This summer, Miami Equestrian Team Members have been doing all sorts of amazing things. We caught up with a few of our team members and found out what they have been up to.
Miami Hunt Seat Rider Carlo Costanzo:
“In between lessons at home this summer I have gone to a couple horse related events. Horsefest at Lake-metroparks Farmpark was fun. I saw a lot of minis and carriages and I also got to meet some different breeds of horses including a Clydesdale. A couple weeks ago I volunteered at the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic where I did everything from cut watermelons to help in clinics. I also had a blast meeting Bernie Traurig and watching the Cleveland Grand Prix. To cap it all off, I have the opportunity to come back to Miami for a weekend for lessons.”
Miami Dressage Rider Kirsten Drew:
She spent last semester studying abroad in Europe. She went to Miami’s Luxembourg campus, and was able to go to 14 different countries. If you want to hear more about her adventures abroad, she blogged about it! Visit her blog: Jet Set Brunette
Since returning to the States in May, Kirsten has leapt right back into the show ring. This summer, she got her Bronze Medal with her horse Redlight Roxanne and her trainer Karla Forrer’s horse Marked by Fame , and is spending the rest of the summer showing 4th level. She will be showing at Down Centerline 3 & 4, August 8th and 9th in Delaware, Ohio. If your in the area, be sure to go cheer her on! We are definitely glad to have her back next semester. Congratulations Kirsten!
Miami Western Team rider Lauren Marytn:
“This summer I studied abroad for 8 weeks in Spain. For 6 of the 8 weeks, I lived with the Castañón Aguilar-Galindo family in Gijón, Spain, where I attended classes 5 days a week. In the final two weeks, I completed El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James) in which I biked and hiked 250+ kilometers from Oviedo to Santiago. I was also fortunate enough to travel to cities like Barcelona, London, Lisbon, Seville, Toledo, and Salamanca. This experience was truly unforgettable!”
Miami Western Team Captain Zach LeCompte:
“I have spent the majority of this summer in Oxford performing undergraduate research, taking classes and working as an RA. In the near future I plan to unplug in Tennessee and Florida for a few weeks before returning to Oxford for the school year. In terms of riding I have spent the summer riding at the barn on campus, getting to spend lots of quality bonding time with Brandi as well as Tonka and enjoying the occasional heartfelt reunion with Joe and preparing to take my first full year in Intermediate by storm.”
Student Staff Leader Ethan Gaston:
Miami Dressage Rider Spencer Clark:
Spencer has been spending his last few summers out west working on a ranch. He has even been photographed by National Geographic.