Ashley Gowanlock

Ashley Gowanlock was introduced to riding at an age when most of her peers were busy learning how to talk. At just two years old, she began riding for therapeutic purposes and quickly discovered a love for the sport and the challenges it presents. Gowanlock found that competitive sport provided her with goals, pushing her to always strive for the next level.

Her first international competition was the 2007 World Para-Dressage Championships in Great Britain. Despite competing with a borrowed horse, Gowanlock’s performance earned her top marks in the under-21 and under-25 age categories and eighth place in the Freestyle class. She later qualified for the Canadian Para-Equestrian team, and traveled alongside her teammates to Hong Kong to compete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

“The entire experience of going to the Games is something that will be etched into my memory forever,” she said.

Gowanlock is considered a medal contender for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. This season, she is busy training with Ferdonia 2 and Maile and is continuing to prepare for the Games. Gowanlock is hoping to become a counsellor, and also enjoys writing and travel.

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
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