She Loves to Ride

A Wyoming horse trainer is quickly building a strong reputation as both a trainer and pro barrel racer. Ashley Schafer and her husband Seth run Schafer Performance Horses on their 120-acre ranch in Goshen County, near Torrington. The eastern Wyoming locale is well established for farming, ranching and pheasant hunting. Consistently fast and good-minded horses look to be the next high mark of distinction.

Ashley is from Iowa where she grew up competing in amateur rodeos. She chased her dream of becoming a trainer. Two mentors in Oklahoma helped mold a career for the young prospect. In 2012, the Schafers began their operation in Wyoming near the (pheasant) farm where Seth was raised. They are now raising two kids including a nine-month-old boy.

Already a fixture in the barrel racing horse “futurity” industry, Ashley was asked to join the barrel racing roster of pro rodeo’s newest iteration called ERA - Elite Rodeo Athletes - this year. It didn’t take Schafer long to prove she belonged in what is nicknamed the “League of Rodeo Champions.” After eight spring season rodeos Ashley is the #1 barrel racer in the ERA. She and the horse she trained finished either first or second in all but two of the events.

“Can Man” is a seven-year-old stallion and with his Wyoming trainer aboard they won the final Elite Rodeo Athletes rodeo this season last Saturday night (May 21) in Albuquerque. The event will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 2, June 1. The first fall season ERA rodeo is in Sheridan, Wyoming over Labor Day Weekend.

Here’s Ashley Schafer on the ranch with Can Man getting fitted for new shoes: