How about an alphabetical look at the Region 1 teams? Bucknell University earned one blue ribbon at the November 6th Wilson College show. There were only nine classes held that day, with Kristin Delany of the Bison the pre-novice champion. A sophomore from Olney, Maryland, Delany is seen here outside the Hawthorne Riding Arena with the aforementioned blue ribbon. Bucknell has a smaller team in 2021-22, with only three riders entered at the Wilson show.

Dickinson College sits in fourth place through five fall shows without an open fences rider. Dickinson has the other divisions covered, including senior Sagan Schaffer in open flat (pictured). Dickinson will host the final Region 1 regular season show when the region makes its' second trek of the season to New Jersey for a regular show on a Saturday and Regionals on a Sunday at Black River Farm the final weekend in March.
It took four years but Abigail "Abby" Roos of Gettysburg College (on right) qualified for Regionals in limit flat at one of the two shows held at the Grier school over the final weekend of October. From Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Roos can say she was in the division when it was still known as 'Novice Flat.' The Gettysburg senior is seen here with head coach Janis Groomes, who has the Bullets one point ahead of Dickinson for third place headed into another pair of shows at the Grier School on February 12th and 13th.
A fair number of IHSA teams have yet to show since the pandemic put shows on hold for 18 months. However Juniata College flies in the face of that statistic, as Juniata had not fielded an IHSA team for several years leading into the pandemic and yet they are competing in 2021-22. Molly Hunter of Juniata is seen here after placing second to Delany in pre-novice on November 6th. There were six riders in this class which made it all the more special. For it was the first-ever horse show of any kind that the senior from State College, Pennsylvania competed in!
Altoona is alphabetically ahead of State College or University Park, so we have a photo of a Penn State Altoona Campus rider just before a photo of a main campus rider. In this case the Altoona rider is Caroline Crutchfield. A freshman from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Crutchfield is seen here on the bleechers at the Hawthorne Riding Arena on November 6th after winning the introductory equitation class which completed the show. In her first three IHSA competitions Crutchfield has gone from a fourth place ribbon to a third place ribbon to a first.
At the end of the November 6th Wilson show we took a photo of Penn State (Main Campus) head coach Kristin Gretok between Nicole Jacuzzi and Julianna Empie since they were the high point and reserve high point riders, respectively. We had planned to use that photo on the home page starting December 1st, with the caption "Seasons Gretok" but we blurred the photo! So instead you get to see coach Gretok (on right) with Emily Walker of the Nittany Lions way back on November 9, 2019 at Briarwood/Black River Farm. From Monroe, New York, Walker had just won her introductory equitation class. Now a junior, Walker pointed out of the division this season.
Aw you jinxed her! Susquehanna University head coach Mackenzie Appleman (on left) told us that intermediate rider Jessica Viola (on right) had started her freshman year with back-to-back wins in intermediate fences. But then she placed fourth at Wilson in the division on November 6th. From Easton, Pennsylvania, Viola's trainer during the off-season is Lafayette College head coach Kelly Poff so Viola knew a thing or two about IHSA before joining the River Hawks.
Many people do not know this but Wilson College was the last team to keep Penn State from winning a Region Title. This was way back in 2002 and the Phoenix also pulled this feat off in 1992. Though trying to make up a 36 point deficit this season is doubtful, Wilson has a firm hold on second place. From West Lawn, Pennsylvania, Destanee Benjamin of the Phoenix (in front of the trophy case at Hawthorne Riding Arena) won the novice equitation class on November 6th. It was the second blue ribbon for Benjamin in three tries to start her freshman year and the only blue ribbon of the day for the host school.
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The Zone 3, Region 1 Smorgasbord

 Schools competing in Zone 3, Region 1 during the 2021-2022 school year: Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, Penn State University (State College), Penn State University at Altoona, Susquehanna University and Wilson College.

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 Winter/Spring 2022 Show Schedule for Zone 3, Region 1:

englishSaturday, February 12 Penn State University at Altoona (Host) at the Grier School, Tyrone, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, February 12 Penn State University (Host) at Eagle Valley Equestrian Center, Bellefonte, PA 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

englishSunday, February 13 Gettysburg College (Host) at the Grier School, Tyrone, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, February 26 Delaware Valley University (Host) at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center, Schwenksville, PA 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, February 26 Zone 3 Western Regionals at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center, Schwenksville, PA WESTERN ONLY - HELD FOLLOWING AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE SECOND DELAWARE VALLEY SHOW AND NOT TO START BEFORE 4:00PM

westernSaturday, March 19 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 1 at the West Virginia J.W. Ruby Research Farm, Reedsville, WV Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, March 20 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 2 at the West Virginia J.W. Ruby Research Farm, Reedsville, WV Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, March 26 Dickinson College (Host) at Briarwood Farm at Black River Farm, Ringoes, NJ 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, March 27 Zone 3, Region 1 Hunter Seat Regionals at Briarwood Farm at Black River Farm, Ringoes, NJ Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, April 9 ZONE 3 ZONES at the Centenary University Equestrian Center, Long Valley, NJ Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternThursday through Sunday, May 5 - May 8 IHSA NATIONALS at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN

As of January 3rd there was the possibility that Wilson College might add a hunter seat show on February 26th. Schools in each Zone 3 Hunter Seat Region will show Western as part of one big region again in 2021-22. Show Schedule subject to change.

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):

Hunter Seat:

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
2018 - Penn State University
2019 - Penn State University
2020 - Penn State University


1999 - Kutztown University
2000 - Kutztown University
2001 - University of Delaware
2002 - Rutgers University
2003 - Bucks County Community College
2004 - Bucks County Community College
2005 - Delaware Valley College
2006 - Delaware Valley College
2007 - Delaware Valley College
2008 - Delaware Valley College
2009 - Washington College
2010 - University of Delaware
2011 - University of Delaware
2012 - University of Delaware
2013 - Delaware Valley College
2014 - Delaware Valley College
2015 - Delaware Valley College
2016 - Delaware Valley University
2017 - Delaware Valley University
2018 - Delaware Valley University
2019 - Penn State University (State College)
2020 - University of Delaware

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