Shawdee and first sales import, Snap Chat

Shawdee and first sales import, Snap Chat

Owner, Trainer

Shawdee has been professionally involved with horses for 8 years with a combined 16 years of experience all together. A Northern California native, she began her career in the outskirts of San Francisco working for several top A circuit hunter/jumper facilities as manager/assistant and has been lucky to work alongside several renowned horsemen and women.

Upon relocating to Knoxville in 2018, she fulfilled her life-long dream of building her own business built on her passion and drive for high quality horse care, a traditionally correct system, creating a supportive and compassionate environment for both animals and our peers, and developing independent horsemen and women much unlike what is popularly seen on the competitive circuit.

Shawdee also has an Anthropology degree from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA and a 200-hr yoga teaching certificate. She applies skills from both fields into her teaching.

Marcelo and resident filly, Volare

Marcelo and resident filly, Volare

Owner, Manager

Originally from a small town in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo moved to the US in 2015 after finishing his masters program in Zoology, specializing in conservation of sharks.

With Marcelo’s love and compassion for animals, building Ashva Equestrian with Shawdee came naturally to him.

Marcelo can be found meticulously caring for the horses, managing the program, and supporting our clients in any way he can. His kind nature and attention to detail has been invaluable for the success of Ashva Equestrian.

Outside of the barn Marcelo can be found hiking, swimming, and skateboarding!

Bria and Cashew If You Fall

Bria and Cashew If You Fall

Working Student

Bria has been an invaluable part of Ashva Equestrian since December 2018. She has a background in dressage and horsemanship. Her passion for horses started as a youth right here in East Tennessee and with her first horse, Jeffrey, who she showed with locally. She now owns a BLM mustang mare as well, named Ramona.

You can find Bria at the barn on Sundays and intermittently throughout the week, being a wonderfully helpful hand and always with a great attitude. Bria has an admirable work ethic- she finds time for her horses, our program, and her full time job.

We are very lucky to have her and grateful for everything she does for us!


Working Student

Sarah has also been an invaluable member of Ashva since December 2018. After a brief hiatus over the summer due to her full time job, she returned to Ashva in September 2019 and we are so happy to have her back. She and Bria are fully responsible for our barn on Sundays and do a fantastic job maintaining our barn to our high standards. We are so appreciative of Sarah’s dedication, loyalty, and hard work.

Sarah aspires to be a professional in the industry and we are excited and honored to help her on her way. She is fantastic with kids, detail oriented, always happy to help, and a quick learner. We are grateful to have Sarah on our team.

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Veterinary Team

We have been working closely with Pinnacle Equine since opening our doors in August of 2018. Dr. Matt Paxton, Dr. Rachel Buffkin, Dr. Robin McClamroch, and the wonderful Mary Beth make up a fantastic medical team whom we trust fully. Each doctor specializes from foaling to performance horse soundness to dental care. We are so lucky to have the best crew of veterinarians in Knoxville overseeing the care of our horses.



Jason has been part of our team since September 2019. Jason is a fantastic with our horses and recognizing what each horse needs. Finding a farrier as detail oriented as Jason was no easy task. We appreciate the time and effort he puts in to each of our horse’s individual needs.


Equine and Human Chiropractic Care

Dr. Guy Wells is simply the best! Our horses experience immediate relief after sessions with the Doc and we are thrilled with the care and results he helps us achieve. From normal routine maintenance to overseeing our performance horses, he can do it all and he does it very well, with over 25 years of experience.


Equine Massage Therapist

Our horses experience so much relief and tranquility with Marcia as their massage therapist! She does such a fantastic job, from caring for our lesson horses, to maintenance work on our performance horses, to helping our filly experience relief from growing pains. We are so grateful for Marcia’s work and so are our horses! They LOVE their sessions with Marcia.