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Western equestrian dominates riding arena

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team continues to dominating the riding arena, earning high point team honors in both shows on December 8 in Morrisville. Morrisville State has tallied 124 team points to lead the field on the season followed by Cobleskill with 78, Colgate with 58, Cornell at 43 and Albany at 13.

In the morning show, Ashley Kelkenberg (Akron, NY) placed first in open reining and open western horsemanship to earn high point rider honors. Amber Tewell (Galoway, OH) placed second in open reining and open western horsemanship to earn reserve high point rider honors.

In other classes, Jackie Milka (Rochester, MA) placed second in the advanced western horsemanship class while Rebecca Muzzey (Chester, VT) and Shawna Kraeger (Port Leyden, NY) earned first and second in the novice western horsemanship – section A class. In section B, Jonathan Rogers (Nichols, NY) and Jennifer Nowicki (Adams, MA) placed first and second respectively. Kristy Cady (Madrid, NY) placed in the top spot in section C.

Emily Olson (Massena, NY) and Christine Maffeo (Ansonia, NJ) placed first and second in the intermediate II western horsemanship class, section A, while Serenity Coghill (Owego, NY) and Serafina Gagliardi (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) placed first and second in section B. Christina Fenaroli (Monroe, CT) and Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) took top honors in section C.

Corey Hayes (Canton, NY) placed first in the intermediate I western horsemanship class while Craig Smith (Ava, NY) was first in the beginner western horsemanship class.

In the afternoon show, Kelkenberg repeated as the high point rider, placing second in reining and first in open western horsemanship. Ashley Pierce (Cobleskill, NY) was reserve high point rider, placing first in reining and second in open western horsemanship.

Other top finishers for the Mustangs were: Stephanie Pisik (Camillus, NY) first in advanced western horsemanship; Tracey Nisun (Lindenhurst, VT) first in novice western horsemanship, section A; Kristiana Janecek (Gales Ferry, CT) first in section B of novice western horsemanship; Nowicki first in section C; and Kayla Linder (Marcellus, NY) first in section D.

Heather Drennan (Geneva, NY) was first in intermediate II western horsemanship, section A, while Sarah Ferjak (Killingworth, CT) was first in section B, and Katie VanDyke (Queensbury, NY) was first in section C.

Hayes repeated as top finisher in intermediate I western horsemanship while Jason Landis (Manheim, PA) was first in beginner western horsemanship.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena on February 9 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.