Silver Spurs Equestrian Center Staff

about-ashleyAshley Gowin – Owner, Trainer, and Instructor

Ashley has had a very long and extensive show career that began at the age of 12. She competed mainly in the American Saddlebred Industry and became quickly known for her abilities in The Roadster to Bike Division.  Ashley has won many State titles, and has competed at National and World levels.

Ashley graduated from Stephens College in 2007 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Business Management. After graduation, she married BJ Gowin. They reside on the property with their dogs, Hershey and LuLu.

After graduating, Ashley became an Assistant Trainer at a large equine facility in Foristell, MO, where she trained several horses and instructed lessons daily. She is now one of the proud owners and trainers at Silver Spurs Equestrian Center.

about-carrieCarrie Budde – Owner and Manager

Carrie has owned horses from a very early age. She is married to Jay Budde, who is involved in the daily operation of the stables. Her knowledge in the horse industry helped influence her daughter’s show career where her abilities in hospitality, organization, and cheering came in handy.

Carrie has also has shown her paint gelding, Flint, in many of the Western Pleasure and Trail classes for several years.

She is widely known for her talents in the horse treat industry owning Sweet Feed Crunchers. Carrie is always accompanied by Twinkie, the barn’s mascot, a Pomeranian who never fails to get the borders’ and students’ attention.


about-pierrePierre – Mouse Hunter

Pierre is the stable resident varment control. He enjoys lounging in the viewing room by day and prowling the stables for mice at night.