Ashley Gowanlock

Ashley Gowanlock

 

Ashley Gowanlock began riding at the age of two, after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, in order to provide physiotherapy and help with her balance. She was soon hooked and by 2006 had made her debut on the Canadian Para-Dressage Team in Langley, B.C.

A two-time Paralympian, Gowanlock represented Canada at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She also rode for the maple leaf at the 2010 and 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, held in Kentucky, USA and Normandy, FRA, respectively.

In early 2016, Gowanlock kicked off the season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL, competing at the CPEDI 3* level with two mounts. Aboard Ferdonia 2 and Why Not Me, her most notable results included two Freestyle wins. In June 2016, Gowanlock returned to her native B.C. to make a strong debut with a new mount, Di Scansano, earning a hat trick by sweeping the Grade 1b division.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Gowanlock’s career highlights include top-10 finishes at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games.

PERSONAL

A talented speaker, since 2014, Gowanlock has been an ambassador for Right To Play, an organization dedicated to educating children about healthy, active living. She is also an author, publishing her first book, entitled My Opportunities Just Dress Up As Obstacles, in early 2016.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 CPEDI 3* Langley, B.C. – Grade 1b Freestyle – 1st
2016 CPEDI 3* Langley, B.C. – Grade 1b Individual – 1st
2016 CPEDI 3* Langley, B.C. – Grade 1b Team – 1st
2015 CPEDI 3* Mulhouse, FRA – Grade 1b Freestyle – 1st
2014 FEI World Equestrian Games – Grade 1b Individual – 11th
2012 London Paralympic Games – Grade 1b Freestyle – 6th
2012 London Paralympic Games – Grade 1b Individual – 6th
2012 London Paralympic Games – Grade 1b Team – 8th
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Grade 1b Team – 4th
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Grade 1b Individual – 7th
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Grade 1b Freestyle – 8th

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Championship - Mixed 9
2016 Rio Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Team Championship - Mixed 13
2012 London Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Team - Mixed 8
2012 London Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Championship - Mixed 6
2012 London Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Freestyle - Mixed 6
2008 Beijing Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Championship - Mixed 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Freestyle - Mixed 8
2008 Beijing Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Team - Mixed 7