Kirkland, WA – October 9, 2015 – The Capital Challenge Horse show was a week to remember for Alexis Taylor Silvernale of Kirkland, Washington, as she picked up two of the biggest victories of her professional career. Silvernale not only competed among the hunter world’s best and brightest to win the WCHR Developing Pro Challenge, she also claimed the WCHR Developing Pro National Championship.
Just competing at Capital Challenge was a dream realized for Silvernale. Since turning professional in 2013, after successful junior and amateur owner years on both the East and West coasts, in addition to a business degree from NYU and a career on Wall Street, the WCHR Developing Pro Series was a competition priority. She looked forward to her first time in the show ring at the famed Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. And even with mishaps, it all came together.
“As a new professional with a young business, I wanted to prove myself on a national level,” said Silvernale. “Last year I wasn’t able to attend the show but still finished Reserve Champion Developing Pro in the WCHR National standings, which was such an honor. This year I knew I had a shot at the Championship but broke three ribs in June so wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to compete enough to earn the points necessary. Fortunately, I was able to pull it off!”
Silvernale and Citation, a 9-year-old Wurttemberger gelding by Cornet Obolensky, received a solid 84.50 average score for their first round over fences. In the second round, their consistency and smoothness were again rewarded with an 87.50 average score, enough to secure the Challenge win with a total of 172. Silvernale was presented with the Bittersweet Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rachel Kennedy. “I was completely overwhelmed to have won,” she admitted, “and it was 100% one of the best nights of my life.”
Alexis Taylor Silvernale and Citation, owned by Camille Leblond, win both the WCHR Developing Pro Challenge and the WCHR Developing Pro National Championship at the 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show
Silvernale is especially happy to share her success with her Aleron Stables family and team. Citation’s owner, Camille Leblond, earned the WCHR National Developing Professional Owner Award for points accumulated throughout the year. She was also in the ribbons in the very competitive Large Junior Hunter division also on Citation, or “Cash,” as he is known around the barn. Aleron Stables’ trusted groom, Luis Jimenez, was presented with the WCHR National Developing Professional Groom Award.
This week, Aleron Training Stables competes at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, where Silvernale qualified for the High Performance Hunters with Citation and Leblond will compete in the Pessoa/US Hunt Seat Medal Finals on Quintero.
Capital Challenge photos by Shawn McMillen Photography, Facility photo by Cheval Photos
About Aleron Stables
At a gorgeous, private facility minutes from downtown Bellevue and conveniently close to Seattle, owner-trainer Alexis Taylor Silvernale brings a wealth of combined knowledge in hunters, jumpers and equitation. By offering top-level training and quality individualized horse care, along with programs customized for each horse and rider, she is making a name for Aleron in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Aleron Stables is accepting new clients for 2016. More at: aleronstables.com or call 206.295.4122.