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From Chagrin Falls, Ohio, she qualified for Regionals in open western horsemanship during the fall. Then in December she graduated from Slippery Rock University. But Ashley McClintock (on right) wasn't finished with her IHSA season. Riders who qualify in the fall and graduate mid-season are eligible to ride in the post-season. And after placing fourth in individual open western horsemanship at Semifinals in Reedsville, West Virginia on March 19th McClintock found herself riding in the same division at 2022 IHSA Nationals in May. Seen here with former Slippery Rock teammate Ginger Caldwell on the floor of the Equine Arena of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, McClintock finished fourth again on May 6th to earn the best placing of any Region 5 rider at 2022 Nationals that spent at least one semester in college during the 2021-22 school year.


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Another Region 5 western rider made the top ten at 2022 IHSA Nationals. He is Reece Gentile of West Virginia University (on left, with Mountaineers head coach Bobby Dean). From Frederick, Maryland, Gentile was second at Semifinals (which the Mountaineers hosted) in individual beginner western horsemanship on March 20th before placing tenth in the same division on May 8th to close out his senior year in Morgantown. In 2022 West Virginia captured their first western Region Title since 2016.
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Seton Hill University captured their fifth consecutive hunter seat Region Title in 2021-22. Kaitlyn Krueger of the Griffins (pictured) competed at Zones in both team open fences and individual intermediate over fences. From Plymouth, Massachusetts, Krueger's third in the latter was the best ribbon of any Region 5 undergraduate rider at Zone 2 Zones in Canton, New York on April 9th.
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At the October 17, 2021 Bethany College show Mercyhurst head coach Halli Bidwell (on left) did not have a rider in the show until the sixth class of the morning, when Grace Hoey (on right) was fifth in limit fences. From Marcellus, New York, Hoey would conclude her senior year with the Lakers by placing eighth in individual limit over fences at Zone 2 Zones on April 9th.
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Yet another Region 5 Rider who made it all the way to Zones in her senior year is Aoife McBride of the University of Pittsburgh (pictured). From Northampton, Pennsylvania, McBride (whose first name is pronounced "Ee-fah") is seen here at the October 17th Bethany show after finishing first in a field of nine limit fences riders. On April 9th McBride was seventh at Zones in individual intermediate on the flat.
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Leah Hepner of Slippery Rock University poses between her parents at the October 17, 2021 Bethany show. From Sellinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Hepner did not qualify for Regionals in 2021-22 but was only a junior so the chance to point up this season is in play. Slippery Rock will Co-host the second Region 5 hunter seat show of 2022-23 with Edinboro at Storm Harbor Equestrian Center on October 9th.
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In this photo are two members of the West Virginia University class of 2025 who have multiple chances at future post-seasons and in fact one already has made it all the way to Zones! From left to right are Katie Brouillet (from St. Anne, Illinois) and Gavra Goldie (from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania), each of whom rides at the open level for the Mountaineers. Goldie finished her freshman season by placing ninth in individual open flat at Zones hosted by St. Lawrence University on April 9th. West Virginia was to host a full hunter seat show over the course of two days on the November 5th/6th weekend but eventually this was switched to only November 6th.
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Her name is Summer Black and she was dressed mostly in black throughout the day during the fall 2021 Bethany show. From Warren, Pennsylvania, Black spent most of the 2021-22 season in second place in the Region 5 open rider standings before taking the lead just past the halfway point. Black's rally to qualify for Zones in the Cacchione class helped Seton Hill hold the lead to capture Region 5 high point hunter seat team honors. The Griffins host the Region 5 hunter seat season opener at head coach Becki Bloom's Bloomfield Stables on October 2nd.
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Earlier we mentioned that Krueger's third in individual intermediate fences was the top ribbon earned by a Region 5 undergraduate rider at Zone 2 Zones. However a former teammate of Kreuger did one better. She is Alexis "Lexi" Kupic, who was second in alumni over fences on April 9th. Seen here between her grandmother Claire (on left) and her mother Betsy (herself a former IHSA coach at Curry College) at the fall '21 Bethany show, Lexi Kupic was the only Region 5 hunter seat rider to survive Zones and compete at 2022 IHSA Nationals. And May 7th was quite a day for Kupic. She started the day by placing third at Nationals in alumni fences. Then Kupic drove from Harrisburg to the Seton Hill campus (about three hours) where she arrived in time to put on a cap and gown and walk down the aisle in order to receive a graduate degree.
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 Schools which competed in Zone 2, Region 5 during the 2021-2022 school year: Allegheny College, Bethany College (WV), California University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mercyhurst College, Penn State University at Erie - The Behrend Campus, Seton Hill University, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Washington and Jefferson College and West Virginia University.


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 Fall 2022 Show Schedule for Zone 2, Region 5:

englishSunday, October 2 Seton Hill University (Host) at Bloomfield Stables, Belle Vernon, PA 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, October 9 Slippery Rock University/Edinboro University (Co-Hosts) at Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, Slippery Rock, PA 9:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, October 16 Bethany College (Host) at Oglebay Stables, Wheeling, WV 11:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, October 23 California University of Pennsylvania (Host) at Fallowfield Stables, Charleroi, PA 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, November 6 West Virginia University (Host) at the West Virginia University J.W. Ruby Research Farm, also known as Reedsville Farm, Reedsville, WV 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSunday, November 13 California University of Pennsylvania (Host) at the West Virginia University J.W. Ruby Research Farm, also known as Reedsville Farm, Reedsville, WV 1:00PM WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, November 20 Duquesne University (Host) at Fox Hollow Stables, Wampum, PA 10:30AM ENGLISH ONLY


Western Show Dates to come. Show Schedule subject to change.


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Recent Region Champions (Most of the current Region 5 schools were in Zone 3, Region 3 prior to the 2010-11 season and known as Zone 6, Region 5 2010-14)

Hunter Seat:

1997 - Penn State University (State College)
1998 - Penn State University (State College)
1999 - Penn State University (State College)
2000 - Penn State University (State College)
2001 - Penn State University (State College)
2002 - Wilson College
2003 - Penn State University (State College)
2004 - Penn State University (State College)
2005 - Penn State University (State College)
2006 - West Virginia University
2007 - West Virginia University
2008 - West Virginia University
2009 - West Virginia University
2010 - West Virginia University
2011 - West Virginia University
2012 - West Virginia University
2013 - West Virginia University
2014 - West Virginia University
2015 - West Virginia University
2016 - West Virginia University
2017 - Seton Hill University
2018 - Seton Hill University
2019 - Seton Hill University
2020 - Seton Hill University
2022 - Seton Hill University

Western (recognized as Zone 3, Region 2 1998-2001, then simply as Zone 3 2001-02, as Zone 3, Region 1/3/4 2002-10 and as Zone 6, Region 5 2010-14):

1999 - Kutztown University
2000 - Kutztown University
2001 - University of Delaware
2002 - Rutgers University
2003 - Kutztown University
2004 - Kutztown University
2005 - West Virginia University
2006 - West Virginia University
2007 - West Virginia University
2008 - West Virginia University
2009 - West Virginia University
2010 - West Virginia University
2011 - West Virginia University
2012 - West Virginia University
2013 - West Virginia University
2014 - West Virginia University
2015 - Slippery Rock University
2016 - West Virginia University
2017 - Clarion University
2018 - Slippery Rock University
2019 - Youngstown State University
2020 - Youngstown State University
2022 - West Virginia University

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