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Happy New Year from MUET!


From all of us at Miami Equestrian, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and we wish you a very happy New Year!

It’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy time with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and set goals for the coming months. Here at Miami we have been busy loving on our wonderful horses and spending quality time with our family and friends, as we plan for the upcoming warmer months. We are looking forward to the upcoming semester!


MUET Brings Home the Ribbons in Final Competitions of the Semester!

It was a busy weekend for MUET!

Members of our hunt seat team traveled to Findlay, OH for the Holiday Tournament of Champions, hosted at The University of Findlay. Riders competed against 19 other top schools from across the country in levels ranging from Walk/Trot through Open.

The team rode their best through a long day of competition. Miami held their own and finished the day in 3rd place! Way to go MUET!  Below are the individual results:

Haley Hacala-8th Open fences

Kelsey Fenger-4th Open Flat

Victoria Lawler-1st Intermediate Flat

Meaggan Niesen-2nd Novice Fences

Marley Vieta-3rd Novice Flat

Rachel Jamison-3rd Walk, Trot, Canter

Katie Pauly-2nd Walk Trot

Shannon Allen-5th in High Medal


Miami dressage riders were also on the move last weekend as they headed to Meredith Manor in Waverly, WV for an IDA competition. Despite the cold temperatures, the team was in high spirits as they prepared for the final competition of the semester.


Riders Emily Van Zeeland, Sage Crandall, Maya Vulcan, Kayla Victor, and Sarah Kingsbury were all smiles before their Dressage Seat Equitation classes!

The team had strong rides in all divisions, and enjoyed having the opportunity to ride multiple types of horses. Geometry and steadiness of contact were the leading focus for all rides! Riders earned many scores in the high 60’s and 70’s, earning the team a 4th place finish overall.


After the competition ended on Saturday, the team headed out to dinner at the nearest Olive Garden, but with a bit of time to kill before their reservation, they visited the local mall to stock up at the Bath & Body Works annual candle sale. Many candles, breadsticks, and laughs later, the team headed back to the hotel excited for Sunday’s rides.


Sunday continued at much the same pace, and after some truly great rides by Miami team members, the team ended the day again in 4th place. They are now tied for 1st place in the region heading into spring semester!

Congrats to both teams this weekend, and good luck to all as finals week arrives!

Miami Competes at Midwest Indoors II

Members of the Miami University Equestrian Team headed to World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio for week two of the Midwest Indoors show series. Riders were very excited to have the opportunity to show university horses at such an incredible facility.

Twelve miami riders competed over four days, with nine university horses and three personal horses making the trip to WEC.  It was a big horse show with large divisions and all riders and horses held their own!ribbonsThe jumpers started the weekend off on the right foot with some clean, quick rounds. Jessica Brobst showed “Some Like it Hot” known as Maddie in the barn, and Jill O’Bryan showed “Count the Cash” in the intermediate Jumpers. Jill and Cash placed in every class in the division, finishing second, fourth, and fifth. Jessica and Maddie were lightening fast finishing second and third, which led them to reserve champion of the division.

Tess Von Hemel showed Stellar alongside Ashley Dowler and Thorwald in the low child/adult jumpers. Thor is a big fan of his job and earned fifth in the speed round of the division. Stellar and Tess earned many ribbons in the division, including a fifth place in the classic round! They had a great first time showing in the jumper ring with Miami.

Miami also had eight hunters entered at the show across many divisions.

In the adult hunter division Meaggan Niesen showed “Varsity” known as Charlie, Emily Pure showed “Artistic” known as Lexus, and Haley Hacala showed her own horse “Hidden Creeks Toula.” Meaggan and Charlie ribboned in many classes, including a fourth place over fences. Emily and Lexus had great rounds as well, finishing fifth in the classic. Finally, Haley and her mare had a wonderful weekend with many top finishes including second place in the Ariat Adult National Medal.


Miami had a strong showing the children’s hunter division with Shannon Allen showing “Aventuur” known as Baron, and Olivia Marcus showing Calvin Benning. Highlights included Olivia placing seventh and Shannon placing sixth in the children’s hunter classic, as well as Shannon and Baron placing twelfth in the USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Finally, Miami rounded out the weekend with Lauren Hanny showing “Vermillion” known as Morris and Kelly O’Bryan showing her own horse “Forever Divine” known as Diva, in the intermediate hunters, as well as Victoria Lawler showing her horse “Monogram” in the the Amateur Owner hunters and Adult Equitation. All horse and rider pairs were lovely throughout the weekend. Some highlights include Victoria finishing second in the adult equitation on the flat, Lauren Hanney finishing eighth in an intermediate fences trip, and Kelly O’Bryan having one of her best shows ever finishing reserve champion in the intermediate equitation, as well as first and second place finishes in the hunters.

We’re very proud of all of our horses and riders, and can’t wait until we have the opportunity to show at World Equestrian Center again!










Western Team Meets Mother Nature Head On at Home Show

The team didn’t let inclement weather warnings get them down the other weekend as they prepared to host our Western home show!

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Claire Turner and Stormy

After a rain filled week, the team rallied to prepare the horses and facility to host multiple schools for a regular season western IHSA show. Despite the stormy weather, the team was all smiles as they worked together!


Emily Grzeda and Mariah Knagg carried the flags with Joe and Sprinkles

The morning show was successful, and the team worked hard to get everyone ready and on their horse in a timely manner. Afternoon storms were in the forecast, and everyone was on their toes trying to beat the weather.


Olivia LeRoux riding Buckle

Miami riders put in some lovely rides and our horses behaved beautifully. The team ended the first show in 3rd place – way to go team!

Western Seniors

Unfortunately Mother Nature could not be held off, and after the lunch break the skies opened up and the 2nd show had to be cancelled. We were very happy to have completed the morning show!

Megan and Lydia

Lydia Yount and Megan Ashbrook, looking lovely in Frey Design shirts!

Captain Megan Ashbrook put it beautifully – “I was really proud of how our team was able to work together and put on a good horse show despite the weather. ”

Congrats riders, and good job keeping up the team spirit!



Dressage Team Kicks Off Season with Double Win!


Last weekend the Dressage Team traveled to Otterbein University to compete in the first Region E Intercollegiate Dressage Association show of the season. The team left Friday night and stopped for dinner at a fun German restaurant before heading to the hotel for a team meeting.

First thing Saturday morning the team completed a pre-show tradition in the parking lot of the show facility. Before every single competition, every member of the team comes together to “ride” the test of their level on foot. This has become an important part of our pre-show routine, and is a lot of fun!

The show began with First level, where Sophomore Emily Shirley and Freshman Maddy Guthrie rocked it out with two fantastic scores, starting the day off with a bang. 1st place went to Emily for a beautiful ride on Ace!


Emily Shirley and Ace

Upper Training was next, where Miami riders kept up the pace with two more lovely rides. 2nd place went to Madelyn Hanson, and 3rd to Mariah Knagg. Way to go ladies!

Emily Grzeda snagged a win in the Lower Training division, rocketing Miami to the head of the scoreboard, and earning Emily the Reserve High Point title. Emma Scheidt rode Pedro to a lovely 65%. A final, well ridden test by Lizzie Luh signified the end of the test competition and secured the win for Miami! Way to go team!


Maya Vulcan and Indigo rode their way to 4th place!

Following the tests, Dressage Seat Equitation began. Riders were judged on their equitation and riding skill as they rode through various gaits, with and without stirrups. Miami’s riders Sage Crandall, Maya Vulcan, Saige Sparks, Morgan Hillard, and Jocelyn Ormsby looked poised and elegant as they worked their way to multiple placings! Congrats riders!


Sage Crandall and Sandreo earned 2nd place in the First Level DSE

Sunday followed the same format, and the day began with a great ride by Kayla Kramer, who earned a 65% at First Level. The team continued their winning streak with a first place finish by Emily Van Zeeland in the Upper Training (which earned Emily Reserve High Point Rider at the end of the day!) Keara Sonntag, aboard Blake, took 3rd in Lower Training, and a final blue ribbon from Hallie Goss in the Intro division meant that Miami once again claimed the Team Champion title.

The excitement continued in the DSE classes, where Sarah Kingsbury wowed the crowd with a stunning blue ribbon ride aboard Quay. Kayla Victor was 2nd in the Intro in her IDA show debut, and Maddy Guthrie and Morgan Maison put in beautiful rides on Jerry and Lucas.



After a successful weekend of competition, the happy team headed home and reflected on the past couple days. We know that their patience and kindness towards the horses and the other teams played a large role in their success – and we can’t wait to continue the team spirit through the rest of the season!


MUET Hunt Seat Competes On Home Turf

On October 21st and 22nd the Miami University Hunt Seat Team hosted six other schools for a regional IHSA competition. The home show is an exciting weekend each year that team members dedicate a lot of time to put together. Their dedication showed with wonderful riding and beautifully prepped horses throughout the weekend.

Some of the highlights from Saturday include:

Victoria Lawler – 1st place Intermediate Fences

Melissa Shadrick – 1st place Beginner Walk Trot Canter

Meaggan Niesen – 1st place Novice Flat

Olivia LeRoux – 1st place Beginner Walk Trot Canter


Julia Mason and Charlie


Miami also ended the day as reserve champion with thirty one points.

Sunday was also filled with wonderful riding and smiling faces, which led Miami to end the day as champions with thirty three points!

Individual highlights from Sunday include:

Mackenzie Brown – 1st place Novice Fences

Katie Pauly – 1st place Walk Trot

Victoria Lawler – 1st place Intermediate Flat

Marley Vieta – 1st place Novice Flat

Kelly O’Bryan – 1st place Novice Flat


On Sunday before the flat portion of the show began, coaches from each school competed in a flat class, complete with costumes, with the proceeds going to breast cancer awareness.


Ashley and Thor

Finally, we’d like to thank our jump sponsors for the weekend: The Niesen family and Watch Hill Bank, The Knox family and Red Bucket Equine Rescue, and Connor Lawson and Royal 24 Gym.

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The home show requires so much preparation from both horses and riders, and we couldn’t be happier with how the weekend went!

Next up,  the western teams hosts a regional competition at Miami on November fifth. FullSizeRender (8)

Miami University Hosts Tennessee Martin for an NCEA Competition

The Miami University Equestrian Team had the pleasure of welcoming the University of Tennessee Martin to Oxford during Miami’s fall break for a scrimmage outside of normal IHSA competition. The two teams showed in an NCEA format competition, where riders compete head to head on the same horse in order to score points. The NCEA format is a fun way to change things up for our riders, and also offers a chance for hunt seat and western to compete together for a combined score at the end of the day.


Riders competed in four events throughout the competition, including reining, equitation over fences, horsemanship, and an equitation test on the flat. Miami started the day with equitation over fences and horsemanship running simultaneously. Miami rider’s Shannon Allen and Victoria Lawler scored a point each over fences, to a tie score of 2-2 with Tennessee Martin after the jumping competition.  Freshman Meaggan Niesen tied with the UTM rider for a draw score over fences.   Shannon was also rewarded the title of most outstanding player over fences, for her beautiful round on Calvin.

Meaggan Niesen

Meaggan Niesen and Stellar

In horsemanship, Miami rider’s Kayleigh Bernow, Megan Ashbrook, and Lauren Martyn scored points to send Miami into the lead after two events.

Next came reining and equitation on the flat, where hunt seat and western riders alike enjoyed seeing the disciplines compete side by side. Claire Turner scored a point in the reining on Miami’s own Jellybean with a fantastic ride. Miami rider’s Meaggan Niesen and Victoria Lawler scored points on the flat with lovely rides on Lexus and Hannibal. Victoria was also named most outstanding player on the flat.

Claire Turner

Claire Turner and Jellybean

The day was filled with many awesome rides and the riders enjoyed the change of pace with a different style of competition. We had a great time hosting Tennessee Martin at home and we hope to scrimmage them again next year!



Fall has Arrived at Miami Equestrian

It has been a fun week so far with MUET! The weather has been a bit tricky, but spirits are high as the team heads into fall with a fun packed schedule. This week featured appearances by team member’s parents, as well as a trip to a local fall favorite attraction!

As a team, we are very fortunate to have the support of so many of our parents and families. We had a wonderful weekend enjoying the company of students and their families as they visited for Miami’s Family Weekend!

Many riders and their parents stopped down to say hi and tour the barn on Saturday. Some students chose to ride and had the opportunity to demonstrate what they have been working on in lessons. Parents also had the opportunity to hear from Heather Pinnick, Director, and Kelly O’Bryan, Team President, about the facility, program, and future goals.


A big thank you to all of our MUET parents – we are so appreciative of your support!

On Wednesday evening, the team hosted a “team bonding event” at Butterfield Farms, a favorite local attraction.


While there, the group took a hay ride around the beautiful property. They had the opportunity to stop and feed some cows – a highlight of the night! After the ride, the group visited the farm market, where they purchased pumpkins, donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn. To finish of a fabulous fall evening, they roasted marshmallows for s’mores over a bonfire.


Thanks for sharing some of our fall adventures with us, and we hope to see you at our Hunt Seat home show next weekend, October 21st and 22nd

MUET Hunt Seat – First Show of the Season!


Our hunt seat team left last Friday evening and traveled to the Columbus area for their first Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association competition of the 2017-18 school year. The show was hosted by Ohio State University at the Sid Griffith Equestrian Center in Hilliard, OH. Read on to learn about their success, individual placings, and how the weekend unfolded!

After arriving bright and early to the show grounds, the team rallied together as new and returning members worked together to prepare for the day. With a little sparkle in their pockets the riders did their best and MUET had several blue ribbons the first day!


Shannon Allen prepares for her class on Balto

Here are some of the winning rides from day one:

Intermediate Fences – Sammy Houle – 1st

Intermediate Flat – Shannon Allen – 1st

Advanced WTC – Rachel Jamison – 1st

Beginner WTC – Olivia LeRoux – 1st

Novice Flat – Marely Vieta – 1st

Walk Trot-Alissa Martin-1st

MUET ended the first day Reserve Champion team. Way to go riders!

Saturday night the team celebrated their success with dinner and a trip to Equus Now, a local tack store and one of our sponsors. Team members browsed their fabulous selection of show clothes, boots, tack, and other accessories before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.

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Enjoying some shopping time at Equus Now!

Sunday’s competition began with more ribbons and team spirit. Here are some placings from Sunday’s show:

Open Fences – Julia Mason – 1st

Open Flat – Kelsey Fenger – 1st

Walk Trot – Alissa Martin – 1st

Intermediate Flat – Kreigh Elzey – 1st

Novice Flat – Lauren Hanny – 1st

Advanced WTC – Kristen Hards – 1st

The team ended the day in 3rd place.  Congrats riders!


Riley Christianson and Elizabeth Saccoliti showing their team spirit!

MUET Hunt Seat is looking forward to hosting the next IHSA show at Miami on October 21st and 22nd!





Western Team Bonds at Ohio State


Lauren White, Laura Kelly, and Lydia Yount, looking stylish and professional in custom shirts designed and created by our very own Coach Beth Frey!

On Sunday, September 24th, the western team competed at Ohio State University in their first IHSA show of the season! The OSU team hosted the double header event at Autumn Rose Farm.

The team left Saturday afternoon and traveled in vans together to Columbus. They stopped at Rod’s Western Palace to get hats shaped and to pick up some show clothing for new members. After completing their shopping, the team headed to Olive Garden for dinner. They enjoyed delicious food and good conversation, as new and returning team members got to know each other!


The team got to know one another over dinner at Olive Garden

Sunday morning dawned clear and sunny, and the team rose bright and early to head to the show. After setting up their canopy area, the team watched schooling and mentally prepared for the day. They competed in two shows – one AM show and one PM show.

During the AM show, the team found great success and learned a lot about their team and their riding.


Coach Beth Frey and Senior Lauren Martyn

Morgan Hillard won her Advanced class, and Collen Zeigman smoked the competition with a win in Novice. Claire Turner was 3rd in Intermediate 2 and pointed up to the next division! Lydia Yount rode fabulously and ended the morning as High Point Rider. Everyone else rode beautifully as well, with many ribbons earned. The team ended up Reserve High Point in the AM show. Congrats riders!

In the PM event, Kayleigh Bernow and Logan York led the way with wins in Intermediate 1 and 2. The team ended the show in 3rd place. Team members worked hard and rallied together to learn, observe, and ride their best. Way to go team!


Claire Turner, Logan York, Stingray, and TonkaHawk celebrating success!

Congratulations to the western team on a great first weekend away. They overcame several obstacles along the way (including scorching temperatures!), and worked together to overcome adversity, demonstrating maturity and professionalism throughout the weekend. They arrived home tired, but accomplished, with knowledge and understanding of their next steps towards their goals.

MUET Western hosts their home show on Sunday, November 5th!


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