Miami University Equestrian

The progress of Miami University Equestrian

Windfall Farm Horse Show

This past weekend several Miami riders and horses traveled to the Windfall Farm Horse Show in Goshen, Ohio.  The horses schooled great on Friday and we survived a large storm!Baby horses

The young horses, Northwest and Napolitano made their horse show debut with Ashley Dowler at the show.  Northwest showed in the future hunters and enjoyed his time in the arena.  Napolitano schooled each day and became more confident each time.  We are looking forward to seeing them grow throughout the summer.


Carlo and Ashlyn

Carlo Costanzo and Ashlyn Anderson also attended the show competing in the Limit Hunters and Limit Equitation.  Carlo received two firsts on Saturday over fences and a second and a third over fences on Sunday making him Champion in the Limit Hunters with Calvin Benning.  Ashlyn received two seconds on Saturday and a third and a fourth on Sunday making her Reserve Champion of the division on Lexus.  Both riders learned a lot this weekend and are both are looking forward to the next show.

We will be traveling to Country Heir II next week with a couple of horses.  Stay tuned for updates from our trip to Kentucky!


MUET Says Farewell and Congratulations to Our Graduating Class



We said farewell to our graduating class this past weekend, as they walked across the stage to receive the diplomas they worked so hard to earn. MUET is a family, and while we will dearly miss our senior class, we are so excited for this next chapter of their lives! Take a look back at our events celebrating the end of our school year and our graduating class.

On April 21st and 22nd, we hosted our annual gala and senior showcase, celebrating the end of a fantastic year and looking back on all of the wonderful memories. Team members, families, and friends came together to reflect on the accomplishments of the season and to congratulate our graduating class.

Our senior class put on a musical performance on Sunday morning, showcasing their talents in choreographed group rides. Each discipline worked hard to create the performances and had a wonderful time performing for their friends, families, and classmates!

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The Western group rode first, performing a pattern of their own creation that featured classic moves like “threading the needle,” pinwheels, group turns, and spins. Congratulations to our riders and seniors Lydia Yount, Sarah Hasasneh, Monique Booher, Lauren Martyn, Megan Ashbrook! With a special appearance from graduating senior Sarah Kammer.

Dressage rode next, with riders Emily Grzeda, Mariah Knagg, and Valerie Copits performing traditional dressage movements including circles, leg yields, and shoulder-in. Congratulations riders!


We ended the showcase with a performance from our hunt seat riders. Jill O’Bryan, Tyler Miles, Julia Mason, Laura Fitzgerald, Kelly O’Bryan, and Megan O’Connell rode to music from “The Greatest Showman” as they showcased their talents on the flat and over jumps.


We are so proud of everyone! Check out videos of their rides here:

The seniors also took an opportunity before Commencement to come down to the barn to take graduation pictures with their favorite horse teammates.




MUET is a family, and we hope our graduating class will return and visit often! Congratulations once again to our seniors, and we hope everyone has a fantastic summer!


IHSA Nationals and Club Sports Banquet

Regular classes have ended, the weather is gorgeous, and students and horses had a great weekend. Today we would like to reflect on two great accomplishments from the past week.

Last week/weekend, Coach Beth Frey and team member Lauren Martyn traveled to Harrisburg, PA for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national competition.


Lauren Martyn and Coach Beth

Lauren competed in the Open Horsemanship aboard a horse named Gretel. The two rocked a great pattern in a tough class, and earned 8th place! Congratulations Lauren!

This week, members of our team attended the annual Miami Recreation Club Sports Banquet, where 2 of our seniors received recognition for their contributions to the Equestrian team. Congratulations to Kelly O’Bryan and Mariah Knagg for winning Senior Awards!


Kelly O’Bryan and Mariah Knagg

Miami Equestrian was also the proud recipient of the Club Sport of the Year award! Congratulations to all students, staff, coaches, and of course, horses, who made this possible!


Way to go MUET!

Join us next week to celebrate our senior class!

MUET at IDA Nationals


After a fantastic season of competition, your MUET Dressage team ended the year Regional Champions, earning them a spot at the 2018 National Championships!

Last weekend Miami’s dressage team traveled to Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH, to compete in the event. 4 riders represented the team throughout two days of competition:

Kayla Kramer

Mariah Knagg

Emily Grzeda

Hallie Goss

The team left Thursday with two of Miami’s horses, Thor and Uno, who also competed in the event. Once settled in at Lake Erie’s equestrian facility, the competing riders had a chance to school the horses in the competition arena before heading to the hotel after a long day.


Emily Van Zeeland and Saige Sparks, dressed for the parade ride

On Friday, Emily Van Zeeland rode both Uno and Thor in the selection ride. After the morning riding, the team had some time to spare before the evening’s annual banquet.

They chose to fill their time with an escape room – an activity where your group is “locked” inside a room filled with puzzles, clues, and mysteries to solve in order to find the “key” to escape the room. MUET earned the second fastest time EVER recorded on the escape room they attempted – they escaped with over 25 minutes to spare!


Celebrating the escape!

After “breaking out”, the team headed back to the hotel to get dressed for dinner. They stopped by the barn on the way to the banquet to make sure their ponies were settled in with their own dinner.


At the IDA annual meeting and banquet

The annual IDA banquet consists of an annual meeting, a plated dinner, and entertainment after the meal. This year’s theme was “Rock and Roll”, as Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so the entertainment included an Elvis impersonator and a magician. Our girls were wowed by the magician’s card tricks!

On Saturday, Emily Van Zeeland and Saige Sparks rode Thor and Uno in the parade ride.  The team also rallied around Mariah for her individual ride. She rode Pogo, a large bay owned by Lake Erie College. The pair had a lovely test and earned 5th in the nation! Congrats Mariah! After the competition, the team headed to team member Morgan’s house for dinner and a bonfire. They had the special opportunity to meet Cupcake a spunky miniature horse!



Sunday was the team competition. The day began with Kayla Kramer’s First Level ride on Ace, a gelding owned by Otterbein University. Ace is a beautiful mover and a challenging ride, and Kayla did a fantastic job with him, earning an 11th place finish. Her ride was followed by Mariah, who rode Pedro, a horse owned by Otterbein University. The pair finished 9th. Congratulations to both riders!


Kayla Kramer and Ace


Mariah Knagg and Pedro

After the lunch break, Emily Grzeda rode Blake, a gray gelding owned by Otterbein University, in the Lower Training. The pair had a great ride and ended the day in 6th place. And to finish off the competition, Hallie Goss rode Wishes, a mare owned by Lake Erie College, in the Intro division, ending the day with a 5th place. Great job ladies!


Emily Grzeda and Blake


Hallie Goss and Wishes

With the combined points, Miami University ended the weekend as the 8th place team – a fantastic accomplishment born out of the hard work, determination, and team spirit these riders have demonstrated over the past year of competition. We couldn’t be prouder of the team’s accomplishments – each and every rider contributed to the success of the team, whether they competed that day or not.


Congratulations to the coaches, riders, and horses who made this year’s journey possible! We couldn’t have done it without each of you!


P.S. Check out this awesome video highlighting the team’s activities during the weekend, put together by our very own Kayla Kramer!

Miami Hunt Seat Takes on Zones

On Saturday, April 7th, members of Miami’s Hunt Seat team headed to Columbus to compete in the Zone 6 finals at Otterbein University.


Coach Heather Pinnick traveled with riders Haley Hacala, Alissa Martin, and Kelly O’Bryan.

Our students rode beautifully in some extremely tough competition, earning them the following places:

Haley Hacala – 6th in Open Fences, riding Fly
Alissa Martin – 5th in Walk Trot on Lucas
Kelly – 3rd in Novice Flat on Limerick

Team member Victoria Lawler also attended the event to help with prizes and support her teammates.

We are so very proud of our riders and their accomplishments this season! Congratulations to all who competed!

Miami Wins IDA Regional Championship!

30594255_1864387216905403_4171571515491352576_nCongratulations 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!


MUET Member To Be Student Body President

MUET would like to congratulate Meaghan Murtagh on winning the election for student body president for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year!


Meaghan and her vice president, Vince Smith were victorious after two rounds of elections.


Meaghan is a Junior on the hunt seat team and competes in the novice division. We can’t wait to see all that she does as student body president!

Looking ahead, three hunt seat team members will represent Miami at the Zone Six championships this weekend at Otterbein University. Good luck to Kelly O’Bryan competing in novice flat, Haley Hacala competing in open fences, and Alissa Martin competing in the walk-trot division.  Good luck to the dressage team as they host the last shows of the season this weekend on our home turf!

Pony Pageant and Team Fun!

Last week MUET teammates came together to give our horses a nice spring cleaning for our first “Pony Pageant!”

Team members paired up, selected a horse, and worked all week to bathe, groom, and clean tack in preparation for the event. They were judged on their horse’s coat, tail, and tack.

Here are our winners:


Baron, Best Coat Winner


Doogie, Best Tail Winner


Petey, Best Tack Winner


Buckle, Best in Show

The team followed the pageant with a meeting and a surprise game night, where they participated in a scavenger hunt of sorts! Members had to work together to complete different challenges like assembling bridles, identifying horse anatomy, and locating items in the barn. The evening of friendly competition ended with team “Pony Vibes” taking home the blue!

Thanks to all who participated!

IHSA Regionals and Semi – Finals 2018

Our IHSA teams have taken on Regionals and Semi Finals 2018 with great results! Read on to learn about our qualifying riders.
The hunt seat team traveled to Sid Griffith Equestrian Center for the Hunt Seat IHSA Region 2 competition on March 3rd. 8 riders represented Miami in some tough competition!
Haley Hacala won the open fences class in a great start to the day. Victoria Lawler took 5th in Intermediate Flat. Great job ladies!
Kelly O’Bryan and Jessica Brobst competed in the Novice Flat which had multiple splits.  Both girls made the call back and earned 2nd and 3rd place respectively in a very tough class of 21 riders!

Coach Beth Frey and Haley Hacala

The Walk-Trot-Canter classes were split and had a final callback. Tyler Miles and Laura Fitzgerald competed, and Tyler was invited back for the callback.
In the Walk-Trot, Alissa Martin finished 2nd, and Katie Pauly finished 5th.
Haley, Kelly, and Alissa will be moving on to compete at the Zone 6 competition on
April 7th hosted at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio.

Kelly O’Bryan and her parents, Janet and Patrick

Our Western team headed to the University of Findlay to compete in the Western IHSA regionals. 10 riders qualified to represent Miami Equestrian in the regional finals.
Qualifiers included:
Lauren Martyn
Morgan Hillard
Megan Ashbrook,
Colleen Ziegman
Monique Booher
Claire Turner
Sarah Hasasneh
Jenny Rusk
Lauren White
Allison Ward
Lauren Martyn won her Open Horsemanship class, and Morgan Hillard took 2nd in Advanced Horsemanship. Both riders moved on to Semi Finals the weekend of March 17th.

Lydia Yount and Megan Ashbrook

Lauren won her class at Semi Finals with a stunning ride and will be headed to Nationals! Congratulations Lauren!!

Coach Beth Frey and Lauren Martyn celebrating after a win!

Congratulations to all of our riders and we wish each of you the best of luck in the upcoming Zones!

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!


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