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Fall has Arrived at Miami Equestrian

It has been a fun week so far with MUET! The weather has been a bit tricky, but spirits are high as the team heads into fall with a fun packed schedule. This week featured appearances by team member’s parents, as well as a trip to a local fall favorite attraction!

As a team, we are very fortunate to have the support of so many of our parents and families. We had a wonderful weekend enjoying the company of students and their families as they visited for Miami’s Family Weekend!

Many riders and their parents stopped down to say hi and tour the barn on Saturday. Some students chose to ride and had the opportunity to demonstrate what they have been working on in lessons. Parents also had the opportunity to hear from Heather Pinnick, Director, and Kelly O’Bryan, Team President, about the facility, program, and future goals.


A big thank you to all of our MUET parents – we are so appreciative of your support!

On Wednesday evening, the team hosted a “team bonding event” at Butterfield Farms, a favorite local attraction.


While there, the group took a hay ride around the beautiful property. They had the opportunity to stop and feed some cows – a highlight of the night! After the ride, the group visited the farm market, where they purchased pumpkins, donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn. To finish of a fabulous fall evening, they roasted marshmallows for s’mores over a bonfire.


Thanks for sharing some of our fall adventures with us, and we hope to see you at our Hunt Seat home show next weekend, October 21st and 22nd


MUET Hunt Seat – First Show of the Season!


Our hunt seat team left last Friday evening and traveled to the Columbus area for their first Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association competition of the 2017-18 school year. The show was hosted by Ohio State University at the Sid Griffith Equestrian Center in Hilliard, OH. Read on to learn about their success, individual placings, and how the weekend unfolded!

After arriving bright and early to the show grounds, the team rallied together as new and returning members worked together to prepare for the day. With a little sparkle in their pockets the riders did their best and MUET had several blue ribbons the first day!


Shannon Allen prepares for her class on Balto

Here are some of the winning rides from day one:

Intermediate Fences – Sammy Houle – 1st

Intermediate Flat – Shannon Allen – 1st

Advanced WTC – Rachel Jamison – 1st

Beginner WTC – Olivia LeRoux – 1st

Novice Flat – Marely Vieta – 1st

Walk Trot-Alissa Martin-1st

MUET ended the first day Reserve Champion team. Way to go riders!

Saturday night the team celebrated their success with dinner and a trip to Equus Now, a local tack store and one of our sponsors. Team members browsed their fabulous selection of show clothes, boots, tack, and other accessories before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.

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Enjoying some shopping time at Equus Now!

Sunday’s competition began with more ribbons and team spirit. Here are some placings from Sunday’s show:

Open Fences – Julia Mason – 1st

Open Flat – Kelsey Fenger – 1st

Walk Trot – Alissa Martin – 1st

Intermediate Flat – Kreigh Elzey – 1st

Novice Flat – Lauren Hanny – 1st

Advanced WTC – Kristen Hards – 1st

The team ended the day in 3rd place.  Congrats riders!


Riley Christianson and Elizabeth Saccoliti showing their team spirit!

MUET Hunt Seat is looking forward to hosting the next IHSA show at Miami on October 21st and 22nd!





Western Team Bonds at Ohio State


Lauren White, Laura Kelly, and Lydia Yount, looking stylish and professional in custom shirts designed and created by our very own Coach Beth Frey!

On Sunday, September 24th, the western team competed at Ohio State University in their first IHSA show of the season! The OSU team hosted the double header event at Autumn Rose Farm.

The team left Saturday afternoon and traveled in vans together to Columbus. They stopped at Rod’s Western Palace to get hats shaped and to pick up some show clothing for new members. After completing their shopping, the team headed to Olive Garden for dinner. They enjoyed delicious food and good conversation, as new and returning team members got to know each other!


The team got to know one another over dinner at Olive Garden

Sunday morning dawned clear and sunny, and the team rose bright and early to head to the show. After setting up their canopy area, the team watched schooling and mentally prepared for the day. They competed in two shows – one AM show and one PM show.

During the AM show, the team found great success and learned a lot about their team and their riding.


Coach Beth Frey and Senior Lauren Martyn

Morgan Hillard won her Advanced class, and Collen Zeigman smoked the competition with a win in Novice. Claire Turner was 3rd in Intermediate 2 and pointed up to the next division! Lydia Yount rode fabulously and ended the morning as High Point Rider. Everyone else rode beautifully as well, with many ribbons earned. The team ended up Reserve High Point in the AM show. Congrats riders!

In the PM event, Kayleigh Bernow and Logan York led the way with wins in Intermediate 1 and 2. The team ended the show in 3rd place. Team members worked hard and rallied together to learn, observe, and ride their best. Way to go team!


Claire Turner, Logan York, Stingray, and TonkaHawk celebrating success!

Congratulations to the western team on a great first weekend away. They overcame several obstacles along the way (including scorching temperatures!), and worked together to overcome adversity, demonstrating maturity and professionalism throughout the weekend. They arrived home tired, but accomplished, with knowledge and understanding of their next steps towards their goals.

MUET Western hosts their home show on Sunday, November 5th!


The Dressage Company – Schooling Show at Miami Equestrian Center


Lizzie Luh and Lexus

What a weekend! Both the Dressage and Western teams had eventful, competition filled Sundays. More to come on the Western show, but for now, read on to hear about the success our riders and horses found at the TDC show hosted at our very own Miami University!


Morgan Maison and Uno with Coach Courtney Previte

45 horse and rider pairs competed in the first ever dressage schooling show hosted at Miami University. This show was part of the Queen City Dressage Circuit series and was open to local competitors of all ages. Many hours of planning and preparation went in to the weekend, and we are very grateful for the support of our volunteers and staff!


Mariah Knagg and Calvin

13 rider and horse pairs from Miami University competed in the show. They found great success in all of their classes! Many students met personal goals and all achieved scores to be proud of.


Madelyn Hanson and Hannibal

The day began with Intro Level, where Miami riders and horses Keara Sonntag and Stellar, Lizzie Luh and Lexus, and Kayla Victor and Paris opened the day with several high scores and earned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the class! Way to go girls!


Keara Sonntag and Stellar

Next came Training Level, where Miami was wonderfully represented by several talented pairs. Mariah Knagg rode Calvin to a lovely 70% win. Maya Vulcan and Thor owned the arena with a blue ribbon and high score in Training 1 and many compliments on Thor’s impressive size and movement. Emily Van Zeeland and Reggie and Maddy Guthrie and Toby rode beautifully and completed lovely tests in Training 2 and First 1. Congrats riders!


Emily Van Zeeland and Reggie

In First Level, Saige Sparks and Cash and Emily Grzeda rode First Level Test 3 for the first time and finished with fantastic scores. Mariah Knagg and Calvin and Emma Schiedt and Lexie rode First Level Test 1 for the first time to great success. Kayla Kramer rode Baron and Madelyn Hanson competed with Hannibal, both meeting personal goals and showing improvement throughout their tests. Good job ladies!

Congratulations to all riders! And a huge thank you to all staff and students who participated in and volunteered for this event. Your hard work is greatly appreciated – we could not have done it without you!


Miami Travels To Country Heir

Last weekend nine Miami riders traveled to Country Heir for their September USEF national show. Eight university horses and one personal horse made the trip and each came home with wonderful ribbons.


The jumpers started Miami out on the right foot with awesome rides on the first day of competition. Kelsey Fenger and Calvin Benning were champion in the low child/adult jumper division, with Amy Knox and Thorwald following close behind in the reserve champion spot.

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Amy Knox with Thorwald pictured left, Kesley Fenger with Calvin Benning pictured right

Freshman Samantha Houle also brought her personal mount, Contender’s Blessing, known as Con Air, and was reserve champion in the child/adult jumpers. We loved getting to know a little bit more about Sammy and Con Air!


Sammy and her horse Con Air

We also had six hunters competing across various divisons. Freshmen Katie Byrum, Lauren Tillman, and Chloe Weber all competed in the intermediate division with Miami horses. Katie rode Pleiades to a sixth place finish in the intermediate children’s classic, as well as a second in an intermediate trip, among other ribbons. Chloe and Count the Cash were a great pair and came home with many placings, including a third in the first round of the intermediate adult classic. Finally, Lauren and Artistic, known as Lexus in the barn, had awesome trips as well, including a third place finish in the intermediate adult classic.


Lauren and Lexus featured left, and Chloe and Cash featured right

Intern Carlo Costanzo braved his first show outside of IHSA on Idlehour Big Ben and is excited for the next show already! Carlo and Ben received many ribbons, including a fourth in the limit equitation on the flat.

Last but not least, Meaggan Niesen and Ashley Dowler competed in the adult hunter division. Meaggan and Varsity, known as Charlie, had an awesome weekend and finished champion of the division with some beautiful rounds. Ashley and Aventuur, known as Baron had a successful weekend finishing second in the adult classic and won an adult trip as well. Baron was happy to be back to the horse show life after some time off!


Meaggan and Charlie


Ashley and Baron

Miami had a great time at Country Heir, with happy horses, excellent riding, and many lessons learned. We are already looking forward to our next adventure to the World Equestrian Center in November!

MUET Team Roster 2017-18


We are back in full swing with a sizable roster! Tryouts finished up this week after a few rain delays, and we are excited to share our completed roster for Fall 2017. Check out the rosters below, and get ready to cheer on all of these riders throughout the semester!


Hunt Seat Roster

Dressage Roster

Western Roster

We welcome all our riders, returning and new, back to an exciting year at the barn. Get set for lessons, team travel, service opportunities, and intercollegiate competitions!

Welcome to the family! 


Miami Bound 2017

What an exciting week! Miami Bound Equestrian 2017 is officially a wrap.


41 students participated in this years Miami Bound program

We welcomed 41 freshman students to our MUET family with a week of riding, learning, and fun. The students had the opportunity to move in to campus early and get settled before the rush of the new school year began.

We began Monday evening when the students joined us for a brief ride and a pizza party. Current exec members joined the staff to welcome the new students and teach them the ropes!

Tuesday began bright and early with the group’s first official riding lesson.


Coach Heather Pinnick with Tess and Shannon, and their lovely mounts Toby and Pizarro

Riders of all skill levels practiced transitions, ring figures, and basic warm up activities. Throughout the week, topics such as equine riding terminology, proper equitation, and arena etiquette were discussed in all lessons. Riders had the opportunity to ride many different types of horses in order to become more comfortable with the lesson structure at Miami.


Happy and tired after a fun lesson!

Students also had the opportunity to work in the barn, learning and practicing tasks such as stall cleaning, feeding, sweeping, and basic farm chores. They received demonstrations on lunging, feet packing, and wrapping to complete their week of equine education.

In the evenings, the students participated in various activities hosted by the upperclassmen. On Tuesday, the group traveled to Goggin Ice Center for an evening of fun on the ice!


MUET skates!

On Wednesday, the students tapped into their creative sides at You’re Fired, a local pottery place.

We had a blast working with everyone this past week, and we are so excited for the upcoming year! Welcome again to all our incoming freshmen, and we look forward to seeing our upperclassmen back next week!





We are so excited to welcome the class of 2021 on Thursday August 24, 2017 and to once again participate in the #MoveinMiami fundraising event.  #MoveinMiami is a 24 hour online giving event.  Through generous donor support, we were able to achieve our fundraising goal last year.  Take a look at the new items that were purchased for the facility: 2016 Impact Video.  We are so lucky to have such a supportive group of alumni, parents, and friends of equestrian.

This year our focus will be on raising funds for a therapeutic magnetic and massage blanket and leg wraps, and therapeutic back pads to be sure all of the horses are comfortable.  Please visit 2017 Program Goals to see our page and make your donation.

#GrabtheReins and make your donation today!!

Valley Riders Open Show


The sun sets on a great day of riding. L to R:  Sarah Hasasneh/Tonka; Megan Ashbrook/Jellybean; Coach Beth Frey; Allson Ward/Gambler

The Miami Equestrian Western Team kicked off the 2017-2018 season with a trip to the Valley Riders Open Show in Franklin, IN.  Team members Allison Ward, Sarah Hasasneh and Megan Ashbrook loaded up Gambler, Tonka, and Jellybean for the journey into Hoosier lands.
They brought along Adam “Coach” Akers and Molly to join them in the youth walk/jog class.  The show was not only large, but also double judged, allowing the riders to receive two judges’ perspectives.

Molly struts her stuff in the youth walk/jog

The Miami riders first class of the show was Novice Western Pleasure, where each rider had a sound performance in their first ever pleasure class.  It was a great opportunity to learn to work ring traffic in a large group.
Next up was the Adult Horsemanship class where Miami riders dominated the group.  Under Judge “A”, Megan Ashbrook and Jelly took the blue, Sarah Hasasneh and Tonka 3rd, and Allison Ward  and Gambler 4th.  Under Judge “B”, Sarah Hasasneh took first place, Megan Ashbrook 2nd, and Allison Ward 5th.
“I was so proud to take these ladies to this show.  The horsemanship class was a great example of what we’ve been working toward together, ” said Coach Beth Frey.
After Horsemanship, Miami riders took on the “Ranch Riding” class.  In this class, horses and riders complete an involved pattern with turns, lead changes, changes of gait and speed.  All Miami riders met the challenge and completed the pattern accurately and with minimal penalties.
Western team captain, Megan Ashbrook and Jelly did their first reining pattern together, earning many positive marks in their pattern.

Allison Ward’s dog, Mia, relaxes in the hot sun

The day was hot, and the horse show long, but the Miami riders and horses demonstrated great teamwork, resilience, and learned a lot along the way.  Megan Ashbrook said, “We definitely need to do more of this! It was great to be able to go back into the ring to improve from class to class.”

Majestic Farm USDF Show


The final horse show of the summer season has come and gone, and once again Miami riders have found great success!

Equestrian team riders Emily Grzeda and Saige Sparks, along with Coach Courtney Previte, traveled to Majestic Farm in Batavia, OH for the Hotter Than Blue Blazes USEF/USDF competition this past weekend.


Emily and Russell (“Ursel”) competed at First Level. The pair had their highest score of the summer, earning a 70% at First Level Test 1, and Emily has now earned both required First Level scores for her USDF Bronze Medal. Congrats Emily and Russell!

Saige and Cash (“Count the Cash”) competed at First Level and won 3 out of their 4 classes. Saige has also completed the requirements for her First Level scores for her USDF Bronze Medal. She and Cash have worked hard to become stronger, more capable athletes and their determination has paid off! Way to go Saige and Cash!


Way to go Hannibal and Courtney!

Courtney and Hannibal made their Second Level debut and earned BOTH required scores for the USDF Bronze Medal, as well as several very high scores in other tests, earning them a ribbon in every class. One judge even stopped Courtney after the test to remark on how much she liked Hannibal and the nice test they performed.


All three riders are extremely grateful to Miami University and for all of the support they have received over the summer.

“I am so thankful for the support and enthusiasm shown by Coach Heather Pinnick and the rest of the Equestrian staff. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful people and horses, and I couldn’t be happier with how the summer showing has gone. We owe it all to the team of people working with us and providing us with these fantastic opportunities, as well as to these amazing horses.” – Coach Courtney Previte


Emily and Saige warming up for First Level

Our summer show season may be over, but we are SO excited for the rest of the team to return and begin our school year season! MU…ET!


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