Owner & Trainer
At age five, Ashley discovered her passion for horses and began riding. By the time she was 10, Ashley was training with many of the best trainers in the industry and was successfully competing on the "AA" Hunter and Equitation circuit. She began her career as a professional trainer when she was 21, working at several barns in Northern Westchester. By 2003, her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and she purchased a 24 stall property in North Salem. Today Ashley’s life-long passion for horses and riding is reflected in Summit Farm, a beautiful, thriving equestrian center in the heart of Westchester County’s horse country.
Throughout her career, Ashley has worked with students of all levels and ages helping them to reach their personal goals – whether competing in the show arena or simply enjoying the sport and connection with a horse on an afternoon trail ride. She has successfully trained riders and guided them as they rose from beginner to champion on the show circuit.
Assistant Trainer & Barn Manager
Amanda Niemann stated riding at 6 years old and immediately fell in love with horses. Growing up, she rode both English and Western but focused on hunters and equitation. At age 16, she started teaching lessons at a local barn. In 2007, she started attending Morrisville State College and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Equine Science & Management. Amanda has owned several horses throughout her life. The most influential is Kalvin who she competed with on the AQHA Circuit. Amanda has had several different positions in the equine industry as a rider, assistant trainer, instructor and camp counselor. In 2015, she moved back to New York and took a position at Summit Farm as an Assistant Trainer and Barn Manager.
"DeeDee" started riding in Wilton, CT and competed in her junior years in the hunters training with Wayne Carroll, Franke Carroll and Gordan Wright. She started professionally working at age 18 in Ridgefield, CT teaching all levels, riding sale horses and training client horses. She gained most of her management experience working under Carl Knee, coach for the Canadian Olympic Team, at Rock Bottom Farm.
After moving back to Connecticut she did some free lance instructing at a number of private farms, before purchasing a farm in North Salem which she operated a successful business out of for 6 years before moving to Bedford Hills. DeeDee has trained and qualified many riders for Equitation Finals, Maclay Regionals and numerous other championships in Fairfield County, Westchester County, WEF and Ocala. DeeDee also continues her freelance training in Virginia, Florida, Connecticut and New York.