Each year MUET elects a new executive board that guides the team throughout the year. We would like to take a minute to introduce each executive board member and congratulate them on their new role!
President – Victoria Lawler
Hi my name is Victoria Lawler and I am a senior political science, environmental science, and psychology major from Hudson, OH. I have been riding since I was 6 years old – competing primarily in the hunters. I currently own a young horse named Lydell who I compete with in the hunter ring. This will be my fourth year on the team and second year on the executive board so I am looking forward to continuing to develop our team and watching it succeed.
Fun Fact: I would like to go into the FBI to work in the behavioral analysis unit!
Vice President – Haley Hacala
My name is Haley Hacala and I am a senior Business Economics and Marketing double major from St. Louis, MO. I have been riding hunters and jumpers for 16 years and this is my fourth year on the hunt seat team at Miami. In addition to riding for the team, I also own my horse, Toula, who I show in the hunters in many competitions around the midwest. This will be my second year on exec, so I am very excited to continue leading the team and welcome the new riders!
Fun Fact: I studied abroad for six weeks, which was the longest I’ve gone without riding since the age of 5.
Hunt Seat Co-Captain – Emma Alhalel
My name is Emma Alhalel and I am a senior studying marketing with a minor in fashion design from Chicago, Illinois. I have the distinct honor of being one of the MUET captains this year and look forward to jumping into a fantastic year together! I have been riding since I was 7 years old and have had the pleasure of showing in the hunter/jumpers since then. I am so excited for my first year on the exec team and can’t wait to meet all our new members!
Fun Fact: I can name every president in order!
Hunt Seat Co-Captain – Kelsey Fenger
My name is Kelsey Fenger and I am a junior marketing major from Los Altos Hills, California. I have been riding horses for 14 years and have had the opportunity to compete at the top levels of the equitation and jumper world as well as participate in IEA for 6 years and now as a college student, IHSA. This year, I am thrilled to represent MUET as one of the Hunt Seat Captains and can’t wait to have another great year and welcome the new members to this fantastic team!
Fun Fact: I was born in London and I have a twin brother that also goes to Miami!
Western Captain – Claire Turner
My name is Claire Turner, and I a zoology major with pre-med and environmental science co-majors. I have been riding and working with horses since high school and am also a student employee at the equestrian center. At home, I am involved in volunteering at a therapeutic riding program. I love to train in reining and cutting when I am not at school. I am really looking forward to serving the team as western team captain this year as we move into out new region.
Fun Fact: I am fostering a service dog this semester.
Dressage Captain – Saige Sparks
I am a Junior majoring in Zoology. I was put on a horse for the first time when I was 2 years old. My grandma had horses and therefore I was always around them. When I was in about 5th or 6th grade I started taking lessons and my grandma sent me to one of her best friends, Isi Brown who I became a working student for shortly after and then joined the Dressage team when I started college.
Fun Fact: When I first got into riding as a little kid I hated riding in saddles and only liked riding with a bareback pad.
Treasurer – Emily Shirley
I am a Finance and Entrepreneurship student from Minneapolis, MN and have been riding since I was 5. I picked up eventing around the age of 12, since then, I have ridden countless horses, moved 2 up to the CCI* level, and have extensive experience with “green” horses. My favorite part of riding is teaching and developing, especially young, horses to help them reach their full potential. I’m looking forward to serving MUET this year by managing the finances of the team so that all members, including myself, can continue doing what they love.
Fun Fact: I have a twin and have been kicked in the head by a horse (not at Miami).
Secretary – Ashlyn Anderson
Bio: I’m a senior majoring in Microbiology, with a Pre-Med Co-Major, and 2 minors in Molecular Biology and French. I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and I have been riding for 14 years. I was a member of Pony Club and owned my own horse for 7 years before coming to Oxford. I currently work as student staff for Miami’s barn and in an on-campus lab where I conduct research on Adenovirus. I’m very excited to be MUET’s secretary again this year as we continue to develop and strengthen our team!
Fun Fact: I crossed the Panama Canal when I was 7.
Bookkeeper – Elizabeth Saccoliti
My name is Elizabeth Saccoliti and I am a junior Economics and Information Systems double major at Miami. I have lived in northern New Jersey my whole life, right across the Hudson River from New York City. I started riding when I was 7 and showed locally in the equitation and hunter divisions in high school. I jumped right in after joining the team and became a member of the Derby Day Committee and the Service and Fundraising Committee during my freshman and sophomore years. I look forward to serving as bookkeeper this year to give back to the team that has made Miami feel like home!
Fun Fact: I studied abroad the summer after my freshman year and loved it so much that I will be going abroad again this J term.
Service & Fundraising Chair – Emily Van Zeeland
My name is Emily Van Zeeland and I am a junior at Miami majoring in Bioengineering/Pre-Veterinary Studies. I started riding 15 years ago in my hometown of Cleveland, OH and I primarily compete in Eventing and Dressage. This will be my third year as a member of Miami’s Dressage Team and my second year as a member of the Executive Board. So far I have loved every minute of it and I can’t wait for another incredible year with the team that I consider family!
Fun Fact: I taught my betta fish to jump out of the water.
Public Relations – Kayla Kramer
My name is Kayla Kramer and I am from Cincinnati, OH. I’ve been riding for 12 years, competing in eventing and dressage. I am a junior vocal performance major with a musical theatre minor. I am in Pony Club and have my C1 and HB certifications and competed at IDA Nationals last year. I am pumped to be on Exec this year and look forward to getting to know the new members.
Fun Fact: I sing Opera!
Travel Coordinator – Brittany Johnson
My name is Brittany Johnson and I’m a junior at Miami studying Athletic Training with a Nutrition minor. I am from Saint Charles, Illinois and have been riding since I was about 9 years old. I started out with eventing, switched to hunter/jumper and am now competing in dressage. This is my third year on the equestrian team here at Miami and this is my second year serving the executive board as the travel coordinator. I am really excited to take my knowledge from the previous year and apply it to this year so all travel between all three teams goes as smooth as possible. MU — ET !
Fun Fact: I was born in England and have dual citizenship with Germany and England.