Lexi Scovil Ready to Attack 2016

With the naming of the 2016 Eventing 25/18 Training Lists, there are a lot of talented young riders who are ready to take the eventing world by storm. We continue our profiles of these riders this week with Lexi Scovil.

Lexi and Charlie in the dressage. Photo by Lively Manor Photography.

Lexi and Charlie in the dressage. Photo by Lively Manor Photography.

Lexi Scovil has only partnered with Charleston VI (Charlie) for a year this spring, but that hasn’t stopped them from making their mark on the eventing world, and landing their first spot on the Eventing 25 list. Beginning in May of 2015, together they haven’t placed outside the top five in any horse trials, and completed their first CCI2* as a pair at Fair Hill in the fall.

Originally hailing from Mequon, WI, the 24 year old now lives and trains in Ocala, FL, under the direct tutelage of the indomitable Leslie Law. As a full time working student for the Law program, Lexi is able to have access to some of the best education in the country, and highly values her everyday opportunities there. She has worked for them for a year and a half now, and loves every minute of it. She credits much of her success to the generosity of spirit that both Leslie and his wife Lesley embody.

“He’s very open about his training process and he’s happy for me to incorporate pieces from other programs I’ve worked with into my own system,” she says. “He honestly and freely discusses his experiences and philosophies in riding, teaching, and running a business. I┬álove that he’s not opposed to changing tack or bits or boots if they can help you, but he emphasizes good basic training over using gadgets and shortcuts. He’s very positive in his lessons but I rarely come out of a lesson feeling like I haven’t improved in a noticeable way, especially in the dressage.”

Lexi has competed several other horses at the upper levels, including an individual bronze at the 2012 NAJYRC CCI2* with Sky Show and an Advanced horse trial before that with her previous mount, Laugh Out Loud. However, with Charlie, she hopes to have found her first solid three-star mount.

Lexi & Charlie in the show jumping. Photo by Lively Manor Photography.

Lexi & Charlie in the show jumping. Photo by Lively Manor Photography.

“He has massive amounts of scope and he loves the job so he just gives me incredible confidence to the bigger fences,” says Lexi. Charlie also has an amazing personality in the barn that belies his 17.2 frame. While he is very goofy and playful on the ground, he is all business when it comes to competing, and gives her 110% every time they go out.
While she already enjoys Leslie’s training on a full time basis, the experience of the U25 Program has been a wonderful new experience for Lexi. The opportunity to watch other lessons and form relationships with the other girls in the program has been a great advantage. “It’s really reassuring to sit down with a bunch of people at similar ages and levels and hearing that everyone encounters the same difficulties and insecurities. The whole group is incredibly supportive of each other and quick to offer compliments or suggestions to help each other. There is really that sense of community that we all love about eventing.”
As far as plans for the future, Lexi is wisely calculated going forward. The pair is aiming for another CCI2* this spring at either Ocala or Jersey Fresh, and hoping to improve their dressage scores for the next competitive edge. For the fall, she hopes for a move up to Advanced, and then to prove that Charlie has the heart and the talent for the three-star level going forward.
“I think I have the same hopes and dreams as every other kid in the program; we are all here to try to make it on future teams and in medals, but I really just love riding a talented horse and doing my best to develop it to its maximum potential.”
Lexi & Charlie at Ocala this spring:
https://youtu.be/iDwV4S_HA1A

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