Miami University Equestrian

The progress of Miami University Equestrian

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 (

Team Updates: Miami Hunt Seat Home Show and Team Bonding

This past weekend was a busy one for the Equestrian Team!

On Friday night, October 2nd, the Western and Dressage teams traveled to Lazer Kraze in Mason, Ohio, for a team bonding laser tag showdown. The teams played three rounds, and teamed up to defeat the opposing team of mostly 6 year olds during the first two battles. The last battle, the teams went head to head. After a close battle, the Western team came out victorious over the Dressage team. Everyone had a great time, and both teams hit Steak and Shake before heading back to Oxford.


Western and Dressage don warpaint for the Laser Tag Showdown.

On October 3rd and 4th, the Miami Hunt Seat Team hosted Zone 6 Region 2’s first IHSA Hunt Seat Shows of the year. Even through the rain and temperatures around 48 degrees on Saturday, everyone had a blast! The sun came out for Sunday, and we were treated to 75 degree weather and a beautiful day. There was great riding from everyone, and all of the Miami horses were wonderful. At this show every year, we support the IHSA Ride for the Ribbon, a program that raises money for Breast Cancer. All of the riders and coaches wear a pink ribbon and the  jump course sports a ride for the ribbon jump.  This year we raised over $400 for breast cancer through selling T-shirts and cookies made by team members.


Miami started the season strong, winning High Point Team Both days! 

After a tie breaker, Victoria Lawler ended up being high point rider on Saturday, and Selena Haverlock was reserve high point rider. There were a lot of ribbons earned by the team overall, and some of the first place winners included: Selena Haverlock, Victoria Lawler, Allie Shea, Alex Roe, Haley Hacala, Julia Mason, Kelly O’Bryan, Mallory Myers, Caroline Hellman, Jessica Brobst, Katie Stuckwiesch, and Lauren Bakker


Alex Roe riding Pleiades

Congratulations to everyone who competed!

The team also ate tons of great food that MUET parents brought to the show. Parents travel from near and far to watch their riders compete and we always appreciate their support! We even had a special visit from Swoop, Miami’s mascot, to help cheer on the team! The show ran smoothly and was a complete success, and we couldn’t have done it without the hard work and dedication from the Hunt Seat team, our volunteers, and of course our awesome coaches! Thank’s to everyone for making it a successful weekend.


Kelly O’Bryan, Katie Schulze, Thor, and coach Heather Pinnick pose with Miami Mascot Swoop.

Congratulations Hunt Seat on a great start to the season! For more pictures from the weekend, check out MUET’s Shutterfly.

Next up will be Hunt Seat at Otterbein October 24-25,  Dressage at Otterbein, October 31st and November 1st, and the Western Home Show on November 1st.

Keep checking back in for updates on what the team has been up too, and like us on Facebook for more pictures and updates between blogs.


Western at Wilmington College

This past Sunday, the Miami Western Team traveled to their first show of the 2015 season. The team rolled out Saturday night with Sprinkles and Gambler in tow to travel to Wilmington College so they could school before the Double Header the next day.

The team packed in the van and ready to show!

Some of the team packed in the van and ready to show!


Everyone rode beautifully, and together earned Team Reserve Champion in both the AM and PM shows.


Lauren Martyn Swept all of her classes and was High Point rider in the AM show.

Lauren Martyn won 1st Place in Open Reining, 1st place in Open Horsemanship, and was the AM Show High Point Rider!

New members Kelly Arnett, Erin Bosse, and Hunter Ries debuted in their first collegiate show with fantastic results. Kelly earned 3rd Place in the Advanced in both the AM and PM Show, and Erin Bosse won 1st Place in the AM Show. 


Zach LeCompte earned 3rd Place in Intermediate.

The Western Team never fails to show their sense of humor when they travel. From the great hair debacle of 2015, which resulted in Courtney Johnson’s head under a hose in the wash rack while Shannon LaGrasse tried to rinse large amounts of hairspray out of her hair, to an eventful dinner at Bob Evans on Saturday evening involving some less than ideal service and some bunny ears, a bow and a tail, the team is always laughing when they are together.

The Great Hair Debacle of 2015

The Great Hair Debacle of 2015


The Party Bus rolling into Bob Evans

The Western Team would like to thank Mrs. LeCompte for her delicious cookies and sandwiches she alway makes for their shows.

Congratulations to the Western Team on a successful and fun start to the show season!


Coach Beth Akers decided to join the show and was victorious in the stick-horse reining class.

Keep checking back in for show results and updates on what the team has been up to.


Miami Hosts the Autumn Rose IEA Show

On September 19th, Miami hosted the Autumn Rose IEA Competition. IEA, or the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, is a program offered to high school and middle school students that works similarly to IHSA. Stables are able to create their own teams, and riders compete in Hunter/Jumper classes on the hosting facilities horses. High school and middle school riders from 5 stables attended, including Autumn Rose, Touch of Class, Childress Rodgers Stables, Duzan Riding Academy, and Sid Griffith Stables.


Kelsey Poleyeff and Dudley

Scott Dehelian from Columbus Ohio was the judge for the 14 classes of the day. It was a very successful weekend with a great group of riders and horses.


Allie Shea studying the horse list with Bar and Cutter

Special thanks to the wonderful volunteers from the Miami Equestrian Team for helping out in the morning, and to the Autumn Rose volunteers for helping in the afternoon. The show would not have run without you!

Miami Takes Country Heir

This past weekend, Miami headed to Country Heir for their September II USEF National Show. Five Miami riders took the competition by storm, and brought home an impressive collection of ribbons.

Samantha Long rode Miami horse Varsity, known as Charlie in the barn, in the Intermediate Adult Hunter division. This was Charlie’s first time back in the ring after a several year break from horse showing.  The two were a great pair, and earned Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Adult Hunter division! Congratulations Sam and Varsity!


Samantha Long on Varsity

Victoria Lawler rode her horse Tesoro in their debut with the Miami Equestrian Team. The duo rode beautifully in all the over fence classes to cinch the Champion win in the Baby Green Hunter division.  Congratulations Victoria and Tesoro!


Victoria Lawler on Tesoro

Senior Taylor Myers rode Miami’s S. F. Carco to a Reserve Champion win in the Low Children/Adults Jumper division. Taylor and Carco showed together this summer, and the two continued their success. Congratulations on a fantastic weekend!

Taylor and Carco country heir

Taylor and Carco

Senior Kayla Akers rode Miami’s Thorwald to a Champion Win in the Child/Adult Jumper division. Kayla and Thor have been an unstoppable team for the past few summers, and the two did it again and swept the competition. Congratulations you too!


Kayla Akers on Thorwald

Freshman Shelby Friszell made her debut showing with Miami on her own horse Oh So Clever also known as Emmie in the barn, in the Intermediate Children’s Hunter division. Emmie and Shelby made consistent progress throughout the weekend over fences and were 7th in the under saddle and equitation on the flat.  We can’t wait to see what you will do in your next four years with us!

It was an incredible weekend for the Miami, with 2 Champions and 2 Reserve Champions by the end! Congratulations to all who showed, and a special thank you to Mrs. Akers for taking all the awesome photos for the weekend. If you want to see more photos from Country Heir, or other events MUET attends, check out our Shutterfly.

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Jumping in: Try-outs and Beginning of Semester Updates

We are excited to announce the Miami University Equestrian Team for the 2015-2016 Season! This year, we are excited to welcome 31 new members, and welcome back 65 returning members, for a total of 96 riders.

The links to the rosters can be found here:

Hunt Seat Jumping Roster 2015-2016

Hunt Seat Flat Roster 2015-2016

Dressage Team Roster 2015-2016

Western Team Roster 2015-2016

Our returning members try-outs took place August 25th-28, and new members try-outs were August 31st-September 3rd.

We are looking forward to a great year getting to know our new members and can’t wait so see the great things they will accomplish in their time with MUET as we welcome them to our family.

Equestrian Team Photo

The season may have just begun, but MUET has jumping right in.

Every year, MUET participates in a volunteering and community service initiative through Miami Club Sports. This program helps Club Sports uphold its core values and goals: Campus Visabiliy, Community Involvement, Professional Standards, Transformative Leadership, and Valued Results.

Last year, MUET won the Tradition of Excellence Award, an award given out to the clubs that go above and beyond to uphold these core values. Part of earning this award is participating in community service events, and over the course of the school year, MUET volunteers our time and service to help run events in both the Miami and Oxford communities.


Some of MUET Exec at last years Club Sports Banquet, where they were awarded the Tradition of Excellence Award.

The team wasted no time, and has already been volunteering.

Last week, we helped run a Blood Drive along with some other organizations on campus. We had 10 MUET volunteers help run the event, and 20 riders come to donate. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and gave blood for helping to make it a success!

This  weekend, some of our riders will be volunteering at the Latin American Festival hosted in the uptown park on Friday, 9/18. Stop by for some delicious food, dancing, and fun!

We are also kicking off the show season with hosting the first ever Interscholastic Horse Show event.  MUET helped school the horses and run the show along with our co-hosts from Autumn Rose Farm.

Keep checking back here for more updates on the teams progress as we enter show season and get involved in the community.

Alumni Updates: What Have They Been Up To?

Miami University has some incredible alumni, and we are proud to say that our equestrian alumni are no exception. We caught up with some of the impressive graduates to see what they have been up to since they left Miami.

Jenny Tatum Kaeppler, class of 1992, has started eventing on her 14 year old Oldenburg mare, Libby. Together they won their first beginner novice horse trial this spring and are scheduled to ride in their first USEA recognized event in a few weeks. They have been having a blast riding cross country. They have even been having, to her surprise, a lot of fun learning and showing the dressage piece of eventing, and says one day dressage will look very enticing as a full time pursuit when she is no longer brave enough for cross country. We wish Jenny and Libby the best of luck as they continue to explore the eventing world.

Jenny Tatum Kaeppler

Jenny Tatum Kaeppler

Carly Bowman, class of 2011, has been competing on her horse Whizzin on A Star, also know as Virgirl. Virgirl is a 6 year old gelding currently under the guidance of Shawn Flarida. They compete in NRHA Entry Level 1, or green, and they also compete in Rookie level 1 classes. They are doing great so far, having won the green Reiner 2 at the Clayton Woosley and the green Reiner 1 at the buckeye reining series. We wish Carly good luck as she continues showing and heads to the Congress, where she will be show Virgirl in the novice amateur and the rookie and Shawn Flarida will show him in the senior division.

Carly Bowman

Carly Bowman

Amy LeRoy Knecht graduated in 2009 and is currently leasing a 14 year old AQHA mare, Gorgeous In Gray, aka “Gracie.” She’s an all-around horse with lots of show experience in western and english events, and she placed in the finals at Congress last year in pleasure driving. She’s boarded at a small private farm, Del Re’ Quarter Horses, in Groveport, OH. Amy has had Gracie since June 2015 and just took her to Amy’s first show since her IHSA days. They showed in 4 classes at the Reality Dreams open show in Lancaster, OH on August 9th and placed 2nd in Beginner Walk Trot Horsemanship, 3rd in Open Walk Trot Horsemanship, and 2nd in Beginner Western Horsemanship. She plans to continue to show Gracie at local open shows. Good luck to Amy and Gracie!

Amy LeRoy Knecht

Amy LeRoy Knecht

Congratulations to Victoria Cooke, class of 2015, on the official purchase of her first horse! Bay is a Thoroughbred Warmblood cross that Tori has been leasing for the last year. This summer, they have been sweeping the competition in every show they have attended, earning First Place in Intro A, Intro B, and Intro C at USDF Majestic View, and First Place in both Intro C and Training 1 at the Majestic Farm Schooling Show in July. This was Tori’s first ever time competing at Training Level. Congratulations Tori on a great summer show season, and good luck with your move back to Virginia with your new boy!


Victoria, her father Bruce, and Bay


Victoria and Bay showing at Walnut Creek

Congratulations to Sarah Willoughby, class of 2009, on her engagement!  Sarah and her fiance Alan will be married on September 26 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Sarah and fiance Alan

Congratulations to Emily Steiner, class of 2012, on taking her board exam as she finishes up dental school at the University of Kentucky! Emily boards her horse Belle in Lexington and competes beginner novice eventing with her. We love seeing Emily when she comes to support the dressage team when they show at Midway college.
Emily STeiner photo

Emily Steiner volunteered to drive all the way from Kentucky to run the ring at Miami’s annual Dressage show last year.

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