Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia has only fielded an IHSA team since the 2011-12 season. During that first season the Yellowjackets scored 104 team points to finish eleventh out of 16 Zone 4, Region 1 schools. Ten years later they finished tied for first in Zone 4, Region 4 with 293 points. But alas Sweet Briar College won the tiebreaker and eventually finished third in the Nation at 2022 IHSA Nationals. However at '22 Nationals Randolph-Macon won their first-ever individual Championship. Caitlyn Giese, at the time a sophomore from King William, Virginia, won individual novice equitation at IHSA Nationals on May 5th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to cap the Yellowjackets' best season to date. Head coach John West (on right) poses with Giese in the area known as the "Winner's Circle" at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex shortly after her blue ribbon ride.

The class that followed individual novice was individual open on the flat, and Region 4 would produce back-to-back individual National Champions on May 5th. Emmy Longest of Sweet Briar College, who was third at Zones in individual open flat but was able to compete when another rider could not compete due to a riding injury, moved from third to first when facing 15 riders from around the country. From Hanover, Virginia, Longest is seen here in the Trophy Room under the stands at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex signing thank-you cards to the many IHSA Sponsors less than 60 hours after finding out she would be competing at IHSA Nationals after all.
One could argue that this photo belongs on the Zone 4, Region 3 page since that is where Campus Equestrian posts Western Totals for the schools who show as one big region for western within Zone 4. The only Region 4 school with a western team in 2021-22 was Liberty University. The Flames finished second in the region (or zone if you want to call it) to St. Andrews University while Faith Dantona (on left, with western coach Milly Cavender) was second to Sarah Beth Felker of St. Andrews in the Western Open Rider Standings. From Syosset, New York, Dantona won the individual open reining class at the Reedsville, West Virginia Semifinal in March and concluded her senior year with a sixth in the same NRHA-sponsored class at Nationals on May 7th.
From Staunton, Virginia, Sadie Stott of the College of William and Mary (on left, with her Mother) was one of six riders with a first and a second when the Tribe hosted the 2021-22 season opener on September 26th, 2021. Stott won her limit fences while placing second in limit flat, the divisions in which she would ride at Zone 4 Zones in Laurinburg, North Carolina on April 9th. Stott finished her senior year with an eighth in limit flat and a third in limit fences at the St. Andrews-hosted Zones show. William and Mary will once again host the Region 4 season opener in 2022-23 at head coach Karen Greenwood's facility, Willow Pond Farm in Toano on September 25th.
Three University of Mary Washington riders qualified for Regionals in 2021-22 including Sarah Dietz (center, between her parents). From Unionville, Pennsylvania, Dietz qualified in novice equitation and was also co-captain of the Eagles during her senior year.
The scoring system is different at an IHSA Nationals team competiton than from a regular season show or a Zones show. At Nationals ten points are awarded for first, eight for second, seven for third all the way down to a half point for tenth. At 2022 Nationals Sweet Briar College team class riders had no firsts, no seconds but three thirds, including a yellow ribbon for Sarah Southard (pictured) in team novice equitation on May 6th. If you are confused as to why Southard has a blue ribbon in this photo it is because it was taken last September 26th after Southard won her IHSA debut in novice and posed for a photo in front of the Vixen's team van. Along with 21 points earned by way of the trio of thirds other members of the Vixens added 14 points at Nationals May 5th through 7th to raise the total to 35 points and third place in the nation only seven behind repeat National Champion Emory and Henry College.
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 Schools which competed in Zone 4, Region 4 during the 2021-2022 school year: Christopher Newport University, College of William & Mary, Liberty University, Randolph - Macon College, Sweet Briar College, University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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 Fall 2022 Show Schedule for Zone 4, Region 4:

englishSunday, September 25 College of William and Mary (Host) at Willow Pond Farm, Toano, VA 10:00AM

englishSunday, October 16 Randolph-Macon College (Host) at the Randolph-Macon College Equestrian Center, Ashland, VA 10:00AM

englishSaturday, November 5 Liberty University (Host) at the Liberty University Equestrian Center, Lynchburg, VA 10:00AM

englishSunday, November 6 Sweet Briar College (Host) on campus at the Harriet Rogers Riding Center, Sweet Briar, VA 10:00AM

The University of Richmond show scheduled for October 2nd has either been cancelled or postponed. More information when we learn of a new date. Liberty University competes in Zone 4, Region 3 Western Shows. Please visit the Zone 4, Region 3 page for western information on Region 4 schools. Show Schedule subject to change.

Recent Zone 4, Region 4 Team Champions (Most of this region was part of Zone 4, Region 1 prior to Region 4's creation in mid-2013):

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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 - University of Mary Washington
2015 - University of Mary Washington
2016 - University of Mary Washington
2017 - Liberty University
2018 - Sweet Briar College
2019 - Sweet Briar College
2020 - Sweet Briar College
2022 - Sweet Briar College

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