University of Tennessee Martin Scrimmage
This fall Miami had an opportunity to participate in a scrimmage with the University of Tennessee Martin. The team competed in a NCEA style competition, which differs from its IHSA counterpart in that it is a head to head competition between two teams. Each rider is paired with a rider from the other school, and they both do the course or pattern on the same horse. Each class is worth a point, and whichever rider gets the highest score takes that point for their team. The Western and Hunt Seat team work together to earn points in individual classes, and the combined points determine the placing at the end of the day.
Miami scored 5 points overall, the highest they have scored against UT Martin in any of their previous scrimmages.Lauren Martyn scored the team 1 point in reining on a horse named Trash. Lydia Yount and Erin Bosse each earned Miami 1 point in their horsemanship classes. Rachel McConnell and Gabrielle Smoller both won points for Miami over fences.
The team had a great time and rode beautifully, and it was fantastic for some of the Hunt Seat and Western team to get the chance to travel together, something that rarely happens. Overall, it was an awesome experience, and we look forward to UT Martin potentially making the trip to Miami next year!