Seen here with head coach Janis Groomes during a show at Black River Farm way back in the fall of 2016, Noa Leibson of Gettysburg College (on left) was sitting in fourth place with 41 points in the Region 1 hunter seat open rider standings through February 9th. That show hosted by Gettysburg turned out to be the last of the 2019-20 season for Region 1 as all shows slated for March 13th and later were cancelled due to the pandemic known as both covid-19 and the coronavirus. One of many seniors around the IHSA who did not get any chance at the post-season (and Region 1 still had one more show on their regular season schedule), Leibson wrote a very moving piece for The Plaid Horse which can be read here.

At first Andrea Clancy (on left) could claim she had an IHSA connection in that her sister Lisa DeMayo (not pictured) coached the Williams College equestrian team. But then Andrea's daughter Sarah (on right) grew up, went to Dickinson College, rode on their equestrian team and made her Mother just as famous! Sarah Clancy was sitting in third place in the Region 1 hunter seat open rider standings prior to the cancelled March 28th show at Black River Farm. Dickinson was 14 points ahead of Wilson College in the race for second place overall.
The rider who finished in third place overall in the region's Western open rider standings is Christina Sakalas of Penn State University (the main campus in State College, also sometimes known as University Park). From Falls, Pennsylvania, Sakalas may have missed out on an automatic trip to Nationals to compete in the individual AQHA Trophy class but in 2019 Sakalas led the region in the western open standings and did just that! Sakalas is seen here on May 4, 2019 at IHSA Nationals in Syracuse prior to competing in the rail phase of the individual AQHA. Sakalas was a junior in 2019-20 so the opportunity to compete at one more IHSA Nationals is in play.
The Region 1 hunter seat open rider race had not been settled prior to the cancellation of all the shows from March 13th forward. From Great Falls, Virginia, Hannah Femia of Wilson College (on left) sat at 65 combined open flat and fences points. The sophomore was only three points out of first with that one show on March 28th sitting on the original schedule. On the right is first-year Wilson Coach Sable Bettencourt, who will be familiar to those in Zone 7, Region 4 as she coached the University of Wisconsin at Madison not long ago.
Another first-year coach in Region 1 is Mackenzie Appleman (on right) of Susquehanna University. Taking over for the legendary Jan Phillips, Appleman is seen here with Sydney Hergan of the River Hawks at the November 9th Dickinson show. Though Susquehanna had only scored 48 points through seven shows the River Hawks had four riders qualified for Regionals, including Hergan (a sophomore from Bel Air, Maryland) in both limit divisions.
She isn't a first-year head coach but she might be a first-year assistant coach. Katie Shoop (on right) was class of '15 at Bloomsburg University in Zone 3, Region 4 where she rode on their equestrian team. On November 9th Shoop deputized for Bucknell University head coach Farra Phillips and saw the Bison finish fourth for the day with 28 points. On the right is Bucknell sophomore Olivia Bongiovi, who had previously qualified for Regionals in introductory equitation.
Lycoming College brought two riders to the November 9th Dickinson show and both are seen here with their coach. From left to right are Mikayla Schappert (a limit flat rider), head coach Jenna Helwig and Katie McCarty (who rides in both limit divisions). We are not sure how close either Schappert or McCarty might have been to qualifying for Regionals but by February 9th they were still trying to point up. Many riders are in the same boat as these two, in that they just missed out on qualifying for a post-season that was not completed in 2019-20 and certainly did not go through to Semifinals, Zones or Nationals. By having to wait until next year they have a chance hopefully to go all the way to 2021 IHSA Nationals, which are scheduled to take place not far south of Lycoming at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
Seen here holding "Hayley" is Hope Rutter of Gettysburg College. A sophomore from York, Pennsylvania, Rutter was one of five Bullets qualified for Regionals through February 9th. Rutter pointed out of intermediate fences prior to the November 9th Dickinson show. A 2019 Regional Qualifier in what was then novice flat, Rutter was not yet qualified in intermediate flat but could point up early in the fall of 2020.
She grew up riding at Silvermine Farm in Norwalk, Connecticut, which this season became the home of the Sacred Heart Equestrian Team in Zone 1, Region 5. From New Canaan, Connecticut, Sarah Youngman of Dickinson College is seen here after placing second in limit flat at the November 9th Black River Farm show hosted by Dickinson. Youngman needed only a point and received five to qualify for Regionals in the division. The host school finished second for the day with 33 points.
We could say Julianna Empie of Penn State University (Main Campus) qualified for Regionals in intermediate flat but the real story is what she had done when this photo was taken. The scene was 2019 Zone 3 Zones in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, where Penn State sat in fourth place (in a field of five teams) for half the day. However Caitlin O'Neill of the Nittany Lions won the seventh team class to put PSU in third with 28 points. Going into the final team class Delaware Valley had already locked up first place with 43, Rutgers (having not been to IHSA Nationals since 1987) was in second with 31, Penn State third with 28 and Centenary fourth with 27 but save for one class trending upward. When it was time to announce the results of the eighth and final team class, team intermediate flat, you could hear a pin drop. As is custom at most IHSA post-season shows the results are read in reverse order. Rutgers' rider was fifth, the University of Delaware rider was fourth and the Delaware Valley University rider was third. The two riders who remained determined second place (in a Zones team competition only the top two teams advance from Zones to Nationals). Empie, from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, had already clinched a place at Nationals earlier in the day. Empie was second in individual open over fences, a division she had won at Regionals two weeks earlier. Empie need to Not hear her name mentioned in second this time. The Centenary rider was announced next as second, Empie was first, Penn State scored 35 to Centenary's 32 (and Rutger's 33) and Empie received the blue ribbon she is holding in this photo. Empie would place ninth in the same team intermediate flat class at Nationals on May 2nd but was also second in individual open over fences with a combined judge's score of '81' prior to testing in what was the first class of all held at 2019 Nationals at the new Expostition Center in Syracuse, New York.
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The Zone 3, Region 1 Smorgasbord

 Schools which competed in Zone 3, Region 1 during the 2019-2020 school year: Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Lycoming College, Penn State University (State College), Penn State University at Altoona, Susquehanna University and Wilson College.

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 Winter/Spring 2020 Show Schedule for Zone 3, Region 1:

englishSaturday, February 8 Penn State University - Altoona Campus (Host) at the Grier School, Tyrone, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, February 8 Penn State University (State College) (Host) at Eagle Valley Equestrian Center, Bellfonte, PA Time TBA 2 WESTERN ONLY

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

westernSaturday, February 29 Entire Region (Co-Hosts) at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center, Schwenksville, PA 8:30AM WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, February 29 Zone 3, Region 1/2/4/5 Western Regionals at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center, Schwenksville, PA - HELD FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE FINAL REGULAR SEASON SHOW - WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, March 21 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 1 at Redlands Community College Royse Arena, El Reno, OK 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, March 22 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 2 at Redlands Community College Royse Arena, El Reno, OK 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, March 28 Entire Region (Host) at Briarwood Farm at Black River Farm, Ringoes, NJ 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, March 29 Zone 3, Region 1 Hunter Seat Regionals at Briarwood Farm at Black River Farm, Ringoes, NJ Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, April 5 ZONE 3 ZONES at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, also known as the Delaware State Fair, and also known as the Harrington Fairgrounds, Harrington, DE Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternThursday through Sunday, April 30 - May 3 IHSA NATIONALS at the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY 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 2019-20. 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):

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

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