Ashley Schmitt is a life-long animal lover, and has been riding horses for over 15 years. She currently has two horses, a retired OTTB, Foxie, and her current eventing partner, a Thoroughbred cross named Bailey. While eventing is her current passion, Ashley has ridden both english and western seats and has competed in a variety of disciplines, from Hunt Seat to Hunter/Jumpers.
When not at the barn, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their German Shorthaired Pointer, Atlas.
Ashley has received formal photography education throughout high school and during her time at St. Olaf College. She has enjoyed learning to shoot, develop and print black and white film, as well as work with digital media during that time. Throughout the past few years, Ashley has photographed numerous events as an amateur and is excited to build her business and client base in 2016. Her work has been featured in the CSDEA's Cross Country magazine, CANTER advertisements and adorns the walls of family and friends (and the many clients who have become like family!).
Ashley is always excited to try new things and will work hard to capture your event, or that special, frame-worthy photo you've always wanted. Please contact her to capture your next adventure!
About Fox River Photography
Fox River Photography started with a love of taking photos, and has grown to a commitment to capturing the most precious memories that make up our lives. Fox River Photography was named for Foxie, Ashley's OTTB. Foxie was one of Ashley's earliest subjects and taught her how important photos can be.
Foxie began life as a race horse at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, MN. After her racing career ended, Foxie's past becomes a little foggy; she had a foal, and came into Ashley's life at the age of 9 after being abandoned by her former owner and showing signs of past abuse. Fox, as she is fondly known, was just learning to be an eventing horse when she experienced an injury the vets predicted would end her career as a riding horse. She came back from that injury, miraculously, to do what she loved - run and jump. Two years into her eventing career, Fox once again experienced an injury that should have ended her riding career and nearly ended her life. In true "Fox Style" she bounced back and while semi-retired, still enjoys running (and the occasional jump) in between her daily routine of rolling in the dirt, napping and mugging for peppermints.