Alexis hails from the Hunter, Valley, born into a family where her mother bred and showed Quarter Horses and Appaloosas. As a young girl, the ‘Dressage side ‘of western shows appealed and by the age of 13, she was competing at EA Medium/Advanced Level on one of the Appaloosas!
Determined to make a career and follow her dream with horses and dressage, she set up business at her mother’s property, riding as many as she could and learning a lot along the way.
Argyle was one of her first to train to Grand Prix, and although not especially talented, Alexis had a real affinity with him and together they achieved much success. The black imported gelding Max Jasper, (owned by Sue Steggles) was another horse Alexis had the opportunity to compete at Grand Prix at an early stage in her career.
The Weltmeyer gelding Waca W won her heart as a talented quirky four year old and the pair were wonderfully successful winning prolifically through the levels to FEI. They excelled at CDI-Y level, qualifying as a reserve for the prestigious Frankfurt FEI Young Rider World Cup.
Elliot was born into a family with a mother who was from the bush with horses very much in the family DNA. Like most kids in the district, Elliot started riding at a very young age in the pony club ranks. He soon had success at many Ag shows on different ponies eventually winning boy rider classes at Sydney and Brisbane Royal Shows.
As Elliot grew subsequently his legs were too long for the ponies, so Elliot in search of a taller horse, found the showjumping thoroughbred, Waga. The pair had many successes in young rider and inter school competitions across many disciplines.
As a teenager on a family holiday in Germany, he found Leandro. The talented, cheeky gelding by Laurie’s Crusador began his career in Australia with Elliot at Novice level dressage. It did not take long for the pair to build a partnership, with great results through the levels up to FEI. Elliot and Leandro were very competitive at national open competitions and international CDI-Y competitions. They still hold the record at the Sydney CDI for the highest freestyle score in the CDI-Y class.
Alexis & Elliot
It was Waca W and Leandro that bought the pair together as fellow competitors in the international young rider events. Having similar goals and interests in their chosen sport, the pair soon decided to make their relationship not only one of a personal nature but also business.
Together they have achieved many successes and accolades with a variety of horses from young horse to FEI. Their most recent and memorable achievement to date has been the selection of Alexis and the beautiful liver chestnut stallion Bluefields Floreno (owned by JJ and Lys Fuchs), on the Australian 2018 World Equestrian Games team for dressage.
Elliot and Alexis have built, from the ground up, a reputable business name in the Australian dressage industry offering a superior quality service to their cliental.
The pair had both made their marks individually before becoming partners, and have gone from strength to strength. Despite their considerable success, they remain unpretentious and focused on their own timelines with each individual horse. They are happy to learn from all around incorporating knowledge into their own system and language that is the key to their continuing success.
Alexis and Elliot aim to give each and every horse and rider the best possible chance at improving towards their individual goals. With their experience comes perception and the ability to quickly understand the personalities of horses and riders - invaluable in bringing out the best. Unequalled professional instruction for the rider wanting to progress her/his skills in the saddle. Superior, well planned and executed training for your horse, from young horse to Grand Prix.