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IHSA ZONE 2 - REGION 3

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Though she is seen here in hunter seat attire, Morgan O'Sullivan was part of State University of New York at Cobleskill team history in 2016-17. It was not for her finishing the season as the top Region 3 Western Open Rider (most combined reining and rail points) but for being part of the first Fighting Tigers team ever to capture a Region Title. SUNY-Cobleskill had seen Morrisville State College run off a string of Region Titles that dated back to the early 1990's, but after all eight western shows were held the Fighting Tigers emerged with a narrow 234-230 lead. While O'Sullivan was already assured of a trip to Nationals to compete in the individual AQHA High Point Open Rider competition the junior from Killingworth, Connecticut did not miss going as an English rider by much. O'Sullivan was seventh at Zones in individual intermediate over fences on April 8th.


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Hartwick College hosted on February 25th at Hunter's Rein Stable in Otego, New York which is owned by Michelle Couperthwait (on right). On the left is Rachel Kowalczyk of Hartwick, who like O'Sullivan was part of history in 2016-17. Since Zone 2, Region 3 was created in the summer of 2000 a Skidmore College rider had earned the most combined open flat and open fences points (and thus competed at IHSA Nationals for the Cacchione Cup) every year for 16 consecutive seasons. However Kowalczyk moved into the lead among open riders at the February 18th Skidmore show and in March finished the season six points ahead of Skidmore's Courtney Plutte for the right to compete in Lexington, Kentucky in the Cacchione Cup Competition at Nationals May 4-6. Not since Allison Karkut of St. Lawrence did it in 1999-2000 (when all of Regions 1 & 3 of Zone 2 were still part of Zone 2, Region 2) had another school kept a Skidmore rider out of the Cacchione class. A sophomore from Guilderland, New York, Kowalczyk is the first Hartwick rider ever to compete at Nationals for the Cacchione Cup.
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It appears Thea Chafee is the first Colgate University rider to qualify for IHSA Nationals since 2012. Seen here at the February 25th Hartwick show Chafee won the very first class held at Zone 2 Zones at the Van Lennep Riding Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on April 8th. Chafee started the day with a first in individual open over fences and nearly got through to Nationals a second time, placing third in individual open on the flat. Chafee is the only Region 3 undergraduate hunter seat rider to place first or second in an individual class at 2017 Zone 2 Zones not from Skidmore College.
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From Sunnyvale, California (at least while she was an undergraduate), 2015 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate Allison Donahue is seen here with her laptop during the Hartwick show on February 25th. During the show this writer learned that Donahue knows a great deal about the proper design and construction of indoor riding arenas! Donahue completed her 2016-17 campaign with a seventh in alumni on the flat at Zones on April 8th.
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A trip down Memory Lane! Jessica Fontanelli is seen here at the March 22, 2007 St. Lawrence University show, when she was still an undergraduate at Syracuse University. Fast forward to April 8, 2017 and Fontanelli is awarded the blue ribbon in alumni equitation over fences at Zone 2 Zones. Coincidentally the runner-up at Zones is Samantha Page (not pictured) who also went to Syracuse but who qualified for Zones out of a different region and who did not ride at Syracuse at the same time as Fontanelli. Fontanelli's next ride will be on May 6th, as alumni over fences is the first class held on the third day of 2017 IHSA Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park (a change from recent seasons when the class started the day two proceedings).
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 Schools competing in Zone 2, Region 3 during the 2016-2017 school year: Colgate University, Hartwick College, Keuka College, Morrisville State College, Oneonta State College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Siena College, Skidmore College, the State University of New York at Albany, the State University of New York at Cobleskill and Union College.


Uncle Jimmy's
 Spring 2017 Show Schedule for Zone 2, Region 3

englishSaturday, February 18 Skidmore College (Host) at the Van Lennep Riding Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSunday, February 19 Morrisville State College (Host) at the Morrisville State College Equine Center, Morrisville, NY 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, February 25 Hartwick College (Host) at Hunters' Rein Stable, Otego, NY 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSunday, February 26 ZONE 2, REGION 3 WESTERN REGIONALS at the Morrisville State College Equine Center, Morrisville, NY Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, March 25 Morrisville State College (Host) at the Morrisville State College Equine Center, Morrisville, NY Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY - RE-SCHEDULED FROM MARCH 4TH

westernSaturday, March 25 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 1 at the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, March 26 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 2 at the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, April 1 ZONE 2, REGION 3 HUNTER SEAT REGIONALS Hosted by Skidmore College at the Van Lennep Riding Center, Saratoga Springs, NY Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, April 8 ZONE 2 ZONES Hosted by Skidmore College at the Van Lennep Riding Center, Saratoga Springs, NY Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternThursday through Sunday, May 4 - 7 IHSA NATIONALS at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN


Show Schedule subject to change.


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Recent Region 3 Team Champions (Region 3 created by spinning off eleven schools from Region 2 prior to the 2000-01 season for hunter seat and 2002-03 season for stock seat)

Hunter Seat:

2001 - Skidmore College
2002 - Skidmore College
2003 - Skidmore College
2004 - Skidmore College
2005 - Skidmore College
2006 - Skidmore College
2007 - Skidmore College
2008 - Skidmore College
2009 - Skidmore College
2010 - Skidmore College (2009-10
IHSA Hunter Seat National Champions)
2011 - Skidmore College
2012 - Skidmore College
2013 - Skidmore College (2012-13
IHSA Hunter Seat Co-National Champions)
2014 - Skidmore College
2015 - Skidmore College
2016 - Skidmore College
2017 - Skidmore College

Western:

2003 - S.U.N.Y. - Morrisville
2004 - Morrisville State College
2005 - Morrisville State College
2006 - Morrisville State College
2007 - Morrisville State College
2008 - Morrisville State College
2009 - Morrisville State College
2010 - Morrisville State College
2011 - Morrisville State College
2012 - Morrisville State College
2013 - Morrisville State College
2014 - Morrisville State College
2015 - Morrisville State College
2016 - Morrisville State College
2017 - State University of New York at Cobleskill

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