Miami University Equestrian

The progress of Miami University Equestrian

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.


Fall Semester Regional Updates

MUET ended the semester strong, with all three of Miami’s teams currently placing in the top 3 of their regions.

We have also had many Hunt Seat and Western riders already qualify for regionals. In order to qualify for Regionals, an individual must obtain a certain number of points, depending on what division they ride in. After they compete at Regionals, the top two riders in each division move to Zones or Semi Finals respectively. For Hunt Seat, the first and second placing riders in each division at Zones qualify for Nationals. For Western, the top 4 riders in each division at Semi Finals move on to Nationals.


Congratulations to Hunt Seat riders Abby Postle and Rachel McConnell for qualifying in Intermediate Flat, and Katie Stuckwisch for qualifying in Walk Trot. The hunt seat team has half of their season left and many others are close to pointing out individually and the team will continue to be in the running for the high point honors at the end of the season.  Hunt Seat Regionals will be hosted at Otterbein University on March 12th.

Western Team photo

Congratulations to Western riders Shannon LaGrassa and Lydia Yount for qualifying in Novice Horsemanship, Kathleen Dodson in Intermediate II Horsemanship, Megan Ashbrook in Advanced.   The western team has two horse shows left at the end of February to wrap up their season.  Western Regionals will be hosted at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on March 6th.


IDA does not have regionals or zones like IHSA. Instead of qualifying throughout the season, dressage riders qualify at the end of the regular season. Those who place first in their division in their region go on to compete individually at Nationals.

Currently, Dressage rider Natalie Davis is second in the Upper Training Division, Elizabeth Foster is tied for first in the Lower Training Division, and Eastyn Newsome is second in the Intro Division. Congratulations to all three riders on a great first half of the season. The Dressage team still has half the season to go this upcoming spring including shows hosted at Meredith Manor and the last shows of the season hosted at home.

Congratulations to all riders and all teams on a successful first semester. We hope your winter break is full of horses and happiness, and everyone comes back ready to bring their all in the spring.

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays from MUET

With the semester finished and the students home for the holidays, MUET wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year.


Team Holiday Party

We had a great time at our annual holiday party hosted at Director Lori Cramer’s house. About 40 team members enjoyed delicious pasta, garlic bread, and dessert prepared by the Coaches. The team also had a white elephant gift exchange and had a great time celebrating the end of the semester.


Team Holiday Party

The Coaches also threw a party to thank the student staff for all their hard work this semester. Without their hard work and dedication, we would not be able to give the incredible experiences we offer our students and team members. They keep the barn beautiful and our beloved horses well cared for. Thank you to all student staff for everything you do!


Student Staff Appreciation Holiday Dinner

Your Coaches wanted to congratulate all of you on a great semester.

IMG_7092“I am so proud of the great start the hunt seat team has had this semester.  It is a close race between the top three teams  and I am looking forward to what the spring semester will bring.”

-Heather Pinnick, Head Coach and Hunt Seat Coach
“I am so happy to get to work with such an outstanding group of students both in and out of the arena.  The Western team has shown dedication, determination, and a great capacity to learn this semester.  I can’t wait to see what next semester brings!”
– Beth Akers, Western Coach


“This semester has been filled with hard work, dedication, laughs, and good times. I am very proud to be a part of the Dressage team and to work with such talented, determined students. They each have shown great improvement and desire to learn as they strive to increase their awareness and feel and move towards riding a balanced horse. I look forward to continuing on in the spring!”
-Courtney Previte, Dressage Coach
We hope everyone has a great break and we can’t wait to see our students in the spring. Happy Holidays!

Dressage at Kentucky, Holiday Edition

‘Twas the weekend before finals, when all through the show,
all the students were studying, although to their woe.
All the riders were dressed and got ready with care,
In the hopes that their horses would help them win with flair.

Elizabeth Foster

The riders all rode with with winning in mind,
and the team took 2nd and the whole team shined.
Elizabeth Foster took third on a handsome brown bay,
and Kendal Neubeiser got second and we were well on our way.

Kendall Neubeiser


Eastyn Newsome took blue and High Point that day,
and rode so well she won us the game.
The team packed up their things and drove home once more,
back to the world where finals would fill them with bore.

Eastyn Newsome

On December 4th, the Miami Dressage team traveled to the University of Kentucky to compete in their last show of the semester. The team did a great job staying focused, especially with final exams starting on Monday.
Every time the Dressage team travels to Kentucky for a show, they get lunch at their favorite sandwich shop, Wallace Station. Wallace Station was featured on Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives on the food network, and has become a tradition for every Kentucky horse show.

Wallace Station in Kentucky

The team is currently second in the region, and ended the semester strong. The team will have two more shows next semester, which will determine qualifications for Nationals.
Congratulations to all riders, and we hope your finals went well!

Happy Holidays from MUET Coaches!

Happy Holidays from your MUET coaches! 

It has been a great semester so far for the MUET equestrian team, and for alumni! We enjoyed seeing many of you at our Equestrian reunion in Columbus following the Miami Hunt Seat at Otterbein University and Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus.

We also had the good fortune to welcome back MUET alum Alexandra Ricca, ’06. Alex was recognized this year as one of The Miami University Alumni Association’s “18 of the Last 9” Honorees. This program recognizes alumni who have graduated in the last 9 years and have gone on to do exciting and groundbreaking things, often changing the world in the process. We are so excited for Alex, and thrilled she was able to spend time with us at the barn, touring the new facilities and seeing some of her old friends!

The University is currently fundraising for Phase II, which will provide an indoor riding arena to practice and learn in year-round (regardless of the weather!). Members of the Equestrian Team and students enrolled in classes will all be able to take advantage of the new facilities. This will allow additional opportunities such as enhanced course offerings, growth in community programming, and the ability to host events. The second phase of this project will include an indoor riding arena, classrooms, offices, viewing lounge, concession area, and locker room/rest rooms.

To support this initiative, please contact Michael Kumler, Director of Development at ( or call 513-529-1957, or you may give online.

For weekly updates and our season’s schedule follow our blog Miami Equestrian Blog.

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We look forward to seeing you at future events! Please “Save the Date” for the following:

• 2016 IHSA National Championships (May 5-8, 2016 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY)

• 2016 MUET Gala and Equestrian Team Reunion and Alumni Ride (April 16-17, 2016 in Oxford, OH)

Miami at Roberts Arena

On Thursday, November 19th, Coach Heather Pinnick and Miami riders Mallory Myers, Taylor Myers, Ashley Dowler, Allie Stuckey, Victoria Lawler, Jessica Brobst, and Samantha Long loaded up the trailers to drive to Robert’s Arena in Wilmington, Ohio. The show was a sold out, “A” rated show, with around 300 horses at the show grounds. The class sizes were large for all of the divisions, averaging around 20 horses in a class.
Some Like it Hot “Maddie” and Mallory Myers competed in the medium schooling jumpers and Novice Adult jumpers.  They were 8th in the medium schooling.  They had some rails in the Novice jumpers but were were very handy in their turns and came in with the fastest times!

Sisters Mallory and Taylor Myers with Miami’s Maddie and Thor

Thorwald “Thor” and Taylor Myers competed in the Medium Schooling Jumpers and placed third and in the Low Adult Jumpers placing 5th.

Ashley Dowler on Miami’s Carco and Taylor Myers on Miami’s Thor.

S.F. Carco “Carco” and Ashley Dowler competed in the Low Adult jumpers and placed 7th.  They were also double clear in the Mini Prix and just out of the ribbons with a large class of over 30 entries.

Allie Stuckey and Miami’s Lexus after their victory in the Intermediate Adult division.

Artistic “Lexus” and Allie Stuckey competed in the Intermediate Adult Hunters and Equitation.  Lexus was 3rd in the schooling hunter, 3rd in the Intermediate Equitation over fences, 5th in the equitation on the flat, and received 2 firsts in his hunter trips as well as won the hack.  He was also named Champion of the Intermediate Adult division.
Tesoro “Teo” and Victoria Lawler showed in the Intermediate Children’s Hunters and Equitation.  Teo is still a baby and was very good competing indoors and in a large horse show setting.  He was 4th and 8th in the Hunters out of 25 entries!

Jessica Brobst on Miami’s Pleiades and Victoria Lawler on her own Teo.

Pleiades and Jessica Brobst also showed in the Intermediate Children’s Hunters and Equitation.  They were 6th in the schooling hunter.  Jessica also made it to the final callback for the equitation on the flat and was just out of the ribbons out of 30 riders in a marathon flat class that tested them without their stirrups both directions.

Miami’s Charlie poses as he gets his portrait taken at Roberts Arena. Photo taken by Maddie Delgado.

Varsity “Charlie” and Samantha Long competed in the Adult Amateurs.  Charlie received 2 3rds, a 5th, and 7th place finish over fences and was third in the hack.  He was also 5th in the Adult Hunter Classic.
The team headed home on Sunday, after an incredibly successful weekend and a great end of Hunt Seat showing for the semester. Congratulations to all riders!

Western at OSU

On Sunday, November 15th, the Miami Western Team traveled to OSU for their last show of the semester. The November day brought unexpectedly beautiful weather, and the team did a fantastic job, taking home Reserve in both the AM and PM shows.


But first, lets take a selfie

Everyone rode beautifully, and the team brought home many blues, with Megan Ashbrook and Erin Bosse placing 1st Place in their Novice classes, Zach LeCompte taking home 1st in Intermediate II, and Sarah Kammer winning 1st in her Beginner class. Congratulations to all who competed!


Teams-giving dinner at the Martyn’s

On Saturday, the Western team was treated to an incredible Teams-giving dinner at Lauren Martyn’s house in Columbus. The team would like to thank Mrs. Martyn for being an incredible host and for cooking an absolutely delicious dinner.


Lets eat!

Congratulations to the Western Team on a great end to the semester!


Dressage at Otterbein and Western Home Show

 The Miami Equestrian Team was very busy last weekend, with the Dressage team traveling to Otterbein for their first show of the season and the Western team hosting their annual home show. Dressage brought home Reserve on Saturday and Third on Sunday, and Western tied for first with OSU in both the AM and PM shows!


The Dressage team celebrates their Reserve win at Otterbein.

The sun decided to come out and play on Sunday while the western team competed against Ohio State, Ohio University, and Wilmington College. Lydia Yount and Erin Bosse both placed first in their Novice classes during the AM show, along with Sydney Thompson who won first in the AM Intermediate II class in her debut with the western team.


Sydney Thompson on Miami’s Buckle

Lauren Martyn placed 1st in the Open Horsemanship in both the AM and PM, and was reserve high point rider for both shows. The team also had 4 riders qualify for Regionals, Megan Ashbrook, Kathleen Dodson, Shannon LaGassa, and Lydia Yount. Congratulations on a successful show!


Lauren Martyn in the Open Reining class

The Dressage team had a blast at their first show of the season.On Saturday, Junior Kirsten Drew took home first in the Upper Training division with an impressive 80.192%, and junior Elizabeth Foster took home First in the Lower training division with a 75%.


Kirsten Drew on Otterbein’s Pedro

After the show on Saturday, the team ate at the House of Japan Hibachi restaurant and celebrated Freshman Kendall Neubeiser’s birthday with Coldstone Ice-cream before heading back to the hotel.


The Miami Dressage Team at The House of Japan in Columbus.

On Sunday, Natalie Davis won the Upper Training division with a 76.346%.


Natalie Davis on Otterbein’s Lucas

Miami Freshman Jimmy Wiggins, Sage Crandall, Kendall Neubeiser, Sarah Kingsbury, and Eastyn Newsome all made their IDA debuts this weekend. We can’t wait to see what all of these talented riders do over the next 4 years.

Congratulations to all who competed this weekend! Western will be competing again at OSU on November 15th, and Dressage will compete at UK on December 5th.


Miami Hunt Seat at Otterbein

Last weekend, Miami Hunt Seat traveled to Otterbein University to compete in the second show of the season. The team had a great time both in the arena and out, with individuals taking home High Point Rider both days, and taking a trip to Equus Now for our sponsored team day.

Overall, the team won Reserve Champion on Saturday, and Third on Sunday.


Jill O’Bryan and Meaghan Murtaugh

Miami Freshman Victoria Lawler won both of her classes on Saturday for High Point Rider of the day, and President Abby Postle won both her classes on Sunday and  took home High Point Rider honors. Alex Roe, Taylor Myers, and Mallory Myers also took home firsts in their classes.

Miami always strives keeps things interesting, and this show was no exception! Rachel McConnell had everyone laughing when her ponytail fell out in the middle of her Sunday flat class, and Coach Heather Pinnick donned a sparkly pink bow for good luck!

Thanks to Equus Now! for their continual support of the Miami Equestrian Team.

Thanks to Equus Now! for their continual support of the Miami Equestrian Team.

On Saturday evening after the show, the team visited our sponsor Equus Now to stock up on some show clothes and accessories. Equus Now has been a supporter of the Miami Equestrian Team for many years, and we absolutely love working with them. We look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.

A special thanks to the alumni who came to Alumni Reunion on Saturday evening. We had alumni spanning the 1980’s to 2014 joining us, and it was great to catch up and hear about the equestrian team over the years. We look forward to doing more events like this in the future, so stay updated by following the Miami University Equestrian Alumni on Facebook.

Miami Alumni at Local Roots in Powell, Ohio.

Miami Alumni at Local Roots in Powell, Ohio.

Another alumni, 2006 President Alex Ricca, visited Miami campus this past week as an honoree of the 18 of the Last 9 award. Every year, Miami honors 18 alumni of the last 9 years who have excelled in their professional careers and serving their communities. Alex took time our of her busy week to stop by the barn and pay some of her  friends a visit. We are so proud of our alumni and all the amazing things they go on to achieve.

Alex Ricca visiting with her old friend Cody.

Alex Ricca visiting with her friend Cody.

Check in next week for the results of Dressage at Otterbein and our Western Home Show.

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Miami Equestrian Alumni Reunion

This weekend, Miami Equestrian will be taking over the Columbus area as the Hunt Seat Team competes at Otterbein University and also plan to meet up with our alumni.

We would like to invite our Miami Equestrian Alumni to join us at 5:30 on Saturday, October 24th, for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Local Roots Restaurant in Powell, Ohio. Local Roots is a restaurant and beer garden that specializes in local goods, from Ohio raised meat, home grown produce, and beers and wines from Ohio breweries and wineries. Come catch up with the coaches and other Equestrian alumni while listening to live music in the beer garden. We can’t wait to hear what you have all been up to. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

Local Roots

Local Roots in Powell, Ohio


Local Roots
15 E Olentangy St.
Powell, OH 43065

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Laurel Baca at (513) 529-4627 or (

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