In addition to the huge amount of work involved in juggling cutting horses, campdrafters, and youngsters that are yet to hit the show pen and breeding stock, Ash works full-time in a concreting business. It’s a busy yet rewarding lifestyle that she shares with her family and partner Ben McEwin, who is also involved in both cutting and drafting; at the NCHA 4CYTETM Autumn Spectacular, he was crowned Snafflebit Futurity Non Pro Champion riding Smooth Little Twist.
“Every day is different. Ben’s a farrier, so sometimes he’s at the racetrack too early to ride horses. Some days we’re up riding before work as many as we can get done, then when I get home from work I’ll just take the older horses for a trot around. Some days we ride till quite late at night,” Ash explains. “I’m really lucky and appreciative to have support from my family – especially my mum, and my sponsors 4CYTETM, Olympus Feeds and Sulky Gully Saddlery.”
When Ash competed at the NCHA 4CYTETM Autumn Spectacular, Ash’s father and partner Ben were there cheering her on, however, her mother and stepfather couldn’t get there. As Ash looks forward to the 2022 NCHA 4CYTETM Futurity, to be held in Tamworth from 30 May to 12 June, she is excited by the thought of her whole family coming along.
“I’ll be riding Ducktallic and Chisums Miss Kitty in the Classic. Magicool will be there, of course; I actually think Dave’s going to have a run on him at Tamworth, that will be exciting,” Ash enthuses.
At this year’s Futurity, there will be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Cutting Horse Association of Australia, including a Legends Cutting class in which legendary cutting riders will be paired with legendary cutting horses. Will Magicool be involved, and if so, which legend will he be paired with? Ash is tight-lipped.
“I don’t want to ruin the surprise! But I’m really excited, I think it will be a bit of a show. I’m really looking forward to it. Like I said, I was brought up in the sport of cutting and I wouldn’t want it any other way.” EQ
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