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.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby kicked off a grand Saturday morning at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano. After topping the first round, Alexis Taylor Silvernale and Skyhawk, owned by Aleron, LLC, continued to impress both judging panels in the Handy Round for the win in a challenging class. The honorable Bill Ellis and Christina Schlusemeyer judged as Panel One, and Scott Williamson sat with Mickey Maestro as Panel Two. Thomas Hern of Plymouth, MA, once again set the course. A big, bold track, with four solid high options, the early morning course was challenging. More than a dozen of the thirty-four entries had a rail in round one. Fifth to gallop in, Silvernale and the handsome bay Skyhawk sailed around smoothly, taking all four high options, and earning scores of 82+4 and 84+4 from each panel respectively, for a total of 174. The dynamic duo edged out the derby team who went first in the order, Tip Top (Gail Haft, owner) and Jenny Karazissis. Taking two high options, Tip Top scored 84+2 and 82+2, for a total of 170, ultimately second in the round. With a score of 168, … Read More
What a fantastic first week at Blenheim! WCHR week! Aleron’s Skyhawk Champion High Performance WCHR and also was Grand Working Hunter Champion. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be able to work with this incredible animal! Thank you to the entire Aleron team! Alexis also rode 3 horses in the much anticipated $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular.
We had a great week at the Spring National! Congratulations to Hanna, Annika, Amy, Hillary, Sarina, Audrey and Camille – on their successes! Also, a big congrats to our entire team and amazing horses who helped win the Leading Hunter Rider and Leading Professional awards along with Reserve Champion, 3rd and 9th out of 43 in the Derby (Archive, Campari & Carrera). Hanna brought home the Championship in the 13 & Under Eq and Camille was Reserve Champion in 16-17 Eq. Congratulations to Campari for winning the Grand Green Working Hunter Championship. Our Long Stirrup ladies also did really well! Hillary debuted with Nolan and Amy piloted her baby Lux around the ring for the very first time – and finished Reserve Champion! Earlier in the week, Skyhawk jumped to an 88 in the High Performance; Campari and Bombay won the 1st Years; Vesper wins Green Conformation; Best Chance won the 2nd Years; Carrera is back in the family and scored an 80 and 86 in the Regular Conformation; Cayambe took 2nd in the Performance 3’6″; Gramercy scored 84 in the 3′ Pre-green; Candor took Reserve Champion Pre-green 3′; Archive was Champion in the Pre-green 3’3″; and new baby Floyd … Read More
Another great week here in the desert. Elena won the CPHA Child/Adult Medal, Josie scored 86 to win the older Children’s Hunter Classic and Camille scored an 83 & 84 so far in the Junior Hunter Classic! Earlier in the week, Josie catch rode her way to the championship in the Children’s Hunters! A-6 was amazing in the open jumper divisions.