First Lieutenant Ashley Grace

"Gracie"

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Breed:  Quarter Horse

Gender: Mare

Color: Roan

Birth date: True date unknown; (Ashley White's birthday w/Grace's approx. year); September 3, 2008

Height:  15.5h

Ashley Grace

 

"Grace" has been with Courage Rock just a few months.  Her name First Lieutenant Ashley Grace is in honor of First Lieutenant Ashley White who lost her life during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 22, 2011

 

Grace was in a trailer accident in 2016 which caused severe damage to her head and is believed she may have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  She seems to be only green broke and may not have been treated well in her younger years.  Her response to human kindness and willingness to learn make her a perfect therapeutic horse for people that need her as much as she needs to feel a purpose in life.

First Lieutenant Ashley White

1st Lt. Ashley White was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 22, 2011 when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device. Ashley was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, NC and served as a member of a Cultural Support Team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. As a Cultural Support Team Member on her first deployment to Afghanistan, White selflessly served. Ashley’s actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor, and country. In every instance she served with distinction in support of the Task Force and our great nation.

Ashley was born on September 3, 1987 to parents Robert and Deborah White. Ashley is survived by Robert, Deborah, her twin sister Brittany, brother Josh, and husband Cpt. Jason Stumpf. Ashley was a graduate of Marlington High School (2005) and Kent State University (2009). Ashley is remembered not simply as an exemplary solider but as the best daughter, sister, wife and friend anyone could hope to have.

Ashley was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer after her graduation from Kent State University. She completed the Medical Services Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and the U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA. Ashley was assigned to Co. C, 230th Bde. Support Bn., NC National Guard where she served as an Evacuation Platoon Leader. Her awards and decorations include the Parachutists Badge, the Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Ashley was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.  You can read more about Ashley story in the book "Ashley's War" by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.  To learn more about scholarships and other events in honor of Ashley, click on the links below.

 

 Ashley's War From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana comes the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan—including Ashley White, a beloved soldier who died serving her country’s cause.

Gracie Facts:

  •  Gracie enjoys time spent in the round pen learning new things because she likes to keep busy.

  • Her favorite stablemate is Pawnee. 

  • She does not like to be alone, she either needs horse or human companionship. 

  • Gracie's favorite treats are anything edible except frozen Gatorade. 

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