Time has gone by so quickly it is hard to believe we have completed a semester. It has been a busy time with construction, lessons and team travel. I know the students are relieved to have completed their exams and to be headed out to recharge for next semester. This year’s team is one of the largest to date and has had great success. The team has more freshmen than ever before and a graduating class that we, as coaches, wish would never leave. The Hunt Seat team is strong and gaining momentum with the addition of walk-trot riders, the wisdom of the upperclassmen and exceptional talent of the freshmen as they learn the ropes. The Western team just returned from the West Virginia Tournament with a reserve championship playing against 18 teams which included National Finalists. The Dressage team continues to grow in numbers as it welcomes many freshmen. They finished reserve champions in their last horse show.
The site work will be complete in early spring and will include a 14,000 square foot barn with 60 stalls, wash racks, team tack room, laundry room and feed room. An outdoor ring 150’x300’ with irrigation and drainage will also be ready for practices and competitions. The University has dedicated the fund for this project, as well as additional work this summer that will include a second outdoor ring and turn-out paddocks.
The future possibilities are no longer a vision, they are within reach. The site is ready for an indoor arena. All of the current upgrades have been designed to support such a facility. An indoor arena would expand course offerings, create consistency in practice schedules, attract excellent horse donations, bring high quality equestrian events to Miami, increase student and community interest as well as attract premier athletes. The University has indicated that the funds needed for an indoor arena must come from philanthropic efforts. It is important that a lead donor be identified to kick off a formal campaign from the University. I believe this person or persons exist within the Miami community through friends, families, alumni and/or the equestrian community. Please contact me with questions or ideas you have on this initiative. In the meantime, I am asking for your support in keeping the momentum of this project. Please keep Miami Equestrian in mind with any year-end charitable contributions. A website has been created www.forloveandhonor.org/GiveToEquestrian to assist in accepting gifts towards the future growth of equestrian at Miami. Have a safe and happy holiday.
We are looking forward to great things in 2013!
Lori Cramer Director of Riding Miami University