Ashley Cashwell

Ashley Cashwell poses with a young rider.

Ashley Cashwell from Bristol Veterinary Service is one of two veterinary technicians in the country to receive the Champions of the Cause Award from Boehringer Ingelheim.

The other winner was Lisa Amtower from Rhinebeck Equine Hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

They were recognized during the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians annual convention in San Francisco.

The award, presented in partnership with EquiManagement and AAEVT, included a plaque, embroidered jacket, all-expenses-paid trip to the convention and a yearlong AAEVT membership.

The winners, nominated by a veterinarian, were honored for their passion for equine health, a commitment to furthering their knowledge of equine well-being and dedication to continuously improving the equine health industry.

According to a news release, Cashwell was introduced to horses when she worked at a stable in exchange for ride time and lessons. She went on to manage a stable and then found a career in equine health.

She has worked as a field assistant for the past eight years, but it’s her educational drive that impressed her nominator, Kevin Nelson/

“Her continuing search for knowledge and daily enthusiasm demonstrates it’s not about the paycheck but a life dedicated to the cause,” Nelson said.

Cashwell makes time to educate horse owners about equine health and helped establish a therapeutic riding program in a developing country.

“Recognizing committed industry advocates like Ashley is why we present this award each year,” said veterinarian John Tuttle, director of Equine Professional Services for Boehringer Ingelheim said. “Her passion for equine health is underscored by her dedication to the industry, and for that, we commend her.”

Learn more about the Champions of the Cause Award by visiting http://www.championsofthecause.com.