Who is Kurt Busch's soon-to-be ex-wife Ashley Van Metre?

Bruno Cooke May 18, 2022
Who is Kurt Busch's soon-to-be ex-wife Ashley Van Metre?

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Ashley Busch has filed for divorce from NASCAR racer husband Kurt, meaning there’s a chance she’ll revert to her maiden name, Van Metre. What do we know about the Racing Wives star, including her career and family life outside her relationship with Kurt?

Who is Kurt Busch’s soon-to-be ex-wife Ashley Van Metre and when did they get together?

Before her marriage to Kurt Busch, Ashley’s name was Ashley Van Metre. 

The couple first met in 2014 and married in January 2017. The wedding took place at Eden Rock Resort on the French Caribbean island of St Barthélemy.

Ashley’s 90-year-old great-uncle officiated the wedding. He had previously married Van Metre’s parents and grandparents, Nicki Swift writes, citing Southern Bride Magazine.

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Rock legend Steven Tyler played at their reception a week later, in Palm Beach. The couple celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in January this year. Ashley shared a picture of her and Kurt together to her Instagram followers with the caption: “Still full of smiles, here’s to many more my love.”

What does she do?

Ashley has been playing polo since the age of five. She visited England for the polo event Prince Harry and Meghan Markle organised at the end of July 2018, where she played under the name Ashley Van Metre Busch.

She and Harry even played on the same team – the winning Sentebale St Regis team – in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor.

Kurt Busch tweeted about the event at the time.

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Van Metre wrote on Instagram at the time: “I feel so honoured to have been part of this match today and to give back to Sentebale for all of their great efforts! (quoted by For The Win).”

Among her accolades are wins at the Port Mayaca 14-goaler and the International Polo Club 12-goaler, according to Earn The Necklace.

Ashley Van Metre became the USPA’s first brand ambassador while married to Kurt Busch

Ashley’s father, Beau Van Metre, followed his daughter into the sport. 

Sidelines Magazines wrote in September 2020 that, after Ashley picked up polo, the rest of the Van Metres followed suit. She and Beau even played together to win the International Polo Club 12-goal in Wellington.

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The US Polo Association signed her as their brand ambassador in 2017. She became the female face of the brand. 

Later that year she unveiled plans to launch her own swimwear line in collaboration with fellow polo player Enrique Sanchez-Rivera. She told Athleisure Mag she planned to show at Miami Fashion Week the following year, or soon after.

Born 4 September 1991, Ashley Van Metre’s age at time of writing is 30; she’ll turn 31 later this year. Her parents are Albert “Beau” Jr and Deadria – they ran the Van Metre Polo Cup in 2012.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.