Where have you been hiding?: Both Mirabelle White (on left) and Emily Bernstein (on right) compete for Washington College. And both earned red ribbons at the December 4th University of Delaware show. And both are from the town of Ellicott City, Maryland. And yet the two never met until they were part of the same riding lesson at Washington College taught by head coach Megan Dixon (center). "We went to rival high schools," says Bernstein. White, a junior who rides at the introductory level, went to Centenial High School while Bernstein, a sophomore who rides in pre-novice classes, went to Mount Hebron High School. But despite the high school rivalry the two get along fine now that they compete for the Shoremen.

Region 5 runs from the city of Philadelphia (Drexel, Temple and the University of Pennsylvania within the boundaries) down the Delmarva Peninsula to Salisbury, Maryland while also currently including one New Jersey school (Stockton). Last season Salisbury University did not compete in the IHSA. But on December 4th the Gulls made their first appearance at an IHSA show since the start of the pandemic. Salisbury also has a new coach in Heather Hudson (on right). Hudson's first rider into the ring on December 4th is Braedan Lehman (on left), a sophomore from Selbyville, Delaware who earned the Gulls' first two points of the day/season with a fifth in limit fences.
If you are wondering what became of former Salisbury head coach Amy Daspit she is still the Region 5 Region President and is now the assistant coach at Villanova University. Daspit (on right) is seen here with Olivia Lawlor of the Wildcats. A junior from Guilford, Connecticut, Lawlor is one of three Villanova riders to qualify for Regionals during the fall. Lawlor will ride in both of the limit classes at Regionals on March 25th.
One University of Pennsylvania rider has qualified for Regionals through the fall and she is Audrey Lehneis (on left, with head coach Dana Epps). From Allamuchy, New Jersey, Lehneis is qualified in the limit flat division. The Quakers were third at the December 4th UDel show with 27 points, their highest total so far in 2022-23.
Region 5 has a most unique way of doing horse draw (or at least a unique way on December 4th). The horse's names are written on the wrappers of lollipops and then the lollipops are put inside brown school lunchbags with the name of each division written on the bag. Then the lunchbags filled with lollipops are placed on the ground in the order in which the classes are to be held. The riders then line up behind each lunchbag, based on the class they are entered in. Then bag-by-bag each rider pulls out a lollipop and their horse name is recorded by the host school until every lollipop in every bag has been accounted for. And riders like McKenzie Bauman of Stockton University (on right, with coach and former Stockton rider Anna Succor) get to eat the lollipops once the draw is completed for their class.
Though she only took over as the Drexel University head coach halfway through the 2012-13 season Beth Orem is the longest tenured coach at her current school in Region 5. With Orem is Taylor Gibboney of the Dragons (on right), a junior from Newville, Pennsylvania who is one of two Drexel riders qualified for Regionals. Gibboney is qualified in limit fences.
Through six fall shows Lily Turner of Temple University (pictured) built up a 22 point lead in the Region 5 hunter seat open rider standings and after eight shows the freshman from Dover, Delaware has mathematically clinced a trip to Zone 3 Zones in the Cacchione Cup competition. Turner won both of her open classes on February 25th to help the Owls move into second place overall with one hunter seat show remaining.
Whitney Carmouche (on left) has been the head coach at the University of Delaware since the fall of 2013 and so far her Fighting Blue Hens have captured a hunter seat Region Title each of her eight seasons. UDel won for the third time in six tries on December 4th, besting Villanova 42-31 at C-Line Stables to take a 27 point lead on the Wildcats (42 points is also the high score for any Region 5 team so far this season). Having the largest roster in the region has helped UDel block points while sending the most riders to Regionals. Jillian Stark (on right), a junior from Southbury, Connecticut is one of eight University of Delaware riders qualified for Regionals and one of four regionwide to point out of novice equitation.
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 Schools competing in Zone 3, Region 5 during the 2022-23 school year: Drexel University, Salisbury University, Stockton University, Temple University, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Washington College.

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 Winter/Spring 2023 Show Schedule for Zone 3, Region 5:

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

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

englishSunday, February 12 Temple University (Host) at Black Horse Stables, Norristown, PA Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

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

englishSaturday, February 25 Washington College/Salisbury University (Co-Hosts) at Autumn Grove Stables, Berlin, MD 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

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

englishSunday, March 5 University of Delaware (Host) at C-Line Stables, Odessa, DE 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernSaturday, March 18 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 1 at the Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale, FL 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, March 19 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 2 at the Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale, FL 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

englishSaturday, March 25 Zone 3, Region 5 Hunter Seat Regionals at Shadow Creek Farm, Chadds Ford, PA 10:00AM 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 5 Team Champions (Region 5 known as Zone 4, Region 4 2010-13 and was spun off from part of Zone 3, Region 2 following the 2009-10 season)

Hunter Seat:

1997 - University of Delaware (1996-97
IHSA Hunter Seat National Champions)
1998 - Kutztown University
1999 - University of Delaware
2000 - University of Delaware
2001 - University of Delaware
2002 - University of Delaware
2003 - University of Delaware
2004 - Delaware Valley College
2005 - Delaware Valley College
2006 - Delaware Valley College
2007 - University of Delaware
2008 - University of Delaware
2009 - Delaware Valley College
2010 - Delaware Valley College
2011 - University of Delaware
2012 - University of Delaware
2013 - Drexel University
2014 - University of Delaware
2015 - University of Delaware
2016 - University of Delaware
2017 - University of Delaware
2018 - University of Delaware
2019 - University of Delaware
2020 - University of Delaware
2022 - University of Delaware
2023 - University of Delaware


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 - University of Delaware
2014 - University of Delaware
2015 - University of Delaware
2016 - University of Delaware
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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