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IHSA ZONE 3 - REGION 1

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No matter what kind of horse show takes place at Savannah College of Art and Design's facility in Hardeeville, South Carolina it is almost automatic that SCAD will win the show. This was the case on January 28th, as the host Bees fielded two teams for the Tournament of Champions Winter invitational. And to the surprise of few those were the Champion and Reserve Champion teams. But after the first class of the day SCAD was actually trailing! Emma Pell, a sophomore at Penn State University's main campus (who is seen here at Duncraven Farm in Titusville, New Jersey on November 13th) won the open over fences class to briefly give the Nittany Lions the lead. Even with 2022 Cacchione Cup champion Julianna Empie not competing this season Penn State still has a formidable group of open riders. Pell is one of four Nittany Lions currently in the top five of the Region 1 open rider standings.


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For almost a decade now Zone 3, Region 1 will spend a fall weekend in New Jersey, showing there on both a Saturday and a Sunday. From the fall of 2014 through last season these shows were held at Black River Farm in Ringoes. For the fall of 2022 they were moved to Duncraven Farm in Titusville, New Jersey, which last hosted the IHSA for Zone 3 Zones in April of 2013. During the November 12th show (a Saturday) Susquehanna University freshman Olive Scaff (center) won her intermediate fences (on "honey") while placing second in intermediate flat. From Allentown, New Jersey, Scaff is not the first member of her family to ride in the IHSA. Her mother (on right) was known as Alex Vallis when she rode for Alfred University in the early-to-mid 1980's.
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Penn State University has captured 19 consecutive hunter seat region titles. The last team to finish ahead of Penn State was Wilson College in 2002. In fact since Penn State won a share of the IHSA National Championship in 1989 only twice have the Nittany Lions not advanced a full team to the post-season. Wilson has the other region title, finishing on top in 1992. But after Wilson won at home on November 5th the Phoenix moved into first place. Then Penn State won at Duncraven on the 12th to pull within two points and on the 13th Penn State won by ten to take an eight point lead. However at least three shows remain and Wilson is giving the Nittany Lions a run for their money so far. The Phoenix have three riders qualified for Regionals including Rebecca Galvin (center, with her parents). A senior from Holden, Massachusetts, Galvin is qualified for regionals in novice equitation.
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Five Dickinson College riders are qualified for Regionals including Hallie Mitchell (on left, with head coach Lindsay Vulich). A senior from Bellevue, Washington, Mitchell is qualified in both intermediate fences and limit flat, pointing out of the former with a second in the division at Duncraven on November 13th. Mitchell also competed in a four-way ride-off for high point rider that day.
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This photo of Gettysburg College's Mary Grace Dellisanti was taken after she was second in limit flat at the November 6, 2021 Wilson show. A sophomore from Westport, Connecticut, Dellisanti pointed out of limit flat this season and so far is the only Gettysburg rider with a trip to 2023 Regionals on her resume.
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Juniata College also has one rider qualified for 2023 Regionals and she is Theadora Nagle (on left). Seen here with head coach Haley Campbell, the junior from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania is headed to regionals in the novice equitation division.
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And yet another Region 1 school has but one rider qualified for Regionals. This time the school is Penn State - Altoona and the rider is Sydney Johnson (on left). Head coach Shira Houser (on right) would see Johnson place second in introductory equitation at Duncraven on November 13th shortly after this photo was taken. That made the junior from Julian, Pennsylvania the first (and so far only) Zone 3, Region 1 rider to qualify for 2023 Regionals in the intro division.
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While it is true that Bucknell University also has one rider qualified for Regionals it isn't the one in this picture. Seen here is Josephine Duggan of the Bison, a freshman from Millbrook, New York who is holding her ribbons on November 13th (first in limit flat and third in limit fences). While Duggan will likely point up in the not too distant future her teammate Kristin Delany (not pictured) has stamped her ticket to regionals in novice equitation.
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One of the heroes of Wilson College's 43-32 victory over Penn State on November 5th is Judith Wolf (pictured). A sophomore from Sykesville, Maryland, Wolf was reserve high point rider in Chambersburg that day. Wolf is also a regional qualifier in limit flat.
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Susquehanna University sits in third place through five fall hunter seat shows and the River Hawks have the most Regional Qualifiers with six. Isabella Santiesteban, a senior from Shillington, Pennsylvania, is on the right with Susquehanna head coach Mackenzie Appleman not long before earning a second in intermediate fences on November 13th. We were told at the time that Santiesteban was qualified for regionals in both limit divisions.
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Sara Walter of Penn State University holds up the step stool the Nittany Lions decorated and brought to the Holiday Tournament of Champions invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia on December 3rd. Not originally in the program, Walter was an add to the low medal division following another school's scratch. A senior from Rochester, New York, Walter placed fifth in the low medal, which is one of two classes held at TOC events instead of a ride-off for high point rider. On January 28th Walter was third in intermediate over fences at the Winter Tournament of Champions invitational following Pell's first in open fences.
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 Schools competing in Zone 3, Region 1 during the 2022-2023 school year: Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, Penn State University (State College), Penn State University - Altoona Campus, Susquehanna University and Wilson College.


Uncle Jimmy's
 Winter/Spring 2023 Show Schedule for Zone 3, Region 1:

westernSaturday, January 28 Rutgers University/Arcadia University (Co-Hosts) at the Dream Park, Logan Township, NJ Time TBA 2 WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, February 11 Penn State University (Host) at the Grier School, Tyrone, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, February 11 Penn State University (Host) at Eagle Valley Equestrian Center, Bellefonte, PA 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

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

westernSaturday, February 18 Delaware Valley University (Host) at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center, Schwenksville, PA Time TBA 2 WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, March 4 Zone 3 Western Regionals at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center, Schwenksville, PA Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, March 18 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 1 Site and Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, March 19 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 2 Site and Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, March 25 Unknown Host (Host) at Duncraven Farm, Titusville, NJ 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, March 26 Zone 3, Region 1 Hunter Seat Regionals at Duncraven Farm, Titusville, NJ Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, April 8 ZONE 3 ZONES at the Centenary University Equestrian Center, Long Valley, NJ 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

Schools in each Zone 3 Hunter Seat Region will show Western as part of one big region again in 2022-23. 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
2022 - Penn State University

Western:

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
2022 - Delaware Valley University

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