Camille Leblond won the ASPCA Maclay Medal out of 40 riders aboard Portofino. Camille was Champion in the Equitation 16-17 with Graffito. Sarina Singh did a phenomenal job in her Children’s Hunters debut. With Alexis, Gatsby placed very well in the Green Conformation Hunters.
Alexis Taylor Silvernale had a distinguished record as a junior rider. Her many successes include two victories in the ASPCA Maclay Regional Northwest, the Thunderbird Good Hands and Seat Final, and wins in the USEF Zone 8, 9, and 10 Medal Finals, ribbons in the USEF Talent Search Finals, along with the prestigious Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals. Alexis also rode hunters and jumpers to many championships. Among the greats in the business who she has worked with include Timmy Kees, Leslie Howard, Jack Towell, Missy Clark, Karen Healy, and Hunt Tosh. One might have expected her to continue on in the amateurs, but just the opposite occurred. She stepped away from the sport for 12 long years. Upon her return she did compete successfully as an amateur, although shortly thereafter became a professional. Looking back at it, she feels it was crazy to take that much time away. “I am an all or nothing kind of person,” she said. “So when I had to walk away from it I left it completely. I also had to re-invent myself. I had always been the horse rider. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in Medina, Washington, but went to … Read More
Aboard Skyhawk, she’s preparing for the biggest event of her young professional career. Flying back to Seattle from her honeymoon in Paris in December of 2012, Alexis Taylor Silvernale received her favorite wedding present—although she didn’t know it at the time. Her husband, Joe Silvernale, feeling the glow of a glass of wine, suggested to his new wife that she should think about riding again. He’d previously seen a room in her parents’ house full of trophies from her junior career and asked about them. So, somewhere over the Atlantic, he posed the idea of getting back in to horses: “Maybe hack and go on some trail rides on the weekends?” he suggested. “I blinked my eyes twice, and we had two horses,” he recalled. “And she was riding with [champion hunter rider and trainer] Hunt Tosh.” He barely had time to blink again, and Alexis was a professional with her own business. “It was the best gift anyone could have given me,” Alexis said of her return to the horse world. Now she’s making her first trip to the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship (Ky.) aboard a horse named Skyhawk. Before and after attending law school, Joe served as … Read More
Congrats to Vesper Cayambe and Woody for bringing home championships in their divisions. Woody also won the National Hunter Derby. Maddy & Misty won both rounds of Short Stirrup Ponies today in their first show with Aleron. Congrats to Elena, Annika, Hanna, Sarina, Camille and Amy for more great riding.