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MUET 2016 Gala and Alumni Weekend


Dressage riders and future Exec members Elizabeth Foster, Mariah Knagg, Natalie Davis, and Kirsten Drew

April has been a month packed full of exciting events for MUET. Every weekend has brought something new, everything from Hunt Seat Zones to the Dressage home show, to Dressage Nationals, Rolex, and IHSA Nationals over the next few weeks. This past weekend we hosted out Annual Gala, MUET’s night of reflection and celebration of the past year. Our riders change out of their breeches and helmets and get dressed up for an evening full of speeches, awards, and fundraising for our wonderful team.


MUET 2016 Exec Seniors Katie Schulze, Abby Postle, Taylor Myers, Jeana-Rae Schaper, Zach LeCompte, and Spencer Clark

We opened the night with a welcome speech from our senior exec members, followed by a speech from one of our special guests, Bob Cacchione. Bob is the founder of IHSA, and we are honored that he took time out of his busy schedule to come and share this special night with us. Not only did Bob come to speak to us about IHSA, he also came to present the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award to our very own Lori Cramer. The Lifetime Achievement award is awarded to recognize longstanding commitment to IHSA.


Bob Cacchione presenting Lori Cramer with her Lifetime Achievement award.

After a delicious dinner courtesy of Miami Catering, the coaches took the stage and gave a speech that took us through the journey we had this year, from triumphs to rainy rides. The Coaches and seniors were then presented with gifts courtesy of the team to thank them for all that they have done. We then heard from special guest Kenny Copenhaver, a Miami University Equestrian Alumni and Western Coach who is credited with pioneering the addition of Western to the IHSA. It was amazing to have him here with us, and to hear stories of his time here.


Coaches Heather Pinnick, Beth Akers, and Courtney Previte

MUET offers many scholarships to its riders, which were presented at the Gala. Here are our 2016 Scholarship winners:

Smokescreen:Emily Simanskis

Truman: Jessica Brobst

Graduating Member: Zach LeCompte

Returning Member: Megan O’Connell

Scout Scholarship: Sarah Kingsbury

Amy Schenkel: Sarah Laane, Monique Booher, Katie Schulze, Emily Simanskis, Taylor Myers, Emma Alhalel, Jessica Brobst, Sarah Kingsbury, Kylie Fleming and Ashlyn Anderson.

Citro Sportsmanship Award: Katie Schultze

Congratulations to this years scholarship recipients!


MUET’s 2016 Scholarship winners Emily Simanskis, Ashlyn Anderson, Katie Schulze, Zach LeCompte, Sarah Kingsbury, Jessica Brobst, Taylor Myers, Megan O’Connell, Sarah Laane, and Monique Booher

Throughout the night, guests had the chance to bid on items donated by parents and members of the team in our silent auction. The Gala is the Equestrian Team’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we would like to thank everyone who bid on items or donated to the team for their support of the organization that means so much to all of us.


MUET 2015-2016 Executive Board

Overall, the 2016 Gala was a resounding success. Thank you to this years executive board for all of their hard work, and a special thanks to Julia Mason for planning the entire event. We would also like to thank all of our guests for coming out and supporting us on this special night.


Lexus and Kristen Neiding

Our MUET weekend didn’t end on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, some of our MUET Alum gathered for our Annual Alumni ride. After a delicious breakfast at the Armstrong Student Center, our alumni made their way to the barn for our Equestrian Showcase, an event consisting of performances of each of our disciplines, including jumping, dressage drill team, and reining set to music.


After the showcase, Alumni were invited to ride some of our Miami horses. We love getting to visit with our alumni, and it was wonderful to have so many with us for the day.


 Kenny Copenhaver and Danielle Paulson

The team used this weekend to celebrate not only the past and present of MUET, but the future as well. The equestrian programming at Miami University is growing, and we are setting our eyes on more programs for incoming riders. We are also looking towards the next phase of the Equestrian Center itself, the building of an indoor arena. To learn more about the past of MUET and where we are headed, take a look at the MUET 2016 Alumni Presentation that was presented this past weekend.


Dressage Home Show and Regional Results

On April 9th and 10th, the Miami Dressage Team hosted their annual home show to close out their season. The team was up before the sun, braiding and warming up the horses for the days ahead. The team did a fantastic job running the show, and they didn’t let that distract them from bringing their A-game in the arena. The team took home Champion on Saturday, and Reserve Champion on Sunday.


Jeana Rae Schaper on Leo

Here are the some of the highlights of the weekend:

Jeana-Rae Schaper placed 5th in First Level on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sage Crandall placed 4th in First on Saturday.

Spencer Clark placed 9th both days.

Natalie Davis won Upper training on Saturday.

Kirsten Drew placed 2nd in Upper training on Saturday.

Elizabeth Foster placed 3rd in Lower training on Saturday.

Kendal Neubeiser placed 4th on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday in Lower Training.

Eastyn Newsome placed 1st on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday in Intro.

Sarah Kingsbury placed 7th on Saturday and 4th in Intro on Sunday.


Eastyn Newsome on Butch

This was also the last horse show of the IDA regular season, and regional placings were finalized by the end of Sunday. The Miami Dressage team had a fantastic year, and here are some of our regional results.

Jeana-Rae Schaper placed 5th in the region in First Level.

Spencer Clark placed 8th in the region in First Level

Natalie Davis placed 2nd in the region in Upper Training, and won the wildcard spot to head to nationals!

Kirsten Drew placed 5th in the region in Upper Training

Elizabeth Foster was the Regional Champion in Lower Training.

Kendall Neubeiser placed 3rd in the region in Lower Training.

Eastyn Newsome was the Regional Champion in Intro.

Sarah Kingsbury placed 7th in the region in Intro.


The dressage team with their weekend winnings.

Not only did they team end the season with unquestionable success, we are also sending 3 riders to Nationals! In order to qualify for national, an individual must be first in the region in their level of competition, or be second and earn the wildcard spot. Congratulations to Elizabeth Foster, Eastyn Newsome, and Natalie Davis, who will be competing April 23rd at Centenary College in New Jersey!


Region E Intro Champion Eastyn Newsome, Coach Courtney Previte, and Region E Lower Training Champion Elizabeth Foster.

Good Luck to our riders who are headed to Nationals, and congratulations to the team for a great show!


MUET Gala and Alumni Day

Every year, the Miami University Equestrian Team hosts a Gala to celebrate our wonderful team and its members, both past and present. This year, the Gala will take place on Saturday, April 16th in the Armstrong Student Center on campus where guests will be served delicious food provided by Miami Catering.


The MUET Gala as it is now is a tradition that began 8 years ago, in 2008. Every year the Gala has grown, and this year over 150 riders, parents, and alumni will be in attendance. It is a night full of emotion, laughter, and memories as the team hears from graduating seniors on what MUET means to them, and how it has shaped their college careers.


MUET 2015 Seniors

During the event there will be a silent auction with gifts donated by team members and their families, a video reviewing the year we have had, and speeches by coaches and team members. We will also take this time to announce the winners of our annual scholarships.

The Gala is the Equestrian Teams biggest fundraiser of the year, and we have some very exciting items up for auction this year. We will also be selling apparel and be taking donations throughout the night.

If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact on of our team captains: Rachel McConnell at, Zach LeCompte at, or Spencer Clark at


On April 17th we turn our focus to our MUET Alumni. The Alumni will have a full day of events planned, including breakfast at the Armstrong Student Center, a riding showcase designed by the team to show off the our talented riders, the chance to ride some of our wonderful horses and tour our new facility, and a picnic and presentation by Miami’s Lori Cramer and Bob Cacchione, the founder of IHSA.


Director Lori Cramer receiving the USHJA 2016 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award earlier this year.

Lori received the UHSJA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award earlier this year and the USHJA annual meeting and will be honored again this weekend with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Lori will be the 23rd equestrian team coach to receive the award in the 49-year history of IHSA.

If you would like to sign up for the MUET Alumni Event, please register by clicking here. For updates and some fun announcements about the events and special guests, please join the Alumni Facebook page by click the link.

Western Semi-Finals and Hunt Seat Zones


Sarah Laane riding while Coach Beth Akers watches.

On March 19th, Sarah Laane and Lydia Yount traveled to Findlay to compete in IHSA Western Semi-Finals. The competition was fierce, the horses were wonderful, and out riders were fabulous. Lydia placed 6th in the Advanced Horsemanship, and Sarah had a beautiful ride in her Beginner Horsemanship class. Congratulations to both riders!


Lydia Yount

On April 2nd, eight of our Hunt Seat riders traveled to Zones 6 Finals in Plymouth, Michigan at Willowbrooke Farm. Our riders did a fantastic job, and brought home lots of ribbons.


Team treasurer Jeana-Rae Schaper sent the team to Zones with a good luck charm: A poem titled “The Winner”

Here are the individual placings:

Taylor Myers placed 4th in Individual Open Flat.

Rachel McConnell won the Individual Intermediate Flat!

Abby Postle was 6th in the Individual Intermediate Flat and 5th in the Individual Intermediate Over Fences.

Alex Roe was 6th in the individual Intermediate Over Fences.

Mallory Myers won the Individual Novice Over Fences!

Emily Simanskis was 7th in Individual Walk-Trot-Canter.

Christina Romine placed 8th in Individual Walk-Trot-Canter.

Tyler Miles was 3rd in Individual Walk-Trot.

Rachel McConnell and Mallory Myers will be competing at Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park May 4th-8th.


Congratulations to all riders on a great season!

This coming weekend, April 9th and 10th, the dressage team will be hosting its annual home show to close out the regular season. Check back in for results!




Hunt Seat Regionals Results

On Saturday March 12th, Hunt Seat riders Katie Schulze, Abby Postle, Tyler Miles, Emily Simanskis, Christina Romine, Kylie Fleming, Kelly O’Bryan, Ashley Dowler, Mallory Myers, Taylor Myers, Alex Roe, and Rachel McConnell all traveled to IHSA Regionals at Otterbein University.


Some of MUET’s Hunt Seat Seniors

In order to qualify individually for regionals, each rider must accumulate enough points to move up a level. All of these riders pointed up, and therefore competed at Regionals to earn the chance to move on to Zones.

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Alex Roe and Greggor

Here are some of the individual placings from the weekend:

Taylor Myers placed 2nd in Open Flat.

Abby Postle placed 1st in Intermediate Fences and 2nd in Intermediate Flat.

Alex Roe was 2nd in 2nd in Intermediate Fences.

Mallory Myers was 1st in Novice Fences.

Rachel McConnell was 1st in Intermediate Flat.

Emily Simanskis won the Advanced Walk Trot Canter.

Christina was 2nd in Advanced Walk Trot Canter.

Tyler Miles was 1st in Walk Trot.


Emily Simanskis and her mom after her winning ride!

The weekend was a huge success, and riders Mallory Myers, Alex Roe, Rachel McConnell, Emily Simanskis, Christina Romine, Tyler Miles, Abby Postle, and Taylor Myers are all moving on to Zone 6 Finals on April 2nd at Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth, Michigan! Congratulations to all riders who competed!

This weekend, Lydia Yount and Sarah Laane travel to Findley to compete in Western Semi-Finals. Wish them luck!


Hunt Seat at MSU and Western Regionals

MUET had another busy weekend, with Hunt Seat traveling to Morehead State University and the Western team traveling to Regionals held during the Arnold Classic at the Ohio Expo Center.

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Sarah Laane after her winning ride!

The Western Team sent 8 riders to regionals this weekend. All the riders rode beautifully and made Miami proud, and riders Lydia Yount and Sarah Laane will be continuing on to compete at Western Semi-Finals March 19th and 20th hosted by The University of Findlay. Overall, the Western team was the Reserve High Point Team in their region!

Lydia Yount Blue

Lydia Yount with her first place ribbon!

The Western Team would like to thank the parents for the dedication and support (and food). MUET parents always go above and beyond, and we can never thank them enough for all they do. Lydia’s dad, Bryan Yount, bought basically all of Panera for the team Sunday! Mrs. LaGassa, Mrs. Bosse and Mrs. Dodson also brought goodies for the team! Thank you all so much for making sure our riders are always supported and well-fed.

Our riders worked hard all year, and stepped up to the challenge at every show they competed at. We couldn’t be more proud of their ambition, talent and sportsmanship over the course of the regular season. Congratulations to all!

The Hunt Seat team packed up 6 horses and traveled to Morehead University to compete at the regions last horse show of the year. It was a combined show, with each school in the region bringing a few horses to contribute to the competition. The team was reserve high point on the Saturday and 3rd on the Sunday.

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MUET 2016 Hunt Seat Seniors with coaches Heather and Lori at their last regular season horse show!

On Saturday, Samantha Ackley was reserve high point rider. Miami swept the competition, and the team took home a lot of blues, with Jill O’Bryan, Mallory Myers, Caroline Hurst, Abby Postle, Julia Mason, Emily Simanskis, Ashley Dowler, Laura Fitzgerald, Samantha Ackley, Jessica Brobst, Emma Alhalel, Alex Roe, Victoria Lawler, and Shelby Frieszell all winning first places!

Because this was a combined show, Miami brought 6 of our own horses. Buckle, Lexus, Cutter, Carco, Larry, and Pleadies all travelled with the team, and were well-behaved the entire weekend.

Team and Pleadies

Freshman Riders Haley Hacala and Jessica Brobst with Pleiades.

With the last show of the regular season finished, we officially have 12 people who qualified for regionals! Katie Schulze, Abby Postle, Tyler Miles, Emily Simanskis, Christina Romine, Kylie Fleming, Kelly O’Bryan, Ashley Dowler, Mallory Myers, Taylor Myers, Alex Roe, and Rachel McConnell will be traveling to Otterbein University this weekend to compete for the chance at Zones.

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Seniors Abby Postle, Taylor Myers, Alex Roe, and Katie Schulze.

Congratulations to all who competed last weekend, and good luck to those moving on to Hunt Seat Regionals and Western Semi-Finals!



Western Finishes the Regular Season at OSU


Megan Ashbrook, Janie Behnke, Hunter Reis, Sarah Laane, Sarah Kammer and Lydia Yount all packed in the van.

On February 28th, the Western team traveled back to OSU for their last regular season show. The team did a fantastic job, winning Reserve High Point Team in both the AM and PM shows.


Monique Booher, Colleen Ziegman, Sydney Thompson, Kelly Arnett, and Zach LeCompte on on their way to OSU.

Here are some of the individual placings from the weekend:

Sydney Thompson won 1st and 3rd in the  Intermediate 2 division.

Kelly Arnett placed 2nd and 3rd in the Advanced division.

Monique Booher won 1st and 2nd in Intermediate 2 and qualified for regionals.
Janie Behnke placed 3rd and 5th in the Beginner division at her first show ever!
Colleen Ziegman earned 1st and 4th in Intermediate 1.
Zach LeCompte placed 4th and 5th  in Intermediate 2.
Lydia Yount placed 1st in Novice.
Sarah Laane qualified for regionals in the Beginner division, and won 2nd in her first Intermediate 1 class!

Lydia Yount and Kelly Arnett

8 of our western riders qualified to compete at Western Regionals taking place March 6th at the Ohio State Fairground. The riders competing at Regionals this weekend are:
Sarah Laane in Walk/Jog
Kathleen Dodson in Intermediate
Monique Booher in Intermediate
Megan Ashbrook in Intermediate
Lydia Yount in Novice
Shannon LaGassa in Novice
Lauren Martyn in Open/Reining
Congratulations to all the riders who competed last week, and good luck to the riders competing at Regionals!

Seniors Breezy DeCamp, Zach LeCompte, and Kelly Arnett with Coach Beth Akers.


MUET takes Meredith Manor and OSU

This weekend was a busy, show filled weekend for MUET. The Hunt Seat Team traveled to Ohio State this weekend to compete in their first show of the spring semester! The team rode hard, placing 4th on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday.

OSU Hunt Seat

Team members Jill O’Bryan, Kelly O’Bryan, Katie Schulze, Ashley Dowler, Mallory Myers, and Taylor Myers.

The weekend was full of individual successes, such as Carlo Costanzo winning his first blue ribbon, as well as Tyler Miles, Ashley Dowler, Taylor  Myers, Emily Simanskis, Jill O’Bryan, and Kylie Fleming all winning their classes! Ashley Dowler was the Reserve High Point Rider on Saturday, and Mallory Myers was in a 6 way tie for High Point Rider on Sunday with 2 first places!

OSU Jumping

We had amazing weather both days of the horseshow. To pick the team up after a day of tough competition Saturday, the coaches brought lucky kitties and sang us Sheldon’s “Soft Kitty” song from Big Bang theory. It must have worked because the team had a lot of blue ribbons on Sunday and many people qualified for regionals individually! Katie Schulze became the team cheerleader with her pump up session on the bus Sunday morning, including running up and down the aisle and a rousing rendition of “All I do is Win”.

Tyler and Family

The Miles family surprised Tyler this weekend coming in from Chicago!

We were also reminded how amazing and supportive MUET parents are, with many parents coming to cheer the team on and make sure the team is well fed. We really appreciate their constant love and support!

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The Dressage Team with all of their weekend winnings!

The Dressage Team traveled to West Virginia to show at Meredith Manor, an International Equine College. This is Meredith Manors first year participating in IDA, and they hosted an amazing show. We are so grateful that they took on the task of planning an entire home show in less than 2 months! We can’t express our gratitude enough.

Our Miami riders rode amazingly, and the team placed 2nd and 8th on Saturday and 2nd and 5th on Sunday!


Jeana-Rae Schaper on Bingo!

On Saturday, Jeana-Rae Schaper placed 3rd in First Level with an awesome test, and Natalie Davis placed 4th in Upper Training in a very competitive division. Elizabeth Foster placed 1st and Kendall Neubeiser placed 3rd in Lower Training, both putting in very well ridden tests, and Eastyn Newsome placed 3rd and Sarah Kingsbury placed 5th in Intro to end the day strong.


Dressage Seniors Spencer Clark and Jeana-Rae Schaper

On Sunday, Jeana-Rae Schaper placed 4th in First Level, and Spencer Clark placed 6th in his First Level Debut. Mariah Knagg placed 3rd and Kirsten Drew placed 6th in Upper Training, and both rode beautifully. Kendall Neubeiser placed 1st and Elizabeth Foster placed 2nd in Lower Training, sweeping the division, and Sarah Kingsbury placed 3rd in Intro with a great test.

Congratulations to all of the riders who competed!

MUET had a great weekend, and the next few weeks will be just as busy! Keep checking in for more updates as the team approaches the end of the regular season!


MUET Election Results



Some of the new and old members of exec at the Valentines day team skate.

On February 1st, the team gathered to elect their executive committee for next year. Everyone made great speeches, and the team elected the following people to lead the team in the 2016-2017 school year:

President- Kelsey Poleyeff

Vice President- E.J. Robbins

Tresurer- Mariah Knagg

Bookkeeper- Kirsten Drew

Travel Coordinator- Elizabeth Foster

PR- Julia Mason

Fundraising and Service- Sarah Kingsbury

Secretary/Webmaster- Lexie Eagleson

Hunt Seat Co-Captains- Rachel McConnell and Kelly O’Bryan

Dressage Captain- Natalie Davis

Western Captain- Kathleen Dodson

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 MUET Exec!


Galloping into Spring Semester

Spring Semester has started, and the team is off to a running start, with regular lessons beginning this week. We had a busy j-term here, and have been preparing for the new semester and patiently awaiting our riders return.


Every February, we load up the horses and head to off site riding facilities to shelter ourselves from the cold and snow. This year, we will be riding as AJ Rental, owned and operated by Angie Jester. She was kind enough to house some of our horses in 2014 during the winter months, and we are so excited to be back at her wonderful facility, and to have all of our off-site horses in one location.


Thorwald enjoying a crisp winter day

We are also jumping right back into the show ring, with the Hunt Seat and Dressage teams heading to their first shows of the semester on February 20-21st. The Hunt Seat team will be competing at the Ohio State University, and the Dressage team will be showing at Meredith Manor in West Virginia.

The Western team is right behind them, with their first show of the semester the next weekend, February 28th, at Ohio State.

Regular lessons will begin this week, and we can’t wait to have our riders back in the saddle.


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