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IHSA ZONE 4 - REGION 2

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Mary Stuart of the University of Virginia (center, between her parents) went into the final regular season show hosted by the Cavaliers needing one point to qualify for Regionals in novice equitation. The junior from King George, Virginia was third in the division, qualifying for a regional show that would have been on March 21st had the coronavirus not forced the cancellation of all IHSA shows scheduled for March 13th and later. UVA went into the final show on February 23rd leading overall and with the help of Stuart and others won their home show 32-29 over Bridgewater to clinch their first region title since 2015.


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Virginia Tech spent over a decade in other Zone 4 Regions but returned to Region 2 for the 2019-20 season. The Hokies were very much in the team race, going into the final weekend (during which there were two shows) trailing the University of Virginia by only two points. At the February 23rd UVA show Virginia Tech earned only one blue ribbon at what is known as a "Point Show," where only one section of each division is offered. The winner of that blue ribbon is Rachel Burton (on left, with head coach and former Hokie Beth Sheely), who prevailed in a field of nine intermediate flat riders. Already qualified for Regionals in limit flat it would turn out to be the final undergraduate blue ribbon for Burton and the final blue ribbon of the season for the Hokies due to the covid-19-forced cancellation of future shows.
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When the University of Virginia hosts they start their point shows with the Introductory class and work their way up to open flat. Then the three fences classes are held to conclude the event. The Introductory was made up of nine riders, and the winner of the first class of the day on February 23rd is Mara Efimov of Washington and Lee University. Seen here with head coach Gordon Reistrup, the senior from Dallas, Texas was the first of three Washington and Lee riders to win a class that day. Washington and Lee spent most of the season within 20 points of first place in the Region 2 team standings, no mean feat considering the number of schools they compete against which have their own riding facilities.
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From Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Kaitlyn Okin of Hollins University (on right) came in third in a field of eleven intermediate fences riders at the February 23rd UVA show. the sophomore was already qualified for Regionals in limit fences when she posed with Hollins head coach Sherri West for this photo. UVA, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee and Hollins were the schools that stayed in the team race the longest, with Hollins still with an outside chance trailing UVA by 21 going into the back-to-backs hosted by Bridgewater and UVA, respectively over the final regular season weekend.
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In 2018-19 Margaret Cornwell (on left) coached two IHSA teams but in different regions. With the demise of the Randolph College program there was a need to add a school or two to Region 2 to balance out the numbers. Ferrum College, which like Virginia Tech was in Zone 4, Region 5 last season, was also selected to go north which made life easier for Cornwell. Now she could coach Ferrum (including senior Gloria Wood, on right) and Roanoke College in the same place at the same time. Through February 15th Wood was the only Panther to have qualified for Regionals, having pointed out of limit flat. Wood also qualified in limit fences during the February 22nd Bridgewater College show.
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Mary Sullivan of Roanoke College (on left) was listed in the February 23rd UVA show program as an entry in Introductory. However her appearance in that class was unnecessary, for at the Bridgewater College show the day before Sullivan won the blue ribbon to qualify for Regionals in what used to be known as walk-trot. The junior from Hockessin, Delaware is seen here with head coach Margaret Cornwell at the February 10, 2019 show that was the last-ever held at the Randolph College riding center before that school eliminated their riding program.
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James Madison University finished sixth overall within Region 2 in 2019-20. Dukes head coach Brianna Stone (on right) poses with Sydney Spevak, a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia who appears to have been the only James Madison rider to qualify for Regionals. Spevak pointed out of both limit divisions ahead of the February 22/23 weekend.
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The only University of Lynchburg rider to place inside the top six at the February 23rd UVA point show is Abbie DeFino (pictured). The senior from Middletown, Delaware is seen here after placing fourth in limit flat to earn all three of Lynchburg's team points that day. Though it was Abbie DeFino's final IHSA show her younger sister Becky (not pictured) was a freshman on the Hornets this season so there will still be at least one Defino on the Lynchburg team next season.
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 Schools which competed in Zone 4, Region 2 during the 2019-2020 school year: Bridgewater College, Hollins University, Ferrum College, James Madison University, Roanoke College, University of Lynchburg, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington and Lee University.


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 Winter/Spring 2020 Show Schedule for Zone 4, Region 2:

englishSunday, February 9 Washington and Lee University/James Madison University (Co-Hosts) at the Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, February 15 Lynchburg College (Host) on the campus of Sweet Briar College at the Harriet Rogers Riding Center, Sweet Briar, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, February 22 Bridgewater College/James Madison University (Co-Hosts) at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center, also known as the BCEC, Weyers' Cave, VA Time TBA

englishSunday, February 23 University of Virginia (Host) at the Barracks, Charlottesville, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, March 21 Zone 4, Region 2 Regionals at Hollins Riding Center, Hollins, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, April 4 ZONE 4 ZONES at St. Andrews Equestrian Center, Laurinburg, NC Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternThursday through Sunday, April 30 - May 3 IHSA NATIONALS at the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN

Virginia Tech competes in Zone 4, Region 3 Western shows. Please visit the Zone 4, Region 3 page for western information on Region 2 Schools. Show Schedule subject to change.


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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
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2015 - University of Virginia
2016 - Bridgewater College
2017 - Randolph College
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