News from Far Away and Close to Home
What happens when a Redhawk flies south? She leaps to new heights!
Senior Kitty Sarosy represented Miami Equestrian this weekend at the NCEA Equitaiton Challenge. The competition took place during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. This invitational event consisted of sixteen schools from across the country, each school bringing one rider. Kitty was one of only two IHSA riders, with the rest competing in the NCEA. Many of the riders had extensive experience competing in the equitation world. Riders competed over fences of up to 3’6″ on horses donated by equestrian professionals in the Wellington area. The format for the competition was a head to head bracket system. All sixteen riders competed in the preliminary round with the eight winners moving on the the final rounds later that evening. The remaining riders competed in a consolation bracket.
Kitty competed in all three rounds of the consolation bracket. She rode a variety of horses through challenging courses that required her to adapt her ride each time in the ring. The final round of the consolation bracket was between Kitty and Kansas State rider, Rachel Webster. Kitty brilliantly guided her horse, CasaNova, through the challenging course, receiving a score or 85 and clinching the win. She was presented her ribbon and award in the International Ring by Martha Jolicoeur that evening.
Check out Kitty’s performance during the final round!
While Miami Equestrian continues to excel while away, the contractors continue to work hard to bring the Redhawks back home. Most of the major construction to the barn is now complete and some of the finishing touches are being added. The tack room, which will have spots for both team and KNH equipment, is starting to come together with the installation of bridle hooks and saddle racks:
Pretty soon the only thing left to to do will be to fill the barn with the smell of leather and hay, the clip clop of hooves on concrete, the nickering of horses, and the faces of teammates, coaches, and friends.