MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State head equestrian coach Teresa Slough announced Friday the hiring of Ashley Duda as the team’s assistant coach. In her duties, Duda will serve as the hunt seat coach and will assist with all other aspects of the Wildcat program.
“I am so thrilled to be at K-State and to be part of such an incredible equestrian program,” Duda said. “I am also excited about getting to work with such a talented group of riders and am looking forward to the start of our season.”
Duda comes to Kansas State from Virginia Tech, where she graduated in May of 2005 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Political Science. While at Virginia Tech, Duda competed for the Hokies in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and Intercollegiate Dressage Association. She qualified for both the IHSA National Championship Horse Show and the IDA National Championship Horse Show in 2004 and also represented the United States in two International Student Riding competitions.
“Ashley is a very talented rider and has had a tremendous amount of success in the show ring as an intercollegiate rider,” Slough said. “She comes from a great program, she's very enthusiastic, and she loves to teach riders. I think Ashley's going to be a team player and an excellent coach. We're lucky and excited to have her join our program.”
Duda brings a wealth of riding experience to Kansas State as she competed on the A-circuit in both the hunter and jumper divisions in Virginia during high school. Duda also spent several years working at Stoneridge Farm in Great Falls, Virginia, when she was not competing.