Quick facts

Birthdate

March 31, 1987

Birthplace

Surrey, BC

Residence

Surrey, BC

Sport

Para Equestrian

Experience

Beijing 2008

Rio 2016

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 three-time Paralympian, Gowanlock represented Canada at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Rio Games in 2016.

In Rio, she made headlines when she suffered an ankle injury and some bruises when she fell off her horse in the Grade 1b Individual Test.

She also rode for the maple leaf at the 2010 and 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, held in Kentucky, USA and Normandy, FRA, respectively.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2008, 2012, 2016 Paralympic Games… 2010 and 2014 FEI World Equestrian 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 Paralympic Games – Grade 1b Individual – 9th

2016 Paralympic Games – Team- 13th

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