Regionals Review: RedHawks Rout
Miami Equestrian had a great weekend at IHSA Regionals, with riders from the hunt seat and western teams competing at the Sid Griffiths Equestrian Center.
Starting the hunt seat team off with a solid performance, Jackie Yeager won Open Fences and took second to RedHawk Allie Drost in the Open Flat. Congratulations ladies! Charlotte Tate took the blue in Intermediate Flat and Dani Ross was victorious in Walk Trot Canter. All of these riders will move on as individuals to Zones at Lake Erie College on April 5th, where the Miami hunt seat team will also be competing for a slot at Nationals.
Helmet maker Samshield has recently become a sponsor of the IHSA, and all hunt seat regional winners received a new helmet from Samshield as part of their prize. In addition Smartpak donated gift certificates to both hunt seat and western regional winners.
Coach Beth Akers shared that “the western team practiced the four “P’s” prior to the show: Patience, Preparation, Posture, and Postive Attitude. Their efforts were rewarded as each rider had a great ride and great pattern. I couldn’t have been more proud.” Congratulations, western team! Beth says, “All rode extremely well. Rocked their patterns.” In the novice Horsemanship, Megan Perry will represent Miami, and in the Intermediate Horsemanship, Sam Kershner will be competing at West Texas A&M Semi-Finals.
Courtney Johnson earned the brass bottom award for schooling six horses, scribing, and being the ring steward all show.
Other schoolers were Zach LeCompte and Katie Reed. “Zach’s mom stepped it up a notch by making homemade horse cookies (looked like horses, not made of horse)” Beth clarified. Those cookies must have done the trick! Of course, Screech the Hat and Beth’s lucky swords were in attendance as well.
Congratulations to all the riders on a successful show season and Regionals show!