Miami University Equestrian

The progress of Miami University Equestrian

MUET Hunt Seat Home Show

MUET hosted its first home show of the year on October 1st and 2nd! Six schools competed both days, including Ohio State, Ohio University, Wilmington, University of Dayton, Otterbein University and Miami University. Our team did an amazing job hosting the show, and our horses were fantastic throughout the whole weekend.


Here are some of the individual results from the weekend:


Kelsey Fenger- 1st place Open Flat

Mallory Meyers- 2nd place in Intermediate Flat

Sam Ackley- 1st place in Novice Flat

Rachel Jamison- 1st place in Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter

Amanda Hayes Puttfarcken- 2nd place Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter

Saif Alunuami- 2nd place in Walk-Trot


Kelsey Fenger on Calvin


Courtney Manz – 1st place in Novice Flat

MacKenzie Brown- 2nd place in Novice Flat

Victoria Jenkins- 1st place in Adv. Walk-Trot-Canter

Jane Widder- 2nd place in Novice Flat

Emma Alhalel- 2nd place in Novice Flat

Julia Mason –  1st place Open Fences and 2nd place in Intermediate Flat  Julia was also the Reserve High Point Rider for the day.

Allie Stuckey- 3rd place in Novice Fences


Julia Mason on Bailey

It was the Hunt Seats first show of the year, and many of our freshman’s first opportunity to compete! They all rode beautifully, and were dedicated to making the show a great time both in and out of the ring. Congratulations to everyone who competed!


Team members Madison Enderson, Amy Knox, Mallory Myers, Megan McConnell, Ashley Dowler, Jill O’Bryan, Gabrielle Smoller, Kelsey Fenger, and Haley Hacala.

Every year at our Hunt Seat and Western shows, MUET raises money for Ride for the Ribbon, IHSA’s partnership with Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. This year we had a jump decorated in pink, and sold t-shirts and cookies to raise money for the cause. With the Western Show coming up, we hope to raise even more money!


Freshman Leah Kuhn schooling Lexie

The team also got to use their brand new Oglivy saddle pads and half pads! Our horses were happy and comfortable during the long show days.

We would like to thank our dedicated parents who came to support the team, some coming as far as California to cheer on MUET! We appreciate the food and drinks they brought and special thanks to Susan Knox for taking some great photos of the weekend’s events!  We can never thank our parents enough!

MUET Dressage Ride-a-test

On September 25th, Miami hosted a ride a test opportunity for the dressage team.  Judge Wendy Enneking from Kentucky was kind enough to come and do a Ride-a-Test for the Miami riders. Each rider rode two tests, and Wendy gave feedback after each test and ran through some test elements to help each individual improve their scores. It was a great experience for all of our riders, and we can’t thank Wendy enough for taking the time to help us improve!

Our pairs for the day were:

Intro C and Training Level 1:


Emily Grzeda and Bailey



Sarah Kingsbury and Butch

Training Level 1 and 2:


Saige Sparks and Paris

Training Level 2 and 3:


Mariah Knagg and Lexus



Kendall Neubeiser and Lexie


Elizabeth Foster and Uno



Madelyn Hanson and Toby



Morgan Maison and Pleiades

Training Level 3 and First 1:


Kelsey Poleyeff and Tanner



Natalie Davis and Thor

First 1 and 3:


Kirsten Drew and Reggie

Thank you to Kirsten Drew and Morgan Maison for the great photography from the day!

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Western at Wilmington

Our Western team kicked off the show season at Wilmington on September 18th. With only two weeks from the time the official roster was posted and this show, the team worked hard to prepare in record time. The team did an amazing job, and ended up Reserve Champion in both the AM and the PM Shows!


The team found an old Miami banner from the 70’s!


Not only did the team do great, but individuals had some amazing successes:

Hunter Ries won first in both of her Intermediate II classes!

Jordyn Garves placed 2nd in Intermediate II!

Colleen Ziegman placed 2nd in Intermediate II!

Alexandria Tong won her first ever IHSA Class in Intermediate I!

Sarah Kammer placed 2nd in Intermediate I!

Lauren Martyn placed 2nd the Open Reining!


Lauren Martyn competing in Open Reining

Congratulations to all who competed!

The team had a great weekend, eating a team dinner at Werner’s barbecue in Wilmington. Gambler and Tonka also represented that MUET at the show and were great additions to the draws at the show.

Overall, it was a great weekend for the first show of the weekend! Congratulations to all riders!

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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!


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