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Ashleigh has been a dressage competitor for over 20 years, competing in her 1st Canadian National Championship at the age of 10. Coached by her Mother, Leslie Steele, Ashleigh was a very successful competitor winning numerous championships, including Provincial, Regional and National Championships in Canada from Training through to Medium and JR. F.E.I. levels. Ashleigh was the first ever Canadian National JR. F.E.I. Champion in Canada in 1999, when the tests were first introduced to North America.
Ashleigh worked on the family farm throughout her high school years. Westwind Farm North has both racing and performance horses. Ashleigh's mother has coached professionally for over 30 years, her father David has bred and run thoroughbred race horses for over twenty years. As part of the Westwind team, Ashleigh has been responsible for mare and foal care, stallion handling, breaking and training of young stock and riding instruction. The farm often had more than forty head of horses that are boarded and managed.
After graduating Ashleigh accompanied her mother's coach, Canadian Olympian Leslie Reid to Germany to work in the barn of German Master Udo Lange and Canadian Olympic Dressage rider, Chrisilot Boylen. After six months in Europe Ashleigh returned home to compete and work with her parents on the farm. Leslie Reid arranged for Ashleigh to compete on Jill Whitehead's F.E.I. gelding Ivor. After a very successful summer Ashleigh went once again with Leslie for the winter months to train and compete in Arizona and California.
Ashleigh enjoyed a very successful California CDI tour, winning the Rancho Murieta CDI Young Rider division and placing ninth in the Los Angeles CDI in the OPEN Prix St. George and Intermediare I. Ashleigh finished the season with qualified scores for Pan American Games and NAJRYR Championships and as the leading Canadian Young Rider.
At the age of 19, Ashleigh became short listed with Ivor for Canadian Dressage Team in 2003 and then again in 2004. Since then, Ashleigh has competed in the FEI ring on her own horse, Lombardi LA and on Susan Wong's Nero, on her horse Uniek, owned with Partner and sponsor Sally Williams, on Cathy Heitel’s Fabiano achieving scores up to the mid 70’s.
In 2009, Ashleigh had an extremely successful season on Uniek, an eight year old KWPN gelding by Gribaldi, found for Ashleigh by her coach Steffen Peters. The pair had a very strong showing at Del Mar in September, where Uniek earned a score of 70.89 at the Prix St. George, finishing second and debuting his Intermediare I and winning the class. Ashleigh and Uniek finished the 2009 season with two more shows and two more scores of 71% and 74.4% in the Prix St George and I1. In 2010, the pair finished Top 3 at the Del Mar National CDI3* behind their coach, Steffen Peters aboard Weltino’s Magic, with scores of 67-69% in the Small Tour Division of the CDI and the I1 Freestyle.
Ashleigh hopes to continue her regular training and competing, with the tutelage and support of Team Peters, and with her new partners: Wellknown, a 5 year old Westphalen Gelding by Wynton that was imported for her by sponsor Alison Swanson; and San Soucis K, a 5 year old Oldenburg mare by Sir Donnerhall sponsored by River Oaks Farm. Ashleigh is a permanent resident of the USA and currently runs her own business, Westwind South Dressage in Scottsdale, AZ, where she trains and teaches Amateurs, Young Riders and other professionals from the lower levels all the way through the Grand Prix.
Ashleigh is married to Patrick Tyson, and the two of them have a young daughter, Addison Linden.
Ashleigh Luca-Tyson Bio