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IHSA ZONE 4 - REGION 2

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Thanks a million! Zellie Wothers of Bridgewater College (pictured) was unbeatable on the flat in the 2016-17 post-season. From Sykesville, Maryland Wothers won the individual intermediate flat class at Regionals, Zones and IHSA Nationals. Riders who win classes during the post-season have to write many thank-you notes to the various IHSA sponsors. Wothers is seen here in the trophy room at AllTech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky last May 4th signing one of many thank-you cards following the final ride of her junior year at the Harrisonburg, Virginia school.


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Seen here inside the tack room at the Barracks last March 19th is Seneca Tsang of the University of Virginia. From Chesapeake, Virginia Tsang was second in the first class held at 2017 Region 2 Regionals on March 19th which was walk-trot. Tsang repeated the placing at Zones hosted by St. Andrews University on April 8th and went on to finish her sophomore year with a third in the division at IHSA Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky on May 5th. For 2016-17 the Cavaliers finished second in the region only five points behind Randolph College and seven ahead of Bridgewater in what was as usual a close Region 2 team race.
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When this writer was a little boy he spent part of his summers in Sparta, New Jersey in the community around Lake Mohawk. It turns out that Christina Antonucci of Lynchburg College (pictured) resides in the town of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey and her backyard borders on Sparta! However during the school year Antonucci can be found in Lynchburg and in many riding rings during open flat and fences classes. In 2016-17 Antonucci represented Region 2 at IHSA Nationals in the Cacchione Cup Competition. Antonucci, who was second in open fences at Regionals and first in the same division at Zones, finished her junior year by placing eighth out of nearly 40 riders in the Cacchione Cup competition in Lexington, Kentucky on May 6th.
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Though she was listed in the IHSA Nationals show program as Elizabeth Byrd the standout Hollins University open flat rider goes by "Randi" to almost everyone. From Roanoke, Virginia, Randi Byrd (pictured) was second at both Regionals and Zones in individual open flat. Byrd was one of five Region 2 riders to compete in an individual class at 2017 IHSA Nationals.
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The class with the most entries at 2017 Region 2 Regionals was intermediate over fences. Eleven riders took part and when it was over Kirby Tidmore of Randolph College was reserve champion. From Prosper, Texas Tidmore just missed going to IHSA Nationals, placing third in the same division in Laurinburg on April 8th. Tidmore was one of a very small number of Region 2 freshman to qualify for Regionals in the first place, so she will likely have more chances to qualify further into the post-season.
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What a difference a year (or two) makes! In March of 2015 Mikayla Benjamin (center) appeared to have the final regular season ride in the storied history of the Sweet Briar College riding program. At the time it appeared that Sweet Briar would be shutting its' doors. However many Sweet Briar alumni came to the rescue of the school with financial help and two seasons later Benjamin was still riding (and winning) for the Vixens. Seen here with coach Lizzie Fisch (on left) and new assistant coach (and former teammate) Madi Cromwell, Benjamin won the final class held at 2017 Regionals at the Barracks last March 19th which was open over fences. Benjamin, who finished the year with a fourth in the same division at Zones, was runner-up to Antonucci in the Region 2 open rider standings by a narrow 75-72 margin. In 2017-18 it appears Sweet Briar will leave Region 2 and move into Region 4. Region 2 riders will still visit the Sweet Briar campus this season as Lynchburg will host the final fall show there on November 11th.
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According to head coach Carolyn Hedrick - Williams (on left) Catherine Alcoke (on right) is the first rider in the history of the Roanoke College riding program to qualify through to IHSA Zones! Conveniently from Roanoke, Virginia, Alcoke is seen here after placing second in walk-trot-canter at Regionals in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 19th. Alcoke would finish eighth in the same division at Zones in Laurinburg, North Carolina a few weeks later to complete her sophomore year.
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Can you guess which school Jessie Burgett rode for? If you look closely at her baseball cap you might figure it out. From Medway, Massachusetts Burgett completed four years of IHSA competition with a fifth in open flat at Regionals on March 19th (another hint: The Region 2 2017 Cacchione Cup entry was her teammate for three seasons!). Burgett was sixth in the 2016-17 Region 2 open rider standings.
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Depending on the show program sometimes she is "Maddy" and sometimes she is "Madeline." In any event Madeline Davis (on left) is often high up in the ribbons. On March 19th Davis was the novice over fences champion at Regionals. On April 8th Davis and teammate Morgan Hoke (not pictured) both won individual classes at Zone 4 Zones to move on to Nationals. From Troy, Ohio, Davis received a combined Judge's score of '84' in individual novice fences at 2017 IHSA Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park which was good for second place. On the right in this photo is Randolph College head coach Chris Mitchell. A one-man IHSA team at Westchester Community College in the early 1980's, Mitchell coached Randolph to their first Region Title since the 1998-99 season.
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 Schools which competed in Zone 4, Region 2 during the 2016-2017 school year: Bridgewater College, Hollins University, James Madison University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Randolph College, Roanoke College, Sweet Briar College, University of Virginia and Washington & Lee University.


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 Fall 2017 Show Schedule for Zone 4, Region 2 (Zone 4, Region 2 is English Only):

englishSaturday, September 23 Randolph College/Washington & Lee University (Co-hosts) at Randolph College Riding Center, Lynchburg, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, October 14 University of Virginia (Host) at the Barracks, Charlottesville, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, October 28 Bridgewater College/James Madison University (Co-Hosts) at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center, also known as the BCEC, Weyers' Cave, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, November 11 Lynchburg College (Host) on the campus of Sweet Briar College at the Harriet Rogers Riding Center, Sweet Briar, VA Time TBA

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1997 - Virginia Intermont College
1998 - Hollins College (1997-98
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1999 - Hollins University
2000 - Hollins University
2001 - Hollins University
2002 - Hollins University
2003 - Hollins University
2004 - Hollins University
2005 - Hollins University
2006 - Bridgewater College
2007 - Hollins University
2008 - Hollins University
2009 - Sweet Briar College
2010 - Hollins University
2011 - Bridgewater College
2012 - Bridgewater College
2013 - University of Virginia
2014 - Bridgewater College
2015 - University of Virginia
2016 - Bridgewater College
2017 - Randolph College

 
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