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Through four fall shows Alexandria Meuret of George Mason University (on right) was the only rider qualified for Regionals in the introductory equitation division. A fourth in the division at the October 29th American University show clinched a place in the post-season show for the senior from McLean, Virginia. Head coach Sue Buscher (on left) had the Patriots in second place overall at that time.


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The University of Maryland (College Park, i.e. the main campus) had three riders qualified for Regionals through October 29th including Vivian Payne (on right, with head coach Ryan Carroll). A junior from Stevenson, Maryland, Payne won her limit flat on October 15th to go over the magic 36 point barrier and secure a ride in the division at Regionals. The Terps were one point behind George Mason in the Region 1 team standings after four shows.
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With schools which are national draws like Georgetown, American, George Mason, Goucher, etc, located in Region 1 it is not surprising to encounter a fair number of riders from far away places competing here. Julien Halgan of American University (on left, with head coach Star Dalley) hails from Tuckertown, Bermuda, and on October 7th Halgan won his intermediate fences class on a rainy day when this photo was taken. The Eagles junior qualified for Regionals in the division two shows later. American was only four points behind the Terps in a close race for second, third and fourth place at the time.
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This writer takes the vast majority of the photos you see on each of the Campus Equestrian pages. And on October 7th he got confused after George Washington University sophomore Elisabeth Delpouys won her limit fences. He asked Delpouys if she would pose next to Corrie Bacher, who he thought coached George Washington. Both complied, and that's DelPouys on the left and Bacher on the right. But there is one problem: Bacher coaches Georgetown and not GW! Rather than try to crop Bacher out the photo appears as is. My apologies to Rachel Jones, who was present and is coaching the school located at the Foggy Bottom Metro Stop. From Danville, California, Delpouys won her limit fences again on October 29th to qualify for Regionals in the division.
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Now here we have coach Bacher with one of her riders! From Austin, Texas, Robin Brinkmann of Georgetown University was fourth in both of her limit classes on October 7th. The senior had 21 points in limit flat and 17 in limit fences through four shows.
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Knisley done! A sophomore from Gainesville, Florida, Riley Knisley (on right, prounced "Nicely") is qualified for Regionals in limit flat. Coach Tiffany Andrews poses with Knisley during the October 7th Goucher College show, after which Knisley was five points away from qualifying in the division (she pointed out on 10/29). Through four shows four riders were qualified for Regionals in limit flat, making it the largest such Regional class early on in the season.
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From Silver Spring, Maryland, Ella Curry of Towson University still needed four points to point out of novice equitation when this photo was taken on 10/7. The senior in her final semester accomplished this with a second in the division on October 29th. Nowadays riders who point up in the fall but graduate mid-season are still eligible to compete in the Regional show though this was not always the case.
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Yes this photo was also taken at a Goucher show but not on 10/7/23. It was taken on October 22, 2022 when Amanda Bruner of Hood College (on left) and Blazers head coach Elizabeth Hummel were able to bask in the sunshine all day. From Taneytown, Maryland, Bruner had a hot start to the 2023-24 season, winning her intermediate fences at the September 30th George Mason show and then placing second in the division on October 15th to qualify for Regionals.
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What a novel idea Hayley McKulka of St. Mary's College of Maryland (on right) had to protect her boots on October 7th. From California, Maryland, McKulka used operating room headgear over her boots to try and keep them dry. After posing with head coach Riley Cook following a second in limit fences McKulka informed this writer that the fall of 2023 will be her only semester riding for the St. Mary's team. We hope the concept of the medical cap over the boots carries on.
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For the first time since the pandemic ended Mount St. Mary's University is showing within the IHSA again. Head Coach Janis Groomes (on left) poses with Lauren Dubs, a senior from New Oxford, Pennsylvania who was making her IHSA debut on October 7th. Fifths in both limit divisions brought Mount St. Mary's their first four team points since Dubs would have been a senior in high school. Another limit flat rider, Rachel Bernard, competed with Dubs at the next two shows for the Mountaineers.
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Cordelia Edwards of Goucher College (pictured) started the fall with only 11 carry-over points in intermediate fences. But after winning three such classes while placing third the other time the senior from Los Angeles, California has reached 36 points in the division and is headed to Regionals. Through October 29th Edwards had 35 points in limit flat as well. The Gophers were not finished with IHSA-related competition for 2023 after the Novmeber 19th University of Maryland show. Goucher will take part in the Holiday Tournament of Champions invitational in Long Valley, New Jersey on December 2nd, facing off against the likes of Savannah College of Art & Design, St. Lawrence University, Miami of Ohio, University of Lynchburg, defending National Champion Skidmore College and host Centenary University in a field of 17 schools from around the country.
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 Schools competing in Zone 4, Region 1 during the 2023-2024 school year: American University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Goucher College, Hood College, Mount St. Mary's University, St. Mary's College (MD), Towson University, University of Maryland (College Park) and University of Maryland - Baltimore County.


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 Winter/Spring 2024 Show Schedule for Zone 4, Region 1 (Zone 4, Region 1 is Hunter Seat or English Only):

englishSunday, March 3 University of Maryland (Host) at Meadowbrook Stables, Chevy Chase, MD 10:00AM

englishSaturday, March 9 Goucher College (Host) on campus, Towson, MD 10:00AM

englishSunday, March 10 Zone 4, Region 1 Regionals hosted by the University of Maryland at Meadowbrook Stables, Chevy Chase, MD Time TBA

englishSaturday, April 6 ZONE 4 ZONES Hosted by Sweet Briar College at the Harriet Rogers Riding Center, Sweet Briar, VA 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

Show Schedule subject to change.


Recent Region 1 Team Champions

Hunter Seat:

1997 - University of Virginia
1998 - University of Virginia
1999 - Randolph-Macon Womans' College
2000 - Mary Washington College
2001 - Mary Washington College
2002 - Mary Washington College
2003 - Goucher College
2004 - Mary Washington College
2005 - Goucher College
2006 - Sweet Briar College
2007 - Goucher College
2008 - University of Mary Washington
2009 - University of Mary Washington
2010 - Goucher College
2011 - University of Mary Washington
2012 - Goucher College
2013 - Goucher College
2014 - Goucher College
2015 - Goucher College
2016 - Goucher College
2017 - Goucher College
2018 - Goucher College
2019 - Goucher College
2020 - Goucher College
2022 - Goucher College
2023 - Goucher College

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