Five-Star Rider Ashley Johnson is Studying Elite Eventing Athletes: How You Can Help

Ashley Johnson and Tactical Maneuver. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ashley Johnson is a busy woman. When she’s not competing at the top levels with her longtime partner, Tactical Maneuver, she can be found coaching the University of Florida’s eventing team, judging, or running her own business in Ocala, Fl. – and now she’s adding a master’s program through Harvard University to her busy day planner. As a part of her studies in Psychology, Ashley is running a study on elite eventing athletes in an effort to collect more data about the sport.

“The reality is that there have been a lot of studies done on elite athletes in other sports, but almost none for eventing athletes,” Ashley explained. “And eventing is an extremely demanding and technical sport, so there is surely some interesting data to collect by studying the riders at the top.”

As a part of her Master’s Thesis, Ashley is conducting a research study aimed at riders competing at the CCI2* – CCI5* level this spring. Following each international event on the calendar, Ashley is requesting that riders take a few minutes to fill out the anonymized survey.

“I’m trying to collect as much data as possible in order to make the resulting analysis more accurate,” she explained. “My goal is to contribute to the overall literature about elite eventing athletes through this study.”

If you are 18 or older and are competing at the two-star level or above between now and Land Rover Kentucky, please email or text Ashley (610-212-0294) to obtain a link to the survey. Riders can complete the survey multiple times if they compete at multiple events and are asked to do so within 48 hours of the conclusion of the event.