From left to right are Sarah Boland, Head Coach Bryan Bradley and
Katie LaDow of the University of Delaware. Boland was one of five UDel freshman showing
at the October 10th hunter seat season opener while LaDow was one of three riders to earn
a first and a second.
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE SCORES 42, BEATS WEST CHESTER BY FIVE
Readington, NJ - Since Zone 3, Region 2 shed eight schools in
mid-2001 the team race has routinely come down to Delaware Valley
College versus the University of Delaware for the chance to take
a full team to Zones. Not once during the previous eight seasons
had either team finished below second place when all the points
were counted at the end of the year.
However early in the season there have been some surprises.
Roughly four years ago the University of Pennsylvania (which
hosted today's show) held the overall lead through two shows.
And after today's season opener at Briarwood Farm the West
Chester Rams are the second best team in the Philadelphia area.
There were 29 undergraduate classes at today's show. Eleven
times a West Chester rider was either first or second in those
classes. When one realizes that West Chester did not have a
rider in nine of those 29 classes (including no walk-trot rider)
the Rams' 37 point reserve showing becomes even more impressive.
|Kelly DelleDonne (on left) and Rebecca Dewald pose on either side of
West Chester University Head Coach Beth Orem (center) after DelleDonne and Dewald placed
first and third, respectively, in the second section of novice fences. Rams riders would
place first and second in the third section of novice fences.
Nevertheless with an empty space on your card, high point is usually
out of the question in this region. The University of Delaware,
the Region 2 hunter seat Region Champion ten times since 1995,
filled their card and filled up with team points to the tune of
42 of them. Blue ribbons were awarded to Jacquie Eckrote
(in walk-trot), Abigail Randa (in beginner walk-trot-canter),
Grace Oldfield (same), Lindsay Pologe (advanced walk-trot-canter),
Maddy Jensen (novice flat), Sarah Lessler (open flat) and Katie
LaDow (in intermediate flat), who was one of three riders
technically qualified for the ride-off for reserve with a first
and a second. In addition the Fighting Hens won red ribbons
courtesy of LeDow (in open fences), Nicole Adames (same), Jen
Piechowski (intermediate flat), Rachel Wilson (novice fences) and
Cassie Simons (in both novice divisions).
West Chester was focused or some would say "In the Zone"
throughout the day. Ashton Ryan, a senior from Cherry Hill, New
Jersey, won open fences to start the day (and briefly put the
Rams ahead). Freshman Rafaella Smith was second in intermediate
fences two classes later while Ryan was second in open flat four
classes after that. Then West Chester really got going! Emily
Rosen, a senior from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania won intermediate
flat while Kelly DelleDonne (section 4B) and Theresa Hutnyk
(Section 4C) won in novice fences. Ashley Miller was second to
Hutnyk while Emily Vandergrift was second in the final novice
fences section (4E). Stephanie Wardius (novice flat), Alycia
Ginther (same), Sarah Jacien (same) and Katharine Jones (beginner
walk-trot-canter) added red ribbons as the day progressed. Ryan
also technically qualified for the reserve ride-off. Though she
placed third, Heather Yarnell's yellow ribbon in intermediate
fences appears to have upgraded her into open. Yarnell may be
the first rider from any Region 2 hunter seat team to qualify for
Washington College was third for the day, with the Shoremen
scoring 26 points. Competing with a full card, Washington was
led by Jesse Schaefer. A sophomore from Woodstown, New Jersey,
Schaefer won her advanced walk-trot-canter, securing the only
blue ribbon the Shoremen won all day. Considering the number
of schools with multiple blue or red ribbons on this day it is
even more surprising that only one Washington rider took home a
red ribbon. Jamie Frees was second to Rosen in intermediate
flat for the Shoremen's lone red ribbon.
|It wasn't until the 19th undergraduate class of the day that a
Washington College rider won a class. Shoremen sophomore Jesse Schaefer (third
from right) won her advanced walk-trot-canter class and now needs four more points
to move up into novice. Despite the long wait for a blue ribbon the Shoremen were
third for the day.
The biggest enigma of the day had to be defending Region
Champion Delaware Valley College. The Aggies won eight
blue ribbons, including two for senior Terence Prunty in
the open divisions. Del Val secured five red ribbons and
yet at the end of the day their total was only 24 points.
Katie Istok (beginner walk-trot-canter), Sam Felice
(advanced walk-trot-canter), Annie Donovan (novice flat),
Kathryn Gibson (same), Lucy Schwartzman (same), Devan
McNamara (intermediate fences) and Prunty were blue ribbon
winners while Allison Decker (intermediate flat), Lauren
Van Sicklin (advanced walk-trot-canter), Gianna Grupp
(advanced walk-trot-canter; I hope we are spelling that
name correctly as it was hand-written into our offical
program - Editor), Krystin Gannon (walk-trot) and McNamara
(open flat) won red ribbons. Prunty, from Cranford, New
Jersey was high point rider while McNamara, a senior from
Setauket, New York joined Ryan and LaDow in what would
normally be a ride-off for reserve.
Not unlike Washington College, Drexel University gave
Del Val a run for their money with few ribbons above third.
Helping the Dragons to 23 points was Samantha Morse. A
sophomore from Alton, New Hampshire, Morse won the
third-to-last class of the day, the first section of
walk-trot, to give Drexel their only ribbon above third
place the entire contest. Three Dragons earned thirds on a
day when if their intermediate fences rider had not
scratched Del Val might be looking up at them in the
Though they lacked an open fences rider, Temple University has
gone through a population explosion, with 22 Owl riders
listed in today's program. One point per rider entered
is the equation (though not really), as the Owls scored 22
while grabbing many upper-level ribbons. The Owls made
their presence felt in the novice divisions, as Lauren
Eichorn (novice fences), Adria Wyszynski (same) and Brianne
Murphy (novice flat) won blue ribbons. Katie Taylor
(intermediate fences), Samantha Cronce (same) and Tasha
Harris (beginner walk-trot-canter) won red ribbons.
|The best way to start: From Louisville, Kentucky, University of
Pennsylvania freshman Alex Stern (on left, with Head Coach Dawne Morrone) won her
IHSA debut class. The first Region 2 freshman with a blue ribbon in 2009-10 was best
in a field of five intermediate fences riders (two scratches in that section). The
Quakers hosted and finished the day with 20 points.
Host University of Pennsylvania made sure that everyone could tell who their
horseholders were. The entire Penn team wore tie-dyed shirts
which said they were horseholders (this of course when not
dressed to compete in one of the classes). The Quakers went
on to score 20 points. Alex Stern (intermediate fences) and
Ally Langenfeld (novice fences) won blue ribbons while Kristen
Aigeldinger (advanced walk-trot-canter) and Allison Lee
(novice flat) were red ribbon winners. The Quakers were one
of five schools with a full team at today's show.
Bucks County Community College missed a full card by only
one division (open fences) while scoring 19 points. Kirsten
Mefford (intermediate flat) and Amanda Clarey (advanced
walk-trot-canter) won blue ribbons for Bucks. Many of Bucks'
points came via the pink ribbon, as five riders accounted for
six fifth-place ribbons.
Arcadia University was next with 14 points, not bad when
one takes into account that the Beavers need an open rider
and a walk-trotter to fill the remaining three spaces on
their point card. Chelsea Crozier, a junior from Montville,
New Jersey won the third class of the day (intermediate
fences) while Jacky Widger (beginner walk-trot-canter) and
Kacie Ulasevich (advanced walk-trot-canter) won red ribbons.
Valley Forge Military College scored nine points roughly
a year after making their IHSA debut. Timothy Gridley, a
sophomore from Southbury, Connecticut was second to Eichorn
in novice fences while Lynsie De Falco, a freshman who like
Crozier of Arcadia is from the town of Montville, New Jersey
was second in walk-trot.
Villanova may have brought the fewest riders (five) but
still filled all but the walk-trot division on their card.
The Wildcats best ribbon of the day belonged to Ellen Craft,
who was fourth in advanced walk-trot-canter. Villanova
rounded out the scoring with four points.
The Alumni classes included five riders who had not shown
since they graduated. For Carly Morgan of Arcadia and both
Liz May and defending Region 2 Cacchione Cup competitor Jen
Windish of the University of Delaware this meant their first
IHSA appearance since last spring. For Valley Forge Head
Coach and Centenary College graduate Nick Caputo this was
his first IHSA ride since 1998. Windish went on to win
alumni fences while second went to 2008 UDel graduate
Tabitha McAnally, also in the ring for the first time as an
alumni. Jess Schatz (UPenn '07) was third while Jamie Mast,
who is now Jamie Windle was the only Del Val alum on this
day and placed fourth. May was fifth while Morgan was sixth.
2008 Drew University graduate Tori Frederick won
the alumni flat while Windish was second. McNally was third
while Caputo was fourth. Windle was fifth while May was
|From Parsippany, New Jersey, freshman Katie Istok (on left, with Aggies
Head Coach Cory Kieschnick) was the seventh and final Delaware Valley College rider of the
day to win a blue ribbon. Istok was first in beginner walk-trot-canter. The Aggies will
hope their point riders come through a little better next time, as their total of 24 points
was somewhat shocking alongside the individual ribbons won during the day.
No ride-off for Reserve: Region 2 decided during their summer
meeting that rather than hold ride-offs in 2009-10 the judges would
ask questions of those who tied for high point or reserve. These
question-and-answer sessions would break the tie. With Prunty the
outright high point winner, Ryan, LaDow and McNamara were qualified
to receive some questions from judge Yvonne Abel. However there
was not to be a question-and-answer session on this day for both
Ryan and LeDow left before the show concluded (Ryan for a friend's
wedding; LaDow to be with her Parents as it was Parent's weekend
back at the UDel campus in Newark). With McNamara still at
Briarwood when the show was over, she received the reserve ribbon.
Coach McCoy makes us laugh: Villanova Head Coach Sara McCoy is
now the Barn Manager at Valley Forge Military Academy's on-campus
facility. "I am the Region 2 Bicycle," says McCoy, for having
graduated from UDel while now coaching Villanova while working for
Valley Forge to host a show like no other: Caputo explained
that Valley Forge will host what he calls the "VFMC
Intercollegiate Medal Challenge" on Saturday, October 17th at
9:00AM. Though schools from several nearby regions were
invited, roughly five Region 2 schools will make up the program.
The first class of the day will be a no stirrup class. The
second class involves Gymnastics. The third class is a Medal
Class with three course designations (and you have to pick your
course ahead of time). The fourth class is a Medal Test while
classes five and six are Table 2-A Jumper classes. Teams of
five riders each will compete for a Silver Champaigne Cooler-Shaped
Perpetual Trophy and additional prizes donated by Dover Saddlery.
Caputo is hopeful that this competition will become a yearly event.
The address of the Valley Forge Equestrian Center is 800 Radnor
Street Road in Wayne, Pennsylvania (a zip of 19087). The Eq Center
is located directly behind the Valley Forge Military College
What's next?: Excluding the Medal Challenge show, the October
17th/18th weekend is the only weekend from September 26th through
November 22nd without either an official English or Western Region
2 IHSA show. The alumni host next, while five more hunter seat
shows come before Thanksgiving after that. It would be hard to
imagine Delaware Valley having another day like today (at least
where the point card is concerned). The questions that remain are
can the Aggies dig out of the early hole, will UDel have a show
like Del Val just did to make everything interesting and where will
West Chester finish in the mix? It is a long way to Regionals and
even longer to Lexington, but sometimes the early returns point the
way. But then again a three-way tie would only add to the mystique
of the legendary Region 2!
Show Incidentals: Cloudy skies, with rain early. Then clearing
with some sun. Highs in the upper '60's. Start time: 8:52AM.
Finish: 4:13PM - Includes 37 minute schooling break. Coaches &
Captains meeting held prior to start of show. Point cards posted in
this region? No. Alumni classes held in this Region? Yes. Judge:
Yvonne Abel. Stewards: McCoy/Villanova University,
Kieschnick/Delaware Valley College and Amber Jewell/Bucks County
Community College, Arcadia University and Temple University.
Team Totals: University of Delaware (High Point Team) 42;
West Chester University (Reserve High Point Team) 37; Washington
College 26; Delaware Valley College 24; Drexel University 23; Temple
University 22; University of Pennsylvania 20; Bucks County Community
College 19; Arcadia University 14; Valley Forge Military College 9
and Villanova University 4.
High Point Rider - Terence Prunty, Delaware Valley College
Reserve High Point Rider - Devan McNamara, Delaware Valley College