Alexis began riding near her home in the Pacific Northwest at age 8, and went on to become a successful junior rider both at home and nationally. In her early teens, she spent a significant amount of the show season on the East Coast where she trained with Jack Towell and Missy Clark, among others. She rounded out her final junior years with Timmy Kees, a prominent hunter and equitation trainer out of Newtown, Connecticut. During her time with Kees, she also received instruction from show jumping Olympic medalist Leslie Howard.
Over the course of her equitation career, Alexis earned top placings as well as won numerous flagship competitions. She won the Northwest Maclay Regional finals twice, the USEF Zone 8-9-10 West Coast Medal Finals, and the Thunderbird Good Hands & Seat Finals. Two years in a row, she finished in the top 10 at the prestigious Washington International Equitation Finals at the Washington International Horse Show, where only the top 30 riders in the country are invited to participate. And she consistently placed in the West Coast USEF Talent Search Finals.
In the hunter ring she achieved significant success aboard “Castaway,” piloting him to numerous championships across the country, even qualifying for the fall indoor circuit in her final junior year, despite a broken ankle that had forced her to miss two months of summer competitions.
In the jumpers, Alexis won her first Grand Prix at age 16, and went on to multiple wins in the high junior/amateur jumpers, and Young Riders Qualifying events throughout her later years.
She has competed successfully at the country’s most prestigious horse shows, including the Hampton Classic, Lake Placid, Upperville, Old Salem, Kentucky, the Capital Challenge, the Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and the National Horse Show.
During a decade away from the sport, Alexis earned a degree in Finance and Accounting from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and had a successful career on Wall Street before moving back to Seattle to assist her father in managing a large family business. Always an athlete, she took up triathlon, completing her first Ironman in 2011 before finding her way back to her true passion.
She spent most of her amateur career under the tutelage of Hunt Tosh, competing in the A/O hunters with “Carnado” and “Bryant Park,” both of whom were invited to compete at Harrisburg in the fall of 2013. She had a strong winter circuit in Florida, and spent the Spring traveling the East Coast, winning championships and achieving top derby finishes, before she decided to settle close to home, where she accepted a professional opportunity that led to the creation of Aleron Training Stables.
In her early years as a working professional, Alexis has already won championships up and down the West Coast. In addition to her many National and International Hunter Derby wins, she won the 2015 WCHR Developing Pro National Championship and the WCHR Developing Pro Challenge at Capital Challenge. She also earned the high score Developing Professional Award at the WCHR West Coast Spectacular, competed in the Grand Prix circuit, and was invited to compete in the $500,000 HITS Hunter Prix. Since Aleron was founded in January 2014, she’s taken clients from Short Stirrup to National Medal Finals and from the 1.0m Jumpers to the Grand Prix ring. She’s imported numerous young hunters and developed them into consistent winners, with many successfully competing in the Pre-Green Finals and the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in Kentucky.
Alexis is incredibly grateful for the opportunities afforded her as a young rider, and she wants to take the same approach in offering all potential avenues of the sport to her own clients. She believes that her business and life experiences beyond the horse world have given her a unique perspective that will help the Aleron family achieve success at many levels.