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Seen here at 2009 IHSA Nationals with her husband Michael, Anne Brzezicki coached Middle Tennessee State University for 40 years. Brzezicki retired following the 2016-17 season, ending a fantastic run which saw seven individual riders win National Championships, seven more alumni do likewise and two riders win the individual AQHA high point open rider competition. And Brzezicki even hosted four IHSA National Championship shows.

A CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN MURFREESBORO (AND OTHER STUFF)

When an IHSA program has been in existence for more than a decade there is a good chance that multiple individuals have been the head coach since that particular program was formed. This is not so at Middle Tennessee State University, where for the first time since the program was formed in 1976 there will be a different person with the head coaching title than the year before.

Anne Brzezicki, who as Anne Mather co-coached the University of Connecticut team that she was a member of as a senior during the 1971-72 season, decided to retire from MTSU after 40 years in Murfreesboro. Ariel Herrin, who rode for Brzezicki at MTSU and graduated in 2015 will become the second non-interim head coach in the school's history when their first rider enters the ring at the University of the South hunter seat show this Saturday. The only case of as few as two head coaches lasting so long at one program that this writer can think of can be found at Stony Brook University. George Lukemire founded that team in 1965 (two years before the IHSA was officially incorporated) and retired in 2006. His replacement, Myrna Treuting, will start her twelfth season coaching the Seawolves on Sunday when St. Joseph's College hosts the Zone 2, Region 4 season opener.

Another interesting coaching change will occur when Ohio State hosts the first hunter seat show of the Zone 6, Region 2 2017-18 season. Only two weeks ago Jim Arrigon held his annual pre-season Tournament of Champions event. Held at Randolph College on September 16th, Arrigon did not have his Liberty University team entered. Then roughly a week ago Arrigon stepped down as the Executive Director of the Liberty program to return to his home state of Ohio and manage the Ohio University team. One benefit will be that Jim's wife Gwen will also be involved with the Ohio University program (Gwen was not involved with the Liberty program). Arrigon will bring Ohio University to Sid Griffith Equestrian Center where three of his opponents can claim at least one hunter seat region tittle since early 2014 (those schools are Otterbein University, host Ohio State and Miami University of Ohio, a school Arrigon coached for over 16 years, 1988-2005).

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Seen here at 2015 IHSA Nationals, Ariel Herrin will make her MTSU head coaching debut this weekend. While it may be true that Herrin is only two seasons removed from being an undergraduate, former head coach Brzezicki was only four years removed from graduating UConn when she started the MTSU program in 1976.

While the September 23/24 show schedule was mostly made up of Western shows, this weekend the hunter seat contests are in greater supply. We have made some corrections to the Zone 3, Region 3 Fall Show Schedule and one of them shows up this weekend. The Marist College show is this Saturday and not Sunday. Last fall Marist won the Region 3 season opener and it took eventual Reserve National Champion Centenary University four shows to take the lead from them. Last fall Marist had a very good class of 2020 arrive and produce early on.

The College of Charleston finished sixth at 2017 IHSA Nationals but were only five points off fourth place and eight behind third. The Cougars open up their season on Saturday as well, traveling to Georgia Southern. Since being separated from Savannah College of Art & Design in mid-2012, Charleston has run off five consecutive Region Titles.

West Texas A & M University has advanced a full Western team to IHSA Nationals for many years now. The Buffs open their season on the campus of North Central Texas College. NCTC (which co-hosts with the University of North Texas both days) finished second to WTAMU last season.

And for the second year in a row Zone 3 will combine all five hunter seat regions to form one big Western Region. On Sunday two schools normally found in Zone 3, Region 1 (Susquehanna University and Bucknell University) will host one half of a western doubleheader each. Last season Delaware Valley University captured their fifth consecutive western region title. However it was the first time they had kept the University of Delaware from a region title when competing head-to-head across a full season since 2008. When not having to face Del Val the Fighting Hens ran off Region Titles every season since 2009 (and in '09 they did in fact best Del Val).

Remember to pack the quad chairs, something healthy to eat, extra toilet paper, hand sanitzer, a black sharpie to make an emergency number back, keep hydrated and enjoy the shows!

---Steve Maxwell


englishSaturday, September 30th:

westernZone 2, Region 5 Slippery Rock University (Host) Site and Time TBA 2 WESTERN ONLY

englishZone 3, Region 3 Marist College (Host) at Crosswinds Equestrian Center, LaGrangeville, NY 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 4, Region 3 St. Andrews University (Host) at St. Andrews Equestrian Center, Laurinburg, NC Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 4, Region 4 Virginia Commonwealth University (Host) at Stillmeadows Farm, Mechanicsvile, VA 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 4, Region 5 Averett University (Host) at the Averett Equestrian Center, Providence, NC 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 5, Region 1 University of the South (Host) on campus at the Howell Riding Facility, Sewanee, TN 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 5, Region 2 University of North Georgia/Kennesaw State University (Co-Hosts) Site and Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 5, Region 3 Georgia Southern University (Host) at Evermore Farm, Brooklet, GA 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 6, Region 2 Ohio State University (Host) at Sid Griffith Equestrian Center, Hilliard, OH Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

westernZone 7, Region 2 North Central Texas College/University of North Texas (Co-Hosts) on the NCTC Campus at North Central Texas Equine Center, Gainesville, TX Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishZone 7, Region 3 University of Minnesota at Crookston (Host) on campus at the University Teaching and Outreach Center, Crookston, MN 1:00PM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 7, Region 5 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Host) at Le Cheval Stables, Carbondale, IL 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY


englishSunday, October 1st:

englishZone 2, Region 4 St. Joseph's College (NY) (Host) at Good Shepherd Farm, Yaphank, NY 8:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 2, Region 5 Slippery Rock University (Host) at Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, Slippery Rock, PA 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

westernZone 3, All Regions Susquehanna University (Host) at Buffalo Valley Riding Club, Lewisburg, NC 9:00AM WESTERN ONLY

westernZone 3, All Regions Bucknell University (Host) at Buffalo Valley Riding Club, Lewisburg, NC - Held Following the conclusion of the Susquehanna show - WESTERN ONLY

englishZone 3, Region 5 Salisbury University (Host) at Cavalier Farm, Salisbury, MD 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 5, Region 1 University of the South (Host) on campus at the Howell Riding Facility, Sewanee, TN 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 6, Region 2 Ohio State University (Host) at Sid Griffith Equestrian Center, Hilliard, OH Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

westernZone 7, Region 2 North Central Texas College/University of North Texas (Co-Hosts) on the NCTC Campus at North Central Texas Equine Center, Gainesville, TX Time TBA WESTERN ONLY

englishZone 7, Region 3 University of Minnesota at Crookston (Host) on campus at the University Teaching and Outreach Center, Crookston, MN 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishZone 7, Region 5 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Host) at Le Cheval Stables, Carbondale, IL 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY


All times listed are local time. Show Schedule subject to change.

 


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