1989 Virginia Intermont College graduate Ashton Phillips
(who coaches both New York University
and Princeton University
- currently in different Zones) said before the show that this was his
12th consecutive appearance at Zone 3 Zones.
Save for the first of those appearances (at Westbrook Hunt Club in 2001) Phillips
has advanced to IHSA Nationals in at least one alumni class every season.
For the past few seasons Phillips has only competed in alumni flat classes, and with each passing season he
has qualified for Regionals in what turned out to be the final regular season show.
Yet here he
was again at Zones in alumni flat.
streak of IHSA Nationals appearances to 11, breaking his
"Hustler" was considered a tough draw by some.
Many thought Virginia Intermont College alumni rider Ashton Phillips
did a superb job riding him to victory in alumni flat.
will compete at IHSA Nationals for a record-setting 11th consecutive season.
It was only a class of seven (Amanda Bender of the State University of New York at New Paltz was the only rider with over 28 points in Region 3) and it seemed as if Phillips was doing as well as anyone.
After winning Phillips
gave Centenary Co-Coach Heather Clark a hug.
"I had a lesson with Heather at 10:00 last night," said Phillips
, who had taken other lessons with Clark and intends to keep taking them in preparation for Nationals.
Region 2 will have three undergraduates (Ligon and Beard from West Chester; Katz
from Del Val) and three alumni (Phillips, Wood and Rosen, the latter of which actually graduated from a current Region 2 school).
Ashton Phillips, Virginia Intermont College.
Trivia Question Answered: Ashton Phillips
coached Princeton University
to a Zone 3, Region 4 hunter seat title during the 2005-06 season.