Saturday, April 06, 2002

Warren County

Miami U equestrians take field

        OXFORD — There's no bluegrass under their feet, but the horses are running in Oxford.

        Miami University will host the 25th annual Collegiate Horse Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at the university's stables on Ohio 73, just east of U.S. 27.

        Spectators can watch 250 riders from 10 colleges and universities in Ohio and West Virginia.

        Miami's equestrian team is considered one of the top collegiate teams in the nation, said Holly Wissing, a university spokeswoman.

        Last year's team was the champion or reserve champion of every invitational it attended, she said, and finished the school year ranked as sixth in the nation.

        The 1999-2000 team finished as the top-ranked NCAA Division 1 team in the nation.

        This year, Miami's equestrian team consists of about 70 students, who ride at least three times a week. The top riders will participate in 16 shows this year.

        Riding isn't one of Miami's prosperous sports programs. Team members must pay their own way to invitational and championship shows across the country.

        More than half of them work in the university's barns, cleaning stalls and feeding, watering and grooming the horses. Other team members teach riding, and some team members work 15 hours a week.

        Miami isn't generally known as a horse school, but 1,000 students a year take riding lessons and the school keeps about 50 horses.

        Ms. Wissing said they eat about 30,000 pounds of hay and 15,000 pounds of grain a month.

        Admission to the Collegiate Horse Show is free. Food will be available on the grounds.

        SHARONVILLE — A Walk for Celiac will begin at 10 a.m. May 4 at the Sharon Woods biking and hiking trail.

        The disease affects the body's ability to absorb gluten (wheat, rye, oats, barley).

        Hike registration starts at 9 a.m. Cost, $15. The park is on U.S. 42.

        For more information, contact the celiac support group's Ava and Eric Koren of West Chester at 860-4419.

        BETHEL — Spring is cleanup time at East Fork State Park.

        At 9 a.m. today, volunteers will meet at the park's camp grounds to start cleaning up the river and lake shoreline. A free canoe ride and lunch are included.

        On April 13, the park will sponsor Resource Day from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will help plant trees, pick up litter and maintain trails.

        Pre-registration: 797-6081.

        WAYNESVILLE — A historical marker will be dedicated at the John Evans House, 129 N. Main St., at 1:30 p.m. April 29.

        The marker comes from the Ohio Bicentennial Commission's Longaberger Legacy grant program, which helps pay for markers at local historical sites.

        Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at The Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:



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