Born and raised in Georgia Ashleigh Hamill spent childhood days on an Arabian horse farm outside Atlanta, in a little town called Alpharetta. Ashleigh's father, an avid horseman, moved the family to the country to pursue his life-long love affair with horses and began a breeding program that would eventually lead them to the hub of the Arabian horse world in Scottsdale, Arizona. After relocating as a family to “Equestrian Manor,” in Scottsdale, he immersed himself in his passion for the Arabian breed.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Hamill pursued formal training with Dean Lacey at Lacey’s Arabian Ranch in Garden Valley, California, Maureen Casteel (former equestrian Olympic jumping medalist), and David Ventura (2006 Vintage Cup Champion at Prix St. George.) Ashleigh Hamill is a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Certified Western and English Riding Instructor as well as Certified Site Accreditor with the CHA’s National Office, and was part of the team that certified The Kentucky Horse Park three years ago. She is a member of The Arabian Horse Association, The United States Equestrian Federation, The Certified Horsemanship Association, the Colorado Arabian Horse Club (CAHC) , the Colorado Horse Council, and formerly while in the Bay Area, a member of the Diablo Arabian Horse Association (DAHA) and The Contra Costa Horseman’s Association.
Professionally, Hamill worked at Castle Rock Arabians in Walnut Creek, CA and as Director at Bella Oaks Stables in Martinez, CA where she was responsible for the design and implementation of all recreational riding programs. She also worked for Soltau Kings Crest Arabians, a private International breeding facility owned by Cory and Lorraine Soltau in Alamo, CA, working with National level Arabian horses.
Currently Hamill shows in the Class-A circuit competing in western pleasure, hunter pleasure, and halter divisions. Hamill also coachs youth and amateur riders just starting out showing in the open and A-circuit.
This year Hamill helped coach daughter Harper to two Region 8 Reserve Championships in the Class A circuit, and to her first National top ten title at Arabian Youth Nationals in Albuquerque, NM. She competed in hunt seat pleasure, hunt seat equitation and showmanship.
Since arriving in Colorado, Hamill launched a private boutique lesson program in Ft. Collins where she trained youth and amateur riders out of her own private facility , Tresor, An Arabian Ranch.
A decision to leave her successful lesson program behind, although difficult, allowed Hamill to work for Wegener Training in Bennett, Colorado and Ann Judge-Wegener, rider and trainer of The Denver Bronco Mascot, Thunder.
Hamill currently serve as a Director of the Board on the Colorado Arabian Horse Club, and as a Director on the Board for the Colorado Horse Council (COHCO) as well as on two COHCO sub-committees, the Horseman’s Convention and the education committee and marketing for 2011 & 2012, 2013 Horse Expo held at National Western. She was honored to accept the appointment of CHA Region 9 Director and was nominated for “2011 Instructor of the Year” for the Certified Horsemanship Association.
Hamill attended and graduated from the Arabian Horse Association’s Official Judging School in Scootsdale, AZ in Jan. 2012. And is also the recipient of last year’s Club Excellence Award from the Arabian Horse Association, as well as this year’s recipient as Volunteer of the Year from the Colorado Arabian Horse Club. Her published articles have appeared in Young Rider Magazine, Modern Arabian, The Instructor, and many more.