Alexis has 26 years of riding experience and 16 years of teaching experience. Alexis has her American Riding Instructors Association Certificate in both Eventing and Dressage. Alexis has also received her bronze and silver medals from USEA at Training level. Alexis enjoys working with all levels of riders and especially enjoys bringing along green horses for lower level eventing and dressage!
In 2004, Alexis began working as an apprentice and training with German Grand Prix trainer
Patrizia Brooks at the Dressage Center at High Meadows. While with Patrizia, Alexis
was fully immersed in all aspects of riding and training horses from starting
them under saddle to working with well school Grand Prix horses.
In 2006, Alexis moved to Florida and began teaching at Pitts Farm Equestrian Center. While in Florida Alexis had the opportunity to ride and train with Gold Medalist Jodie Kelly and Gold medalist and USDF judge Joanne Rasmussen. In the fall of 2009, Alexis was offered the head trainer position at Forever Sky Ranch. Alexis made the move to this new position and now had the ability to offer full time instruction and training for her clients.
In 2010, Alexs' husband Michael was given new orders that sent them overseas to Okinawa, Japan. While in Japan Alexis was able to continue her training at Mihara Horse Club. While there Alexis helped to teach clinics, judge horse shows, and continue her teaching and riding. Alexis learned a lot from the Japanese and American riding instructors and also had the opportunity to have a Japanese Olympic Coach ride her training horse and give feed back on his training.
In 2011, Alexis and Michael purchased their first farm in Princeton, Ma. While in Princeton Alexis trained with Stephie Baer and Bill McMullen. Alexis also started teaching at Camp Marshall in Spencer, Ma. While at Camp Marshall, Alexis became the lead riding instructor and coach for the Camp Marshall Equestrian Team. Alexis still regularly travels back to Massachusetts to teach clinics.
As well as Alexis’ riding accomplishments she has also judged many local schooling shows in Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, and Japan. She has also enjoyed teaching clinics for local barns and especially loves working with young riders in both Pony Club and 4H.
Alexis is currently in Dickerson, MD and is available for lessons at Around the Mountain Farm and the local area. Alexis is currently continuing her education with Jaralyn Finn of Finesse Dressage and Packy McGaughan of Banbury Cross Sport Horses.
Notable Personal Awards
1997 – Brinkley High Point Award
2009 – Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge Reserve Champion
2010 – Reserve High Point – Pick and Tuck – Dixie Gulf Dressage and Sport Horse Show
2010 – Training Level Performance Award – USDF
2010 – First Level Performance Award – USDF
2012 - Reserve Champion for the year - Azrael Acres - Apaches Mountain Storm
2013 - USEA Blue Ribbon Award - Apaches Mountain Storm
2013 - USEA Bronze and Silver Medal - Training Level - Apaches Mountain Storm
2014 - 4th for the year - Azrael Acres - Courage to Fly
2016 - USEA Silver Medal - Novice Level - Solange
Notable Student Awards
2010 –Richard Jernigan DSDCTA high point award at Training Level
2014 - Gina Bonci and Max - 1st Level year end Champions - Azrael Acres
2014 - Amanda Pender and Fancy - Pre-Elementry Year End Reserve - Azrael Acres
2016 - Azrael Acres 3 Phase and Dressage Series Year End Awards
Amanda Pender and Fancy - Elementary - Reserve Champion
Marissa Kuntz - Killian - Elementary - 3rd
Abigail Guillot - Kikko - Pre-Elementary - Reserve Champion
Gwen Costello - Paris - Pre-Elementary - Champion
Amy Deroches - Comet - Intro Level - 4th
Chloe Despres - Fancy - Intro Level - Reserve