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MUET Calendar 2017-18

Take a look at our upcoming year! The following calendar lists all of our currently scheduled events for the 2017-18 school year.

Mark your calendars now to join us for spirited competitions away and at home, as well as other exciting events throughout the year!



August 5 IEA Scrimmage

August 21-24: Miami Bound

August 27 Welcome Brunch 10:00-12:00

August 28: Fall Semester Classes Begin

August 29-Sept 1 Equestrian Team tryouts

September 4: Labor Day, No Classes

September 8-10 Country Heir Farm Hunter/Jumper Show

September 15-17 Homecoming

September 16 Tournament of Champions-Randolph

September 23 Hike-A-Thon

September 24: Dressage Company Show @ Miami University

September 24 Ohio State University Western Doubleheader @ Autumn Rose Farm

September 30/Oct 1 Ohio State University Hunt Seat @ Sid Griffith Equestrian

Oct 6-8 Parent’s Weekend

October 13: NCEA Scrimmage with UTM @ Miami University

October 13-15: Fall Break, No Classes

October 21-22 Miami Hunt Seat Show @ Miami

October 28-29 IDA @ Otterbein (Tentative date)

November 5 Miami University Western Doubleheader @ Miami

November 9-12 Midwest Indoors Hunter/Jumper Show @ WEC

November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break

December 2 Tournament of Champions-University of Findlay

December 11-16: Fall Final Exams

January 2-27: J-Term

January 29: Spring Semester Classes Begin

February 10-11 Otterbein University Hunt Seat Show @ Otterbein

February 18 Combined Regional Western Doubleheader @ Wilmington

February 24-25 Ohio University Hunt Seat Show @ Ohio University

February 25 Wilmington Western Doubleheader @ Wilmington

March 4 IHSA Regionals @ Sid Griffith Equestrian: Hunt Seat AM/Western PM

March 17-18 Western Semi-Finals-Location TBD

March 19-25: Spring Break

April 7 Hunt Seat Zones @ Otterbein University

April 7-8 IDA @ Miami University

April 21 Team Gala

April 28-29 IDA Nationals @ Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio

May 3-6: IHSA Nationals- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

May 14-19: Spring Final Exams

We look forward to seeing you!

Welcome, Campers!


Our summer camp series is off to a fantastic start! Campers met our horses Monday morning and then enjoyed a week full of riding, learning, and camp activities.


To start, the campers learned about safety and how to properly handle their horse. They practiced haltering, leading, grooming, and saddling. Once their horses were ready, they headed out to the ring to practice skills like mounting, walking, jogging, and standing in their stirrups. As the week progressed, their skills improved and riding activities grew to include games and obstacle courses.


During their time out of the saddle, campers learned about other aspects of the horse world, including colors and markings, stall cleaning, bathing, feeding and nutrition, and general horse care and management. They made picture frames from real horse shoes taken off of our horses, took a nature hike to the nearby creek, and even spent some time painting bright colors on a few of their mounts. At the end of the week, the campers demonstrated their skills during a show for their parents. img_1822.jpg

We had a blast this week, made a bunch of memories, and can’t wait for the remaining weeks of summer camp. We hope to see you there!


To learn more about our summer camp program, or to register your child, visit and click on the “Programming” tab! 



Summer Begins


Ever wonder what happens at the barn after the students leave for the summer? Or what the staff is up to during the down time?

If you thought, “I bet it’s a very productive time of year!” then you would be correct!

The staff has been busy preparing for all of the adventures and learning the summer is bound to hold. Our summer camp programming starts in just a few short weeks and summer lessons are already in full swing.

Our first move was to send a group of the horses out to the pastures for some well-deserved vacation time. They have enjoyed the lush grass and sunny days with their buddies!


Thor majestically watches over the herd

With the horses out of the barn, we were able to prepare for the power washing that happens each year. The stalls are stripped, buckets taken down and scrubbed, and everything removed from the stall fronts so that the aisles and stalls can be fully washed.


Freshly washed and ready for the horses to move back in!

Next, the staff tackles facility areas like the tack room, to ensure everything is well organized and accounted for. They also perform a safety inspection on every piece of equipment used on our horses.


Finally, they begin preparing lesson plans, activities, and schedules for the rest of the summer. Summer camp runs for 7 weeks and is open to riders aged 8-18. Campers learn to ride and work in the barn, as well as take part in lots of other fun activities, like horse painting, nature scavenger hunts, and crafts galore, including a picture frame made from a real horse shoe.

Summer lessons are also available to students and community members. Lessons in western, hunt seat, and dressage are offered, as well as opportunities for students to travel to horse shows if they desire.


Pizarro enjoying the view from his new home

For more information about our summer learning opportunities, check out and click on the “Programming” tab!

Senior Farewell

Final exams are complete, grades have been entered, and red caps and gowns have marched across campus in a celebration of achievements, goals, and dreams. The barn is now quiet; the horses are settling in for a long summer after a week of exuberant final rides and bittersweet goodbyes.

Take a look at some of the farewell festivities shared by MUET over the past few weeks!


Senior MUET riders. From left: Kylie Fleming, Madison Enderson, Mallory Myers, Allie Stuckey, Lexie Eagleson, Ashley Dowler, Rachel McConnell, EJ Robbins, Kirsten Drew, Natalie Davis, Elizabeth Foster, Kelsey Poleyeff, Sarah Laane, Carlo Costanzo

On April 23rd we celebrated our graduating class with a musical showcase performance. The seniors and coaches worked hard to prepare the event, spending many hours choreographing, practicing, and preparing music. 15 riders performed in the event that showcased individual talents as well as a group dynamic that made for a stunning show. 3 different acts were featured – a dressage quadrille, a jumping drill team, and a drill comprised of both hunt seat and western performers.


Rachel McConnell and Charlie looking picture perfect over the new Miami Pulley Tower jump

Each group showcased different aspects of team riding, whether they incorporated signature drill team moves, performed difficult synchronized figures, or highlighted different aspects of each disciplines’ training. After the final act, the riders joined together to ride around the ring in a celebration of team unity, school spirit, and unending love for the horses and the sport.

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Senior riders with coaches Heather Pinnick, Beth Frey, and Courtney Previte, along with President Crawford and Dr. Crawford

Check out the videos of the performance here:

Hunt Seat/Western Drill Team

Jumping Drill Team

Dressage Quadrille

Showcase Finale

Among our valued guests were President Crawford and his wife, Dr. Crawford, who paid us a visit to watch the performances and visit with the students and horses.


Bailey getting some head scratches from President Crawford


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The Crawfords with Director Heather Pinnick and seniors Rachel McConnell, Ashley Dowler, and Mallory Myers

Thank you to everyone who participated or attended the event!

We want to extend a special congratulations to all of our seniors, as we wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors. We hope they know that they will always be a part of our MUET family!

IHSA Nationals 2017


The hunt seat and western teams have just returned from the Intercollegiate National finals hosted at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.  We were fortunate this year the event was close to home and in such a wonderful venue to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IHSA.  Miami also brought six hunt seat horses to compete at the show.


Beth showing off the teams represented at Nationals

Thursday brought a great day of competition as Mallory Myers showed in the Intermediate on the flat placing 5th, riding Emory and Henry’s Ruben. Victoria Jenkins won the walk trot canter aboard Emory and Henry’s Donny.

The western team members also had a successful showing at Nationals: Lauren Martyn showed in the Open Horsemanship placing 7th, on Khody provided by Alfred University and Lydia Yount placed 9th in the Advanced Horsemanship riding Ricky Bobby provided by SUNY Cobleskill.

The students and horses enjoyed a great week of the beautiful scenery the horse park had to offer.  We even found time to celebrate Coach Heather Pinnick’s birthday!

IDA Nationals 2017

On April 28th, dressage riders Kirsten Drew, Kelsey Poleyeff, Emily Grzeda, Sarah Kingsbury and Coach Courtney Previte hopped on a plane to New Jersey to represent MUET at IDA Nationals at Centenary University.   Kirsten competed in the quiz challenge and placed 4th.  The team attended the carnival themed Nationals Banquet Friday evening, where the draw for individual competition occurred, and the team ate delicious food and posed for pictures at the photo booth.


Saturday was the individual competition, where Kirsten Drew competed in First Level.  Kirsten rode Bordento, and placed top ten in the nation! After Kirsten’s ride, the team had some free time before the awards ceremony, so they explored the town of Clinton, NJ. It was an adorable little town on a river, with an old red wool mill that makes for a picturesque landscape. After lunch at a unique train themed diner and some exploring, the team traveled back to Centenary for the awards. After the ceremony, the whole team and their families went to dinner at a fantastic Italian restaurant.

Sunday brought on the team competition beginning with Kirsten Drew in the first level test, she rode Romeo provided by Cazenovia College and placed fifth.  Kelsey Poleyeff rode next in the upper training on a horse named Willow provided by Centenary placing 12th in the class.  After the lunch break we began with Emily Grzeda in the lower training who placed 5th on  Paramore provided by Centenary.  Finishing out the day in the intro class was Sarah Kingsbury riding Chester provided by Centenary University.  Sarah and Chester finished up in 7th place.  The team finished up in 8th place in the country!  Great job Redhawks!


Kirsten Drew and Bordento


Kelsey Poleyeff and Willow


Emily Grzeda and Paramore








Sarah Kingsbury and Chester


MUET 2017 Gala


The Miami University Western Team (with special guest Edgar)

On April 22nd, MUET hosted our annual Gala at Hueston Woods, where we had a night full of reflection, food, and laughter. Our coaches gave a hilarious summary of our year involving emergency hats and personalized MUET Stickers, five of our seniors gave heartfelt speeches, and the team awarded scholarships and superlatives to some of it’s members. Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners:

Rachel McConnell – Citro Award

Megan Ashbrook- Scout Scholarship

Kelly O’Bryan – Truman Award

Allie Stuckey – Graduating Member

Sarah Kingsbury – Returning Member

Keara Sonntag – Smokescreen Award

Congratulations also to our Amy Schenkel scholarship winners!

Amanda Hayes-Puttfarcken

Emily Simanskis

Sarah Kingsbury

Madeline Zinkl

Jill O’Bryan

Madison Ramba

Lauren Martyn

Megan Ashbrook


The Miami University Dressage Team

We also put on a silent auction and raffle as our annual fundraiser for the team. Thank you so much to all of the people who donated to the Silent Auction, and to all who purchased raffle tickets and won baskets!

Amanda Wasser

Anderson Family

Ashbrook Family

Drew Family  

Fitzgerald Family

Hacala Family


Knagg Family

Knox Family

Lawler Family

Martyn Family

Maison Family

McConnell Family

O’Bryan Family  (Jill O’Bryan)

O’Bryan Family  (Kelly O’Bryan)

Poleyeff Family

Shea Family

Sontagg Family

The Coaches

The Team

Ziegman Family


Hunt Seat riders Ashley Dowler, Kelly O’Bryan, Rachel McConnell, and Jill O’Bryan

Thank you to everyone who attended, and everyone who worked hard to make the night go off without a hitch! Special thank you to Julia Mason, the teams PR chair, who planned the whole night. It was a great night, and we are so happy that we were able to share the special event with team members and their families.

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MUET Hunt Seat Riders Take Zones

MUET Hunt Seat Team sent four riders to compete at the Zone 6 Finals at University of Findlay on April 8th. The team left Friday afternoon, and stopped at Outback Steakhouse for a dinner. Riders Julia Mason, Tory Jenkins, Kelsey Fenger, and Mallory Myers represented MUET on Saturday, and all rode beautifully!


Here are the individual results:

Tory Jenkins was Champion in Walk Trot Canter! Tory will be representing MUET at IHSA Nationals.

Mallory Myers was Champion in Intermediate Flat, and will be headed to IHSA Nationals for a second year in a row.

Kelsey Fenger was 4th in Open Flat

Julia Mason was 6th in Intermediate Flat


Mallory Myers with her sister, MUET Alumni Taylor Myers

Congratulations on a great weekend to all of the riders, and good luck to Mallory and Tory as they prepare for IHSA Nationals May 4th-7th at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.  Tory and Mallory will show on Thursday May 4.

We hope you will all join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the IHSA throughout the week.

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MUET Dressage is Going to Nationals!


A beautiful sunrise to start a great show day!

On April 1st and 2nd, MUET hosted its annual dressage home show to finish out the IDA regular season. All of the early mornings, planning and prepping paid off, as the show went off without a hitch! The horses were beautiful and well-behaved, and gave their all to put in great tests. Our riders also put in some amazing tests, winning Reserve Champion Team on Sunday.

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Kirsten Drew on Reggie

Here are some of the placings from the weekend:

Kirsten Drew placed 1st in First Level both Saturday and Sunday

Emily Shirley placed 3rd on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday in First Level

Mariah Knagg placed 1st in Upper on Sunday, and was High Point Rider of the day

Kelsey Poleyeff placed 3rd in Upper on Sunday

Kendal Neubeiser placed 3rd in her first Upper test on Saturday

Emily Grzeda placed 2nd in Lower Training on Sunday

Morgan Hillard placed 1st on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday in Lower Training

Emily Van Zeeland

Emily Van Zeeland on Toby

Kirsten Drew placed 1st in First Level DSE on Saturday

Natalie Davis placed 3rd in First Level DSE on Sunday

Emily Van Zeeland placed 1st in Upper Training DSE on Sunday and 3rd on Saturday

Emma Scheidt placed 1st in Lower Training DSE on Saturday

Keara Sonntag placed 2nd in Lower DSE on Saturday

Jocelyn Ormsby placed 1st in Intro DSE on Saturday

The show on Sunday marked the end of the regular season, and the Regional Awards Ceremony took place at the end the day. There it was announced that…



MUET is the IDA Region E Champion, and will be sending a team to compete at Nationals April 28th-30th! We also had multiple riders place in the top ranks of their divisions.

Kirsten Drew placed 2nd in First Level in the region, and is in the running for a wildcard spot as an individual in First Level.

Emily Shirley placed 3rd in the region in First Level

Kayla Kramer placed 4th in the region in First Level

Emily Grzeda placed 3rd in the region in Lower Training

Sarah Kingsbury placed 3rd in the region in Intro

Saige Sparks placed 4th in the region in Intro

Jocelyn Ormsby was the Region Champion for Intro DSE

Emily Van Zeeland was the Region Champion for the Upper Training DSE

Seniors (2)

The dressage team Seniors Kirsten Drew, Natalie Davis, Kelsey Poleyeff, and Elizabeth Foster with coach Courtney Previte and MUET’s Hannibal

Congratulations to all on a great season, and good luck at Nationals!

Western 2017 Semi-Finals

Over spring break, Western riders Lydia Yount and Lauren Martyn flew to Texas A&M to compete in IHSA Western Semi-Finals!  When not horse showing they went to Palo Dura Canyon and took in the unbelievable landscape and enjoyed authentic Tex Mex cuisine.


Lauren competed in Open Reining and Open Horsemanship. Lauren placed 4th in Open Horsemanship, and qualified to compete in IHSA Nationals in May!

Lydia competed in Advanced Horsemanship, placed 4th and will also be competing in IHSA Nationals May 4-6 at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.17499265_10103677167678368_2036326430141325193_n

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