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IHSA ZONE 3 - REGION 1

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The Rico Weidman fan club was out in large numbers at the November 12th show at Planeta Stables in Ringoes, New Jersey co-hosted by Susquehanna University and Bucknell University. A Susquehanna senior from Tiverton, Rhode Island, Weidman (center) won the open fences class which started the day. Through five fall shows Weidman is in third place in the Region 1 open rider standings.


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24 Region 1 hunter seat riders qualified for Regionals over the first five shows but only two have qualified to ride twice at Regionals. Cara McFadden of Penn State will ride in intermediate flat and open fences while Samantha Gilley of Wilson College (on right) will compete in both intermediate divisions. Seen here with coach McKenna Debus, the sophomore from Sykesville, Maryland pointed out of intermediate fences on October 8th at the Greer School and intermediate flat on November 11th at the first of two shows in two days at Planeta Stables.
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Gettysburg College did not make their 2023-24 debut until the third show of the year on October 28th. Since then head coach Janis Groomes (on left) has seen two of her riders qualify for Regionals including Sarah Laud (on right). A junior from Morristown, New Jersey, Laud qualified for Regionals in intermediate fences at the November 11th Dickinson show a day before this photo was taken.
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Dickinson College finished the November 11th/12th weekend by taking high point team honors. Dickinson was a 40-37 winner over Wilson while previously-unbeaten Penn State was third with 31. Tulsi Streeten (on left, with head coach Lindsay Vulich) was second in her limit flat class which started a streak where Dickinson riders won six classes and finished second twice over the final 11 classes held on November 12th. From Furlong, Pennsylvania, Streeten was one of four Dickinson riders to qualify for Regionals during the fall. Streeten is one of eight riders regionwide qualified in the novice equitation division.
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Penn State University's Main Campus won four of five fall hunter seat shows and has eight hunter seat and three western riders qualified for Regionals. Two of the qualifiers graduated mid-season, but can come back for Regionals regardless. One of them is Isabella Ortolan (pictured), a super-senior as she called herself on November 12th. From Speonk, New York on Long Island, Ortolan will ride at Regionals in limit flat.
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There are now three teams that are part of the Penn State University system competing in Region 1. One of them is Penn State University's Altoona Campus. Jocelyn Shields (on left) and Brianna Williams (on right) pose with head coach Shira Houser at Planeta Stables on November 12th. Altoona has been located within Region 1 since the school joined the IHSA over a decade ago. Over the years several Altoona riders have transferred to the Main Penn State Campus and have ridden there to close out their four years of IHSA eligibility.
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However Penn State University - Berks Campus is new to Region 1 in 2023-24. Berks is one of three teams to come over from Zone 3, Region 2 after that region was dissolved. Kylie Burkholder (on left) and Skylar Zaleski (on right) pose with coach Rebecca Weik at Planeta Stables on November 12th. When Berks first joined the IHSA as a member of Zone 3, Region 4 they nearly won a region title roughly 11 or 12 years ago in their second year of IHSA competition.
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Millersville University also moved from Region 2 to Region 1 in 2023-24. Amanda Large (pictured), a Millersville sophomore from Bethleham, Pennsylvania, would win her introductory class a few hours after this photo was taken on November 12th. This was the first time Large won a blue ribbon at an IHSA show.
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The third Region 2 school to join Region 1 in 2023-24 is Shippensburg University. Lizzy Minetola (pictured), a sophomore from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, is perhaps the Raiders rider closest to going to Regionals at the moment. Minetola said she now needs six points in novice equitation over the remaining three shows to point up into limit.
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Somewhat unusually Bucknell University co-hosted on November 12th though the Bison had a grand total of one rider entered. She is Katy Martinson (pictured), a senior from Westfield, New Jersey who had a fantastic day the last time Region 1 visited Planeta Stables for Regionals on March 26, 2023. Martinson was one of 14 riders entered in novice equitation that day, and after riding in the first heat and the callback of six Martinson was the blue ribbon winner with a trip to Zones. Surprisingly this writer once saw a school offically co-host an IHSA show without any riders entered. Lehigh University managed this unusual feat in the late 1990's.
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What's this? A photo from someplace other than Planeta? Indeed this photo of Kara Scotti of Juniata College (on left) and Eagles head coach Haley Campbell was taken at Duncraven Farm in November of 2022. A sophomore from Califon, New Jersey, Scotti is in fourth place in the Region 1 open rider standings. Juniata was not present on 11/12/23 so it was necessary to dig into the photo archives for this one.
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And this photo wasn't even taken in the Northeast! If the background looks somewhat spectacular this is because Penn State University Western Team head coach Chris McElyea (on left) and Nittany Lions western open rider Rachel Lexon are standing on the floor of Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington last May 5th. From Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Lexon was the first Zone 3 rider to compete at 2023 IHSA Nationals that day, eventually placing second in Individual Ranch Riding to close out her junior year. Zone 3 (Regions 1, 4 and 5) rides as one big region, and so far in 2023-24 this region has held only two shows of which Campus Equestrian is still waiting for the results. Needless to say the region/zone will be very busy with Western Shows in the month of February.
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 Schools competing in Zone 3, Region 1 during the 2023-2024 school year: Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, Millersville University, Penn State University (State College), Penn State University - Altoona Campus, Penn State University - Berks Campus, Shippensburg University, Susquehanna University and Wilson College.


Uncle Jimmy's
 Winter/Spring 2024 Show Schedule for Zone 3, Region 1:

westernSaturday, January 27 Rutgers University/Entire Region (Co-Hosts) at the Dream Park, Logan Township, NJ 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, February 10 Penn State University - Altoona Campus (Host) at the Grier School, Birmingham, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, February 10 Penn State University (Host) at Eagle Valley Equestrian Center, Bellefonte, PA 9:00AM 2 WESTERN ONLY

englishSunday, February 11 Gettysburg College (Host) at the Grier School, Birmingham, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, February 17 Delaware Valley University (Host) at Saddlebrook Equestrian Center, Schwenksville, PA Time TBA 2 WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, March 2 Wilson College (Host) on campus at the Hawthorne Riding Arena at the Penn Hall Equestrian Center, Chambersburg, PA Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

westernSaturday, March 2 Zone 3 Western Regionals on the campus of Wilson College at the Hawthorne Riding Arena at the Penn Hall Equestrian Center, Chambersburg, PA HELD FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE WILSON SHOW - WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, March 23 Susquehanna University/Bucknell University (Co-Hosts) at the Grier School, Birmingham, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, March 23 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 1 Hosted by the University of Findlay at the University of Findlay Equine Animal Science Center, Findlay, OH Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishSunday, March 24 Zone 3, Region 1 Regionals at the Grier School, Birmingham, PA Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

westernSunday, March 24 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 2 Hosted by the University of Findlay at the University of Findlay Equine Animal Science Center, Findlay, OH Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishSunday, April 7 ZONE 3 ZONES at Wyndsor Farm, Elverson, PA Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternFriday through Sunday, May 3 - 5 IHSA NATIONALS at Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, NC 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
2023 - 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
2023 - Delaware Valley University

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