Miami University Equestrian

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Dressage Takes On Nationals


 On April 25th and 26th MUET took on IDA Nationals hosted by Otterbein University. Not only did the team qualify, but individually Kelsey Poleyeff qualified as well in the lower training division. Miami horses Tanner and Butch were lucky enough to go along for the ride and represent MUET at the National level! Tanner showed upper training and received a second place, while Butch showed in the intro and received 7th and 8th place overall.


Butch and his ladies

It was a very fun weekend overall. On Friday night, the team went to a Derby themed competitor’s dinner and won a hat decorating contest with Otterbein before the showing began on Saturday and Sunday.


The results are as follows:

Kelsey Polyeff (individual) 7th place 66.8% on Shane

Elizabeth Foster 11th place 60% on Caruso

Kelsey Polyeff 10th place 62% on Kingston

Natalie Davis 12th place 63.8% on Piper

Emily Gillespie 4th place 67.8% on Cully

Overall, the team ended up 11th place. Congratulations to all on a wonderful, hard working weekend!


Kelsey on Shane


Surprise Lindsey….we’re taking a picture!

Year End Gala and Scholarship Winners

As each year comes to an end, MUET hosts an annual Gala to showcase each team and individual accomplishments. This year, MUET was lucky enough to host Bob Cacchione, the founder of IHSA, for a wonderful weekend full of fun. Although everyone finds the silent and live auctions to be the main entertainment for the night, student scholarships and awards are an extremely important part of the evening.


Bob Cacchione posing with the directors

This years recipients are as follows:
Smokescreen: Eligible to current freshman, each applicant writes about his or her personal experiences between the bonds of a horse and rider. This scholarship is in honor of Smokey who was a true athlete, a loyal partner, strong competitor and gentle soul.
This years recipient is Kelly O’Bryan.
Truman: Eligible the any hunt seat rider in the novice jumping division, each rider write about their experience in the novice jumping division and what he or she has learned from being a part of MUET. This scholarship is in honor of Truman who demonstrated dedication, willingness and enthusiasm in the ring.
This years recipient is Rachel McConnell.
Citro: Sportsmanship award given to a senior member of the team who demonstrates unwavering sportsmanship and dedication to the team.  This award is in honor of Laura Citro who demonstrated sportsmanship to her teammates each time she came down to the stables.  This individual is selected by the coaching staff as well as the executive board of the team.
This years recipient is Amy Fleitz
Scout: Eligible to any level riders in any year. This scholarship is in honor of Scout who was the perfect Miami University horse and intercollegiate draw. This scholarship is presented to a rider that shows the same positive attitude, willingness and understanding.
This years recipient is Kathleen Dodson.
Graduating Member: Eligible to any graduating members, each applicant must write about how MUET has impacted his or her life and their future.
This years recipient is Amy Fleitz.
Returning Member: Eligible for any returning member. Each applicant writes about how the skills obtained from the team will benefit them in his or her future endeavors.
The recipient of this award is Kelsey Poleyeff

Sophomore Kelsey Poleyeff

At the end of the evening, MUET’s seniors were recognized for their time with the team. Each year, seniors are awarded their senior gifts as well as one member who is awarded the graduating member scholarship. Congratulations to Amy Fleitz for the graduating member scholarship, as well as all of our other seniors for their hard work and dedication to the team!

MUET’s Seniors

Dressage Home Show

On April 11th and 12th, Miami hosted their annual home dressage show in the lovely sunny and 70 degree weather. Despite a week long of rain leading up to the show, the team didn’t let anything stop them and their hard work!


The results are as follows:


1st level: Valerie Copits 6th 61.72%, Jeana-Rae Schaper 5th 65.63%, Josephine Nachemson-Ekwall 4th 66.72%
Upper Training: Natalie Davis 2nd 69.62%, Spencer Clark 4th 66.92%, Mariah Knagg 8th  63.85%
Lower Training: Kelsey Poleyeff 1st  76.74%, Katie Forrester 6th 67.17%, Kathi Ropers 3rd 68.26%
Intro: Elizabeth Foster 6th 60.63%, Victoria Cooke 3rd 68.75%, Laura Adkins 8th 59.38%

Miami Teams placed fourth and fifth overall

Sunday :
1st level: Jeana-Rae Schaper 2nd 68.088%, Emily Gillispie 6th 61.324%, Josephine Nachemson-Ekwall 4th 62.647%
Upper Training: Natalie Davis 4th 62.955%, Amelia Plfeger 2nd, 64.773%, Spencer Clark 3rd 64.019%
Lower Training:  Kelsey Poleyeff 2nd 68.696%, Amy Fleitz 3rd 67.391%,  Emily Swatkowski 4th 66.087%,
Intro:  Elizabeth Foster 4th  59.688%,  Laura Adkins 3rd 62.500%

Miami Teams placed second and third overall


Elizabeth Foster, Katie Forrester, and Mariah Knagg

Congratulations to Kelsey Poleyeff for being named Reserve High Point Rider on Saturday and finished first in the region securing her ticket to Nationals. Natalie Davis who was 2nd in Upper Training in the Region overall, and Tori Cooke who was 3rd in Intro in the Region overall.

Lexus and Kathi looking dapper

Kathi and Lexus looking dapper

Thank you to everyone who helped put on a wonderful weekend of showing, we couldn’t do it without you! A huge thank you to Otterbein University for supplying horses for the weekend. We appreciate your help!

Semi Finals and Zones

Four Miami riders made their way to Semi Finals in Sunbury, OH at Eden Park in hopes of making their way on to Nationals at the Big E. The top four riders from each division move on to Nationals.

Semi Prizes pic

Natalie Montecalvo rode in the Novice Horsemanship and placed seventh overall.  Megan Perry rode wonderfully in the Advanced Horsemanship and brought home a fifth place ribbon, almost making the cut. Zach LeCompte competed in the Beginner Horsemanship and had a wonderful ride. Freshman Lauren Martyn made her debut in the Open Horsemanship and Open Reining. Lauren came in fifth in the reining and second in the horsemanship. Congratulations Lauren on qualifying for Nationals!  We would also like to thank Kathleen Dodson, Lydia Yount, and Megan Ashbrook for their help in putting semi finals on.  They ran the draw table and various other jobs to help the show run smoothly.

Zach Lecompte

Zach Lecompte

Lauren posing with Bob and Open Horsemanship first place winner

Lauren posing with Bob and Open Horsemanship first place winner from Ohio State, Jessica Cornwell

Following Semi Finals, five Miami Hunt Seat riders traveled to Morehead, KY to compete at Zones. Beginning with the Walk Trot, Kylie Flemming came home with a sixth place finish. Next up, Helena Kervinen competed in the Walk Trot Canter and finished up fourth place. Sophomore Rachel McConnell rode in the Novice Flat and secured a place to Nationals with a second place finish. Junior Alex Roe competed in the Intermediate flat and brought home a fourth place ribbon as well. Finishing up the flat divisions, Open Flat rider Caroline Hurst rode her way to a fifth place.

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Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful Semi Finals and Zones! Be sure to look out for Lauren and Rachel as they prepare for Nationals!

Moving On To Semi Finals and Zones

On March 8th, Miami Redhawks regional qualifiers traveled to Stonegate Farm and Autumn Rose Farm in hopes of qualifying for Zones and Semi Finals. On the Hunt Seat side, Miami had five qualifiers in each division on the flat. The Western team had four riders qualify for Semi Finals.

Hunt Seat Qualifiers:

Caroline Hurst- Open Flat

Alex Roe- Intermediate Flat

Rachel McConnell- Novice Flat

Helena Kervinen- Advanced Walk Trot Canter

Kylie Flemming- Walk-Trot

Julia, Taylor, Jessi and Rachel prepare for the Novice

Julia, Taylor, Jessi and Rachel prepare for the Novice

Western Qualifiers: 

Natalie Montecalvo- Novice Horsemanship

Zach LeCompte- Beginner Horsemanship

Megan Perry- Advanced Horsemanship

Lauren Martyn- Open Horsemanship and Open Reining

western pic

Congratulations to our Zones and Semi Finals qualifiers! MU…ET!!

Semi finals will be hosted at Eden Park in Sunbury, Ohio and Zones will be at Morehead State University.

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Hunt Seat At Ohio University

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February 21st Miami’s Hunt Seat team traveled to Ohio University for their last regular show of the season at Stonegate Farm. Not letting the snowy conditions stop them, volunteers and coaches helped shuttle the visiting teams up the hill to the farm as the charter buses could not make the slippery drive. A very special thank you to those great people! Overall, Miami ended up in third place after a week long of frigid temperatures. High spirits and great riding allowed for many blue ribbons to make the ride back to Oxford.


Senior Kayla Akers with her mom

Blue Ribbons:

Alex Roe- Intermediate Fences

Liz Berman- Intermediate Fences

Rachel Flake- Novice fences

Ashley Dowler- Novice Fences

Jessi Thorne- Novice Fences

Charlotte Tate- Open Flat

Kayla Akers- Intermediate Flat

Taylor Myers- Open Flat

Madison Enderson- Advanced Walk Trot Canter

Abby Postle- Intermediate Flat

Sydney Walsh- Novice Flat

Helena Kervinen- Novice Flat

Mallory Myers- Intermediate Flat

Tyler Miles- Walk Trot – First blue ribbon!!

High Point Rider- Taylor Myers

Reserve High Point Rider– Abby Postle


Sisters, Taylor and Mallory Myers

The Hunt Seat team ended up second in the region behind Otterbein after a long battle down to the wire for the chance to move onto Zones. Congratulations to all on a wonderful show and season overall! Next up, Zones at Morehead State University.

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Kelly O’Bryan

Western Bears the Blizzard

western snowy pic

This past weekend Miami’s Western team traveled to Ohio State University for a snowy horse show. Head coach Beth Akers wouldn’t let the weather stop them as they had to begin their morning by shoveling the vans out of the parking lot at 5:30 am. Once the vans were dug out, they had a rockin’ van ride to and from the show which included loud country music and party hats!


The team was High Point team in the afternoon and Reserve in the morning show!

Many riders had personal bests and the cry of “MU………..ET!” resounded frequently.  Megan Ashbrook, Megan Perry, and Monique Booher all heard the Redhawk cheer.  Lauren Martyn was named High Point rider in the afternoon show with a first in reining and a second in horsemanship.

Megan Perry, Dana Rossman, and Danielle Hume qualified for regionals and several more riders are knocking at the door. Congratulations to all on another wonderful weekend!


Equestrian Team Reunion and Alumni Ride
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Events begin at 8 a.m.

Lori Cramer invites you to reconnect with fellow
Equestrian Alumni, Coaches, and Current team members.

Miami University Equestrian Center
4950 Oxford Trenton Road
Oxford, OH  45056

Dressage and Hunt Seat Spend Valentine’s Day Weekend Showing

This past weekend, both the Miami dressage team and hunt seat team spent their special weekend traveling to Midway, Kentucky and Westerville, Ohio. While the hunt seat team bared the snowy drive on Saturday, the dressage team competed in their first show of the semester. Overall, the Miami A team came in 6th place and the Miami B team came in 4th place.


Jeana Rae Schaper



Miami A:

First Level Emily Gillespie 3rd place %63.5

Upper Training Natalie Davis 6th place %60.9

Lower Training Kelsey Polyeff 5th place %67.3

Intro Elizabeth Foster 8th place %63.1

Miami B:

First Level Jeana-Rae Schaffer:8th place %60.5

Upper Training Spencer Clark 2nd place %69.4

Lower Training Kathi Ropers 7th place %61

Intro Tori Cooke 4th place %66.5


Laura Adkins 2nd place %70

Substitute for Bethany:

Josephine Nachemmson Ekwall 9th place %58.1


Elizabeth Foster and Laura Adkins


On Sunday, the hunt seat team bundled up to brave the cold at Otterbein for a combined regional horse show. Miami came home with the title of Reserve High Point Team, placing them second in the region overall with one horse show to go before the end of the season.

jill and kelly combined regional

Jill O’Brien and Kelly O’Bryan


Blue Ribbons:

Caroline Hurst- Open Flat

Rachel McConnell- Intermediate Flat

Stefani Manchik- Novice Flat

Kelly O’Bryan – Advanced WTC

High Point Rider: Caroline Hurst

Kayla and rachel regional combined

Rachel McConnell and Kayla Akers

Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful weekend filled with lots of love, candy and jackets!

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