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Morrisville State western equine leads early team standings

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team leads the early team standings with 46 points after finishing as the high point team in the first show and reserve high point team in the second on Saturday in Morrisville.

Ashley Kelkenberg (Akron, NY) was high point rider in the morning show following a first place show in open reining and fourth place in open western horsemanship.

Additional top finishers for the morning show were Jackie Milka (Rochester, MA), first in the advanced western horsemanship class; Kristiana Janacek (Gales Ferry, CT) first in novice western horsemanship (section A); Tracey Nisun (Lindenhurst, VT) first in novice western horsemanship (section B); and Stefanie DeFillipo (Berlin, NJ), Garrick Spencer (Fonda, NY) and Katie VanDyke (Queensbury, NY) first in intermediate western horsemanship II (section A-B-C).

In the afternoon show, Amber Tewell (Galoway, OH) was high point rider with her first place show in open reining and first place show in open western horsemanship.

Rebecca Muzzey (Chester, VT), Emily Mattie (Galway, NY) and Amie Fair (Albion, NY) each finished first in their section of the novice western horsemanship class. Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) and Emily Olson (Massena, NY) finished in the top spot in the intermediate western horsemanship II while teammate Joseph Milliman (Baldwinsville, NY) had the top finish in the intermediate western horsemanship I class.

Morrisville State’s western team returns to the riding arena on Sunday, December 2 for a double show in Morrisville.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. 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 also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.