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Miami Goes Western

This summer, the coaches and interns are getting a new perspective on the three riding disciplines by taking lessons from one another. The coaches and interns of the Miami Equestrian Team switched it up a bit and all rode western in a lesson taught by coach Beth Akers.


Courtney, Heather, and Amanda giving a thumbs up after a great lesson.

Beth is an Experienced 4-H open show judge in IN, OH, MI and she judges/clinics 10-15 events in the summer months. She has shown in the AQHA arena with top ten Congress finishes, multiple ROM, and enjoyed traveling quite a bit before working at Miami.  She is looking forward to pursuing her AQHA card – once her kiddos are a bit bigger. She has two boys – Curtis 12 and Adam 8, who play travel hockey.  She is in her 12th year of coaching/teaching at Miami with multiple successful seasons with Regional Champions, Semi-Final Qualifiers, and Top Ten National finalists.

During the western lesson, Heather rode Tonka, Courtney rode Brandi, and Amanda rode Jellybean. They worked on connecting the horses and bringing the motion upward utilizing the horse’s haunch.  They worked on riding the horses from their leg to hand and creating self-carriage in the horses while keeping them straight.   Opening the hip angle was a big focus as well as using the entire leg.  Beth said everyone rocked it in the lesson.
Keep checking back in for more updates on what is happening at the Miami Equestrian Center this summer!

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