Goucher Riders Capture IHSA Regional Crown

Goucher Riders Capture IHSA Regional Crown

Martin Earns Distinction as Reserve High Point Rider

March 25, 2007 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Goucher captured its third IHSA Zone IV Region I title in the past five years today by finishing as the reserve champion at the region's final riding show of the season.

Even though Mary Washington finished ahead of director Patte Zumbrun's program at today's show by earning 38 points, the 34 points awarded to Goucher was enough to hang on to first place in the region standings. Going into the show, Goucher led Mary Washington by 15 points, 244-225.

Placing third behind Goucher (278) and Mary Washington (263) was Maryland with 179 points.

Goucher's Brittany Martin (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Prep) finished the IHSA season as the region's reserve high point rider, runner-up to Mary Washington's Jessica Van Brocklin. Martin was awarded second place today in open equitation on the flat.

There were two first-place performances by Goucher riders today: by Allison Wherley (Glen Rock, PA/Susquehannock) in open fences and by Nina Sysko (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) in walk-trot. Sarah Pandolfini (New York, NY/Buxton) placed second in novice flat.

Goucher captured its first IHSA Zone IV Region I crown in 2003. After finishing second in 2004, Zumbrun's program regained the region championship in 2005.