Congratulations on a fantastic weekend to our dressage team! They headed in to the final show of the season April 7-8 one point behind the lead, and by the end of the weekend were named Regional Champions!
After a few weeks of difficult weather – snow, storms, flash floods – the horses, students and staff rallied together to pull off one last home horse show. Special thanks to the dedicated staff who worked long hours to ensure the show could go on!
After a delayed start on Saturday, the team braved the cold weather to put on some stunning performances.
Kayla Kramer and Calvin
Emily Shirley, Kayla Kramer, and Sage Crandall kicked off the weekend with great rides in the First level division, earning a 4th, 5th, and 8th respectively.
Mariah Knagg and Emily Van Zeeland took on the Upper Training next, and Mariah earned High Point rider for the day!
Mariah Knagg and Lexus
After the lunch break, Keara Sonntag and Emily Grzeda competed in the Lower Training. Keara also rocked a blue ribbon finish!
To end the day, Lizzie Luh and Hallie Goss put in great Intro tests, earning Miami’s teams a 1st and 6th place finish, and setting the team up for success on day 2!
On Sunday, the show started a bit earlier and despite the cold temperatures, the team ROCKED their tests!
In the First Level, Maddy Guthrie earned 2nd, Kayla Kramer 3rd, and Emily Shirley 5th, putting the team in a strong position for the remainder of the day.
Emily Van Zeeland and Lexus
In Upper Training, the team swept the board after Mariah Knagg, Emily Van Zeeland, and Saige Sparks took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd – what an accomplishment!
Saige Sparks and Thor
The afternoon riders kept up the heat with a 4th place from Keara Sonntag and 2nd from Emma Scheidt in the Lower Training.
And to round off a fabulous weekend and cinch the regional win for Miami, Lizzie Luh and Hallie Goss swept the competition with a 1st and 2nd place finish in Intro!
DSE was next, where our riders performed beautifully. Sage Crandall rode her way to a win in the First Level on Charlie, earning her the DSE Regional Champion award!
Maya Vulcan, Morgan Maison, Madison Fowles, Kayla Victor, and Valerie Copits also competed, earning many ribbons and proving Miami girls know how to ride!
Maya Vulcan ended the year Reserve Champion in the DSE – congrats Maya!
And to cap off the weekend, at the end of the day on Sunday, Miami was named Region E Champion Team for the second year in a row! Miami will represent the region at the IDA National Championship at Lake Erie College April 27-29, 2018. Coach Courtney Previte was also elected Regional President for the 2018-19 school year.
Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated on the team and in the shows this year!
**Special thanks to our wonderful team photographers!