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Lainey Ashker hugs her beloved Anthony Patch after winning the Millbrook Horse Trials earlier this month. Photo courtesy Kate Samuels

Lainey Ashker and Al win Millbrook: ‘I belong’

When Lainey Ashker and her 15-year-old off-track Thoroughbred Anthony Patch trounced the competition at the Millbrook Horse Trials earlier this month, the proudest moments came in the dressage ring, with the perfect execution of the canter work on which they’d worked so hard, and in her own head, as she finally realized she really did belong up there competing at the highest echelons of the sport. “I think the biggest thing for me was to be in that group of people and to be competitive,” Ashker says. “It’s great to feel you belong. I’ve always known I had the work […]