Alumni Updates: What Have They Been Up To?
Miami University has some incredible alumni, and we are proud to say that our equestrian alumni are no exception. We caught up with some of the impressive graduates to see what they have been up to since they left Miami.
Jenny Tatum Kaeppler, class of 1992, has started eventing on her 14 year old Oldenburg mare, Libby. Together they won their first beginner novice horse trial this spring and are scheduled to ride in their first USEA recognized event in a few weeks. They have been having a blast riding cross country. They have even been having, to her surprise, a lot of fun learning and showing the dressage piece of eventing, and says one day dressage will look very enticing as a full time pursuit when she is no longer brave enough for cross country. We wish Jenny and Libby the best of luck as they continue to explore the eventing world.
Carly Bowman, class of 2011, has been competing on her horse Whizzin on A Star, also know as Virgirl. Virgirl is a 6 year old gelding currently under the guidance of Shawn Flarida. They compete in NRHA Entry Level 1, or green, and they also compete in Rookie level 1 classes. They are doing great so far, having won the green Reiner 2 at the Clayton Woosley and the green Reiner 1 at the buckeye reining series. We wish Carly good luck as she continues showing and heads to the Congress, where she will be show Virgirl in the novice amateur and the rookie and Shawn Flarida will show him in the senior division.
Amy LeRoy Knecht graduated in 2009 and is currently leasing a 14 year old AQHA mare, Gorgeous In Gray, aka “Gracie.” She’s an all-around horse with lots of show experience in western and english events, and she placed in the finals at Congress last year in pleasure driving. She’s boarded at a small private farm, Del Re’ Quarter Horses, in Groveport, OH. Amy has had Gracie since June 2015 and just took her to Amy’s first show since her IHSA days. They showed in 4 classes at the Reality Dreams open show in Lancaster, OH on August 9th and placed 2nd in Beginner Walk Trot Horsemanship, 3rd in Open Walk Trot Horsemanship, and 2nd in Beginner Western Horsemanship. She plans to continue to show Gracie at local open shows. Good luck to Amy and Gracie!
Congratulations to Victoria Cooke, class of 2015, on the official purchase of her first horse! Bay is a Thoroughbred Warmblood cross that Tori has been leasing for the last year. This summer, they have been sweeping the competition in every show they have attended, earning First Place in Intro A, Intro B, and Intro C at USDF Majestic View, and First Place in both Intro C and Training 1 at the Majestic Farm Schooling Show in July. This was Tori’s first ever time competing at Training Level. Congratulations Tori on a great summer show season, and good luck with your move back to Virginia with your new boy!