He has 30 horses, 3 kids, 1 wife and a whole lot of love for polo. In our opinion, Ashton has grown into a great team player, and often times you will hear him communicating with his team during play. Having Ashton on your team may be your greatest asset.
How did you start playing polo?
I started grooming for Casablanca (an American team in San Diego) and took lessons with the White Family. I picked it up quickly and soon became pro.
Have you ever had a bad injury?
(laughs) You name the bone, I’ve broken it. Hand, wrist, cheek, nose, foot…
How did they happen?
Mostly from being bucked off. But I played through the game. You have to.
Is there any technique to falling off a horse?
Yea, don’t fall off.
What about finding a groom? Do you have any advice?
Trial and error. Everyone likes things a little different, so a good groom is taught by the horse’s owner or pro.
How many horses do you have?
30. A lot of them are young and not ready to play polo yet.
Wow. That must take up a lot of time. What is your daily routine?
Wake up early, check on the horses, ride a few sets, chill and either play in the afternoon, stick and ball or ride again.
Where are you from?
My father is from Austria, but I’m from here (USA). I’ve done a lot of traveling in Europe, Asia, etc. My wife, Marisa, is from Guatemala, so we’ve traveled in Central America quite a bit.
Didn’t you just take a vacation?
Yea, to Thailand with my wife and kids. It was gorgeous. We went to the Philippines and Singapore too.
Ashton & Marisa
Ashton & Matias
Tell us about your kids.
Ana Sophia is 5, Matias will be 3 in a couple weeks and Isabella will be 1 in September. Isabella is running the show. They like to help me with the horses- feed, ride, or wrap their legs (mainly just Soph). We are like any normal family- go to the beach, play outside, ride bikes, anything really.
You and Marisa seem pretty laid back. It’s hard to imagine you have 3 kids and 30 horses!
My wife is amazing! Plus, we have tons of family and friends that love the kids as much as we do. Everyone contributes to their lives.
Matias, Erika (soon to be Auntie), Sophia, Isabella, Uncle Coco (Marisa’s brother), Marisa. Supporting Papa Ashton at Empire Polo Club.