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Western Tackles Final Shows of the Season


Western seniors with Coach Beth, L to R: Lydia, Monique, Lauren, Megan, Beth, and Sarah

Last weekend the Western team was also on the move as they headed to their final competitions of the season. The team traveled to Wilmington College to compete and earn their final placings in the regional competition.

With their game faces on, new and old members of the team rallied before the morning show to help everyone prepare for the day ahead.

Our team started the day off strong, with several high placings across the board.


Senior Lauren Martyn in the Reining

Lauren Martyn took 2nd in reining and 1st in the Open division, earning high point rider for the morning show.

Megan Ashbrook and Morgan Hillard both took 2nd in their Advanced classes, while Kayleigh Bernow took the win in Intermediate 2.


Next year’s Western Team Captain, Claire Turner

Haley Faber, Colleen Ziegman, and Claire Turner all took 2nd in their classes as well.

Way to go riders! The team ended the morning show Reserve Champion, and in very good standing heading into the final show.

Our riders kept the strong pace with more high placings in the afternoon show. Lauren Martyn took another 1st in Open, earning her the High Point rider award yet again!

Monique Booher, Lydia Yount, and Colleen Ziegman took 2nd in their classes, while Lauren White finished first in the Novice division.


Celebrating a 2nd place finish!

MUET ended the final show in 3rd place, earning them the Reserve Regional Champion title! Congrats to all our riders and coaches for a fantastic season!


Stay tuned for placings from the upcoming Regional competition, where 10 of our riders have qualified to compete. Special congratulations to Allison Ward, Lauren White, Claire Turner, Sarah Hasasneh, Jenny Rusk, Monique Booher, Colleen Ziegman, Megan Ashbrook, Morgan Hillard, and Lauren Martyn for qualifying this year. 

Good luck to all competing this weekend!



Hunt Seat Ends Regular Season With A Win

On February 24th and 25th, the hunt seat team travelled to Ohio University for the last two horse shows of the regular season.

Coming into the weekend the regional race was very tight – just five points separated Ohio State, Miami University, and Otterbein from securing the title of region champion. All of the teams in the region brought their “A” game and were excited for a weekend of fun competition.



MUET Seniors

On day one Miami started the day with high placings over fences from Riley Christianson and Kelly O’Bryan, who were both second in their splits of novice fences.


The afternoon brought more success with many Miami riders having great rides that they’ve been working toward all year. Over 50 Miami riders attended the horse show and each and every one of them showed poise and confidence in the ring.

High placings on the flat from Saturday include:

Open Flat – Victoria Lawler (second place)

Intermediate Flat – Shannon Allen (first place)

Novice Flat – Marley Vieta (first place), Mackenzie Brown (first place), Riley Christianson (second place)

Advanced Walk Trot Canter: Jenn Mannino (first place), Ashlyn Anderson (second place)

Beginner Walk Trot Canter: Meredith Loges & Katie Pauly (first place), Madison Ramba (second place)

Miami ended in third place on Saturday with 31 points.

Christiana McCarthy also braved her first horse show ever in the walk trot division, way to go Christiana!

Miami showed up ready to win on Sunday, with strong placings across the board over fences. Haley Hacala needed to win open fences in order to qualify for regionals, and she did just that with a tactful ride on Dutchess. Samantha Ackley was second in intermediate fences and Meaggan Niesen won novice fences as well.

The success from the morning carried over into the flat with many high placing rides. The regional race was very tight, and came down to the last walk trot class of the day!

High placings on the flat from Sunday include:

Open Flat – Victoria Lawler (first place)

Intermediate Flat – Samantha Ackley (first place)

Novice Flat- Marley Vieta, Meaggan Niesen & Katie Byrum (first place), Emily Pure & Lauren Tillman (second place)

Advanced Walk Trot Canter- Hannah Kucera (first place)

Beginner Walk Trot Canter – Melissa Shadrick (first place)

Meaggan Niesen was the high point rider on Sunday after winning both of her classes.

The last horse show of the season was a nail biter, and we couldn’t be more proud of how our riders performed. Miami placed second in the region by just a handful of points, and was champion of the show with 38 points!


Miami will have eight hunt seat representatives at regionals on March 4th at The Ohio State University.

Open Fences – Haley Hacala

Intermediate Flat – Victoria Lawler

Novice Flat – Kelly O’Bryan & Jessica Brobst

Walk Trot Canter – Tyler Miles & Laura Fitzgerald

Walk Trot – Katie Pauly & Alissa Martin

Good luck to all riders competing, and stay tuned for the results from regionals!


Western Team Takes on Double Header

Last weekend, the Western team demonstrated flexibility and determination in a busy weekend that resulted in great teamwork, commitment, and pride! 

Home show 1

The show ran smoothly and the horses looked fantastic. The students and staff did a wonderful job, and we couldn’t be more proud of how it all turned out. Miami ended the day Reserve High Point team! Special congratulations to Lauren Martyn who was High Point rider for the day.  Special thanks to Angie Jester for opening her facility for us to host the show.

Western team at CDB 2

Looking lovely at the Charter Day Ball

Saturday night members of the western team attended Miami’s Charter Day Ball, before heading out early Sunday morning for two shows at Wilmington College.

The team competed in an AM and a PM show. Riders performed well and Miami earned a 3rd place finish in the morning show, followed by another Reserve High Point in the afternoon. Way to go team!

Kayleigh Bernow- Candid

All smiles after a successful day!

Allison Ward, Sarah Hasasneh, Jenny Rusk, and Monique Booher all qualified for Regionals. Congrats riders, we can’t wait to watch you compete!

Other notable placings include:


1st- in Advanced Megan Ashbrook

1st- in Novice Monique Booher

1st- in Intermediate I Alison Ward


1st- in Open lauren Martyn

2nd in Intermediate II Sophie Fitzhugh

1st- in Intermediate II Sarah Hasasneh

1st- in Novice Claire Turner

The team returns to Wilmington College this Sunday. We wish them the best of luck!


Hunt Seat Closes The Gap At Otterbein

On February tenth and eleventh the hunt seat team travelled to Otterbein for two regional competitions. Miami had a very successful weekend with many great rides to carry them to the last regional competition of the season at Ohio University.

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On Saturday, Miami started out strong in the jumping with a second place finish from Haley Hacala, and wins from Victoria Lawler and Riley Christianson.



Haley Hacala and Viento


Miami carried the momentum throughout the day ending as champions with 41 points, the highest score that Miami has scored all season.


Other wins on Saturday include:

Beginner Walk Trot Canter – Alissa Martin

Advanced Walk Trot Canter – Jenn Mannino, Anna Sollenberger

Intermediate Flat – Victoria Lawler

Victoria Lawler was also high point rider of the day.



From Left to Right: Haley Hacala, Victoria Lawler, Katie Pauly


Day two also proved successful for Miami riders as they continued to have great rides throughout the day. Miami ended fourth with 25 points for the day against tough competition and many high scoring teams.

Highlights from Sunday Include:

Walk Trot: Alyssa Oddo (second place), Katie Pauly (first place)

Advanced Walk Trot Canter: Jenn Mannino (second place)

Novice Flat & Novice Fences: Jessica Brobst (second place)

Open Fences: Haley Hacala (second place)

Jessica Brobst was the reserve high point rider of the day on Sunday.


Miami would like to thank Otterbein for hosting a great show with horses that everybody enjoyed getting to ride.

Looking ahead, we’re headed to Ohio University this weekend and regionals in a few short weeks. The regional competition is a close race, with five points separating the top three teams.


Dressage Team Tackles Cold Weather in KY at First IDA Show of Semester

After one full week back in class, the Miami Dressage team headed to Nicholasville, Kentucky, for the first Dressage show of the semester.


Despite frigid temperatures and hearty gusts of wind, the team was in high spirits as they prepared to ride. Perhaps it was the gorgeous backdrop of rolling hills and beautiful farms, or the mountains of blankets and handwarmers, but the cold did not seem so difficult once the day began.


Kayla Kramer began the day with a 3rd place in First Level Test 1, followed by Emily Van Zeeland’s 2nd place in Upper Training.

Emily Grzeda and Keara Sonntag competed in the Lower Training division, placing 3 rd and 5th respectively.


Finally, Hallie Goss finished up the test rides with a 4th place in Introductory Level.


In Dressage Seat Equitation, the team wowed the judge with several spectacular rides. Sage Crandall worked her way to the #1 spot in the region in First Level, and Maya Vulcan and Saige Sparks earned 1st and 2nd in Upper Training. Lizzie Luh, Emma Scheidt, and Hallie Goss all rode beautifully in the Lower Training and Intro divisions.


The team finished the day in high spirits, and is currently in 2nd place in the region, trailing by only a few points! Congrats riders!

MUET Travels to SCAD for the Tournament of Champions

On January 27th members of the hunt seat team traveled to Savannah, Georgia to compete at the final show in the Tournament of Champions Series at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The following team members represented Miami at the tournament:

Walk-Trot: Katie Pauly

Walk-Trot-Canter: Hannah Kucera

Novice & Low Medal: Meaggan Niesen

Intermediate: Victoria Lawler

Open Fences: Haley Hacala

Open Flat & High Medal: Shannon Allen

The Tournament of Champions series is an invitational tournament where the top teams in the country compete against each other in a fun environment. It’s a great opportunity for our riders to gain more experience in the show ring and compete against teams outside of our region.


From Left to Right: Victoria Lawler, Shannon Allen, Haley Hacala, Katie Pauly, Hannah Kucera, Meaggan Niesen, Ashley Dowler

Miami started the morning off with Haley placing eighth and Victoria placing fifth over fences.


Haley Hacala

On the flat Miami proved to be tough to beat with many top placings. Shannon Allen was sixth in the open, followed by a trio of second place rides from Victoria, Katie, and Meaggan. Finally, freshman Hannah Kucera won her class at her first Tournament of Champions!


Shannon Allen & Hannah Kucera

Meaggan Niesen also placed tenth in the low medal out of a tough field of over twenty riders.

Miami rounded out the day with 26 points which put them in fifth place overall. Miami also finished the series in sixth place after only attending two tournaments. We’re very proud of the way our riders performed against the top teams in the country!


Looking forward, MUET has a lot on the horizon.

  • On February 10th and 11th the hunt seam team travels to Otterbein for a regional competition.
  • On February 17th, 18th and 25th, the western team competes at Wilmington College.
  • On February 24th and 25th the hunt seat team will compete at Ohio University.

The dressage team just returned from a one day regional show at Kentucky, look to see the results of that coming soon.

MUET has a busy month coming up! Stay tuned for results from our upcoming competitions.

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!



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