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IHSA ZONE 1 - REGION 5

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Seen here at the May 1, 2021 Tournament of Champions invitational in Hardeeville, South Carolina after having placed second in limit flat, Raegan Olsen of Sacred Heart University had as good a day as any Region 5 rider at Zone 1 Zones on April 9th of this year. The junior from Ellington, Connecticut was second in team intermediate over fences, sixth in individual limit flat, first in individual limit over fences and first in team intermediate flat. Though the Pioneers lost a tiebreaker for second place team both Olson and teammate Lilly Bove (not pictured) advanced individually with both scheduled to ride in different classes (Olson in indiviudal limit fences and Bove in individual open flat) at IHSA Nationals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on May 5th.


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Three Region 5 undergraduates will compete in an individual class at 2022 Nationals. Besides Olson and Bove University of Connecticut freshman Abigail Boyer was second in individual intermediate over fences at Zone 1 Zones in South Hadley, Massachusetts on April 9th to extend her season through to Harrisburg. From Alameda, California, Boyer is one of a small number of IHSA riders to earn all 36 or more of her points to qualify for the post-season in the first post-pandemic school year. And next season Boyer will be the UConn team secretary!
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Trinity College sent two riders to Regionals. Not pictured is Irene Elise Powlick, who will represent Region 5 at IHSA Nationals in the Cacchione Cup Competition. On the right in this photo is Cecilia Morello of the Bantams, who needed one point in novice equitation at the regular season finale and received four! A sophomore from Waltham, Massachusetts, Morello's third on March 6th sent her to Regionals. On the left is Trinity head coach Amy Kriwitsky, who routinely brings the Bantams into third or fourth place in the Region 5 year-end team standings.
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Fairfield University nudged Trinity into fourth this season. One of two undergraduate Fairfield riders to qualify for Regionals in 2021-22 is Mia Auray (pictured). A sophomore from Easton, Connecticut, Auray was one of seven Region 5 riders to qualify in open fences.
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Two of the three Connecticut College riders to qualify for Regionals advanced to the Zones show on April 9th. Connecticut College senior Amelia Packard (pictured) faired the best of the group. From Glastonbury, Connecticut, Packard was fifth in individual limit over fences at Zones in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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It was not until the last class at the last regular season show that Elizabeth Dejanikus of Yale University made her IHSA debut. A freshman from Seattle, Washington, Dejanikus (on left) is seen here with Bulldogs' show coach (and former Centenary University rider) Hana Aksterowicz after she won the lone section of introductory equitation at the March 6th Trinity show. With Yale not present at every show, Dejanikus's seven points accounted for one sixth of the Bulldogs' 42 total points in 2021-22.
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Alena Meacham was promoted mid-season and so Stan Sinarski (on left) became the new University of Connecticut head coach for the Spring semester. Seen here with Sinarski is Arden Garceau of the Huskies. A senior from Simsbury, Connecticut, Garceau finished third in the Region 5 open rider standings while UConn finished second overall for the fifth season in a row.
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Sacred Heart University head coach Tiffany Hajdasz (on left) has now captured eight Region Titles in eleven seasons since arriving in 2010 (omitting the 2020-21 season when there were no Region 5 shows). Mia Poppinga (on right) is one of eight Pioneers to qualify for 2022 Regionals. A junior from New York City, Poppinga finished the season by placing fourth in individual intermediate flat and third in individual intermediate fences at Zones on April 9th. With only three seniors on the Pioneers' roster in 2021-22 almost everyone will be back to help Hajdasz try to make it nine titles next season.
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 Schools which competed in Zone 1, Region 5 during the 2021-2022 school year: Connecticut College, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, Trinity College (CT), University of Connecticut and Yale University.


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 Winter/Spring 2022 Show Schedule for Zone 1, Region 5:

englishSaturday, February 19 Connecticut College (Host) at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gale's Ferry, CT 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, February 26 University of Connecticut (Host) on campus at Horsebarn Hill Arena, Storrs, CT 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY - RE-SCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 12TH

englishSaturday, March 5 Sacred Heart University (Host) at Silvermine Farm, Norwalk, CT 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, March 6 Trinity College (Host) at Folly Farm, Simsbury, CT 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, April 2 Zone 1, Region 5 Regionals at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gale's Ferry, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, April 9 ZONE 1 ZONES at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley, MA Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternThursday through Sunday, May 5 - May 8 IHSA NATIONALS at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN

The University of Connecticut competes 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
2018 - Sacred Heart University
2019 - Sacred Heart University
2020 - Sacred Heart University
2022 - Sacred Heart University

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