When we were preparing this page the original goal was to say that Maya Taylor of Brown University (on right) was one of three Bears to qualify for Regionals prior to the early end of the season due to the coronavirus. A sophomore from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Taylor pointed out of introductory equitation at the fall Becker College show. However it is now possible that Taylor was one of three Brown riders that could be the last to qualify for the school. On May 28th Brown University announced they were cutting eleven sports from varsity status, including Equestrian. There is still a chance the school could field a club team though this has not been confirmed. Our heart goes out to head coach Michaela Scanlon (on left), who has been at the helm for all 25 seasons in which Brown was part of the Athletics department. During that time the Bears qualified nearly 20 riders to Nationals on an individual basis. Five different Brown riders competed at Nationals in the Cacchione Cup Competition (all but one of them competing for the cup on more than one occasion) with Amanda Forte winning the cup in 2001. Forte is the only rider in IHSA history to win both individual open classes, both team open classes, both alumni classes and the Cacchione Cup at IHSA Nationals competitions. And Scanlon was head coach for all eleven of Brown's region titles in school history, with seven of those eleven teams advancing to IHSA Nationals. And with two shows to go this season (that would have taken place had the coronavirus never happened) Brown was only two points out of first place in a bid for a twelfth trip to the post-season.

Rhode Island College head coach Dana Stark (not pictured) forwarded us this photo of her open rider Katelyn Billington taken by Katelyn's Mother at the November 16th show co-hosted by Brown, Assumption and Holy Cross. Billington won twice that day and was leading the Region 1 open rider standings when the season came to a halt on March 12th. Therfore the junior from North Attleboro, Massachusetts (who as a freshman in 2016-17 rode at what was then the novice levels) goes into the history books as the first Rhode Island College rider ever to lead the region in the open rider standings.
The next three photos on this page showcase riders which had something in common: They were the only riders from their respective teams to qualify for Regionals through the final Region 1 show that was actually held in 2019-20. Assumption College head coach Madeline Ostrow (on left, herself a former IHSA rider who graduated from Johnson and Wales in 2015) is seen here with Carol D'Agostino of the Greyhounds at the November 2nd Roger Williams/Salve Regina show. From Durham, Connecticut, D'Agostino was the lone Assumption rider to secure a trip to Regionals which would have been on March 28th. D'Agostino pointed out of the limit flat division.
From looking at the photo can you guess which team Mary Grace Harris rides for? Hint: Her clipboard gives away the school name! Yes! It is the College of the Holy Cross, and the sophomore from West Hartford, Connecticut was close to pointing out of both limit divisions when this photo was taken on November 2nd. It would turn out that Harris qualified for Regionals only in limit fences, which means that (knock wood) she points out of limit flat early in 2020-21 and gets to ride at Regionals next season.
Seen here at that same November 2nd Roger Williams/Salve Regina show is Lyndsey Getchell of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Coincidentally from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Getchell rode in the limit flat that day and qualified for Regionals in the division at one of the next two shows.
You don't see this too often, but on November 2nd the coach was dressed to ride while the rider wasn't. This is because Salve Regina University's Shane Bowes (on right) was not entered that day but was on hand as the Seahawks were co-hosting and thus in part handling the operation of the show. Salve Regina head coach Chelsea Francis (on left, who formerly rode for Roger Williams as an undergraduate) is dressed to ride as she was schooling horses that day. From Leicester, Massachusetts, Bowes qualified for 2020 Regionals in introductory equitation. Bowes recalled he did so at the fall 2019 UMass-Dartmouth show.
The next two photos were taken way back on November 11, 2017 when the University of Rhode Island hosted at Mystic Valley Hunt Club. And Kirstyn Rice of the URI Rams is seen here that day after placing second in intermediate flat. From Wakefield, Rhode Island, Rice qualified for 2020 Regionals in intermediate fences. URI was only eight points out of first place through the last Region 1 show held on March 7th and would have hosted the next show (again at Mystic Valley) on March 14th had it happened.
Also eight points out of first place tied for third overall with URI was Johnson and Wales University. One of two J and W Wildcats to have qualified for Regionals through March 7th is Erin Lavigne (pictured). From South Hero, Vermont, Lavigne had previously been featured on this page as a 2019 Zones qualifier (she was fifth at Zones in individual novice fences). This season Lavigne pointed out of intermediate flat.
The Seto sisters were very successful while riding for Brown University over the latter half of the 'Teens' decade just ended. Anna Seto graduated in 2019 and Renee Seto (pictured) graduated this season. From Barrington, Rhode Island, Renee is seen here as a freshman (at Mystic Valley on November 12, 2016) after winning what was then known as a walk-trot-canter class (now called novice equitation). Seto moved up by leaps and bounds during her four years at Brown, qualifying for Regionals this season in intermediate flat.
Through March 7th the University of Rhode Island and Becker College were tied for the most riders qualified for Regionals with six each. One of the six Becker riders to qualify is Courtney Furlong (pictured). From Brockton, Massachusetts, Furlong qualified for Regionals in novice equitation.
One of the first Region 1 riders to qualify for Regionals in 2019-20 is Raechel Griffin of the University of Rhode Island (on right). From Wrentham, Massachusetts, Griffin qualified in novice equitation at the season opener hosted by Johnson and Wales. Ram teammate Meaghan Costa (on left) qualified in open flat, making the senior from Dartmouth, Massachusetts the only other Region 1 open rider besides Billington to qualify in that division this season.
From Attleboro, Massachusetts, Taylor Palermo of Roger Williams University is seen here on November 2nd after winning her limit flat class. RWU tied Brown for high point team that day with 33 points each. Earlier in the season Palermo had pointed out of novice equitation, a division in which she won a team class at 2019 Zones when it was still known as walk-trot-canter. Ahead of Brown 192-190 after the March 7th Salve Regina/Anna Maria College show, Roger Williams goes into the record books as the 2019-20 Region 1 team champion. A junior during the covid-19 shortened season, Palermo has one more school year to hopefully make another post-season appearance.
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The Zone 1, Region 1 Smorgasbord

 Schools which competed in Zone 1, Region 1 during the 2019-2020 school year: Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Brown University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and University of Rhode Island.

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 Winter/Spring 2020 Show Schedule for Zone 1, Region 1 (Zone 1, Region 1 is currently Hunter Seat or English Only):

englishSaturday, March 7 Salve Regina University/Anna Maria College (Co-Hosts) at Sandy Point Stables, Portsmouth, RI 9:00AM

englishSaturday, March 14 University of Rhode Island (Host) at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gale's Ferry, CT 9:00AM

englishSaturday, March 21 Entire Region (Co-Hosts) at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gale's Ferry, CT 9:00AM

englishSaturday, March 28 Zone 1, Region 1 Regionals at Nora Harris Equestrian, Portsmouth, RI Time TBA

englishSaturday, April 4 ZONE 1 ZONES at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley, MA Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternThursday through Sunday, April 30 - May 3 IHSA NATIONALS at the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN

Show Schedule subject to change.

Recent Region 1 Team Champions

1997 - Stonehill College
1998 - University of Connecticut
1999 - Stonehill College
2000 - Brown University
2001 - Brown University
2002 - Brown University
2003 - Brown University
2004 - Roger Williams University
2005 - University of Connecticut
2006 - University of Connecticut
2007 - Brown University
2008 - Brown University
2009 - Brown University
2010 - Brown University
2011 - Brown University
2012 - Brown University
2013 - University of Rhode Island
2014 - University of Rhode Island
2015 - University of Rhode Island
2016 - University of Rhode Island
2017 - University of Rhode Island
2018 - Brown University
2019 - Roger Williams University
2020 - Roger Williams University

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