Beth Ash and Willa

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Willa is a beautiful chestnut mare who was foaled around 2002 and stands approximately 15.2hh. We believe her dam is Korea Norsk, a registered National Showhorse, but we don’t know who her sire was. Willa and Korea Norsk came in together during a July 2016 Crow Wing County humane case in which they were rescued from flood waters.

Developing a ‘partnership’ with a horse is the first, and most important step in horse training. By gaining the horse’s trust and respect, I’m able to build a solid foundation and establish a line of communication. This will be used throughout, not only the training process but in my daily interactions with the horse. I would consider myself somewhat of a ‘natural-horsemanship’ trainer, but I’m really a proponent of any method that makes expectations clear and reasonable to the horse, with a fair, well-timed reward for his efforts. My ultimate goal is to have a soft, relaxed, willing horse that knows and enjoys his job!

With a passion for horses, I pursued an Animal Science degree from UWRF. I graduated in ‘09 with an emphasis in Equine Management. I’m currently working in large animal nutrition, and training part-time out of Cave Creek Stables in Spring Valley, WI. This is also home to my own 4 Arabians, which I trail ride and camp with frequently, and I’d like to extend a “Thank You” to Cave Creek Stables for their sponsorship of Willa during these coming months!

If you are interested in becoming pre-approved to bid on Willa in the silent auction at the 2017 Trainer’s Challenge, you can start the process by filling out an adoption application today! Questions on Willa’s training can be directed to Beth Ash.