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Morrisville State hunt seat team opens season with reserve team honors at Skidmore

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College hunt seat equestrian team opened the 2010-11 season at Skidmore Saturday morning, earning reserve champion honors at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) show in Saratoga Springs.

Three Morrisville State riders posted place finishes to qualify them for the regional championships at the end of the season; Renee Petruzzelli (Clifton Springs, NY) and Katherine Irace (Goshen, NY) in the walk trot canter class and Nicole Hallenback (Fonda, NY) in the novice equitation over fences class.

In her first intercollegiate show, freshman Teal Pedersen (Manorville, NY) posted first place finishes in the intermediate equitation over fences and intermediate equitation on the flat classes to earn high point rider honors for the show.

Other blue ribbon winners for the Mustangs were: Emma Monte (East Rochester, NY) in intermediate equitation on the flat; Taylor Carey (Albany, NY) and Hallenback in the novice equitation over fences; Rachel Kenney (Esperance, NY) in the novice equitation on the flat class and Rachel Mikrut (Delanson, NY) in the beginner walk trot canter class.

Skidmore won the show with 49 team points, followed by Morrisville and Cobleskill with 34, Colgate 29, Hartwick 26, RPI 23, Siena 23, Albany 21 and Oneonta 12.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena Saturday at the Hartwick IHSA show.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.