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THE NEXT RIDE: Ashley Reichert
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THE NEXT RIDE: Ashley Reichert

April 21, 2017

The Reichert File

Hometown: Grove City, Ohio

Major: Exercise Science

Event: Horsemanship

With the 2016-17 season now complete, it’s time for the Gamecocks to bid farewell to nine incredible seniors who have each impacted the Carolina program in their own special way. But for these nine women, the end of their collegiate careers marks the beginning of a new journey, where each of them will make their mark on the world. is proud to present The Next Ride, spotlighting each senior’s time at Carolina and looking ahead to the next chapter of their lives. Today’s Q&A features Ashley Reichert.

Graduation Date, Degree, Major

May 2017, B.S. in Exercise Science

What was your hardest class at Carolina?

EXSC 223/334 (Anatomy & Physiology)

How did you pick your major?

I intend on becoming a physical therapist in the future, and the exercise program at Carolina is very strong.

How did the Carolina Equestrian family help you during your academic career?

The Carolina Equestrian family is always there with endless support and guidance. Anything you could possibly want or need, tutors, computers, calculators, etc. All there for you. Our advisors as well as coaches always offer guidance, and fellow teammates can even steer you in the right direction.

How did the Carolina Equestrian family help with your post-college career?

I discovered through teammates that I wanted to become a physical therapist. I have been given lots of guidance from upperclassmen in making this decision to attend therapy school after graduation, and my coaches and advisors have always been very encouraging about these professional goals.

What competition will you remember most from your time as a Carolina Equestrian student-athlete?

The competition I remember most is winning the National Championship my sophomore year. It was very intense, came down to the last point between Georgia, and us, and we came out on top. The celebration and the energy were like nothing I’ve ever seen.

What’s the one phrase you’ll remember most from your coaches?

Coachie sending me in the ring, saying “ride smart” – that sticks with me even when she’s not around.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I will be attending physical therapy school starting in May. Three more years of school until I’ll have my doctorate!

What’s your advice for young riders interested in joining the Carolina Equestrian program?

Work hard and be persistent. Contact coaches with your good news, and be proactive. Start your college search early. Unofficially visit as many schools as you can so you can find the right fit before the officials start. Get some idea of what you’re looking for in a program… and Carolina is always the right choice 😉