equestrian Team rides to success

By Milan Eagle media

The 2019 Milan High School Varsity Equestrian team had a very competitive and successful season this year.  There were eight riders on the team with varying degrees of horse showing experience.  This difference in abilities gave the more skilled riders the opportunity to really work with and groom the younger riders on some of the diverse skills needed to become truly successful in the horse show world.  The one senior on the team, Kailey Lyson, had a very successful year with her new horse Cherokee.  They are proving to be a formidable team in all the speed events.   Sophomore Sydney Bain had a very successful year, bringing home two 1st places and a 2nd place in Hunt Seat jumping for the season.  She also placed in all her other classes, earning her the season High Point award on the team.  “All the riders had success this season and are looking forward to competing at an even higher level next year”, said Coach Mee.

Mee thinks Milan has had an equestrian team since sometime in the 90’s. It was a club before it became a varsity team. The MIHA (Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association) that is the governing body doesn’t allow tryouts.  Anyone that wants to participate is able to, as long as they have a horse to use and a way to get their horse to and from practices and meets.  It is a co-ed team, but this year Milan only had girl riders.  They compete at 3 meets every season, and then top 2 teams in each division can continue on to regionals and then possibly states.  Mee said, “ there were 15 teams in our district, we competed directly against 6 other teams.  (The split of the teams for competition is based on the size of your team that particular year.  (For example — this year we were a B team with 8 riders, 2 years ago we are an A team with 11 riders). 

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