentioned that they were having the company of an American horse rider (side-saddle at that), it was with much enthusiasm that Fergal and his team pulled together a fabulous hunting experience for all. A little insight to Ashley Russell will give inspiration to anyone; Ashley is the proud owner of a beautiful 28-acre farm in Lovettsville, nestled at the foot of Short Hill Mt. Virginia; this is where Ashley states that she has created a haven, where people can be at one with their horses.
Ashley’s background has always been as a horse-mad enthusiast; having been successful in attaining her foundation in the Hunters, then finding her real passion in the discipline of Eventing when she joined the Great Falls Pony Club as a teenager, along with being a member of the Great Falls Vaulting Team for several years.
Ashley earned an equestrian scholarship to Midway College in Kentucky, however, an unfortunate riding accident ended her intercollegiate career prematurely. As if that wasn’t enough to be dealing with, Ashley then experienced vision loss due to a rare genetic disorder. Ashley took a break from the equestrian world to learn how to function with a visual impairment. Ashley’s passion for Eventing didn’t stop when she experienced her vision loss; she co-founded BABS Eventing and has been having a successful career at the lower levels, qualifying for the 2014 AEC’s in Tyler Texas.
Ashley’s equine passion is undeniably in her blood; hence, she travelled to California to study the art of Liberty Training under the guidance of Robin Gates. Robin and her beautiful horses showed Ashley the secrets of connecting to the heart of the horse and establishing a true connection. Ashley found that working with the wild mustangs was particularly enlightening and states: “Their raw natural energy helped ground me, so that I was able to have a clear connection to their spirits.”
It is this connection training that Ashley continues to use at her horse ranch. Ashley truly found her calling working with horses and their owners to discover a TRU connection. Ashley states: “The Mustangs in the Californian Mountains gave me the gift of light. I am blessed to share that light with others in order to help them create meaningful partnerships with their horses.”
Read more about Ashley Russell at truliberty.com/biography/.
Glen Harriers wish Ashley a safe journey back to her home in Virginia, USA. A big thank you to Danny McKinley, Sheans Horse Farm and Heritage Centre for providing two horses, ‘Bob’ and ‘Guinness’ for this hunt.
The Club would like to thank the landowners, for without them they cannot hold these hunts; the hunt are indebted to them. Organisers can’t forget about the caterers, who ensured everyone was taken care of – thank you, the refreshments were very much appreciated.
This week, Glen Harriers Club Treasurer, Colette Traynor joined the Ballycastle and Rural Riding Community Committee to present Una McCaughan with a cheque for £765, which was jointly raised by Glen Harriers and Ballycastle Rural and Riding Community at a charity ride in memory of Brian McCaughan of Glenshesk.
The Ballycastle and Rural Riding Community committee would like to thank the McCaughan families for the use of their ground. Ballycastle and Rural Riding Community send thanks to McKay’s Butchers and Kearns Poultry for their donation of meat on the day for the barbecue. The money raised was raised for Cancer Research.
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