Hello! My name is Ashley and I am so excited to be the team’s President this year! I am a junior from Andover, Kansas majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I started riding horses when I was eight and I started jumping just a few years later. I have a horse named Tantor and he and I competed in Jumpers for six years. Since starting college, I haven’t been able to take him to school with me so I joined the Hunt Seat team to be able to continue riding and competing without a horse of my own. This will be my third year on the team and I cannot wait to meet more amazing people!
My name is Ashley, I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin and I am in the graduating class of 2021. I am an Animal Science major with an emphasis on the pre-vet track. I had little riding experience before joining the Western team my sophomore year, I wish I would have joined my first year at school but I am glad I did end up finding the team. I would love to own a horse of my own someday, but for now my family just has one little dog named Twix.
Hunt Team Captain
Hey everyone! My name is Madeline Hildebrandt. I am the U of M Hunt Seat captain. As a junior here at the U, I’m studying Communications and Graphic Design. I’ve been riding since I was 8 years old and have been doing English since I was 10. In high school I took some time off for school reasons but even with taking a break, I found myself missing riding and wanting to get back into it. I’m new to Hunt Seat still, as I was more of an eventer back in the day, but I’ve found the U of M equestrian team a great way to get back into riding while also keeping up with my studies. I hope to see some new faces next year!
Western Team Captain
Hi! I'm Lexi a junior from Woodbury, MN studying Animal Science with a Pre-Vet emphasis, and last year was my first year on the team. I joined the team so I could continue to ride and show during college and grow as a rider. I’ve been riding horses since I was eleven years old. I currently show my horse, Kid, at WSCA shows in the all-around pleasure events. Outside of horses I show many livestock animals including dairy cattle, sheep, and pigs.
Hi guys! My name is Amber and I am a junior from Greeley, Colorado studying Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Business. This will be my first year as Secretary and my second year on the team. I took lessons when I was 6 years old for a couple summers and have been riding off and on since then and worked on a farm with horses through high school. I joined the Western Team my sophomore year and am so glad I found the team! It’s a great way to learn how to ride and make great memories with some really cool people. I am looking forward to another year spent at the barn and traveling to shows with friends!
Hi everyone! I am a sophomore from Plymouth, MN majoring in Animal Science. While I don’t own a horse of my own, I have been riding since about 6 years old, both Western and English, and work at a camp with horses during the summers! I joined the Hunt team last year and had a blast meeting everyone and hanging out with the horses. I’m excited to serve as the Fundraising Chair for the upcoming school year!
Hi! My name is Gabriella, and I come from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am a sophomore majoring in Math and Chemistry. I have been riding horses since I was ten, and started jumping shortly after that. Currently, I work over breaks at the barn where I ride back home in Brazil. I joined the Hunt Seat team in my first year so I could keep riding during college. I do not have my own horse, and I love that the team allows us to ride and compete with the team’s horses!
English & Western Teams