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Region 4 advanced four individual riders through Zone 6 Zones to compete in hunter seat classes at IHSA Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky last May. Only one of the four earned a blue ribbon at Zones and she is Sami Tessmar of Oakland University (on right). Seen here with coach Amee Latsch, Tessmar won individual novice on the flat at Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth, Michigan on April 2nd to punch her ticket to Lexington. From Rochester Hills, Michigan, Tessmar concluded her sophomore season by placing fourth in the same division at Nationals on May 5th.


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While hunter seat riders must qualify individually for Nationals through Zones, the Western riders must do so through Semifinals. The first class to officially be pinned at the Galva, Illinois Semifinal back in March was individual novice western horsemanship. The top four in the division advanced, and fourth went to Rachel Kanaziz of Adrian College (on left, with coach Jaclynn Gray). In total contrast when Kanaziz got to Nationals in Lexington the individual novice western was the final class held at the four-day event. From North Branch, Michigan, Kanaziz finished her sophomore year with a fifth in the division at Nationals on May 8th.
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Yet another Region 4 rider who was a sophomore at the time found herself competing at IHSA Nationals. Jane Smith of the University of Michigan (pictured) was second at Zones in individual intermediate on the flat and is seen here on the floor of Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park before competing in the same division on May 5th. From Troy, Michigan, Smith was sixth in intermediate flat. It should be noted that all four Region 4 hunter seat individual riders and Kanaziz (who was the only top four rider within the region at Semifinals) placed inside the top eight in their classes over the course of four days in Lexington.
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At least one Region 4 rider improved her ribbon from Zones to Nationals. From Grand Rapids, Michigan, Erin Deans of Michigan State University (on right) was second in walk-trot-canter at Zone 6 Zones. Seen here with head coach Laura Steenrod before horse draw at Nationals on May 5th, Deans finished her junior year by winning out over 15 others at Nationals in the walk-trot-canter. This would not be the only time someone from Region 4 would earn a blue ribbon at the National show.
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There are two phases in the individual AQHA High Point Western Rider division at IHSA Nationals, and Michelle McDowell of Grand Valley State University is seen here before riding in the rail phase on May 7th. From Wayland, Michigan, McDowell won the rail phase though we do not know her actual score. A day later McDowell's combined judge's score was "142.5" in the reining phase. McDowell went first in that phase and 23 rides later no one had done as well. Therefore McDowell won both phases and became the 31st rider in IHSA history to win the individual AQHA High Point Rider division and thus earn the honor of being the number one Western Rider for the entire season (The division has been around for 34 seasons, with a few riders winning more than once).
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 Schools competing in Zone 6, Region 4 during the 2016-2017 school year: Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Kalamazoo College, Michigan State University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan, University of Western Ontario and Western Michigan University.


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westernSaturday, March 25 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 1 Site and Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

westernSunday, March 26 WESTERN SEMIFINALS - DAY 2 Site and Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishDate TBA ZONE 6 HUNTER SEAT ZONES Site and Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

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

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