Miami University Equestrian

The progress of Miami University Equestrian

MUET Takes Country Heir II and Brooklyn’s Mighty Miracle Bake Sale

The weekend of September 17th, Coach Heather Pinnick took eight MUET riders to compete at Country Heir II. Riders Allie Stuckey, Emma Alhalel, Shelby Metzger, Julia Mason, Amy Knox, Haley Hacala, Mallory Myers, and Samantha Long packed up the trailer on Thursday and drove to Fayetteville, Ohio. It was a fantastic weekend, with successes all around.


Allie and Lexus

Senior Allie Stuckey rode Miami’s “Artistic”, aka Lexus, and had a fantastic weekend. The pair placed 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, and 5th in the Intermediate Adult Hunter, winning Reserve Champion of the division! The pair also competed in the Intermediate Equitation O/F, and placed 3rd in both of their classes.


Emma and Pleiades

Sophomore Emma Alhalel rode Miami’s Pleiades in the Intermediate Division, and placed 3rd in the Intermediate Adult Hunter 1st Round Classic and 5th in the Special Hunter.


Freshmen Shelby Metzger competed on Miami’s “Buckle Down”, aka Buckle, in the Limit Hunter division, and placed 3rd, 4th, 6th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 8th. The pair also competed in the Schooling Hunter, and placed 3rd!

Junior Julia Mason rode Miami’s “Calvin Benning”, aka Calvin, in the Adult Amateur Hunter division, and placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, as well as the Low Hunter’s and placed 8th. They also competed in the  Ariat National Adult Medal and placed 3rd.


Julia Mason and Sam Long with Calvin and Charlie

Junior Samantha Long rode Miami’s “Varsity”, aka Charlie, in the Adult Amateur Hunter’s and placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and won the NAL Adult Hunter Classic with a second round score of 88.  Samantha also competed in the Ariat Adult medal placing 4th.


Amy and Simon

Freshmen Amy Knox rode her own horse “Simon Says” in the Junior Hunters and placed 1st, 3rd, and 7th, and won the hack making them Reserve Champion of the division.  They also competed in the Medium Schooling Jumpers and placed 4th.


Haley and Carco

Sophomore Haley Hacala rode Miami’s “S.F. Carco”, aka Carco, in the Adult Jumper’s, and placed 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. The duo also placed 2nd in Schooling Jumper’s, and 4th in the NAL Classic!

Senior Mallory Myers competed Miami’s “Ruggero”, known around the barn as Reggie, in the Novice Adult Jumper’s, and placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  Reggie was happy to be back in the ring at a horse show.

Amy Knox, Julia Mason, and Samantha Long all competed in their first USHJA Hunter Derby.  Julia and Samantha just missed the cut off for the handy round.

Country Heir II dedicated a class to raise money for Brooklyn Sims, the daughter of a local trainer, Jeremy Sims. Brooklyn is battling an inoperable brain tumor. Allie Stuckey and Emma Alhalel both competed in the Ride for Brooklyn derby, all of the entries from which were donated to the family.  Both girls were able to ride in the derby ring and jumps some of the derby jumps including the bank!


MUET Bake sale for Brooklyn Sims

While Allie and Emma were helping support the Sims family by competing in the Derby, the rest of the team was doing their part by raising money for the family through a bake sale at the Phi Delt Gates. The team raised $500 to be donated to the family! If you would like more information on Brooklyn, or would like to donate to her treatment, please visit the Brooklyn’s Mighty Miracle Facebook Page.

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2016-2017 Rosters, Canoeing, and Miss America

Tryouts are officially over, and we have our 2016-2017 team! We are so excited to welcome so many new members to the team, and welcome back our returning members. We are so excited to see our team grow this year, with over 100 members!

Here are the rosters:

Dressage 2016-2017

Hunt Seat 2016-2017

Western 2016-2017

The jumping roster is still in the works, and will be posted as soon as it is official.

With our team officially announced, MUET has wasted no time jumping right into the some team bonding.


Madison Ramba, Kendall Neubeiser, Ashlyn Anderson, and Sarah Kinsbury out on Acton Lake

On Sunday, about 20 team members went to Hueston Woods to go canoeing! It was a beautiful fall day, and the team members had a blast paddling around on Acton Lake.


Kreigh Elzey, Maggie, and Keara Sonntag

Later Sunday evening, team members gathered at President Kelsey Poleyeff’s house to watch MUET Alumni Brianna DeCamp compete in Miss America! Everyone had a great time eating snacks and watching Breezy represent Indiana and Miami University on national television.


MUET Miss America watch party

She looked absolutely beautiful, and we are so proud of her! She is a truly talented, radiant, and incredible woman, and we are all so honored to know her.


Miss Indiana Brianna DeCamp

Congratulations Breezy! We had so much fun watching you on stage!

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Welcome Back!

The school year is back in full swing as we finish up the first few weeks of classes. We are so excited that the barn is busy and full of students, and all of our horses are happy to be back in work.


Coaches, volunteers, and new members having a blast during one of the Miami Bound riding lessons.

Programming took off running August 22nd with our annual Equestrian Miami Bound Program. Miami Bound allows incoming freshmen to move into their dorms a few days early, and introduces them to our riding program. Students ride twice a day and are introduced to returning team members and our coaches. This year we had 35 incoming freshmen join us for the program!


The dressage riders taking a break during one of their rides.


Not only did they get to ride, but they also got the chance to bond with some fun activities. On Monday night, everyone met down at the barn and did some team bonding activities. We learned a bit about each other and found out who was good at directions (and who wasn’t, aka MUET President Kelsey Poleyeff).

On Tuesday, Kelly O’Bryan was kind enough to host all 35 students at her house for a movie night! Everyone had a great time talking, eating, and watching movies. And on Wednesday, everyone went to You’re Fired to paint pottery for their last night of Miami Bound.


Freshmen Amy Knox riding Thor during Miami Bound

Overall, Miami Bound was a huge success! For more pictures, check out our Photo Gallery!

Classes began on the next Monday, and we wasted no time jumping right in! MUET had its first meeting on that Tuesday, and returning member tryouts began on Wednesday 31st. New member tryouts began the next Tuesday, September 6th, and ran through Friday, September 9th. Once tryouts are done and our official roster is posted, we will have our first full team meeting on Monday, September 12th. Regularly scheduled lessons will begin on September 19th!

We would also like to announce the addition of 2 new horses to our program. Both were donated over the summer, and are fantastic horses we are so glad to add to our herd. Feel free to welcome Morris and Calvin with lots of peppermints the next time you are down at the barn!

Morris “Vermilion” is a 9 year old Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding from Littlewood Farm.


Calvin Benning, aka Calvin, is an 11 year Bay Irish Warmblood Gelding donated by The Fenger Family.


We are so happy to have all of our students back in the saddle, and we can’t wait to jump in to our busy semester.

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Grab the reins and join us in welcoming the class of 2020 into the Miami family!  The equestrian center is excited to be participating in the #MoveinMiami fundraising initiative.  An anonymous donor has agreed to match gifts made to the equestrian initiative up to $10,000.

We are looking to raise funds to purchase jump that will feature Miami’s iconic bell towers and the team logo, it can be used in the horse shows as well as a back drop for photos.

Our second purchase would be a jump wagon to store the jumps and poles on.  This would also help us in moving the jumps into and out of arena.  No more carrying jumps on your back!!

Finally a judges stand that our officials could use during horse shows.

Please help us to reach our goal by donating.  You can visit the equestrian webpage at:

IHSA National Finals

The week of May 2-8 Miami horses and riders made their way down to the Kentucky Horse Park to participate in the IHSA National Horse Show.  Heather was on hand as one of the national horse show coordinators.  She helped to gather the hunter seat horses that came in as well as sat on the hunter seat selection committee.

Miami hunt seat horses Charlie, Lexus, Carco, Pleiades, Butch, Toby and western horses Gambler and Tonka made their debuts at the National horse show.  The location is beautiful and Miami volunteers were able to take the horses out on the cross country field where Rolex was held just the weekend prior.

Miami horses enjoying a hack on the cross country field.

Miami horses enjoying a hack on the cross country field.


On Thursday May 5 the horse show began,  junior Mallory Myers competed in the Individual Novice Over fences class and junior Rachel McConnell competed in the Individual Intermediate on the Flat.  Both riders had wonderful rides and made Miami proud.

mallory nationals 2016


Mallory rode Peia, a horse loaned by Savannah College of Art and Design to a 6th place finish.






Rachel McConnell and Amitelli

Rachel McConnell and Amitelli


Rachel competed on Amitelli, a horse loaned by Skimore College to the National Championship!






Horse ribbons!

Horse ribbons!

The Miami horses were also wonderful, Carco received the high score of the horse show over fences with an 89 in the first phase of the Cacchione Cup, Charlie won the Alumni on the flat as well as 4th in the Individual Novice Fences, Lexus won the Individual Novice on the flat and was third in the Individual Walk Trot Canter.

Charlie winning alumni flat

Charlie winning alumni flat

Lori Cramer and past lifetime achievement award winners.

Lori Cramer and past lifetime achievement award winners.



Lori Cramer was also honored with her director’s chair for her lifetime achievement award.







We had a wonderful week and are looking forward to spending 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park.  We hope more of you will join us as next year we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IHSA!!!

Miami takes on IDA and hunt seat clinic

On April 22nd, dressage riders Natalie Davis, Elizabeth Foster, Eastyn Newsome, and coach Courtney Previte boarded a plane to New Jersey to compete at IDA Nationals at Centenary College. The three riders competed on Saturday in the individual competition, and all rode beautifully.  The group enjoyed a magic themed dinner on Friday night including a hypnotist.  Centenary College was a wonderful host and all of the horses were lovely.

IDA nationals banner

Elizabeth Foster, Natalie Davis, Eastyn Newsome, and Courtney Previte

Here are the results:

Courtney and Elizabeth

Courtney and Elizabeth


Elizabeth Foster was the Lower Training Reserve National Champion!

Natalie Davis placed 10th in the Upper Training.

Eastyn Newsome also placed 10th in the Intro.

Congratulations to all three riders on their success at Nationals!




At home this same weekend, Miami also hosted a jumping clinic with Heather Irvine. Heather is the owner of Hillside Farms in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  She trains riders in hunter, jumper, and equitation.  Heather spends her summer months showing in Michigan and Kentucky and resides in Wellington, Florida for the winter show season.

Mallory Myers and Uno

Mallory Myers and Uno


Miami hunt seat riders, Morehead State University riders, and staff member Amanda Wasser participated in the clinic.  Riders worked on elements of courses, counting strides, and elements of testing throughout the weekend.  All of the horses and riders were great!

Bailey and senior Sydney Lewis

Bailey and senior Sydney Lewis

President Crawford Visits Equestrian Center

Dr Renate Crawford and Dr. Greg Crawford pose with Danny and sophmore Jasmine Leechuy

Dr. Renate Crawford and Dr. Greg Crawford pose with Danny and sophmore Jasmine Leechuy

Miami University’s future president, Dr. Greg Crawford, and his wife, Dr. Renate Crawford, came for a visit to Miami University’s Equestrian Facilities on April 26th. There was a presentation on the center and a showcase by members of the hunt seat, dressage, and western teams. The showcase included coordinated movements of the horses and riders set to music. As they headed over to the arena, they got to visit some of our wonderful horses as they were saying hello out their windows and see a team and KNH lesson in action.   We would like thank our future president for including the facilities in his schedule and seeing what Miami Equestrian is all about!


MUET 2016 Gala and Alumni Weekend


Dressage riders and future Exec members Elizabeth Foster, Mariah Knagg, Natalie Davis, and Kirsten Drew

April has been a month packed full of exciting events for MUET. Every weekend has brought something new, everything from Hunt Seat Zones to the Dressage home show, to Dressage Nationals, Rolex, and IHSA Nationals over the next few weeks. This past weekend we hosted out Annual Gala, MUET’s night of reflection and celebration of the past year. Our riders change out of their breeches and helmets and get dressed up for an evening full of speeches, awards, and fundraising for our wonderful team.


MUET 2016 Exec Seniors Katie Schulze, Abby Postle, Taylor Myers, Jeana-Rae Schaper, Zach LeCompte, and Spencer Clark

We opened the night with a welcome speech from our senior exec members, followed by a speech from one of our special guests, Bob Cacchione. Bob is the founder of IHSA, and we are honored that he took time out of his busy schedule to come and share this special night with us. Not only did Bob come to speak to us about IHSA, he also came to present the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award to our very own Lori Cramer. The Lifetime Achievement award is awarded to recognize longstanding commitment to IHSA.


Bob Cacchione presenting Lori Cramer with her Lifetime Achievement award.

After a delicious dinner courtesy of Miami Catering, the coaches took the stage and gave a speech that took us through the journey we had this year, from triumphs to rainy rides. The Coaches and seniors were then presented with gifts courtesy of the team to thank them for all that they have done. We then heard from special guest Kenny Copenhaver, a Miami University Equestrian Alumni and Western Coach who is credited with pioneering the addition of Western to the IHSA. It was amazing to have him here with us, and to hear stories of his time here.


Coaches Heather Pinnick, Beth Akers, and Courtney Previte

MUET offers many scholarships to its riders, which were presented at the Gala. Here are our 2016 Scholarship winners:

Smokescreen:Emily Simanskis

Truman: Jessica Brobst

Graduating Member: Zach LeCompte

Returning Member: Megan O’Connell

Scout Scholarship: Sarah Kingsbury

Amy Schenkel: Sarah Laane, Monique Booher, Katie Schulze, Emily Simanskis, Taylor Myers, Emma Alhalel, Jessica Brobst, Sarah Kingsbury, Kylie Fleming and Ashlyn Anderson.

Citro Sportsmanship Award: Katie Schultze

Congratulations to this years scholarship recipients!


MUET’s 2016 Scholarship winners Emily Simanskis, Ashlyn Anderson, Katie Schulze, Zach LeCompte, Sarah Kingsbury, Jessica Brobst, Taylor Myers, Megan O’Connell, Sarah Laane, and Monique Booher

Throughout the night, guests had the chance to bid on items donated by parents and members of the team in our silent auction. The Gala is the Equestrian Team’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we would like to thank everyone who bid on items or donated to the team for their support of the organization that means so much to all of us.


MUET 2015-2016 Executive Board

Overall, the 2016 Gala was a resounding success. Thank you to this years executive board for all of their hard work, and a special thanks to Julia Mason for planning the entire event. We would also like to thank all of our guests for coming out and supporting us on this special night.


Lexus and Kristen Neiding

Our MUET weekend didn’t end on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, some of our MUET Alum gathered for our Annual Alumni ride. After a delicious breakfast at the Armstrong Student Center, our alumni made their way to the barn for our Equestrian Showcase, an event consisting of performances of each of our disciplines, including jumping, dressage drill team, and reining set to music.


After the showcase, Alumni were invited to ride some of our Miami horses. We love getting to visit with our alumni, and it was wonderful to have so many with us for the day.


 Kenny Copenhaver and Danielle Paulson

The team used this weekend to celebrate not only the past and present of MUET, but the future as well. The equestrian programming at Miami University is growing, and we are setting our eyes on more programs for incoming riders. We are also looking towards the next phase of the Equestrian Center itself, the building of an indoor arena. To learn more about the past of MUET and where we are headed, take a look at the MUET 2016 Alumni Presentation that was presented this past weekend.


Dressage Home Show and Regional Results

On April 9th and 10th, the Miami Dressage Team hosted their annual home show to close out their season. The team was up before the sun, braiding and warming up the horses for the days ahead. The team did a fantastic job running the show, and they didn’t let that distract them from bringing their A-game in the arena. The team took home Champion on Saturday, and Reserve Champion on Sunday.


Jeana Rae Schaper on Leo

Here are the some of the highlights of the weekend:

Jeana-Rae Schaper placed 5th in First Level on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sage Crandall placed 4th in First on Saturday.

Spencer Clark placed 9th both days.

Natalie Davis won Upper training on Saturday.

Kirsten Drew placed 2nd in Upper training on Saturday.

Elizabeth Foster placed 3rd in Lower training on Saturday.

Kendal Neubeiser placed 4th on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday in Lower Training.

Eastyn Newsome placed 1st on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday in Intro.

Sarah Kingsbury placed 7th on Saturday and 4th in Intro on Sunday.


Eastyn Newsome on Butch

This was also the last horse show of the IDA regular season, and regional placings were finalized by the end of Sunday. The Miami Dressage team had a fantastic year, and here are some of our regional results.

Jeana-Rae Schaper placed 5th in the region in First Level.

Spencer Clark placed 8th in the region in First Level

Natalie Davis placed 2nd in the region in Upper Training, and won the wildcard spot to head to nationals!

Kirsten Drew placed 5th in the region in Upper Training

Elizabeth Foster was the Regional Champion in Lower Training.

Kendall Neubeiser placed 3rd in the region in Lower Training.

Eastyn Newsome was the Regional Champion in Intro.

Sarah Kingsbury placed 7th in the region in Intro.


The dressage team with their weekend winnings.

Not only did they team end the season with unquestionable success, we are also sending 3 riders to Nationals! In order to qualify for national, an individual must be first in the region in their level of competition, or be second and earn the wildcard spot. Congratulations to Elizabeth Foster, Eastyn Newsome, and Natalie Davis, who will be competing April 23rd at Centenary College in New Jersey!


Region E Intro Champion Eastyn Newsome, Coach Courtney Previte, and Region E Lower Training Champion Elizabeth Foster.

Good Luck to our riders who are headed to Nationals, and congratulations to the team for a great show!


MUET Gala and Alumni Day

Every year, the Miami University Equestrian Team hosts a Gala to celebrate our wonderful team and its members, both past and present. This year, the Gala will take place on Saturday, April 16th in the Armstrong Student Center on campus where guests will be served delicious food provided by Miami Catering.


The MUET Gala as it is now is a tradition that began 8 years ago, in 2008. Every year the Gala has grown, and this year over 150 riders, parents, and alumni will be in attendance. It is a night full of emotion, laughter, and memories as the team hears from graduating seniors on what MUET means to them, and how it has shaped their college careers.


MUET 2015 Seniors

During the event there will be a silent auction with gifts donated by team members and their families, a video reviewing the year we have had, and speeches by coaches and team members. We will also take this time to announce the winners of our annual scholarships.

The Gala is the Equestrian Teams biggest fundraiser of the year, and we have some very exciting items up for auction this year. We will also be selling apparel and be taking donations throughout the night.

If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact on of our team captains: Rachel McConnell at, Zach LeCompte at, or Spencer Clark at


On April 17th we turn our focus to our MUET Alumni. The Alumni will have a full day of events planned, including breakfast at the Armstrong Student Center, a riding showcase designed by the team to show off the our talented riders, the chance to ride some of our wonderful horses and tour our new facility, and a picnic and presentation by Miami’s Lori Cramer and Bob Cacchione, the founder of IHSA.


Director Lori Cramer receiving the USHJA 2016 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award earlier this year.

Lori received the UHSJA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award earlier this year and the USHJA annual meeting and will be honored again this weekend with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Lori will be the 23rd equestrian team coach to receive the award in the 49-year history of IHSA.

If you would like to sign up for the MUET Alumni Event, please register by clicking here. For updates and some fun announcements about the events and special guests, please join the Alumni Facebook page by click the link.

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