McAllister wins region title; trio of Vixens qualify for Zone 4 Finals

McAllister wins region title; trio of Vixens qualify for Zone 4 Finals

SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Sophomore Madeleine McAllister won the Region 4 Championship in Walk Trot, while two other Vixens will join McAllister as individual competitors at the Zone 4 Finals following Saturday's Region 4 Show hosted by Sweet Briar at the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center.

McAllister was Sweet Briar's lone Region Champion, topping the field in Walk Trot on Saturday morning.

Sophomore Kaitlin Duecker (Chesapeake, Va.) qualified for the Zone 4 Show in a pair of events, finishing as Reserve Champion in Novice Flat and over Novice Fences. Joining McAllister and Duecker as individual competitors at the Zone 4 Finals, will be first-year Chloe Kerschl (Lexington, Va.) after she finished as Reserve Champion in Intermediate Flat.

Prior to Saturday's show, Region 4 awards were presented, including the Lauren Burns Sportsmanship Award presented to Sweet Briar senior Ailish Rhoades (Lebanon, Conn.). The Sweet Briar IHSA team was recognized before Saturday's event as the Zone 4 team champions for the second-straight season and third overall.

Sweet Briar also recognized its senior class of Rhoades, Nicole Sabovik (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Taylor Jefferson for their contributions to the program.

The Zone 4 Finals are scheduled for April 6 at The Barracks Farm in Charlottesville, hosted by the University of Virginia.