Born: April 15, 1985
Hometown: Hidden Hills, California
Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7 at the 2009 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)
Bond first represented the U.S. in 2008 at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. She then made her first Nations Cup experience a winning one at CSIO Buenos Aires with Cadett 7. Continuing her winning ways with Cadett 7, she picked up two wins in World Cup Qualifiers at HITS Thermal in 2009. They won back-to-back classes (the second of which was the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier) on February 19 and 21, putting in lightning fast performances in each class. They also won on March 7 in the $50,000 Desert Circuit VI Grand Prix, securing a second place finish in the West Coast League Standings for the World Cup Final.
Bond won the Catena Leading Lady Rider Grand Prix Award for the Desert Circuit Championship for her remarkable performances on the 2009 Circuit. In 2008, she won the Maxine Beard Award for her promise in the future of show jumping. This award is given out annually by the USET Foundation.
Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7 did something remarkable during Tour One of the 2009 Meydan Nations Cup: they jumped three sets of double clear rounds, a feat that is unprecedented. In her first trip to compete in Europe, Bond thrived in the international atmosphere, as did Cadett 7, who’s scopey technique was perfect for the big outdoor arenas at CSIO5*s La Baule, Rome, and St. Gallen. Bond and Cadett 7 continued to represent the U.S. on Tour Two. While in Europe, the pair also picked up a win at the Warsteiner Aachen Grand Prix.
Cadett 7 returned from Europe on form continuing to produce successful rounds in California. The pair won both the $40,000 and $50,000 Grand Prix at Show Park, as well as the $50,000 Los Angeles International Grand Prix.
In 2009, Ashlee Bond made her first trip to the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final on the heels of a remarkable spring season.
Bond jumped to strong finishes again in 2010. With Cadett 7, Bond was second in the $75,000 Equine Couture/Tuff Rider Grand Prix in March. The pair won the World Cup Qualifier Keg Steak House and Bar Grand Prix at Thunderbird in August. In September, Bond and Cadett 7 were part of the winning Nations Cup team at Spruce Meadows.
Bond has spent the beginning of the 2011 season jumping in Wellington, FL at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. In February, she and Cadett 7 collected a third place finish in the fourth round of the WEF Challenge Cup; two weeks later they were fourth in round six. With the grey gelding, Chivas Z, Bond won the Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic in February.The pair also finished fourth in the $31,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic. With Apache, Bond finished fifth in the WEF Challenge Cup round 11.
Bond traveled to Europe and represented the U.S. at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. She and Cadett 7 finished eighth in the first qualifier for the World Cup Final. Bond also finished fourth with Apache in the CSI 3* two phases no jump-off.
At the La Baule CSIO 5*, Bond and Cadett 7 won the CSIO 5* Table A with jump-off. With Chivas Z, Bond finished third in the CSIO 5* Table A against clock, no jump-off. Bond and Cadett 7 again had success at the CSIO 5* this time in Rome. The pair finished second in the CSIO 5* Mixed Competition with jump-off.
Upon returning to the U.S., Bond and Chivas Z finished third in the Hagyard Lexington Classic. A week later, the pair came in second at the Rood & Riddle Grand Prix. Bond Chivas Z continued their success at the Hampton Classic, where they finished second in the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 4*.
Bond has had a good start to 2012. At the Ocala Tournament, she finished second and third in the $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix with Wistful and Chivas Z respectively. At the same competition, Bond and Chivas Z also finished fifth in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. During week 9 of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, Bond partnered with Apache to finish second in the $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m. At the Ocala Winter Celebration, Bond and Wistful finished fifth in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. At the Live Oak Combined Driving event, Bond and Apache finished third in the Live Oak Grand Prix. Bond was back on Cadett 7 for the CSI3* Welcome Cup at the Kentucky Spring show and the pair finished second in the class against 23 other riders. The next weekend, the pair took the big prize when they won the CSI2* Hagyard Classic at the Kentucky Spring Classic and a ninth in the CSI2* Maryrena Murphy, Bond also finished ninth in the CSI2* Hagyard Classic with Wistful. In Canada at the end of May, Cadett 7 earned Bond another win in the FEI Competition #1 and fourth in the Competition #2 at the CSI2*- W Langley Thunderbird. The two stayed in Canada for the 2012 Thunderbird Show Park British Columbia Open and won the $32,000 CSI2* Thunderbird Show Park Spring Classic in addition to taking fourth in the $53,000 MIBROC World Cup at the same show.
Bond traveled to Spruce Meadows to start her summer and finished eighth with Cadet 7 in the CSI5* Table A at the "North American". Two days later at the Spruce Meadows "National", the pair finished seventh in the CSI5* Winning Round. At the end of June, horse and rider won the CSI4* Table A World Cup Qualifier at the Spruce Meadows "Canada One" event over 33 other riders.
The child of a horse trainer and a movie producer, Bond got horse sense from her father and creativity from her mother. Both horse people, her parents had her in the saddle when she was 6-months-old, and she was jumping by age three.
Bond is president and co-founder of a company called BONDIES which features a sportswear lingerie line. A self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, she loves to hike and ride dirt bikes when she’s not riding horses.