Male riders certainly had their moments at Zone 3 Zones hosted by Delaware Valley College. Brendan Weiss of
Penn State University (on left) won the individual intermediate fences while Trevor Hawthorne of Centenary College (on right) was
reserve champion. Both Penn State and Centenary advanced four riders individually (five rides) to IHSA Nationals.
2012 ZONE 3 ZONES: ONE FOR THE AGES
Doylestown, PA - Prior to the IHSA National Region Re-Alignment of mid 2010
the team competition at Zone 3 Zones was often not all that interesting by the
time of the eighth and final team class. Far more often than not the final
team class included two teams that were well ahead of the other two. Sometimes
the race for the top two teams was still interesting through seven classes
(think Penn State and Lafayette in 2009 for example) but there was seldom the
tension that goes with two or more teams being on the brink of Nationals or
elimination headed into the final class.
Last season marked Centenary College's first season out of Zone 2 since the
Zones concept was introduced in mid 1989. The Cyclones and all the other
schools previously known as Zone 2, Region 1 were now known as Zone 3, Region 3.
It came to pass that Centenary hosted 2011 Zone 3 Zones, and on an individual
basis the Cyclones dominated the day. Eight of the region's 16 individual
undergradute rides at Nationals were earned by Centenary riders. However the
team competition was much closer. Delaware Valley College, the Region 2
champion, actually led Centenary much of the day before Natashia Klingenstein
(in team novice flat), Jessica Pabst (team intermediate flat) and Kathryn
Haley (team open flat) won the final three classes to give the Cyclones a
44-41 win over the Aggies. Through seven classes Centenary led 37-36 over
Del Val while Penn State had 32 but would have been on the wrong end of a
tiebreaker unless the aggie open rider came off. That was one of the better
endings to a Zone 3 Zones show in that a recent National Champion was nearly
runner-up in their own facility. The Cyclones, the 2009 National Champions,
went to Lexington and won the 2011 IHSA hunter seat team competition for their
fourth Championship title in program history and second in three seasons.
|From left to right are Cait Doran, Head Coach Kelly Francfort, Elisabeth Van Embden, Emily Hulak and Sam Sagot of Rutgers University.
A freshman from Millville, New Jersey, Van Embden was second in individual novice flat to advance to IHSA Nationals. Rutgers was tied for first with
Penn State through three team classes.
In 2012 it was Zone 3, Region 2's turn to host Zones. For the first time
since 2008 Delaware Valley College had the honor of hosting on their Doylestown,
Pennsylvania campus. The field for the team competition was quite different
then, as Penn State, the University of Delaware, West Virginia University and
East Stroudsburg University took full teams to 2008 Zones (both UDel and West
Virginia are in different Zones today). Penn State won that contest to advance
to Nationals in Burbank, California with West Virginia the reserve champion.
Penn State's win in '08 was their sixth straight win at Zones. The Nittany
Lions would run the streak to seven before surprisingly finishing last in 2010.
Finally able to capture a Region Title in a year ending with a '2' (Wilson
College won Region Titles in 1992 and 2002 to interupt what otherwise would be
a streak of 24 titles in a row for Penn State), Penn State was at Zones with a
full team for the tenth straight season. Rutgers University had not captured a
Region Title since 1987 prior to ending the draught in 2012. Surprisingly
Region 4 champion Rutgers, Region 1 champion Penn State and Region 2 champion
and host Delaware Valley were all in the same region prior to the fall of 1989!
If you turn the clock back further Region 3 champion Centenary was in with
all three of these schools in what was simply known as "Region 5" as the IHSA
was made up of only seven 'Regions' prior to the 1981-82 season.
In any event defending National Champion Centenary was competing at Delaware
Valley for the first time since either the 1981-82 season or perhaps ever (we
don't have concreate information if Delaware Valley hosted on their campus
that far back - Editor). The Cyclones and host Aggies had something other than
a common region title between them: Both had lost only once during the Regular
Season. Centenary was defeated by Sarah Lawrence College the first weekend in
November while Delaware Valley College was on the wrong end of a 34-33 score
versus Penn State - Berks Campus the third weekend in October. While Centenary
lost in Upstate New York Del Val had lost at home, making the Aggies 0-and-1 in
their own facility during 2011-12 headed into today's show.
The competition started with a class that would not be pinned until much
later. Zone 3 usually hosts a Cacchione Cup Class, giving the four riders who
have automatically qualified to compete for the cup at Nationals the chance to
participate in an exhibition or tune-up. The jumping phase kicked off the
proceedings, with all four riders entered also coincidentally entered in either
an individual or team class later in the day.
Team Intermediate Fences was the first class of the day which officially
counted. Three of the four riders had steller rounds but surprisingly there
was no testing. Allison Healey (freshman, from Bellingham, Massachusetts) won
the class for Penn State. Delaware Valley's Kelsey Ficara was second, Brendan
Williams of Centenary third and Gwen Campbell of Rutgers (who might have won if
not for one sticky fence) fourth.
|Spoiler Alert! Please don't read this caption if you don't want to know about the last class
of the day (the story has a long way to go). If you do then, well, from left to right are Abaigeal Flannery,
alumni rider Amanda Bender, Coach Susan Clark, Kerri Sheridan, Ashley Christiano and Coach Gary Clark of the
State University of New York at New Paltz. Sheridan won individual walk-trot at 3:39PM to conclude the final
Zone 3 class of 2011-12.
Individual Open Fences was in fact tested. Alexis Wirth of
Kutztown University and Kathryn Haley of Centenary were asked to switch
horses as were Penn State teammates Lauren Powers and Brooke Shinners.
After the test (which involved three of the fences) everyone was
invited back for the presentation of ribbons. Haley, who did not lose
a flat class all season in 2010-11 but who has been human in that area
this season, won the class (in 2011-12 the sophomore from Orchard Park,
New York has excelled in jumping classes, somewhat reversing last
season's trend). Powers, a freshman from nearby Yardley, Pennsylvania
was reserve champion. Powers is one of two known freshman within the
IHSA this season who has qualified for the Cacchione Cup competition.
Individual Intermediate Fences was similar in many regards to the
class which preceeded it. Judge Linda Shahinian asked Charlotte Marks
of Bucknell University and Trevor Hawthorne of Centenary to switch
horses while Brendan Weiss of Penn State and Alanna Reiner of Lafayette
did likewise. When the results were announced the men had prevailed.
Weiss, a sophomore from Southampton, Pennsylvania was champion while
Hawthorne (freshman, Wilmington, Delaware) was reserve. This was the
first of four rides on what would be a memorable day for Weiss.
Save for Rutgers senior Sam Sagot everyone entered in Team Open
Fences had already ridden at least once today. Weiss in fact rode in
consecutive classes, having pointed up early in the season in
intermediate fences. Surprisingly both Haley and Ciara Menkens of
Delaware Valley had at least one sticky fence. Then Weiss was on pace
to have a better ride than either of them when his horse refused at the
final fence. This was the only refusal in a team class during today's
show and no re-ride was given. Sagot appeared to have the round that
but when the placings were announced Haley had won her second blue
ribbon of the day while Sagot was second, Menkens third and Weiss
fourth. In the early going this gave Centenary an 11-10 lead on Penn
State while host Del Val had nine and Rutgers eight.
In 2011 the Alumni Fences was made up of only three riders. In
2012 the field was up to the maximum eight riders, helped in part by
the return of hunter seat alumni classes to Zone 3, Region 3. This
was the first class of eight not to be tested. Surprisingly the top
two riders in the division were the exact same top two as last season
(and in the same order no less). 2005 Kutztown University graduate
Chrystal Coffelt Wood, who coaches the Penn State - Berks Campus team
was reserve champion while 2010 Lebanon Valley College graduate Sarah
Bechtel was the winner. Bechtel's ride in 2012 was superior to the
winning ride in 2011, as the three-way class one year earlier had
been a minor debacle in which Bechtel was the best in a sub-par
series of efforts. Today's ride had to be on the money and it was
for Bechtel in a big way.
|If any school besides Penn State and Centenary did well on an individual basis it
would have to be West Chester University. The Golden Rams will have two undergraduates and a recent
alumni showing at 2012 Nationals. From left to right are Coach Beth Orem, Nicole Ligon (second in
individual novice fences), Katie Beard (second in walk-trot) and Emily Rosen (second in alumni flat).
Individual Novice Fences was next. Shahinian again decided
against further testing and the riders were invited back for the
placings. When the results were announced in reverse order (as is
common at post-season IHSA shows) there was much screaming amongst
the West Chester University faithful. Nicole Ligon (sophomore, from
Glenmoore, Pennsylvania) was second for the Golden Rams. Though her
coach (Beth Orem) and teammates were simply happy for her Ligon had
actually ended a dubious streak. At 2011 Zone 3 Zones schools from
Zone 3, Region 2 failed to advance a single undergraduate rider to
Nationals (16 rides, 0 top two placings from Region 2). Ligon became
the first Region 2 undergraduate to advance individually since 2010.
Brendan Williams (sophomore, Stratford, Connecticut) was the
champion. In total contrast Haley, Hawthorne and Williams kept
Centenary on a pace to advance as many undergraduates on an
individual basis as in 2011. Could the Cyclones maintain this level
of success and send forward as many riders from one team as the rest
of the zone combined?
Team Novice Fences was the last of the jumping classes. Rutgers
scored a major mid-season pick-up when Michelle Retkwa transfered
from Skidmore College to the New Brunswick, New Jersey school. A
freshman from Byrum, New Jersey Retkwa won the novice fences,
followed by Amanda Pritt of Penn State, Chelsea Koerper of Delaware
Valley and Elisabeth Scovotti of Centenary. Though early results
from Zones shows can often mean little to nothing when the show is
over everyone was certainly in the race at this point. Through
three classes it was Rutgers 15, Penn State 15, Centenary 14 and
Delaware Valley 13. This was the first time New Jersey-based
Centenary had ever gone head-to-head in a post-season IHSA show
and at least for a moment the Scarlet Knights had the lead on the
defending National Champion Cyclones.
After the removal of jumps and a schooling break Team Open Flat
kicked off the first of 12 flat classes (including the Cacchione
Cup Flat Phase) at 1:06PM. When this class was pinned Weiss had won
for the second time today. The once-invincible flat rider Haley was
second, Menkens third and Hailey Pamula of Rutgers fourth. Sagot of
Rutgers had remarked on a prior occasion that Weiss "is amazing" and
the Penn State sophomore was certainly that on the flat today.
Through half the team classes: Penn State 22, Centenary 19, Rutgers
18 and Delaware Valley 17.
Individual Novice Flat featured only five schools. This is
because two riders each from Centenary, Delaware Valley and Penn
State qualified out of Regionals. In fact Rebecca Folk of Lafayette
College was the only entry in the division not from a 2012 Region
Champion school. After everyone had gone through the usual
Shahinian lined everyone up and sent four riders back out on the
rail (those four were Gianna Micozzi of Penn State, Chelsea Koerper
of Delaware Valley, Natasha Klinenstein of Centenary College and
Elisabeth Van Embden of Rutgers). Once these riders had lined up
everyone thought that would be the class. However Shahinian then
asked the other four riders to go out on the rail. Eventually they
too were lined up again. When the placings were announced the first
four who were sent out on the rail were in fact the top four.
Koerper (who was high point rider for the first time on March 11th)
was fourth, Micozzi third, Van Embden the reserve champion and
Klingenstein the winner. Centenary now had four individuals heading
on to Nationals. The team was in second; could they catch Penn
State for the top spot?
|Only once during the day were the top two riders in any division
from the same school. This occurred in individual walk-trot-canter, when Haleigh
Boswell (on left) finished second to Penn State teammate Kate McAndrew (on right).
The Cacchione Cup flat phase followed. After lots of work without
irons the blue ribbon went to Cori Reich of Centenary. A junior from
Ivyland, Pennsylvania (her parents said it took them five minutes to
drive to the Delaware Valley campus), Reich bested Powers (second),
Menkens (third) and Rebekah Scharfe of Lafayette (the latter of which
is also a freshman Cacchione Cup qualifier).
Team intermediate flat gave Klingenstein another chance to win on
the flat (which historically is her specialty). The senior from
Torrance, California was clearly the winner, vaulting Centenary to
within a point of Penn State. Emily Denning was second for the
Nittany Lions, who still led 27-26. Campbell was third while Ficara
was fourth. Rutgers now had 22 and host Delaware Valley shockingly
only 20 in their own building. Through five classes the team
competition was starting to look like - eh - Zone 3 Zones, where two
teams get ahead of two others. Could Rutgers or Delaware Valley
make it seem like Zone 1 Zones (nine times out of ten the Zone 1
Zones show holds real drama going into the final class)?
Prior to the show this writer asked Williams which horse or horses
impressed Centenary. Williams cited "Bentley" (a Lehigh University
horse) who Haley would ride for part of the individual open fences.
For Individual Open Flat Haley drew "Bentley DVC," another horse
usually known as Bentley but modified since he belongs to the hosts
and there were obviously two Bentleys on the premesis. Haley
reminded everyone why she went undefeated on the flat through
Nationals last season with a steller blue ribbon ride here. Delaware
Valley finally had something to cheer about. Jess Katz (sophomore,
West Hartford, Connecticut) was second to give the Aggies a second
rider at Nationals (Menkens obviously was already going in the
Cacchione Cup competition).
Perhaps Katz' ability to do something for Del Val may have 'awoken
the sleeping dog.' Team Novice Flat did not include a single rider
with prior IHSA Zones experience (technically Retkwa had a ride
earlier in the day - Editor) as all four entries were freshmen.
When it was over Retkwa was fourth, Lauren Buettner of Centenary
third, Madeline "Maddy" Fass of Penn State second and Elizabeth
Parker of Delaware Valley the champion. From Atlanta, Georgia,
Parker is a former IEA rider, having competed on the Falcon Ridge
Stables team in the extra-large IEA Zone 4. With Parker's win all four
schools in the team competition had earned a least one blue ribbon.
Through six of eight team classes it was Penn State 32, Centenary 30,
Delaware Valley 27 and Rutgers 25. Would this be just a temporary
turn of events for the Aggies or could they challenge the top two?
|From left to right are sophomore Bailey Young, freshman Sarah Conklin and Head Coach Cory Kieschnick of
Delaware Valley College. Conklin's win in team walk-trot pulled the Aggies into a tie for second with Centenary through
seven team classes.
Individual Intermediate Flat was the fourth division of the day to
feature Weiss (prior to the show Weiss cited "Autumn" as a horse most
Nittany Lions hoped to draw. Another Lehigh horse, Autumn was a big
winner at 2010 Zone 3 Zones in Forest City, Pennsylvania). Last
season Region 4 did only slightly better than Region 2 in advancing
individual undergraduate riders on to Nationals. Shannon Bilder of
Bloomsburg University won individual open over fences in 2011 but she
turned out to be the only Region 4 survivor via the Zones route. In
2012 Region 4 turned out to be twice as good, as Alyssa Piccoli of
Kutztown was the Reserve Champion to join Van Embden at Nationals.
Weiss made it three blues for the day with the intermediate flat
champion ribbon. For the first time all day a Centenary rider did
not make the top two individually. Jessica Spanier of Stevens
Institute of Technology just missed becoming the first Region 3 rider
of the day not from Centenary to advance, placing third.
Individual Walk-Trot-Canter followed. Penn State was the only
school with two riders in the division and both survived to Raleigh.
Haleigh Boswell (junior, Woodstock, New York) was second while Kate
McAndrew (freshman, Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania) was the champion.
This would be the only time all day that the top two individual
riders would come from the same school. McAndrew was also the only
freshman to win an individual class today. Suprisingly Penn State
now had five individual rides secured at Nationals, the same number
Some may or may not like the fact that Team Walk-Trot was the
seventh team class of the day. Most riders in this division over
the years have limited or no riding experience whatsoever prior to
arriving at college. Therefore it puts considerable pressure on
these riders to be competing so late in a Zones competition with so
much on the line. But the division must take place at some point
during the day and today it was the fourth-to-last class. The
results of team walk-trot threw the standings into a tizzy. Alexz
Goldin of Rutgers was fourth, Thomas Goodwin Jr. of Centenary third
Jessica Hanlon of Penn State second and Sarah Conklin of Delaware
Valley College the winner. A freshman from Westbrook, Connecticut
Conklin had made it two team class wins in a row for the Aggies.
Remarkably this created a tie with Centenary for second place, both
with 34 points each. Penn State remained ahead with 37 while
Rutgers held 28 points. Though the Scarlet Knights no longer could
advance to Nationals (unless two riders fell off!) Rutgers could
wreck havoc for Centenary or Delaware Valley in the team
walk-trot-canter two classes later. Penn State needed only to
'stay on' for a trip to Nationals. Centenary, the defending
National Champions, a team that won their region by over 100 points
was now in a 50-50 situation with a suddenly-hot host Del Val team.
With the Aggies having been rather successful at four of the past
five Tournament of Champions events, and having been a bonafide
contender to win Zone 3 Zones a year ago, there was real hope they
could survive. However Centenary had won Zone 3 Zones a year ago,
had then won Nationals a year ago and had won the Winter Tournament
of Champions (at Centenary) in December. The Cyclones needed one
good ride and a return to Nationals would be theirs.
Everyone had a moment to catch their breath, double-check their
points (many present either thought Del Val was a point ahead of
Centenary or that Centenary was two points ahead of Del Val; At
least one head coach had it added correctly on her hand-held
device) and watch the Alumni Flat to see if history would continue
to repeat. 1989 Virginia Intermont College graduate Ashton Phillips
(who coaches both New York University and Princeton University -
currently in different Zones) said before the show that this was
his 12th consecutive appearance at Zone 3 Zones. Save for the
first of those appearances (at Westbrook Hunt Club in 2001) Phillips
has advanced to IHSA Nationals in at least one alumni class every
season. For the past few seasons Phillips has only competed in
alumni flat classes, and with each passing season he has qualified
for Regionals in what turned out to be the final regular season
show. Yet here he was again at Zones in alumni flat. Could he run
his streak of IHSA Nationals appearances to 11, breaking his own
|"Hustler" was considered a tough draw by some. Many thought Virginia Intermont College alumni
rider Ashton Phillips did a superb job riding him to victory in alumni flat. Phillips will compete at IHSA Nationals
for a record-setting 11th consecutive season.
It was only a class of seven (Amanda Bender of the State
University of New York at New Paltz was the only rider with over
28 points in Region 3) and it seemed as if Phillips was doing as
well as anyone. When everyone finally dismounted and the names
were read off in reverse order Phillips' name continued to alude
the voice of announcer (and Bucks County Community College open
rider Sarah Keyser) even through second place. For the first
time since 2008 when he won the class in the same building,
Phillips was a blue ribbon winner. After winning Phillips gave
Centenary Co-Coach Heather Clark a hug. "I had a lesson with
Heather at 10:00 last night," said Phillips, who had taken other
lessons with Clark and intends to keep taking them in
preparation for Nationals. Second in the division was 2011 West
Chester graduate Emily Rosen. West Chester coach Orem remarked
at how well the Zone 3, Region 2 alumni had done today (a first
and two seconds, with two of them by coaches within the region).
And then it came, the eighth and final team class, Team
Walk-Trot-Canter. Everyone was very quiet for this class (early
in the day you could here a pin drop, then everyone made a fair
amount of noise, then people quieted back down for this
division). Once the riders were done and had dismounted Keyser
had everyone's attention when it was time for her to announce.
"In fourth place, number 624..." which meant Delaware Valley had
placed fourth. In third place was 628, Anthony DeSimone of
Centenary College. A freshman from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
DeSimone had saved the day for the Cyclones, and by a single
point Centenary was on to Raleigh for the championships.
Freshman Natalie Pontillo of Rutgers was second while senior
Erin Sutherland (from Eldersburg, Maryland), who had nothing to
lose as long as she stayed on, was the Walk-Trot-Canter winner.
The final team placings put Penn State well ahead of the others,
as the Nittany Lions totaled 44 points. Centenary's total was
38, Delaware Valley had 37 and Rutgers 33 (Rutgers' effort was
better than many might imagine; The Scarlet Knights would have
made the top two in some other places if they rode the same
way). Some said it is difficult to both host a Zones show and
compete in it, which may be why Delaware Valley could not get
untracked early. In any event Penn State won Zone 3 Zones for
the first time in three years and the ninth time this century.
Centenary survived to send a full hunter seat team to Nationals
for a seventh consecutive season and the 25th time since there
has been an actual team competition at IHSA Nationals (Centenary
also won their region in 1976, 1977 and 1978, the last of those
three years being the final year a formula determined the IHSA
National Champion rather than real team classes; The 1978
National Championship was awarded to Centenary over five other
region winners based on this 'now lost' formula - Editor).
There was one more class before the presentation of the team
awards. Individual Walk-Trot was the final class of the day.
With only one rider from Region 4 participating the field was
made up of only seven riders, tieing it with alumni flat for the
smallest class of the day. The division did not feature any
Centenary riders, making it the only undergraduate class of the
day where this was the case. West Chester University certainly
did as well as any school without a full hunter seat team
entered as Katie Beard (junior, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) was
reserve champion. Region 3 would have a non-Centenary rider
going to Nationals after all, as State University of New York at
New Paltz senior Kerri Sheridan brought home the blue ribbon for
the Hawks. From Woodbourne, New York, Sheridan's school was
abbreviated in the program to 'SUNY-New Paltz' as is often the
case. Part of the 'SUNY' System (or Soo-knee system), the Hawks
tied Stevens Institute for second place behind Centenary in the
2011-12 Region 3 hunter seat team standings.
|Anthony DeSimone (center) saved the day! From left to right are Kathryn Haley, Nicole Mandraccia, DeSimone, Trevor Hawthorne and
Vivian DiSesa of Centenary College. While Haley had a spectacular day (three firsts and a second) DeSimone's third in team walk-trot-canter broke a
34-all tie with Delaware Valley College and sent the defending National Champion Cyclones back to IHSA Nationals.
As is customary at Zones ribbons were given out to each of
the four teams involved in the team classes. Rutgers received
white ribbons, Delaware Valley yellow, Centenary red (plus
saddlepads) and Penn State blue (plus bridles). At that point
the proceedings were officially over and it was time for the
survivors to plot a course to Raleigh and how they might win
Earlier in the day there was a separate awards presentation.
The Zone 3 USHJA Awards were presented between the conclusion
of the jumping classes and the start of the flat classes. To
quote the program "These awards recognize Zone 3 riders who
earned the most points over the 2011-12 year. It is the sum of
the rider's top 7 shows, regardless of division." Ten ribbons
were given out to flat riders (Powers was calculated first),
ten to fences riders (Wirth edged out teammate Piccoli for this
honor) and ten to walk-trot and walk-trot-canter riders (Claire
Persichetti of Dickinson College received this honor). United
States Military Academy senior Lance Barrow was one of five
riders who featured on both the 'flat riders' and
'Walk-Trot/Walk-Trot-Canter' lists. Jenna Pappas of Gettysburg
College (second to Powers) and Rutgers' Campbell appeared in
both the flat and fences top ten.
Zone 3 Individual Nationals Qualifiers broken down by region:
Region 1 will have five undergraduates, all from Penn State
(McAndrew, Boswell, Powers and Weiss twice) and one alumni
(LVC graduate Bechtel). Region 2 will have three undergraduates
(Ligon and Beard from West Chester; Katz from Del Val) and three
alumni (Phillips, Wood and Rosen, the latter of which actually
graduated from a current Region 2 school). Region 3 again
produced the most undergraduate top-two placings (Williams,
Hawthorne, Klingenstein and Haley twice from the Cyclones plus
Sheridan from SUNY-New Paltz) while Region 4 advanced two riders
(Van Embden of Rutgers and Piccoli of Kutztown).
Garden State Trivia: Though today's show was in
Pennsylvania, can anyone name the other two New Jersey schools
in the history of the IHSA (besides Centenary and Rutgers) that
advanced a full hunter seat team to the post-season? The
answer follows the team totals listed at the end of this article.
What might have been: Considering how well Weiss did in
three classes, a clear final fence in team open fences may have
changed the overall outcome. If Weiss won the class it would
have pushed Haley and Centenary down by two points but would
have pushed Menkens and Delaware Valley down by only a point.
Had the rest of the show gone as it did the Cyclones and Aggies
would have finished with 36 points each. The first tiebreaker
is number of blue ribbons, which would have given Delaware
Valley a two-to-one edge.
Back to reality: Through the March 31st/April 1st weekend
Zones 3, 5, 6 and 7 each held Zones shows. The exact same
teams as one year earlier made the top two at the other three
Zones shows. Therefore Centenary and Penn State can look
forward to seeing Virginia Intermont College (who won Zone 5
Zones at home), Savannah College of Art & Design (second in
Zone 5), Miami University of Ohio (Zone 6 Zones champs),
University of Kentucky (second to Miami), the University of
Wisconsin at Madison and Purdue University, the latter two of
which tied at Zone 7 Zones (Wisconsin won the tiebreaker) at
the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh next month. Zones 1, 2, 4 and
8 will hold their Zones on April 7th, though Zone 8 will split
their classes over two days (half the classes are on Easter
Sunday!). Though many may feel that there are stronger Zones
in the IHSA than Zone 3 there is no doubt that the two teams
which survived today's Zones competition are more than capable
of holding their own in the IHSA Nationals hunter seat team
competition. And please do not forget that a fair number of
the Centenary riders who will compete at Nationals have been
Show Incidentals: Overcast skies with temperatures reaching
the upper '50's. Entire show held indoors. Start time: 9:08AM.
Finish: 3:39PM - includes three schooling breaks totaling over one
hour. Coaches and Captains meeting held prior to start of show.
Judge: Linda Shahinian. Stewards: Vulich/Dickinson College,
Purowitz/Rider University, Sykes/Drew University and
Class-By-Class Results from 2012 Zone 3 Zones in Doylestown,
Pennsylvania, listed in the order in which they were held, with the
top two riders in each individual class advancing to IHSA Nationals
May 3rd through 6th in Raleigh, North Carolina:
Team Intermediate Equitation Over Fences: 1. Allison Healey,
Penn State University. 2. Kelsey Ficara, Delaware Valley College.
3. Brendan Williams, Centenary College. 4. Gwen Campbell, Rutgers
Individual Open Equitation Over Fences: 1. Kathryn Haley,
Centenary College. 2. Lauren Powers, Penn State University.
3. Brooke Shinners, Penn State University. 4. Alexis Wirth,
Kutztown University. 5. Kate Felter, Rutgers University. 6. Ciara
Menkens, Delaware Valley College. 7. Cori Reich, Centenary College.
Team Open Equitation Over Fences: 1. Kathryn Haley, Centenary
College. 2. Elizabeth Lubrano, Penn State University. 3. Danielle
Miranda, Lafayette College. 4. Ciara Menkens, Delaware Valley
Individual Intermediate Equitation Over Fences: 1. Brendan
Weiss, Penn State University. 2. Trevor Hawthorne, Centenary
College. 3. Alanna Reiner, Lafayette College. 4. Charlotte Marks,
Bucknell University. 5. Grace Smith, Delaware Valley College.
6. Natasha Klingenstein, Centenary College. 7. Hailey Pamula,
Rutgers University. 8. Lauren Weber, West Chester University.
Team Open Equitation Over Fences: 1. Kathryn Haley, Centenary
College. 2. Sam Sagot, Rutgers University. 3. Ciara Menkens,
Delaware Valley College. 4. Brendan Weiss, Penn State University.
Alumni Equitation Over Fences: 1. Sarah Bechtel, Lebanon
Valley College. 2. Chrystal Coffelt-Wood, Kutztown University.
3. Amanda Bender, State University of New York at Oswego. 4. Emily
Rosen, West Chester University. 5. Michelle Geise, University of
Scranton. 6. Kristi Jacobsen, Lebanon Valley College. 7. Brooke
Bologna, State University of New York at New Paltz. 8. Lena
Andrews, Lehigh University.
Individual Novice Equitation Over Fences: 1. Brendan Williams,
Centenary College. 2. Nicole Ligon, West Chester University.
3. Gwen Campbell, Rutgers University. 4. Annie Cecil, Susquehanna
University. 5. Elaine Tierney, Bloomsburg University. 6. Amanda
Maggiano, Susquehanna University. 7. Andrea Lengel, West Chester
University. 8. Kalen Larson, United States Military Academy.
Team Novice Equitation Over Fences: 1. Michelle Retkwa, Rutgers
University. 2. Amanda Pritt, Penn State University. 3. Chelsea
Koerper, Delaware Valley College. 4. Elisabeth Scovotti, Centenary
Team Open Equitation On The Flat: 1. Brendan Weiss, Penn State
University. 2. Kathryn Haley, Centenary College. 3. Ciara Menkens,
Delaware Valley College. 4. Hailey Pamula, Rutgers University.
Individual Novice Equitation On The Flat: 1. Natashia
Klingenstein, Centenary College. 2. Elisabeth Van Embden, Rutgers
University. 3. Gianna Micozzi, Penn State University. 4. Chelsea
Koerper, Delaware Valley College. 5. Debbie Smith, Centenary
College. 6. Emily Henkels, Penn State University. 7. Rebecca Folk,
Lafayette College. 8. Liz Morelli, Delaware Valley College.
Cacchione Cup Class: 1. Cori Reich, Centenary College.
2. Lauren Powers, Penn State University. 3. Ciara Menkens,
Delaware Valley College. 4. Rebekah Scharfe, Lafayette College
(Editor's Note: This class does not count towards IHSA
Nationals. Menkens, Powers, Reich and Scharfe were all
automatically qualified for Nationals as the riders from their
respective regions with the most combined open flat and fences
points during the regular season).
Team Intermediate Equitation On The Flat: 1. Natasha
Klingenstein, Centenary College. 2. Emily Denning, Penn State
University. 3. Gwen Campbell, Rutgers University. 4. Kelsey
Ficara, Delaware Valley College.
Individual Open Equitation On The Flat: 1. Kathryn Haley,
Centenary College. 2. Jess Katz, Delaware Valley College.
3. Kelsey Bernini, Centenary College. 4. Lauren Powers, Penn
State University. 5. Ciara Menkens, Delaware Valley College.
6. Hailey Pamula, Rutgers University. 7. Amy Woolf, Dickinson
College. 8. Rebekah Scharfe, Lafayette College.
Team Novice Equitation On The Flat: 1. Elizabeth Parker,
Delaware Valley College. 2. Maddy Fass, Penn State University.
3. Lauren Buettner, Centenary College. 4. Michelle Retkwa,
Individual Intermediate Equitation On The Flat: 1. Brendan
Weiss, Penn State University. 2. Alyssa Piccoli, Kutztown
University. 3. Jessica Spanier, Stevens Institute of Techology.
4. Jessica Pabst, Centenary College. 5. Emiline Mylod, Rider
University. 6. Erika Cloud, West Chester University. 7. Trista
Kuna, Rutgers University. 8. Rebecca Bub, Bucknell University.
Individual Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation On The Flat: 1. Kate
McAndrew, Penn State University. 2. Haleigh Boswell, Penn State
University. 3. Gianna Grupp, Delaware Valley College.
4. Abaigeal Flannery, State University of New York at New Paltz.
5. Jill Shortt, East Stroudsburg University. 6. Kayla Felstedt,
Centenary College. 7. Ann McGinness, Kutztown University.
8. Jen Poland, Bucks County Community College.
Team Walk-Trot Equitation On The Flat: 1. Sarah Conklin,
Delaware Valley College. 2. Jessica Hanlon, Penn State
University. 3. Thomas Goodwin Jr, Centenary College. 4. Alexz
Goldin, Rutgers University.
Alumni Equitation On The Flat: 1. Ashton Phillips, Virginia
Intermont College. 2. Emily Rosen, West Chester University.
3. Amanda Bender, State University of New York at New Paltz.
4. Sarah Bechtel, Lebanon Valley College. 5. Lena Andrews,
Lehigh University. 6. Katie Moulton, Lehigh University.
7. Kristi Jacobsen, Lebanon Valley College.
Team Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation On The Flat: 1. Erin
Sutherland, Penn State University. 2. Natalie Pontillo, Rutgers
University. 3. Anthony DeSimone, Centenary College. 4. Allyson
Kriebel, Delaware Valley College.
Individual Walk-Trot Equitation On The Flat: 1. Kerri
Sheriden, State University of New York at New Paltz. 2. Katie
Beard, West Chester University. 3. Michelle Plotzker, Stevens
Institute of Technology. 4. Jessica Middleberg, Wilson College.
5. Maxwell Sechzer, Franklin & Marshall College. 6. Elizabeth
Austin, Dickinson College. 7. Helen Xu, Lafayette College.
Final Hunter Seat Team Totals, with the top two teams advancing to
IHSA Nationals: Penn State University (2012 Zone Champion) 44;
Centenary College (Reserve) 38; Delaware Valley College 37
and Rutgers University 33.
Trivia Question Answered: Ashton Phillips coached Princeton
University to a Zone 3, Region 4 hunter seat title during the 2005-06
season. The Tigers were fourth out of four teams at 2006 Zones at
C-Line Stables in Odessa, Delaware. The other New Jersey school is
Fairleigh Dickinson University, specifically the Teaneck campus.
The school which produced IHSA Founder and Executive Director Bob
Cacchione won the original Region 1 in 1978-79 to send a full hunter
seat team to '79 Nationals in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (a show the
Cyclones won). There was only one region when FDU-Teaneck was
High Point team for the 1966-67 season (when senior Bob Cacchione was
on the team and had just officially named the organization). Either
FDU-Madison (coached by Jack Fritz) or FDU-Rutherford took high point
team honors the following season. Jersey City State may have also
won high point team honors in either 1969 or 1970 though the IHSA
only officially awarded a prize for a 'National Champion' starting in
1971. Probably more than you needed to know!