Ashlee Bond first hit the Grand Prix Show Jumping scene in 2001 by placing first and second in her very first Grand Prix, the $50,000 Cosequin Grand Prix at the HITS Tahoe Circuit, Nevada. That same year, 16-year-old Ashlee, took home the top honor as United States Grand Prix League/Pacific Coast Horse Association Grand Prix Rookie Rider of the Year.
She continued proving herself in the Grand Prix ring on the West Coast and due to her success, in 2004 earned herself a spot to compete in the Olympic Games Selection Trials.
That was just the beginning of great success on the Pacific Coast for many years, and Ashlee has now achieved international success in Canada, South America and Europe. In 2008, she made her international debut and represented the U.S. at Spruce Meadows in Calgary.
In November 2008, Ashlee first represented the United States Equestrian Team in Argentina. Following up on her great success in 2008, Ashlee won the prestigious USET Foundation’s Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider of the Year Award.
Then, in 2009, Ashlee had the kind of year most show jumpers dream about. In 2009 not only did Ashlee win 8 Grand Prixs, but she broke into the top 50 in the FEI/Rolex World Rankings and reached the #2 spot on the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List. To finish up her great year in 2009 Ashlee was named “Chronicle of the Horse Show Jumping Horseman of the Year” at just 24 years old.
After a successful European tour that year, her last stop resulted in Ashlee becoming the 3rd woman in a 50-year history to win the $84,640 Warsteiner-Prize Grand Prix of Europe. In addition to the Warsteiner Grand Prix Ashlee finished 2nd in the $56,421 Stawag-Prize Grand Prix (Aachen, Germany) and finished seventh in the $487,687 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen which was the highest U.S. placing. Additionally, Ashlee’s top mount, Cadett 7, was named Best Show Jumping Horse of Aachen.
In 2011 and 2012, Ashlee competed at the world famous Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida where she added many wins and top placings to her resume.
Most recently in 2014, Ashlee won the AIG 1 Million Dollar Grand Prix in Thermal, CA and also won two more Grand Prixs during that circuit all aboard her new mare Chela LS. As a result, Ashlee ended up as the leading Grand Prix rider for the 2014 HITS Thermal circuit. This summer, she won the CSIO 5* nations cup in Gijon, Spain aboard Chela LS and was 2nd in the Grand Prix there as well.
In the last few years, Bond has settled into her position as co-proprietor of her family’s farm, Little Valley Farms. Her father Steve oversees the breeding and training side of the operation, while Ashlee handles the competition.