Ashley Francese is the beginner riding instructor at Johnna Stables. Ashley has been riding since the age of four, when her father bought her a cantankerous mule to start riding on. She rode classical dressage for many years before switching her focus to the western world. Currently Ashley competes in western dressage and working equitation on her herd of off-the-track horses. A lifelong nerd and a lover of all things ancient, Ashley is also an adjunct professor of Classical Studies at Dickinson College. When she’s not teaching or riding, Ashley works as a freelance writer, which marries her love of horses with her love of words.