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Western equestrian team nearly sweeps morning show, remains team to beat

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team nearly swept the morning show, placing 12 of 14 riders in first place, including top finishes in the high point and reserve high point rider positions.

High point rider, Todd Bednarek (Jamesville, NY), snared the blue ribbon in the open reining and open western horsemanship – section A classes while reserve high point rider Amber Tewell (Galoway, OH) took third in open reining and first in open western horsemanship – section B.

Nicole Brown (Huntington Station, NY) was first in advanced western horsemanship while Natasha Cole (Oxford, ME) earned the blue ribbon in novice western horsemanship – section A. Jackie Belokopitsky (Gansevoort, NY) was first in novice western horsemanship – section B while Kayla Linder (Marcellus, NY) was the top rider in section C.

Christina Fenaroli (Monroe, CT) was the top rider in intermediate western horsemanship II – section A while Garrick Spencer (Fonda, NY) and Emily Olson (Massena, NY) were top place finishers in section B and C, respectively.

In the intermediate western horsemanship I class, Danielle Crowley (Tonawanda, NY) was the blue ribbon winner for Morrisville in section A. Craig Smith (Ava, NY) was the top rider in the beginner western horsemanship class – section B.

Morrisville State was the high point team in the morning show with 39 points while SUNY Cobleskill was the reserve high point team with 29 points.

In the afternoon show, Bednarek repeated as high point rider for Morrisville, placing second in open reining and open western horsemanship.

Morrisville State took six blue ribbon finishes, beginning with Rebecca Muzzey (Chester, VT) in the novice western horsemanship – section A class and Laurabeth Werner (Hamburg, PA) in the novice western horsemanship – section B class.

Caitlin Humphrey (Watertown, NY), Jessica Powers (Florence, MA) and Corey Hayes (Canton, NY) each placed first in the intermediate horsemanship II – sections A, B and C, respectively.

In the intermediate western horsemanship I class, Sara Miller (Huguenot, NY) was top finisher in section A.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena February 24 for a double show at the Morrisville western riding arena on Swamp Road.

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.