Melissa Ashcraft is the owner and head instructor of Transitions. Melissa spent five years as a featured rider traveling with the “World Famous” Lipizzan Stallions show across the U.S., Europe and Canada. She is an upper-level dressage rider trained in classical “Airs Above the Ground” in hand and saddle, 4th level natural horsemanship, problem horse and colt starting, jumper, western, halter, driving and long lining.
Her training methods are a combination of classical and natural horsemanship offered for beginner through advanced levels. Melissa Ashcraft is also a very talented trick trainer and often does exhibition performances. Melissa mostly performs with an outstanding trick trained Friesian stallion named Prodigy. Prodigy and Melissa demonstrate challenging maneuvers such as the Spanish walk, rear, lie down and sit in saddle and much more! They recently filmed in a tribute to the Friesian Horse – 5 part series that will be airing within the next couple of weeks nationwide and in 42 countries for 3 years!! Melissa and Prodigy have also performed in Ohio Equine Affair Fantasia, 2 years in Equine Affair’s Friesian, Chicago’s Noble Horse Theater, MSU and the Valparaiso Stallion Expo!!