‘I Thought I Would Never Ride Again’: How Ashlee Bond Fell Back in Love with Horses

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n a sport where the world’s best often peak only after several decades of experience and are commonly the oldest athletes competing at the Olympic Games, 33-year-old show jumper Ashlee Bond already has a long list of accomplishments attached to her name with undoubtedly many more to come.

Beginning riding from a young age, Ashlee competed — and won — her first Grand Prix at age 16. That same year, she was named Grand Prix Rookie Rider of the Year by both USEF and Pacific Coast Horse Association. After a brief hiatus, Ashlee returned to the sport renewed in mind and spirit, and it showed in her forthcoming string of successes.