Seven Western Carolina University riders qualified for Regionals during the 2018-19 season with one of them, Margaret Eyer, advancing to Zones in walk-trot. Seen here with head coach Julia Collins, Eyer (on right) finished her sophomore year by placing ninth in walk-trot at Zones in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 6th. Incidentally Zone 4 Zones started with the walk-trot classes and ended with open fences, which meant Eyer was one of the first riders to compete that day.

Only two Region 5 riders were able to place inside the top two within the eight individual undergraduate classes held at Zones on April 6th. However one of the two riders managed to make the top two twice! From Avon, Connecticut, Jessica Brighenti of High Point University (pictured) kept her senior year going by placing second in individual intermediate flat and later first in individual open over fences. This meant Brighenti will ride again in both divisions, at IHSA Nationals in Syracuse, New York on May 2nd.
From Oswego, New York, Haley Boardway of Averett University is seen here at the February 9th Emory and Henry show a few hours before she won her novice flat class. Two months later Boardway closed out her sophomore year with a ninth in the division at Zones at the Barracks in Charlottesville. Boardway was one of four Averett riders to qualify for Regionals in 2018-19 and one of two to advance to Zones.
There was only one section of beginner walk-trot-canter at the February 9th Emory and Henry show. Riders from Wake Forest University earned both of the top two ribbons in the division. On the left is Kaitlyn Van Metre from Atlanta, Georgia and on the right is William Gaither from Hickory, North Carolina. Nearly two months after winning the blue ribbon Gaither was seventh in walk-trot at Zones on April 6th. Both Gaither and Van Metre were sophomores in 2018-19 so both will likely be back for a Wake Forest team that finished fourth overall for the season.
Besides Brighenti of High Point several other Region 5 riders had two rides at Zones. Nichole Jones of Virginia Tech (pictured) survived Regionals in both novice divisions. From Chantilly, Virginia, Jones was seventh in individual novice flat and fourth in individual novice fences on April 6th. Emory and Henry re-took the region title from Virginia Tech in 2018-19, just as the Hokies had taken it from the Wasps in 2017-18. Jones has one more season to try to help the Hokies keep things going back-and-forth.
Dana Leigh Dewey (on left) co-coaches one Region 5 team while coaching another team by herself. Dewey is coach of Lenoir Rhyne University while she and Sarah Klassett (not pictured) share the honor at Appalachian State University. Dewey is seen here with Ivy Wagner of Appalachian State. From Holly Ridge, North Carolina, Wagner was the only ASU rider to qualify for Regionals in 2018-19, doing so in both novice divisions.
Margaret Cornwell (on left) also coaches two IHSA teams. However Cornwell's two teams are in separate regions! Within Region 5 Cornwell is the Ferrum head coach while in Region 2 she coaches Roanoke College. Therefore on the February 9th/10th weekend Cornwell was busy at work at Emory and Henry on Saturday and at Randolph College in Region 2 on Sunday. She is seen here with Lindsay Koogler, a Ferrum College sophomore from Chesterfield, Virginia who qualified for 2019 Regionals in walk-trot-canter.
She was seventh in intermediate flat and ninth in intermediate fences at 2019 Zone 4 Zones and she is Colleen Shea-Hackett of Averett University (pictured). Shea-Hackett had the unusual honor of riding in her final IHSA show (as an undergraduate) at a facility located in her hometown. Shea-Hackett is from Charlottesville, Virginia and by luck the University of Virginia's facility known as "The Barracks" is located in Charlottesville. It was Region 2's turn to host Zones and that region decided on the Barracks for the location of Zones this season.
High Point University finished third in the region behind Emory and Henry and Virginia Tech. The Panthers are coached by Cathy Schlaeppi (on left), who is seen here with 2018-19 team captain Hayley Albrecht. From New Hill, North Carolina, Albrecht pointed out of walk-trot-canter during the fall. High Point sent eleven riders to Regionals, more than any Region 5 team this season.
Madison Bonner of Emory and Henry College holds "Kirby" on February 9th, a day when the host school won 47-39 over Virginia Tech. From Richmond, Virginia, Bonner was one of six Wasps to qualify for Regionals this season. Bonner went to Regionals in both intermediate divisions and went to Zones in intermediate fences where she was tenth individually. So far during her three seasons with the team Bonner has seen Emory and Henry win Region Titles twice, and both times the Wasps made it through Zones to Nationals with a full hunter seat team. Emory and Henry finished 62 points ahead of Virginia Tech overall in what has arguably been the best season to date for the school located in Emory, Virginia.
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 Schools which competed in Zone 4, Region 5 during the 2018-2019 school year: Appalachian State University, Averett University, Emory and Henry College, Ferrum College, High Point University, Lenoir - Rhyne University, Radford University, University of North Carolina at Ashville, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University and Western Carolina University.

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 Spring 2019 Show Schedule for Zone 4, Region 5:

englishSaturday, February 9 Emory & Henry College (Host) at Intermont Equestrian Center, Bristol, VA 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, February 16 Virginia Tech (Host) on campus at the Alphin - Stuart Livestock Arena, Blacksburg, VA 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, February 23 University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Host) at Townley Equestrian Center, Randleman, NC 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, March 16 Zone 4, Region 5 Regionals at the Averett University Equestrian Center, Providence, NC Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, April 6 ZONE 4 ZONES at the Barracks, Charlottesville, VA Time TBA

englishThursday through Sunday, May 2 - 5 IHSA NATIONALS at the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN

Several schools in Zone 4, Region 5 compete in Zone 4, Region 3 Western shows. Please visit the Zone 4, Region 3 page for western information on Region 5 Schools. Show Schedule subject to change.

Recent Region Champions (Zone 4, Region 5 created from a portion of Zone 4, Region 3 prior to the 2010-2011 season and Known as Zone 5, Region 4 2010-14):

2000 - Virginia Intermont College
2001 - Virginia Intermont College
2002 - Virginia Intermont College
2003 - Virginia Intermont College
2004 - Virginia Intermont College (2003-04
IHSA Hunter Seat National Champions)
2005 - Virginia Intermont College (2004-05
IHSA Hunter Seat National Champions)
2006 - Virginia Intermont College
2007 - Virginia Intermont College (2006-07
IHSA Hunter Seat National Champions)
2008 - Virginia Intermont College
2009 - Virginia Intermont College
2010 - Virginia Intermont College
2011 - Virginia Intermont College
2012 - Virginia Intermont College
2013 - Virginia Intermont College
2014 - Virginia Intermont College
2015 - Virginia Tech
2016 - Virginia Tech
2017 - Emory and Henry College
2018 - Virginia Tech
2019 - Emory and Henry College

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