Miami University Equestrian

The progress of Miami University Equestrian

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.

Leave a comment telling us what you have been up to!
Keep checking in for updates on the upcoming school year.

New Student Opportunities: Miami Bound 2015

This year, the Miami Equestrian Team started a new program called Miami Bound Equestrian. The program is for competitive riders interested in the team, or an animal lover looking to get started in horses. Incoming freshmen who participated in the program were given the opportunity to move into their residence halls early and to ride and lesson daily with the coaches. This program was able to give students the opportunity to become familiar with the equestrian center and other facilities on campus while meeting some of the returning team members and possible future team members prior to school starting.  Students explored the opportunities on campus for horse lovers and built relationships with other students with common interests.


Some of the Miami Bound girls during one of the many opportunities they had to ride.

This year, the program ran from August 17th to August 20th. 10 incoming students participated in the program, and we are extremely excited to welcome these students into the MUET family. Please welcome Ashlyn Anderson, Mary Burton, Caitlin O’Meara, Kendall Neubeiser, Jessica Brobst, Sarah Kingsbury, Haley Hacala, Victoria Lawler, Emma Alhalel, and Madison Ramba!


All of the Miami Bound riders

The girls were given the opportunity to ride twice and day as well as experience lectures and demonstrations on horse care, but the fun didn’t stop when the barn closed.

The first day, the Miami Bound girls, the coaches, and some current members of MUET had a pizza party and icebreakers at the barn. They played games such as 2 Truths and a Lie, where everyone had to guess which of your statements were true, and which one was a lie. It was a blast!

The second night, the group went uptown for ice cream and frozen yogurt and spent some more time getting to know one another.

The third evening, the group went to Your Fired and got creative. They painted beautiful
pottery, talked and laughed as their Miami Bound experience came to a close.


This is a new program the Equestrian Team hopes to continue on in upcoming years. Coach Heather Pinnick reflected back on the successful week: “At was great to see all of the riders create the friendships and share their passion for horses.  They were a fun group to teach and were really interested in learning.”

If you are interested in participating in the Miami Bound Equestrian program in the future or to learn more about the Miami Bound Equestrian program, please visit the Miami Bound: Equestrian Website

Summer Series: August Equivents Results


Taylor Myers and Carco

On August 14th, the Miami Equestrian Team headed to Far and Away farm in Marysville, Ohio, for the Equivents horse show. Three students of the equestrian center competed: Miami student Taylor Myers, a local high school student Amanda Rudolph, and Taylor Jermain, a member of the Autumn Rose IEA team. Coach Heather Pinnick lead the team through a very successful weekend.


Taylor Myers and Carco

Taylor Myers made her debut in the jumper ring aboard Carco. The duo performed impressively, leaving the weekend with a blue ribbon in the Medium schooling round going clear, and had a third and 2 fourths in the Low Adult Jumpers. They also received 4th in the Ariat Adult Medal and 2nd over fences in Adult Equitation, and 1st in Equitation on the Flat. Congratulations Taylor on a successful premiere in the Jumper ring!


Taylor Myers and Carco

Amanda Rudolph rode Miami horse Twix in her first ever hunter show. The team earned 1st and 3rd in the limit hunter over fences and 2nd in the under saddle, riding to the Reserve Champion in the division and 6th in the limit rider equitation on the flat.

Amanda Equivents

Amanda Rudolph with her Reserve Champion Ribbon

Taylor Jermain rode Miami horse Buckle in a very successful weekend of classes. The couple received two 2nd’s and a 6th in the limit hunter over fences, and 5th in the limit equitation on the flat.

Heather, Amanda and Taylor pose for a picture before a class

Congratulations to all the riders on a very successful weekend! Keep checking in to keep updated on the progress of the Miami University Equestrian Team as the school year begins.

Campus Partnership: International Student Visit

The Miami University Equestrian participated in Campus Partnership, a program where Miami partners with a University in southeast China to give students 3 weeks to experience American Culture. The students were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn to ride a horse. The students mostly come from urban areas of China, and most have never been up close to a horse.  All the students received a tour of the facility and a chance to interact with the horses, those that were interested had the opportunity to sign up for a lesson the following week.


We had over 75 college students from southern China tour the barn.  They then signed up for riding lessons and we taught nearly fifty students  in groups of six how to ride.  The staff had a blast working with them and even learned several Mandarin words to utilize in our KNH classes.  As always, our horses were superstars and enjoyed the extra attention.

“It’s wonderful that the we are able to give students opportunities to see and experience things they may never have had the chance to before. We are so lucky we have the resources and the incredible staff that make programs like this become a reality,” Beth Akers, Assistant Director of Riding.


Head Coach USHJA Certified Trainer Heather Pinnick offers her perspective

This summer, the Miami coaches and interns have been getting a new perspective on the three riding disciplines. After the Dressage lesson with Jennifer Grant, and the Western lesson with Beth (Miami Goes Western(link)), it was Head Coach Heather Pinnick’s turn to teach a Hunt Seat riding lesson.


Courtney, Megan, Beth, and Amanda after their jumping lesson.

Heather graduated from The University of Findlay with her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and has been coaching at Miami University for 11 years.  During her tenure as coach she has taken beginner riders to National Championships in the walk-trot and has had multiple Cacchione Cup Riders (highest level open riders) finish in the top 10.  Heather is the regional president for the intercollegiate horse shows association Zone 6, Region 2 and the co-manager for the next two National Intercollegiate finals in Kentucky.   She completed her USHJA trainer certification in 2013. In order to receive and maintain certification, trainers are tested on a broad spectrum of relevant professional information, including training techniques, safety of horse and rider, horsemanship skills and business ethics.

 For this lesson, Courtney rode Lexie, Megan rode Indy, Beth rode Dudley, and Amanda rode Buckle.  They began their lesson by warming up on the flat and working on position as it relates to jumping. For the jumping portion they worked on trotting in and cantering out of a line.  Heather walked a line of jumps and discussed how you count strides and how lines are set and what factors go into how many strides a particular horse may get in a line.
Intern Megan Perry former team member who rode with success at both the regional level and higher in both hunt seat and western on the team stated: ” The lesson was great and sparked my interest to get back into riding more hunt seat again.”
Check back in for more updates as we approach the end of summer. See you all soon!

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