Hunt Seat at Ohio University: MUET Freezes Competition Sunday
This past weekend the hunt seat team bundled up to head to Stonegate Farm, Ohio University’s equestrian facility, in their first horse show of 2014. Fortunately, all the off site riding has kept their skills tip-top and the double header show was a great success for the Redhawks. Coaches Lori and Heather brought their best good luck in the form of a special ‘lucky banana’- the first fruit ever to ensure a win for MUET. In the words of head coach Heather Pinnick, “We needed a prop for Sunday, but rode the bus so didn’t have a car to go to the store. We each had a banana from breakfast. There was happy banana, sad banana, chest bump banana, and then everyone got their boot rubbed with the bananas.” Who says lucky charms have to fit preconceived notions? The bananas worked: MUET took home the win on Sunday by a landslide 44 points.
On Saturday, the fierce MUET riders tied for Reserve High Point Team with some excellent riding including debut rides for some team members. Kelsey Williamson, a veteran Redhawk, showed in her first Open Flat class and earned second place. We brought home lots of blue ribbons on the flat Saturday, including riders Emma Marcum, Terra Organisciak, Ashley Dowler, Sydney Walsh, Kayla Akers, and Stefani Manchick (congratulations ladies!).
In the words of team captain Jessi Thorne, “we dominated Novice Fences both days!” with wins from Abby Postle, Rachel McConnell, Taylor Myers, Ashley Dowler and Alex Roe (won her class Saturday and Sunday).
In the cross rail division MUET delivered multiple victories. Sydney Walsh, MUET President Danielle Paulson (won her section both days), Taylor Swan, and Allie Stuckey all won their respective sections. Watch out, Zone 6: we’re heating up in the jumping classes!
MUET Vice President Allie Drost was High Point Rider on Sunday with a win in Open Flat & a second in Open Fences- congratulations Allie! Jackie Yeager also delivered a strong showing Sunday with a win in Open Fences. Flat classes went smoothly for the Redhawks Sunday, with wins brought home by Madison Enderson, Rachel McConnell, Krysten Kasting, Ellie Paulsen, Helena Kervinen, and Rachel Flake.
Winning a horse show is a team effort, and everyone from the walk-trotters to the open riders play a large role. Congratulations to Heather and the whole hunt seat team on another red hot win.
All three teams are showing this weekend (a logistical feat of epic proportions!) and if the OU show is any indication, MUET is on the trail to more victories. Winter? We didn’t even notice.