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Though the fence is painted with the word "Vixen" (singular) the Sweet Briar College school nickname is "The Vixens" (plural). Sweet Briar won their second consecutive show on November 12th and opened up a subtantial lead in the Zone 4, Region 2 team standings (photo perhaps by S. Fuller & courtesy Ian McCartney/Sweet Briar College Equestrian Team).

SINGLE DIGITS TURN TO DOUBLE DIGITS IN SEVERAL REGION'S TEAM RACES

Due to time constraints this recap and preview will be shorter than most.

Sacred Heart University was the story of the weekend last weekend, scoring 49 points to move 28 point ahead of defending Region Champion University of Connecticut in Zone 2, Region 5. The Pioneers joined Brown University, the University of Vermont and Cazenovia College as the only IHSA programs so far this season to score a perfect 49. This was also the first time Sacred Heart had ever posted a perfect score. More importantly a Region Race that was close resembles a blowout after the one-sided result.

Had Sacred Heart not scored 49 the story of the weekend would have been Sweet Briar College. The Vixens won at home 37-28 over Randolph College while Washington & Lee was third with 23. If you follow Zone 4, Region 2 you will notice who is not in the top three more so than who is. Bridgewater College went into the weekend trailing Sweet Briar 91-89 but now trail by at least 16 (we have not published a set of points we received due to discrepencies with a previous set of points from the President College - Editor). Lynchburg College finished the weekend over 20 out while Hollins remained in fourth overall and did not win a Region 2 fall show for the first time since the 1990's. Needless to say Sweet Briar leads everyone but Bridgewater by 20 or more through four shows. If it is an "every three years" thing then the Vixens are destined to win. SBC took teams to Nationals in '06 and '09. If they do it again in '12 the Vixens will have accomplished this with three different IHSA Coaches (Krista Steinmetz, Emily Miller and Ian McCartney, respectively).

St. Lawrence defeated Cazenovia on the 12th and SUNY - Geneseo on the 13th with Cazenovia third to take over first place in Zone 2, Region 2 hunter seat. The Saints host on Saturday (where they won on October 30th) while the Wildcats host a day later (returning to the scene of their 49 score on opening day. Here the race is still a race, with St. Lawrence holding a single digit lead on the Wildcats.

The University of Delaware defeated Washington College 40-23. This keeps UDel undefeated which makes them one of a dying breed. Cornell also kept their season unblemished after winning at home with 42 points. Mount Holyoke had tied with UMass-Amherst at the season opener in Zone 1, Region 3 but did not lose outright until the Minutemen won 43-39 on the 12th. Though we only found out about it after another Zone 3, Region 3 hunter seat show took place, defending National Champion Centenary College lost for the first time since last March. Just as Marist College was an unlikely winner at that time Sarah Lawrence College was a complete shock as high point when Pace University hosted on November 6th. When the Gryphons co-hosted the season opener with Drew, Centenary outscored them 45-12 (keep in mind Sarah Lawernce did not have riders in intermediate flat or open fences on October 2nd). In spite of the loss Centenary is still up by 73 points on the United States Military Academy. For the moment this is the widest-known margin between first and second for any hunter seat team race nationwide.

We also leared that Tufts returned to the top in Zone 1, Region 4. The Jumbos defeated Stonehill 41-40 at Mount Ida on the 6th in what has been a very entertaining race. Through five shows Tufts has led three times but trailed twice, having been behind Stonehill after two shows and Boston University after four. Now finished with showing until the Spring (excluding invitational events) Tufts leads Stonehill 176-173 while Boston University is very much alive with 166.

Returning to the 12th/13th weekend two races are turning heads if only because schools without a recent region title are ahead by double figures. Stony Brook University continues to lead New York University by 18 points in Zone 2, Region 4 after both schools tied for reserve behind host C.W. Post on the 13th. Stony Brook, which has had only two head coaches in their 44-plus-year history, last won a region title in 2004. That was perhaps the 18th Region Title for original Seawolves head coach George Lukemire, who coached the 1971 Stony Brook team to a National Championship before there were 'Regions' for what would raise that total to 19. If the Seawolves can hang on through the two Region 4 spring shows it would be the first title under current head coach Myrna Treuting (who as Myrna McElhiney rode for Lukemire and the Seawolves in the 1980's) who took over in the fall of 2006. Meanwhile Rutgers University won or tied for first for the third time in four Zone 3, Region 4 shows. The Scarlet Knights prevailed 36-35 over Lafayette College (the latter without an intermediate flat rider on the point card) in an all-region event on the 13th and now lead the Leopards by 13 through six shows. For the first time since 1999 Rutgers goes into the winter break leading their region. In their history the Scarlet Knights have won three region titles, all bunched together between 1984 and 1987. If Rutgers can stay ahead over somewhere between two and four spring shows they would send a full hunter seat team to the post-season for the first time in a quarter century. It would also be Rutgers first time at Zones since the show was added between 'Regionals' and 'Nationals' in the Spring of 1990.

Several regions did not send us an update during the week, including one involving the two hunter seat shows involving the University of Findlay. However it is known that the host Oilers won the English season opener 46-31 over Lake Erie College on the 12th. However the next day Findlay was third (the team totals, as well as who was first and second, are unknown for now).

As for the last big weekend of IHSA shows in calendar year 2011 the schedule is so bloated that once again we throw a 'comment' about each after the show date and location below. Perhaps due to the early easter this season a great many schools are hosting shows throughout November that otherwise might have taken place in the spring. Or perhaps people are tired of potential snow threatening their spring contests. In any event it has been more challenging than usual to stay caught up with the IHSA this November. Since we cannot always post the results in a timely fashion please feel free to become a fan of the CampusEquestrian.com facebook page and tell us how you or your team did that day.

Stay warm, keep hydrated, don't forget your apparel and enjoy the shows!

---Steve Maxwell


englishFriday, November 18th:

englishZone 7, Region 1 West Texas A & M University (Host) on campus at the West Texas A & M Horse Center, Canyon, TX 2:00PM ENGLISH ONLY

The WTAMU Friday afternoon show is the first hunter seat show of the year in Zone 7, Region 2. Now everyone is on board in 2011-12.


englishSaturday, November 19th:

englishZone 1, Region 3 Mount Holyoke College (Host) at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley, MA 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

UMass-Amherst won the Amherst College show last weekend to keep Mount Holyoke from going undefeated and untied.

englishZone 2, Region 1 Nazareth College (Host) at Lehman Farm, Pittsford, NY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

The hosts narrowly lost to Cornell 42-39 last Sunday in Ithaca. There is another show hosted by Nazareth on Sunday.

englishZone 2, Region 2 St. Lawrence University (Host) at the Elsa Gunnison Appleton Riding Hall, Canton, NY 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

St. Lawrence has won three in a row to move into first place after Cazenovia scored 49 to win on opening day.

englishZone 2, Region 3 Skidmore College (Host) at the Van Lennep Riding Center, Greenfield, NY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Since we have not received updates from Region 3 since we saw Skidmore win easily at home on October 22nd we will decline commenting for the moment.

englishZone 2, Region 5 University of Connecticut (Host) at Horsebarn Hill Arena, Storrs, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

Now down 28 to Sacred Heart, the Huskies will hope home field advantage equals a big day.

englishZone 3, Region 1 Dickinson College (Host) at Briarwood Farm, Readington, NJ 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

In spite of all that has happened on the Penn State campus between their first and second shows (none of it related to the equestrian team), the Nittany Lions were big winners at Wilson last weekend.

englishZone 3, Region 2 Penn State University - Berks Campus/Franklin & Marshall College (Co-Hosts) at Cedar Valley Stables, Reinhold, PA 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

Drivers beware! Parking is EXTREMELY limited at Cedar Valley Stables.

englishZone 3, Region 3 Stevens Institute of Technology (Host) at the Centenary College Equestrian Center, Long Valley, NJ Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

Who would have thought that Centenary's only losses since September 2010 would be to Marist and now Sarah Lawrence. The Cyclones did win at Briarwood last weekend to start a new streak.

englishZone 4, Region 1 Towson University (Host) at Featherdown Farm, Sparks, MD Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

Though the IEA is no stranger to Featherdown Farm, this is the first IHSA show to be held there.

englishZone 4, Region 4 Villanova University (Host) on the campus of Valley Forge Military College, Wayne, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

The University of Delaware could sit this show out and still be ahead even if everyone else scores a 49! The Fighting Hens go for six and 0 in yet another show at Valley Forge.

englishZone 5, Region 2 Lander University/Clemson University (Co-Hosts) at the Lander Equestrian Center at the Burton Center, Greenwood, SC 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

No Comment. We have yet to receive an update on the first two Region 2 hunter seat shows.

englishZone 5, Region 3 College of Charleston (Host) at Storybook Farms, John's Island, SC 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

The host Cougars will try to make it two in a row. SCAD still up by more than four touchdowns in football-speak.

englishZone 5, Region 4 Virginia Intermont College (Host) on campus, Bristol, VA 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

IHSA Founder and Executive Director Bob Cacchione is scheduled to attend one or both of the VI shows this weekend.

englishZone 6, Region 1 University of Findlay (Host) at the University of Findlay's South Campus (Western Facility), Findlay, OH Time TBA 2 ENGLISH ONLY

Which school will run their record to 2 and 1? Host Findlay or Tiffin? Maybe Akron can win the opener and really shake things up!

englishZone 6, Region 3 Midway College (Host) on campus at the Keeneland Equine Center, Midway, KY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

No Comment. We have yet to receive an update on the two recent Morehead State shows so we will keep quiet.

englishZone 6, Region 5 University of Pittsburgh (Host) at Stonegate Farm, Coolville, OH 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

West Virginia was tied with Indiana of Pennsylvania overall prior to last Sunday's show hosted by the Mountaineers.

englishZone 7, Region 1 Taylor University/Ball State University (Co-Hosts) at Black Dog Enterprises, Marion, IN 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Still not enough information on Zone 7, Region 1 hunter seat for us to comment as of yet.

englishZone 7, Region 2 West Texas A & M University (Host) on campus at the West Texas A & M Horse Center, Canyon, TX 8:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

No comment. Their first hunter seat show of the year was yesterday!

englishZone 7, Region 3 University of Minnesota at Crookston (Host) on campus at the University Teaching and Outreach Center, Crookston, MN 11:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

It may not be the first hunter seat show of the year in Region 3, but it may seem like it. Minnesota - Twin Cities takes a 24 point lead over the hosts into Saturday's show, the first in Region 3 of it's kind since October 2nd.

englishZone 7, Region 5 Black Hawk College (Host) at the Black Hawk College East Campus Ag Arena, Kewanee, IL Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

Missouri State handed Black Hawk their first loss of the year (31-18) last time out.

englishZone 8, Region 1 University of California at Santa Cruz (Host) at Monte Vista Christian School, Watsonville, CA Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

At one point this show was listed on Campus Equestrian as scheduled for an earlier date. In reality UC - Santa Cruz will host an IHSA show for the first time ever today.

englishZone 8, Region 2 Cal Poly - Pomona (Host) on campus at Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, Pomona, CA 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

The hosts only lead Arizona State by ten points going into the third western show of the season.

englishZone 8, Region 4 Oregon State University (Host) on campus at the Oregon State University Horse Center, Corvallis, OR 8:00AM WESTERN ONLY

The defending region champion host Beavers were up by 15 on Central Washington prior to shows hosted by the Wildcats on November 5th.


englishSunday, November 20th:

englishZone 2, Region 1 Nazareth College (Host) at Lehman Farm, Pittsford, NY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Cornell was four and 0 headed into yesterday's show. With Alfred having scored only 28 for fifth place on the 13th the Big Red entered the weekend with a 27 point lead.

englishZone 2, Region 2 Cazenovia College (Host) at the Cazenovia College Equestrian Center, Cazenovia, NY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Cazenovia scored 49 the last time they were at home.

englishZone 2, Region 3 Morrisville State College (Host) at the Morrisville State College Equine Center, Morrisville, NY 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

The host Mustangs are one of only three teams to show western in Region 3 so far this season.

englishZone 3, Region 1 Millersville University (Host) at Briarwood Farm, Readington, NJ 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

The second of two straight days where Central Pennsylvania schools show in Central New Jersey.

englishZone 3, Region 2 Delaware Valley College (Host) on campus, Doylestown, PA Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

The hosts trail the University of Delaware by 34 points entering the day.

englishZone 3, Region 2 Penn State University - Berks Campus (Host) on the campus of Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA HELD FOLLOWING DELAWARE VALLEY COLLEGE WESTERN SHOW - WESTERN ONLY

After this show Region 2 will have completed eight western shows so far in 2011-12.

englishZone 5, Region 2 Lander University/Clemson University (Co-Hosts) at the Lander Equestrian Center at the Burton Center, Greenwood, SC 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Berry College has won five straight Zone 5, Region 2 hunter seat titles.

englishZone 5, Region 4 Virginia Intermont College (Host) on campus, Bristol, VA 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Does anyone recall VI ever losing a home show? I think it happened at least once this century, so it is possible (but doubtful).

englishZone 6, Region 3 Midway College (Host) on campus at the Keeneland Equine Center, Midway, KY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

The final show before Xavier University competes in the 20th Anniversary Holiday Tournament of Champions event on December 3rd.

englishZone 6, Region 5 Stonegate Farm (Host) at Stonegate Farm, Coolville, OH 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Yes the farm itself is the host for today's show.

englishZone 7, Region 1 Taylor University/Ball State University (Co-Hosts) at Black Dog Enterprises, Marion, IN 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Does anyone know if the Led Zeppelin song "Black Dog" from their fourth album has anything to do with the name of this facility?

englishZone 7, Region 2 West Texas A & M University (Host) on campus at the West Texas A & M Horse Center, Canyon, TX 8:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

Beginning. Middle. End. In less than 72 hours the entire Zone 7, Region 2 fall hunter seat show schedule comes and goes like the wind.

englishZone 7, Region 3 University of Minnesota at Crookston (Host) on campus at the University Teaching and Outreach Center, Crookston, MN 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

The hosts are looking for their third consecutive hunter seat title in 2011-12.

englishZone 7, Region 5 Black Hawk College (Host) at the Black Hawk College East Campus Ag Arena, Kewanee, IL Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

The hosts were up by 12 on Missouri State when the weekend began.

englishZone 8, Region 2 Cal Poly - Pomona (Host) on campus at Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, Pomona, CA 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

Hopefully Region 2 did not experience a third consecutive weekend of rainouts.


All times listed are local time. Show Schedule subject to change.

 


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