Through six fall 2016 shows she was tied with Carly Aravena of Post University for first place in the Region 3/5 Western Open Rider Standings with 54 points each. After all the regular season shows had been completed Abigail "Abby" Williams of Sacred Heart University (pictured) had prevailed as the high point Western Open Rider from the region and thus advanced directly to IHSA Nationals to compete for the individual AQHA High Point Rider Trophy. Seen here in the stands at AllTech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington last May 7th Williams can claim to have been a member of each of the Pioneer's three Western Teams to win a region title. Sacred Heart accomplished this feat 2015-17 which were Williams' sophomore, junior and senior years.

Four riders tied for seventh place in the 2016-17 Region 5 hunter seat open rider standings with 56 points each. One of them is Marina Coleman of the University of Connecticut (on left, with her Mother). Seen here after placing second in open flat at the September 2016 Pre-Season Tournament of Champions in Towson, Maryland, Coleman finished her junior year with a seventh in the same division at Zone 1 Zones on April 8th.
Seen here at the 11/7/15 Wesleyan University show is Mary Ruth Nagel of Trinity College. From Atlanta, Georgia, Nagel finished her junior season with an eighth at Zone 1 Zones in South Hadley, Massachusetts last April. Trinity was third overall in the Region 5 hunter seat team standings in 2016-17.
As a freshman in 2016 she went all the way to IHSA Nationals. As a sophomore her season ended at Zone 1 Zones last April 8th, as Alexis Mozeleski of Connecticut College placed sixth in individual intermediate over fences and seventh in individual intermediate flat. Seen here at the same Wesleyan show as Nagel, Mozeleski still has two seasons left at Conn College. The Camels host at their usual location, Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, Connecticut on October 21st.
She won early and often and coasted into a trip to IHSA Nationals as the Region 5 Cacchione Cup representative. From Colchester, Connecticut, Melissa Dander of Sacred Heart University (pictured) finished the 2016-17 season with a 38 point lead in the Region 5 hunter seat open rider standings. Dander earned 117 of a possible 140 points for the year, which comes out to 5.9 points per ride. Dander's first in individual open over fences at Zones on April 8th turned out to be the only top two placing for any Region 5 undergraduate individual rider that day. Though she was out of the ribbons at Nationals in the Cacchione Cup Dander's score of '78' was good for ninth place in individual open over fences in the first class held at the four day National event in Lexington, Kentucky on May 4th.
It's Mrs. Lynch! She is on the left. Her daughter Tara went to the University of Connecticut, rode for their equestrian team and got a degree. Then Tara married Jay Mathews (he is on the right) and then Tara gave birth to Callan (who Jay is holding). And somehow Tara Lynch Mathews keeps finding time to compete in IHSA Alumni Classes. Mathews finished the 2016-17 season with a fourth in alumni over fences (a combined judge's score of '79') and fifth in alumni flat at Nationals on May 6th. But Tara was not finished winning. On June 4th she won the Alumni Tournament of Champions Alumni Cup in Ringoes, New Jersey. Two riders with UConn degrees have now won the Alumni Cup, as Amy Kriwitsky (who currently coaches Trinity College's IHSA team) won the first Alumni Cup in 2012.
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The Zone 1, Region 5 Smorgasbord

 Schools which competed in Zone 1, Region 5 during the 2016-2017 school year: Central Connecticut State University, Connecticut College, Fairfield University, Post University, Sacred Heart University, Trinity College (CT), University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and Yale University.

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 Fall 2017 Show Schedule for Zone 1, Region 5:

englishSunday, October 15 Trinity College (Host) at Oak Meadow Farm, East Windsor, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, October 21 Connecticut College (Host) at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry, CT 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, October 28 Sacred Heart University (Host) at Rolling M Ranch, Southbury, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, November 5 Trinity College (Host) at Oak Meadow Farm, East Windsor, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, November 18 University of Connecticut (Host) on campus at Horsebarn Hill Arena, Storrs, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, December 3 Sacred Heart University (Host) at Rolling M Ranch, Southbury, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

Post University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut compete in Zone 1, Region 3 Western shows. Please visit the Zone 1, Region 3 page for western information on these schools. Show Schedule subject to change.

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Recent Region 5 Team Champions (region created from parts of Zone 1, Region 1 and Zone 2, Region 4 prior to the start of the 2010-11 season and was known as Zone 2, Region 5 2010-14):

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2011 - University of Connecticut
2012 - Sacred Heart University
2013 - University of Connecticut
2014 - Sacred Heart University
2015 - Sacred Heart University
2016 - University of Connecticut
2017 - Sacred Heart University

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