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Ohio University Southern offers students the experience of competing on the classical and western dressage teams. The competitions are held at the individual level. Riders are placed in appropriate divisions to allow them to compete against riders at the same skill level. This type of competition allows riders to get experience in the show arena without having to own a horse. The dressage and western dressage teams encourage sportsmanship, new experiences, responsibility, and adaptability to different circumstances. 
Our Coaches and team members work hard to be able to be a part of such a wonderful program. A practice every week, and many extra hours are spent in preparing the horses, tack, equipment, and personal preparation to make attending shows possible. Our students must take part in the preparation to truly get the knowledge needed in competing in a show.  As the Ohio University Equestrian Teams, we work together in fundraising and collecting donations for our team all throughout the year; without attendance and participation in our events and shows along with the willingness to donate many of our shows would not  be made possible. Students who are planning on showing, need to be enrolled in our EQU 2050 Equestrian Teams course each semester. We are very proud and grateful for the opportunities Ohio University Southern opens up to our students.
In past years, Ohio University Southern Equestrian Team Students  competed successfully in IHSA competitions. In our IHSA Western Team our team members compete at a regional level with the opportunity to go to semi-finals and nationals. In 2006-2007, the Western Team had two members make it to semi-finals with one continuing on to finish sixth in nationals. The 2007- 2008 team had one member going to compete in the regionals. The Dressage Team also competes for regional and national awards. In 2007-08, the OUS Dressage Team placed fifth in regional standings and one rider placed fourth. In 2008-2009, the Western Team had one member qualify for regionals and go on to semi-finals to place 8th.
The 2009-2010 Western Team had two students go to regionals and one that went to semi-finals and on to nationals where she placed 3rd. One rider qualified for hunt seat equitation and two riders qualified for western horsemanship in the 2010-2011 team, one of those riders then went on to semi-finals. The Western Team is currently competing in Zone 6 Region 2, along with Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University, Otterbein University, Wilmington College, Denison College, and Ohio Wesleyan. The Dressage Team is currently competing in Zone E along with Otterbein College, Findlay University, College of Wooster, Bethany College, and the University of Kentucky.
 The western dressage team has competed at the Western Dressage World Championship show in both 2014 and 2015. We were the first and only team to this date to competed at the show for the university. In the 2014 Western Dressage World Championship show, the OUS team competed for the first time and during the show were asked to give an interview that was shown throughout the show about their experience in western dressage and the road to the world show.
The students placing are as follows: Kaylee Tilley placed 10th and 8th in the world in Intro Level, Rachel Bell placed 9th in the Basic Level Adult Amateur division, and Stephanie Bias placed 6th in the Adult Amateur division in the Basic Level. In 2015, the team was awarded the United Stated Equestrian Federation Sportsmanship Grant of $1500 to help with traveling expenses to the show. As part of the grant requirements, the team had to submit a blog about their experience and competing as a team. Here is the link to their blog from the Western Dressage
Association site: 
The show was much bigger the second year and the riders all did well to represent the university. Kaylee Tilley received two top ten finishes this year.



2010 - 2011 Western Team

First Row: Frank Delawder

Second Row: (l-r) Amber Lewin, Kendra Johnson, Mallory Brown, Molly Hutchinson, Jordan Roberts, Briar Saunders
Third Row: (l-r) Katie Martin, Kelly Schnedier, Tiffany Mantz, Rosie Seitz, Taylor Scior, Whitney Arrowood, 
Caleb Roberts, Jessie Macy, Courtney Bingham



2010-2011 Hunt Seat Team.
(L-R) Kendra Johnson, Casey Louk, Crystal Ball, Alison Tackett, Molly Hutchinson, Courtney Bingham, Jessie Macy, 
Jordan Roberts, Mallory Brown, Kelly Schneider



Kendra Johnson competing on the OUS Hunt Seat Team



Caleb Roberts competing in the Open Division.



Jordan Roberts riding Dressage on Tori