Regionals & Spring Quarter

After a long and tough day March 13th, 2011 at our very own Stonegate Farm for Regionals, Ohio University Equestrian Team is proud to announce that we will be taking four riders to Zones at Otterbein in April!

You may know Junior Sara Dziegielewski for several reasons. She’s our team Secretary for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school year, she’s been a dominating figure in the Open division for the past two years, and this year she captured the Zone 6 Region 2 Cachionne Cup! She competed in Regionals in the Open Fences division and put in a beautiful course, winning the class and securing her place at Zones! A huge congratulations to Sara on all her work so far this year!

Senior Hallie Seiser is known for being funny and our team safety officer, but she is also a beautiful rider. Her and her horse Ralph have come a long way in the four years she has been on the team and she is now competing with him outside of IHSA in the 3’6 classes at ‘A’ shows. After a very tough class in Intermediate Fences, she placed 2nd, paving her way to Zones, and hopefully Nationals this April!

OUET has many dedicated riders, but none more so than Freshman Anna Duble. She has made it a point to take more lessons, compete at more shows outside of IHSA, and work harder on her riding than any other member of the team. It has paid off well! Anna soared through Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter, winning class after class and making it look incredibly easy. At Regionals, she qualified in the first split to Finals, and excitedly mounted Flagg for the Finals class. After riding Flagg and switching horses with teammate Katie Martin and getting a chance to ride one of her favorites, Zen, Anna took 2nd and will make a very promising début at Zones!

Last, but certainly not least, is Junior Katie Martin. If you recognize her name, it’s because Katie Martin will not only be Vice President of the team next year, but she is also the current reigning National Champion in Walk/Trot. Katie’s riding has always been one step ahead of her competition, and Regionals was no different for her. She made the first split of her class look simple, easily making it into Finals on a horse she has regularly ridden in shows outside of IHSA, Avis. There she drew a horse she has also shown outside of IHSA, Zen. Clicking as usual, Katie was asked to switch with Anna riding Flagg. The judge switched these two for a reason, she had them placed 1st and 2nd! Katie rode Flagg beautifully, winning the Walk/Trot/Canter class and will be making yet another trip to Zones as an individual this year!

OUET is so very proud of these talented riders, our teammates and we cannot wait to see how they fare at Zones!

After Regionals, it is tradition for the year’s officers to hand off their responsibilities to the new officers. Junior Stephanie Framer will now be taking over the responsibilities of President and Senior Brittany Smith. Junior Katie Martin will now be handling Vice Presidential duties of Senior Kari Besler. Junior Megan Chalk takes over handling money and the Treasurer position of Senior Rachel Saunders. Senior Katie Montgomery is handing over the Community Service and Fundraising reins to Sophomore Chrissy Hunley.

And Sophomore Carly Klose will now be taking over for me, Senior Beckee Milton as Public Relations Chair. This marks my last post as an officer, and I am proud to hand over the blog, Twitter, Facebook, and webpage to Carly. Expect to hear a new voice when reading about OUET; Carly will do an amazing job keeping readers updated about OUET activities, horses, and riders! These last four years have been an incredible journey. I’ve met my best friends, ridden great horses, and shared experiences with an unforgettable team. There is nothing in the world that can compare to the fun, talent, and dedication of the OUET and it will be the thing I miss most about Ohio University when I graduate this Spring. I am in awe of how many genuine and fun people are on this team, and their passion for the sport, horses, and for each other is unrivaled by anyone else. I wish best of luck to all my teammates in the coming years, I know you guys will continue to amaze and wow the country and our school.


February 27-28 Otterbein Results

It was quite a long weekend, especially considering it was our last regular season show. The weather was chilly, but sunny skies kept us warm. Otterbein’s facility was beautiful, with a long arena, plenty of bleachers, easy to see view, and a warm, comfortable lounge with concessions. Below are the results for the Saturday and Sunday.

Open Fences Saturday was full of beautiful rides. Sara Dziegielewski was going into Sunday in 3rd place for Cacchione Cup. She was seven points behind the leader and three points behind 2nd place. This weekend would be critical for Sara if she was going to bring the title back to OU. After putting in a very impressive round, the judge called back Sara and Miami University Cacchione Rider(in 2nd place), Jamie Donovan to switch horses and complete an alternative course. After both riders completed their course, Jamie was placed 2nd, and Sara won! This put Sara tied with OSU rider Lauren Cechini with 46 points, and Jamie Donovan with 47 points!

In Intermediate Fences, Junior Emily Laurel placed 6th and Senior Hallie Seiser placed 4th, pointing her into Open Fences!

For the first section of Novice Fences, Sophomore Chrissy Hunley and Junior Katie Martin both drew impressive and fun horses. After putting together beautiful courses, Katie Martin placed 3rd, and Chrissy Hunley won! In the second section, Freshman Molly Hill placed 4th!

There were two Open Flat splits, with three OU riders in each one. For the first split, Senior Lauren Huefner placed 4th, and Senior Brittany Smith placed 2nd! In the 2nd split, Junior Emily Laurel placed 2nd, her first Open Flat class ever! Sara Dziegielewski was also in this class, placing 6th after her horse took a giant leaping buck through the arena, which Sara should be credited with riding through! After the flat phase, Cacchione points stood as follows: Lauren Cechini(OSU) – 49 points; Jamie Donovan(MU) – 49 points; Sara Dziegielewski(OU) – 47 points. The race would be this close Sunday as well!

There were also only two sections of Intermediate Flat. In the first section, Junior Stephanie Framer (and President next year) placed 5th, and Sophomore Carly Klose, [in her first Intermediate] class took 1st! In another very tough class, Sophomore Danielle King took 3rd and Senior Kari Besler won!

After four sections of Novice Flat, Senior Lisa Bernheim took 5th, Freshman Amy Allen placed 4th, and Junior Katie Martin placed 2nd!

Again with four sections, Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter held 8 OU riders. Freshman Sara Katula placed 3rd, Freshman Emily Neely placed 2nd, Freshman Jenna Martin placed 6th, Freshman Lauren Carton placed 4th, Junior Courtnee Blake placed 4th (pointing her into Novice!), Freshman Samm Kitchen placed 3rd, and Freshman Anna Duble won, putting her into Novice!

In Walk-Trot, OU only had one rider. Freshman Alyssa Bower drew a sweet Thoroughbred named Glenn and walked away with a 4th place!

OU placed 3rd for the day, but it was a long day and competition was tough!

On Sunday, we enjoyed 50 degree weather after a great night’s sleep at Brittany Smith and Aleesha Tartell’s homes. We thank their parents for having us crazy girls!

Open Fences was first, with the Cacchione Cup up for grabs in our Region! After a VERY tough round, Sara Dziegielewski placed 4th, leaving point standings at: Lauren Cechini (OSU) – 56 points; Sara Dziegielewski (OU) – 50 points; Jamie Donovan (MU) – 47 points. It was going to come down to flat to decide a winner!

In Intermediate Fences, Junior Stephanie Framer, in her first Intermediate Fences class, placed 5th, Junior Emily Laurel took 3rd, and Senior Lauren Huefner placed 2nd!

After two uneventful Novice Fences classes, Junior Megan Chalk places 4th and Senior Lisa Bernheim places 3rd! Great job ladies!

Cacchione Cup came down to the two splits of Open Flat. Sara Dziegielewski was in a different split than the other two riders, and it may have been the key. Senior Brittany Smith placed 5th, and Senior Lauren Huefner won, playing great defense and further cementing her skill in Open Flat. Neither Lauren nor Jamie placed in the class, leaving Sara needing to win her section of Open Flat to capture Cacchione! It was a very good class as well with Junior Emily Laurel placing 6th, Senior Hallie Seiser placing 5th, and Junior Sara Dziegielewski WINNING the class and capturing her first Cacchione Cup! We have been so excited since it happened and cannot wait to cheer her on at Nationals in May.

Again there were only two sections of Intermediate Flat this day. Freshman Carly Klose placed 4th, Sophomore Maddie Ray placed 6th, and Junior Stephanie Framer won! Congratulations!

Today there were 5 sections of Novice Flat with 7 OU riders in them. Freshman Amy Allen placed 6th, Junior Katie Martin placed 4th, Senior Lisa Bernheim placed 4th, Sophomore Chrissy Hunley placed 3rd (pointing into Intermediate!), Freshman Anna Duble placed 6th, Junior Megan Chalk placed 5th, and Freshman Molly Hill won!

Six OU riders were in Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter, all fairing excellently! Freshman Jenna Martin placed 4th, Junior Jacque Mayer placed 4th, Freshman Samm Kitchen placed 4th, Freshman Sara Katula placed 3rd, Freshman Lauren Carton placed 2nd, and Freshman Emily Neely won! Great job ladies!

In the only section of Walk/Trot, Freshman Alyssa Bower showed why she’s an asset to the team, easily winning the class!

At the end of the day, OUET was Reserve High Point Team, Senior Lauren Huefner won High Point Rider with 12 points, and Junior Sara Dziegielewski is going straight to Nationals to compete for the Cacchione Cup! A great finish to a great regular season!

Regional Qualifiers!

We had an exciting weekend at Otterbein with a lot of activity! More to come on that in the next post, but we have big news!

The riders listed below have received enough points (through placings) to move into the next division up. These riders are then qualified to ride at Regionals. At Regionals, if a rider places first or second, they move onto Zones. This year, we are fortunate enough to not only have many Regional qualifiers, but Regionals is being held at Stonegate Farms! They will be held March 13th, time TBD.

Cassie Metzger

Courtnee Blake
Megan Chalk
Anna Duble
Katie Martin
Sam Moffie

Novice Flat:
Stephanie Framer
Chrissy Hunley
Danielle King
Carly Klose
Maddie Ray

Intermediate Flat:
Emily Laurel
Beckee Milton
Hallie Seiser

Open Flat:
Sara Dziegielewski
Lauren Huefner

Novice Fences:
Kari Besler
Stephanie Framer
Danielle King

Intermediate Fences:
Hallie Seiser

Open Fences:
Sara Dziegielewski

We can’t wait to compete with a record 21 rides! Let’s hope that the greatest number of people can make it to Zones!

Rider Bio: Alyssa Bower

Name: Alyssa Bower
Major: Mechanical Engineering
10-11 Status: Freshman
Birthdate: June 2, 1992
Hometown: Parma Heights, OH
IHSA Division: Walk/Trot

Before college, Alyssa rode Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat Pleasure, however she only showed minimally at local shows in her area. Her main riding focus before college was her horse, Blaze. Blaze is a 15 year old palomino Peruvian Paso cross gelding who came from neglect. Alyssa changed Blaze from a bucking, rearing, biting, bolting horse, but claims her work is far from over. She says, “I’m hoping my experiences as part of the team will help me understand and train him better.” She also says that she joined the team because she never had the opportunity to show horses when she was younger and wants to be a better rider.

Alyssa’s horse, Blaze

Alyssa has already made her mark on the IHSA world. In September of this year she was selected to be a part of the OUET’s team for Invitationals in Baltimore, Maryland in the Walk/Trot division. It was her first IHSA show and against some of the biggest and toughest competition in the country and she did not disappoint. She received first place, winning 7 of OU Rufus’ 11 points that day. So far, Alyssa enjoys her IHSA experience, saying, “I like that I get to ride so many different horses that I never would have had the chance to otherwise.”

Alyssa has high aspirations. With her degree in Mechanical Engineering, she wants to get into the field of alternative energy technologies. She likes math, science, and solving problems, which led her to this discipline.

At Stonegate, Alyssa’s favorite horses are Zen and Sprac. “Zen was the first horse I had a lesson on at Stonegate, and I’ve ridden him a lot since.” She says she has learned a lot from Zen, and really adores his personality. About Sprac, Alyssa says she’s fun and just so very cute!

Rider Bio: Lauren Carton

Name: Lauren Carton
Major: Social Work
10-11 Status: Freshman
Birthdate: January 24, 1992
Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland
IHSA Division: Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter

Before coming to college this year, Lauren was actively riding and showing Hunters. She showed locally in Maryland, particularly through the Southern Maryland Horse Association and the Maryland Western Horse Association. About choosing to ride in college, Lauren says, “Riding is the staple in my life. Especially with school, I need it to keep me sane.” At home, Lauren has a Warmblood/Percheron Cross named Duke. She has owned him for two and half years, saying fondly of him, “I taught him how to jump this summer and we took Champion or Reserve Champion at every show we went to.” She hopes that Duke can come to Stonegate at the beginning of next year!

With her limited time in IHSA, Lauren has enjoyed it. “It really keeps things interesting because you just never know what kind of horse you’re going to draw.” However, when it comes to home, Lauren can’t pick a favorite. “They’re all so different but adorable!”


It’s that time of year again when we usher in a new group of officers to begin filling the shoes of our current ones. It is always hard to let go of a position, but after elections last night, we are sure that these new officers will have no problem stepping into their new roles. Congratulations to everyone!

For the 2011-2012 school year, the new officers are as follows:

President: Stephanie Framer
Stephanie is a Junior studying Psychology. She has ridden on the team for three years, currently in Intermediate Flat and about to be in Intermediate Fences. Stephanie keeps her two horses, Wizard and Beau, at Stonegate. She has been a dedicated member and asset to the team!

Vice President: Katie Martin
Known affectionately as K-Mart, Katie is a Junior studying Psychology. She is a valuable member of the team, capturing an Individual National Championship last year in Walk/Trot. She keeps her young mare, Nova, at Stonegate. Katie is creative and fun, sure to make next year a blast!

Secretary: Sara Dziegielewski
For the second year in a row, Sara won the position of secretary for the OUET. Sara is a Junior in her second year on the team who rides in the Open Flat and Fences division. She is very organized and easy to get a long with, so it’s no wonder she won the position again!

Treasurer: Megan Chalk
Megan is a Junior on the team studying Pre-Social Work. Megan is on her third year on the team and now competes in the Novice Fences and Flat. She is very active in her sorority and translates that to a dedication to the team as well!

Community Service/Fundraising: Chrissy Hunley
After Chrissy’s huge part in putting together Rent-A-Rider, it was easy to see why she’d be great at this position! Chrissy gets things done and expects results, a quality that will help her tremendously in this position. She is a sophomore studying Psychology, and the youngest member of the Executive Board. She currently rides in the Novice Fences and Flat division and keeps her horse Lewis at Stonegate.

Sportswear: Courtnee Blake
Sportswear is nothing new to Courtnee. Having held the position two years ago and bringing the team some of our favorite clothing, Courtnee came back again to showcase her talents. She’s excellent at getting great deals and providing fun and classy designs. She is a Junior on her third year with the OUET and we can’t wait to see what she gets us next year!

Social Chair: Amy Allen
Amy is a new member of the team, but that doesn’t make any difference! She has seamlessly made friends with the entire team and is eager to start planning socials to get us bonding with each other and other teams! She also keeps her young gelding, Ricky, at Stonegate where she is training him.

Public Relations Officer: Carly Klose
Saving the best for last, Carly is an excellent choice for this position. She is creative and organized, something greatly needed in order to run this blog, webpage, twitter, facebook, and creating all print media! Carly is a sophomore studying Outdoor Recreation and competes in Novice Fences and Flat.

The new officer will begin their training will current officers through this quarter. Come spring quarter, new officers take over their positions full-time!


Rent-A-Rider was an idea from several years ago that the team decided to revive. After talking to some of our Alumni who mentioned what a great success and how much fun the event was, the team decided to put together a new version! Below are some photos showcasing the night!

Before the auction, some of the girls

Behind the scenes, Freshman Chelsey Cierebiej, Senior Kari Besler, and Junior Aleesha Tartell handle money and contact information

At the start, the girls line up to show what an attractive group we are!

First up, President and Senior, Brittany Smith!

Secretary and Junior Sara Dziegielewski

Thanks for the photos, Aleesha!

A huge success! The entire OUET is so very happy with how the night went and hopes that everyone had a great time! For those who weren’t there, members were auctioned off at prices between $25 to a huge $150! We can’t believe how well everything went and we fully intend on making this an annual event!

We have so many people to thank that it won’t fit into one status! But we are so thankful that we were able to put on such an astounding event and make it such a phenomenal time!

We’d like to thank The Union Bar & Grill for allowing us to use their space for the event and for providing great music! Everything was a smash success and we hope that they’ll allow us to host there again next year! If you get the chance, go to The Union and have a drink for us!

Thank you to The Post for featuring us yesterday! Check out the article that featured us!

It helped to get us a lot of interest and bring new people to the event! Thanks so very much!

Thank you to our teammates, for being the announcers, the money handlers, the bidders, and the auctionees! Especially a huge thank you to Chrissy Hunley, Madeleine Ray, and Katie Montgomery! These three were unsurpassed in their dedication to the event and without them, the entire event would have fallen through. We owe them so very much for stepping up and making Rent A Rider everything that it was!

And finally, thank you to everyone who came out to support us! Without your support and bids, our team could not survive! We hope we raised our name in the community as well as gave everyone a really good time! You can’t imagine how thankful we are for our community support!