Four Region 2 Riders are qualified to compete at 2023 IHSA Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky and one of them is Clare O'Brien of Washington and Lee University (on right). From Dallastown, Pennsylvania, O'Brien won the individual intermediate over fences class at Zone 4 Zones in Towson, Maryland on April 1st to continue her junior year for one more event. O'Brien is seen here with her Father at Zones after the blue ribbon effort.

IHSA Nationals takes place over four days (May 4th through 7th). While Washington and Lee's O'Brien will compete on May 4th Charleez Simcik of Virginia Tech (on right) will compete on May 5th. Since 2009 the Cacchione Cup Competition has always started on the second day of IHSA Nationals, so Simcik will jump first that morning, then flat and perhaps be invited back for the work-off phase the morning of May 6th. A senior from Tanneytown, Maryland, Simcik is seen here with Hokies head coach Beth Sheely during the February 19th Washington and Lee show. Simcik had the most combined open flat and open fences points for the 2022-23 season within Region 2 which automatically qualified her for the Cacchione class at Zone 4 Zones. Simcik was third in the division at Zones but since the top three in that particular class advance Simcik is good to go against 23 others for the big prize starting May 5th.
Three Region 2 schools qualified exactly one rider each for 2023 Regionals. For James Madison University this rider is Kathryn Howard (on left, with coach Carly Stirewalt). A sophomore from Arlington, Virginia, Howard was third in introductory shortly after this photo was taken on February 19th to put her one point away from going to Regionals. Apparently Howard received at least a point if not more at the regular season finale hosted by Lynchburg on February 25th.
Brittany Brooks of Bridgewater College also came out of the Washington and Lee show needing points at Lynchburg to qualify for Regionals. A senior from Hampsted, Maryland, Brooks (on right, with Eagles IHSA team coach Melanie Vest) needed three points in novice equitation at the February 25th Lynchburg show to point out. Apparently Brooks earned three or more since she was Bridgewater's only Regional Qualifier in 2022-23.
The third school with exactly one regional qualifier is Roanoke College. And head coach Margaret Cornwell (on right) could not have been happier for Emily Wasser (on left) as the senior from New Canaan, Connecticut is the first Roanoke rider since the start of the pandemic to qualify for Regionals. Wasser was already qualified in novice equitation when this photo was taken on February 19th.
Four University of Virginia riders qualified for 2023 Regionals with Danielle Maurer the only Cavalier to point out twice. Seen here with coach Madison Bonner, Maurer (on left) qualified for Regionals in both open flat and intermediate fences. The junior from Northport, New York was second in open flat on February 19th when this photo was taken.
Three Region 2 riders qualified for Regionals in both open divisions: Simcek of Virginia Tech, Courtney Wilson of Hollins and Lori Ohannessian of the University of Lynchburg (pictured). From Burke, Virginia, Ohannessian is seen here prior to the start of the Washington and Lee show on February 19th, during which she was second over fences and third on the flat. Ohannessian closed out her senior year with an eighth in individual open over fences at Zone 4 Zones on April 1st. She helped lead the Hornets to second place overall in the Region 2 team standings.
Every year the race to be high point team overall in Region 2 usually comes down to the last show, and with so many talented teams in Region 2 the year-end champion has been different the last four seasons. Hollins University prevailed for the first time since 2010, finishing 19 points ahead of Lynchburg. Six Hollins riders qualified for Regionals in 2022-23 including Natalie Dresdow (pictured). A sophomore from Alexandria, Virginia, Dresdow qualified in intermediate flat. She is seen here on the bleechers inside Reel Arena at the Virginia Horse Center prior to the start of the February 19th Washington and Lee show where she was a last-minute add due to point-ups at the Virginia Tech show a day earlier. Dresdow placed second in intermediate fences that day.
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 Schools competing in Zone 4, Region 2 during the 2022-2023 school year: Bridgewater College, Hollins University, Ferrum College, James Madison University, Roanoke College, University of Lynchburg, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee University.

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 Winter/Spring 2023 Show Schedule for Zone 4, Region 2:

englishSaturday, February 18 Virginia Tech (Host) at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena, Blacksburg, VA 10:00AM

englishSunday, February 19 Washington and Lee University (Host) at the Virginia Horse Center East Complex, Lexington, VA 10:00AM

englishSaturday, February 25 University of Lynchburg (Host) at Lynchburg Equestrian at Patrick Henry Family Services Farm, Rustburg, VA 10:00AM

englishSaturday, March 18 Zone 4, Region 2 Regionals Hosted by the University of Lynchburg at Lynchburg Equestrian at Patrick Henry Family Services Farm, Rustburg, VA 11:00AM

englishSaturday, April 1 ZONE 4 ZONES on the campus of Goucher College, Towson, MD 9:00AM

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

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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Recent Region 2 Team Champions

1997 - Virginia Intermont College
1998 - Hollins College (1997-98
IHSA Hunter Seat National Champions)
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
2018 - Randolph College
2019 - Randolph College
2020 - University of Virginia
2022 - Washington & Lee University
2023 - Hollins University

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