Ashley Lacey is a barrel horse breeder, barrel horse trainer, professional volunteer and mom. I grew up in Leduc, Alta. but moved to the rural Grande Prairie area in 2006. Although raised in Leduc, my mom’s side of the family is from the Grande Prairie area, so I have a lot of family here. It was a natural move. I initially worked as a social worker but after having kids in 2009, I started working from home and have built a profession around breeding and training horses. In all of my free time, I act as president of the Teepee Creek Junior Rodeo Association, Director on the Peace Country Barrel Racing Association and Director on the Canadian Trick Riding Association.Q: It is Tuesday night, what are you having for dinner?A: A steak and salad. We are a busy family so barbecuing steak is quick easy and delicious.Q: If you didn’t do what you do for a living, what would you be?A: I would be a vet. I love animals however at 18 the thought of going to school for that many years was not enticing. I went through to be a social worker instead but as it turned out my life dream of working with animals came to fruition in a different way.Q: What person has influenced your life the most?A: One person…. That’s a tough one to narrow down. I would have to say my dad. He is a prime example of old-school ethics, morals values and hard work, a never-miss-a-day-of-work, always-help-your-neighbor kind of guy.Q: What is your favourite sport?A: Barrel racing, of course; however, I have a real soft spot for a good ladies fastball game. As a kid, I played fastball for 14 years.Q: Favourite movie of all time?A: I’m not much of a movie watcher but I like all the ones where people stand up for what they believe in…. “A Time to Kill” and “Braveheart” are at the top of my list.Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?A: Glass half empty people. They have a problem for every solution.Q: What’s your most embarrassing moment?A: There was a time my husband rushed off to work and quickly grabbed a sweater from the clean laundry pile… He then went in to a big meeting only to have his co-worker tell him that there was a pair of ladies panties sticking to the back of his sweater! I could have died! It’s likely his most embarrassing moment too.Q: What’s your favourite TV show?A: “Outlander: Season 1”Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be?A: Reading animals’ minds!Q: What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you would love to do?A: I would love to see the Kentucky Derby in person. Someone once told me that the Kentucky derby was only for rich people not middle class people like me… and so of course I can’t wait to prove them wrong.Q: If we’re buying, you’re having…?A: Blue Cheese Filet from the Keg prepared Medium Rare.Q: Last book you couldn’t put down?A: I don’t have time to read books, so when I do, it’s usually for educational purposes. The last book I read was an equine breeding book about Artificial Insemination. I know, boring to most people but super interesting to me.Q: If an actor could play you in a movie, who would it be?A: Jennifer Lawrence. She is hilarious, real and perfectly imperfect. She says things that often catch people off Guard. That is a trait she and I have in common.Q: What is the best thing about Grande Prairie?A: I love the pride people have in working in the oilfield. And that it is a town where people will still hold doors open for each other.Q: What did you find most rewarding about barrel racing?A: There is nothing more rewarding than the teamwork you can build with an animal. I am a fairly non-emotional person but there have been multiple times when after a barrel run I get tears in my eyes and I am so thankful for the horse being my partner. It is amazing to think of what they do for us simply because they want to please us.Q: What are some of your short and long-term goals for your occupation as a horse breeder?A: In the short term, my goals are simply to get mares in foal to my stallion, Frenchs Hula Guy. Frenchs Hula Guy is a phenomenal sire and has obtained some huge credentials as a sire. But in the long term, I would like to see more of his offspring win at the highest levels and help make people’s dreams come true.Q: If you could go anywhere in the world on a holiday, where would you go and who (living or dead) would you take with you?A: I would go to the Kentucky Derby and take all of my horse friends with me, all expenses paid. Enjoy!Q: What do you do to relax?A: iPad and Caesar, with the kids in bedQ: What are your words to live by?A: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.