The weekend of September 17th, Coach Heather Pinnick took eight MUET riders to compete at Country Heir II. Riders Allie Stuckey, Emma Alhalel, Shelby Metzger, Julia Mason, Amy Knox, Haley Hacala, Mallory Myers, and Samantha Long packed up the trailer on Thursday and drove to Fayetteville, Ohio. It was a fantastic weekend, with successes all around.
Senior Allie Stuckey rode Miami’s “Artistic”, aka Lexus, and had a fantastic weekend. The pair placed 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, and 5th in the Intermediate Adult Hunter, winning Reserve Champion of the division! The pair also competed in the Intermediate Equitation O/F, and placed 3rd in both of their classes.
Sophomore Emma Alhalel rode Miami’s Pleiades in the Intermediate Division, and placed 3rd in the Intermediate Adult Hunter 1st Round Classic and 5th in the Special Hunter.
Freshmen Shelby Metzger competed on Miami’s “Buckle Down”, aka Buckle, in the Limit Hunter division, and placed 3rd, 4th, 6th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 8th. The pair also competed in the Schooling Hunter, and placed 3rd!
Junior Julia Mason rode Miami’s “Calvin Benning”, aka Calvin, in the Adult Amateur Hunter division, and placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, as well as the Low Hunter’s and placed 8th. They also competed in the Ariat National Adult Medal and placed 3rd.
Junior Samantha Long rode Miami’s “Varsity”, aka Charlie, in the Adult Amateur Hunter’s and placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and won the NAL Adult Hunter Classic with a second round score of 88. Samantha also competed in the Ariat Adult medal placing 4th.
Freshmen Amy Knox rode her own horse “Simon Says” in the Junior Hunters and placed 1st, 3rd, and 7th, and won the hack making them Reserve Champion of the division. They also competed in the Medium Schooling Jumpers and placed 4th.
Sophomore Haley Hacala rode Miami’s “S.F. Carco”, aka Carco, in the Adult Jumper’s, and placed 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. The duo also placed 2nd in Schooling Jumper’s, and 4th in the NAL Classic!
Senior Mallory Myers competed Miami’s “Ruggero”, known around the barn as Reggie, in the Novice Adult Jumper’s, and placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Reggie was happy to be back in the ring at a horse show.
Amy Knox, Julia Mason, and Samantha Long all competed in their first USHJA Hunter Derby. Julia and Samantha just missed the cut off for the handy round.
Country Heir II dedicated a class to raise money for Brooklyn Sims, the daughter of a local trainer, Jeremy Sims. Brooklyn is battling an inoperable brain tumor. Allie Stuckey and Emma Alhalel both competed in the Ride for Brooklyn derby, all of the entries from which were donated to the family. Both girls were able to ride in the derby ring and jumps some of the derby jumps including the bank!
While Allie and Emma were helping support the Sims family by competing in the Derby, the rest of the team was doing their part by raising money for the family through a bake sale at the Phi Delt Gates. The team raised $500 to be donated to the family! If you would like more information on Brooklyn, or would like to donate to her treatment, please visit the Brooklyn’s Mighty Miracle Facebook Page.