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Meet the Newton ANR Agent

Ashley Best grew up in Dalton, Ga where she developed a love for horses and agriculture from her high school agricultural education classes. She is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education. She received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri in Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership. She taught high school agriculture for 6 years before transitioning into extension. She has focused on creating more resources for equine owners from the University of Georgia. She has a national award winning equine newsletter called The Leading Rein. She is also a state winner for her equine programming called Elevated Equine.

Ashley also has a homeowner series called Best Practices. In 2023, Ashley will also be working on more organic production presentations to assist the growing organic producers in Newton County.

Ashley enjoys all aspects of horses. She is an avid barrel racer, likes to ride English and jump with her horses, as well as trail riding. She currently owns 2 horses, 1 donkey and a goat that thinks she is a horse. Her other hobbies include spending time with her family and other pets, making mohair horse tack, as well as traveling.