She won her individual class at Zones and then switched horses and won her team class that followed. She is Kaitlin Duecker of Sweet Briar College (on left, with Vixens assistant coach Phillip Williamson) and on April 6th Duecker won individual novice flat at Zone 4 Zones in Charlottesville, Virginia. The sophomore from Virginia Beach, Virginia was entered in team intermediate flat which followed, and Duecker's win in that class put Sweet Briar in second place. The Vixens held second place from that moment forward and became the first team in IHSA history to send a full hunter seat team to Nationals three or more times from Three Different Regions! Sweet Briar went to '06 Nationals from Zone 4, Region 1, '09 Nationals from Zone 4, Region 2 and now from Region 4. Incidentally the photo of Duecker and Williamson was taken at the January 26th Winter Tournament of Champions show where Duecker rode in open fences and intermediate flat classes that were held back-to-back much like her Zones experience.

From left to right are Beth Jones (sitting in for coach John West), Brianna Shaw and coach Dana Lesesne of Randolph-Macon College. Coincidentally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Shaw had just won her novice flat class at the February 10, 2018 Liberty University show. This season Shaw pointed out of novice flat and concluded her sophomore year with an eighth in the division at Zones on April 6th. The Yellowjackets finished second to Sweet Briar in the Region 4 team standings and still had a chance going into the back-to-backs hosted by Mary Washington which concluded the regular season.
From Statesville, North Carolina, Brooke Boan of Liberty University (center) is seen here with her parents after winning her novice fences class at the February 17th Mary Washington show. Boan finished her sophomore year by placing seventh in individual walk-trot-canter at Zones in Charlottesville on April 6th. Liberty did especially well in the second semester and only finished one point behind Randolph-Macon overall.
Juliana "Jules" Ianuzi of the University of Mary Washington (pictured) had two rides at Zone 4 Zones on April 6th. In her first ride she was sixth in individual intermediate on the flat. In her second ride the junior from Fredericksburg, Virginia (yes Ianuzi is one of many who goes to school in the same town where she already resides) won the individual intermediate over fences to advance to 2019 IHSA Nationals in Syracuse, New York on May 2nd. Ianuzi was one of three Region 4 riders to make the top two in an individual class at Zones, with the others being Duecker and Holly Longest of Virginia Commonweath (not pictured, who was second in individual open on the flat).
Sarah Black (on left) subbed for Virginia Commonwealth University head coach Sulu Rose Reed at the February 17th Mary Washington show. Seen here with Black is Megan Cary, a VCU senior from Amelia, Virginia who qualified for Regionals in walk-trot-canter. Four VCU Rams qualified for Regionals in 2018-19, with Cary and Longest joined by Marissa Spagnolo (also in walk-trot-canter) and Angelique Hayes (in novice fences.
It is appropriate Danielle Holiday of the University of Richmond (pictured) qualified for Regionals at the February 17th Mary Washington show as this was a Holiday weekend! The Spiders junior was third in intermediate flat which gave her enough points to advance to Regionals in the division one day ahead of President's day. It should be noted that this was the final Region 4 Regular Season Show of 2018-19 so Holiday had to qualify at this event to extend her season to Regionals a week later.
What are the odds that two riders from the same hometown will go to the same school which happens to be in their hometown and both go to Zones? They are 100 percent if you are talking about Jules Ianuzi and Maggie Lebor (pictured) of the University of Mary Washington. From Fredericksburg, Virginia Lebor finished her sophomore year with a sixth in individual intermediate over fences (the same class that Ianuzi won) at Zone 4 Zones in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 6th.
A junior from Warrenton, Virginia, Eliza Vanderwoude of Randolph-Macon College (pictured) finished in a tie for second place in the Region 4 open rider standings. Vanderwoude joined teammate Shaw at Zones, with Vanderwoude riding in the final individual class and placing ninth in open flat.
Seen here with "Otto" way back at the fall 2016 Virginia Commonwealth show, Amber Gayheart of Liberty University scored 69 open points in 2018-19 to lead both Vanderwoude and Emily Thaw of Christoper Newport University by 15 points in the Region 4 open rider standings. Though the senior from Chesapeake, Virginia was fourth in individual open over fences and sixth in individual open on the flat at Zones her season was not over on April 6th. Gayheart competed in one other class, the Cacchione Cup qualifier. Needing to place in the top three out of five competitors Gayheart was second in the division at Zones and thus will show in the Cacchione Cup class at Nationals May 3rd. As a whole Region 4 made out very well at Zones, with riders from four schools and Sweet Briar sending a full hunter seat team through to Nationals.
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 Schools which competed in Zone 4, Region 4 during the 2018-2019 school year: Christopher Newport University, College of William & Mary, Liberty University, Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Randolph - Macon College, Sweet Briar College, University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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 Winter/Spring 2019 Show Schedule for Zone 4, Region 4 (Zone 4, Region 4 is currently Hunter Seat or English Only):

englishSunday, February 9 Liberty University (Host) at the Liberty University Equestrian Center, Lynchburg, VA 10:00AM

englishSaturday, February 16 University of Mary Washington (Host) at Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA Time TBA

englishSunday, February 17 University of Mary Washington (Host) at Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, February 23 ZONE 4, REGION 4 REGIONALS on the campus of Sweet Briar College at the Harriet Rogers Riding Center, Sweet Briar, VA Time TBA

englishSaturday, April 6 ZONE 4 ZONES at the Barracks, Charlottesville, VA Time TBA

englishThursday through Sunday, May 2 - 5 IHSA NATIONALS at the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN

Show Schedule subject to change.

Recent Zone 4, Region 4 Team Champions (Most of this region was part of Zone 4, Region 1 prior to Region 4's creation in mid-2013):

Hunter Seat:

1997 - University of Virginia
1998 - University of Virginia
1999 - Randolph-Macon Womans' College
2000 - Mary Washington College
2001 - Mary Washington College
2002 - Mary Washington College
2003 - Goucher College
2004 - Mary Washington College
2005 - Goucher College
2006 - Sweet Briar College
2007 - Goucher College
2008 - University of Mary Washington
2009 - University of Mary Washington
2010 - Goucher College
2011 - University of Mary Washington
2012 - Goucher College
2013 - Goucher College
2014 - University of Mary Washington
2015 - University of Mary Washington
2016 - University of Mary Washington
2017 - Liberty University
2018 - Sweet Briar College
2019 - Sweet Briar College

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