Over the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, MUET’s Dressage team traveled to the rolling hills of Waverly, West Virginia to kick off the 2018-19 IDA season with a competition at Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre.
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association shows consist of two different types of classes – test riding and Dressage Seat Equitation. Each day began with the test riding and concluded with 4 divisions of DSE.
On Saturday, the team started out strong with great rides from all. Emily Shirley took 6th in the First Level division aboard a lovely quarter horse named Scottie. Emily Van Zeeland, Maya Vulcan, and Kendall Neubeiser took on the Upper Training division next. Emily placed 4th, Kendall placed 6th, and Maya was 1st with a 68.4%. Great job riders!
Keara Sonntag and Clyde, all smiles after their 1st place ride!
Keara Sonntag continued the great riding in the afternoon with another win, sending the team into first place. Hallie Goss took 3rd in the Intro division cinching the WIN for Miami!
In the Dressage Seat Equitation classes, rider Sage Crandall started the team off with a 1st place, while Maddy Guthrie earned 4th after a lovely ride. Maya Vulcan and Emily Van Zeeland rode in the Upper Training DSE division and demonstrated wonderful tact and ability. Sarah Kingsbury and Lizzie Luh took on the Lower Training division, followed by Hallie Goss, Madison Fowles, and Kayla Victor in the Intro class. Hallie won and the rest received great placings in the large classes.
The team celebrated their success with dinner at Olive Garden and returned to the hotel early to rest up for the next day.
On Sunday, the team once again put in strong rides. Despite a few setbacks and some lower scores, the team worked together to rally and help each other finish the day strong. The first level riders had fantastic rides aboard Lucas, a large grey gelding.
Kayla Kramer and Lucas
In the Upper Training, Maya Vulcan and Emily Van Zeeland earned a 5th and 6th respectively. Emma Scheidt rode Kermit in the Lower Training and placed 6th. Hallie Goss and Madsion Fowles rode in the Intro division and earned a 5th and a 2nd place.
Emily Van Zeeland and Ranger
In the DSE, all riders rode their best and cheered each other on. Maddy Guthrie won her class, and several other riders had great placings as well.
After a short two weeks, the team headed back out on the road to travel to Otterbein University.
The night before the show the team gathered to review their geometry and discuss how they would ride the next day. The group played “circle trivia”, which consisted of questions about the measurements of a dressage arena, the proper circle points, and overarching ideas to remember while riding each movement.
The following morning, Emily Shirley started the team off with a gorgeous ride aboard Otterbein’s horse Flynn in the First level, earning a close 2nd place. Maddy Guthrie rode a newer horse, Annabelle, in a lovely test
Emily Van Zeeland and Ella Trowbridge (making her IDA debut) represented in the Upper Training aboard Lucas and Jerry, while Keara Sonntag rode Blake in the Lower Training division.
Hallie Goss and Madison Fowles finished out the test riding on Calero and Limerick, earning 5th and 2nd place respectively.
In the DSE, Sage Crandall started the team off strong with a first place finish aboard Louie. Other notable placings in the DSE included a 4th from Emily Van Zeeland, and a 4th for Kayla Victor.
Sage Crandall and Louie celebrating the win!
After the show, the team headed to dinner and then once again gathered together to discuss strategies for the next day. One rousing pep talk later, the group spent a few hours playing get-to-know-you games to further increase their team spirit.
Their hard work paid off, and Sunday the team started strong and supported each other through every class.
Emily Shirley rode Flynn once again, and after perfecting a few moves in the warm up ring, rode to a first place finish. Congrats Emily!
The riders in Upper Training brought the heat as well, with strong rides from Kendall Neubeiser, Maya Vulcan, and Emily Van Zeeland, sending the team into second place going into the afternoon.
Emma Scheidt and Avery Comar rode in the Lower Training, where Emma earned a 5th place and Avery a 6th in her very first IDA show.
Hallie Goss and Calero in the warm up ring with coach Courtney Monarch
The Intro riders finished up the day with stunning rides – Hallie Goss earned a 1st place aboard Calero, and Madison Fowles was 2nd aboard Mick, vaulting the team into a tie with Otterbein! Congrats to the riders for coming together and riding their best in some tough competition.
In the DSE, Sage Crandall once again earned the blue ribbon aboard Louie. Freshmen Morgan Shenk, CiCi Terry, and Claire Lamphear rode in their very first IDA classes and did very well. Maya Vulcan earned another blue in the Upper Training, ending the day on a positive note for Miami.
Lizzie Luh all smiles in her DSE class
Overall, while the team faced some challenges during the beginning of their season, they rose to the occasion and finished the semester strong and in a great place to begin again in the spring.
Stay tuned for news about our Western team’s end of the semester!
Also, check out these videos from dressage team member Hallie Goss, highlighting memorable moments from Otterbein’s show!