What's this? A Zone 3, Region 3 rider on the Zone 3, Region 1 page? Abby Alexander of Centenary University (on right) finished second to Kristie Stamatis of Penn State University (the main campus, known sometimes as State College or University Park; on left) in the individual novice flat at Zone 3 Zones in Long Valley, New Jersey last April. Though they compete for different schools in different regions Stamatis and Alexander grew up riding together since the age of five in and around their hometown of Rochester, New York. During the off-season both train at Leesa Walker Stables in western New York state. On May 4th Alexander was sixth while Stamatis finished four years of college with a third in the same division at IHSA Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky.

From Chevy Chase, Maryland, Jillian Kaufman of Dickinson College (pictured) finished second in the Region 1 hunter seat open rider standings for the 2016-17 season. Kaufman was one of two Dickinson riders to compete at Zones last April 8th (the other was walk-trot-canter rider Sydney Stanion). Kaufman placed sixth in individual open flat, third in individual open over fences and fifth in the ten-way Cacchione Cup class (which was simply an exhibition class). Dickinson finished second to Penn State (State College) in the Region 1 team standings last season.
Seth Rice of Penn State (Main Campus) checks his draw on the list inside AllTech Arena at 2017 IHSA Nationals. From Quakertown, Pennsylvania Rice has improved his ribbon each year at Nationals despite moving up a level each time. As a freshman in 2015 Rice was seventh in intermediate western horsemanship. As a sophomore he was fourth in novice western and as a junior the reserve champion in advanced western horsemanship. In 2017-18 the five Zone 3 hunter seat Regions will again ride as one big region for western.
Though Wilson College graduate and head coach Megan Mendenhall (on right) did not compete in an official IHSA show during the 2016-17 season this photo dates from the previous season when she did. On left is Molly McElroy, who was one of two Wilson riders to compete at Zone 3 Zones on April 8th. McElroy and teammate Megan Varga (not pictured, who rode in individual walk-trot) both just missed getting to Nationals with third place ribbons. McElroy's yellow ribbon in individual novice flat ended her undergraduate riding career but during her four seasons in Chambersburg the Wilson team rose mightily in the Region 1 team standings. Much of this improvement has been over the past two seasons which were the first two coached by Mendenhall.
Penn State (University Park) won their fifteenth consecutive hunter seat region title in 2016-17. However the Nittany Lions did not get past Zones for four consecutive seasons until 2017 in Long Valley last April. On that day Melissa Steckow (on left, with her Mother) won the second team class of the day which was intermediate over fences. From that point on Penn State held second place through the rest of the day (though through six team classes only three points separated second from fifth). Stecklow would earn three of Penn State's six team points at 2017 IHSA Nationals with a fourth in the same division at IHSA Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 5th.
From Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Madalyn Morgenthaler of Gettysburg College (pictured) won her advanced walk-trot-canter class at the November 13, 2016 Susquehanna University/Lebanon Valley College co-hosted show at Black River farm in Ringoes, New Jersey. Morgenthaler needed two more points to go to Regionals but would have to wait until the first Saturday in March to earn them. That is when Gettysburg and Wilson co-hosted the next Region 1 Hunter seat show during which Morgenthal pointed out of the division. Zone 3 will look slightly different in 2017-18 as a few schools moved from one region to another. While Gettysburg stays put in Region 1 it is likely that two or three schools may be headed into regions to the east of Central Pennsylvania.
Mary Babick (not pictured), who took time out of her busy schedule as President of the United States Hunter Jumper Association to judge 2017 Zone 3 Zones, clearly thought well of alumni rider Stephanie Ripka's riding. Known as Stephanie Gleeson when she graduated from Penn State in 1997, Ripka (pictured) won both alumni classes at Zones on April 8th. Ripka teaches art classes at a high school in Pennsylvania, and among her former pupils is Randolph College rider Eliza Gretok (whose Mother Kristen is the assistant coach at Penn State).
Lycoming College may have fielded one of the smaller Region 1 teams in 2017-18 but one of their riders qualified for Regions in both novice hunter seat divisions. From Little Silver, New Jersey, Megan McVeety (pictured) had not yet pointed out of either novice division when this photo was taken at Black River Farm in November of 2015.
Riders who won blue ribbons at recent shows co-hosted by Susquehanna University and Lebanon Valley College received T-Shirts which mention the date of the show. From Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Nicole Wolf of Penn State University holds up such a shirt following her win in novice over fences on November 13, 2016. Wolf finished her freshman year at Happy Valley by earning the other three points for the Nittany Lions at the 2017 IHSA Nationals event. Wolf was fourth in team novice over fences on May 4th which briefly had Penn State sitting in fourth place as this was the first of eight team classes to be held in Lexington over a long weekend.
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The Zone 3, Region 1 Smorgasbord

 Schools which competed in Zone 3, Region 1 during the 2016-2017 school year: Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Millersville University, Penn State University (State College), Penn State University at Altoona, Penn State University at Harrisburg, Susquehanna University and Wilson College.

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 Fall 2017 Show Schedule for Zone 3, Region 1:

westernSunday, October 1 Susquehanna University (Host) at Buffalo Valley Riding Club, Lewisburg, PA 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, October 1 Bucknell University (Host) at Buffalo Valley Riding Club, Lewisburg, PA HELD FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE SUSQUEHANNA SHOW - WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, October 28 Penn State University (State College) (Host) at the Grier School, Tyrone, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, October 28 University of Delaware (Host) at Saddlebrook Stables, Schwenksville, PA 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, October 28 Villanova University (Host) at Saddlebrook Stables, Schwenksville, PA HELD FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE SHOW - WESTERN ONLY

englishSunday, October 29 Penn State University (State College) (Host) at the Grier School, Tyrone, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, November 4 Wilson College/Gettysburg College (Co-Hosts) on the campus of Wilson College at the Hawthorne Riding Arena, Chambersburg, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, November 11 Dickinson College (Host) at Briarwood Farm at Black River Farm, Ringoes, NJ 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, November 12 Susquehanna University (Host) at Briarwood Farm at Black River Farm, Ringoes, NJ 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSunday, November 12 Kutztown University (Host) at Willow Brook Farm, Catasqua, PA 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, November 12 William Paterson University (Host) at Willow Brook Farm, Catasqua, PA HELD FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE KUTZTOWN SHOW - WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, November 18 Delaware Valley University (Host) at Saddlebrook Stables, Schwenksville, PA 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

Western shows are doubleheaders, with one school hosting the first show of the day and the other the second. Schools in each Zone 3 Hunter Seat Region will show western as part of one big region in 2017-18. Show Schedule subject to change.

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Recent Region 1 Team Champions (The current hunter seat version of Zone 3, Region 1 was created from parts of Zone 3, Region 2, Zone 3, Region 3 and Zone 3, Region 4 following the 2004-05 season):

2006 - Penn State University
2007 - Penn State University
2008 - Penn State University
2009 - Penn State University
2010 - Penn State University
2011 - Penn State University
2012 - Penn State University
2013 - Penn State University
2014 - Penn State University
2015 - Penn State University
2016 - Penn State University
2017 - Penn State University

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