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Morrisville State's western equestrian high point team in final shows of season

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team earned high point team honors in the final two western intercollegiate horse shows of the season Sunday afternoon in Morrisville.

Morrisville State’s Ashley Kelkenberg (Akron, NY) tied for the high point rider with Anna Lee (Colgate) in the morning show with Todd Bednarek (Jamesville, NY) earning reserve high point rider honors for the Mustangs.

Kelkenberg was the blue ribbon winner in the open reining class – section B while picking up her second first place finish in the open western horsemanship class, section A.

Bednarek took second in the open reining – section A and open western horsemanship – section B classes, respectively.

Earning top honors in nearly each class in the morning show, Morrisville State had 11 blue ribbon winners in addition to Kelkenberg: Carly Fiaschetti (Taberg, NY) in the advanced western horsemanship class; Lisa Ballard (Rome, NY) in novice western horsemanship – section A; Jaclyn Belokopitsky (Gansevoort, NY) in novice western horsemanship – section B; Krystal Boyce (Lisle, NY) in novice western horsemanship – section C; Laurabeth Werner (Hamburg, PA) in novice western horsemanship – section D; Michelle Harrison (Bath, NY) in intermediate western horsemanship II – section A; Jessica Carroll (Kerhonkson, NY) in intermediate western horsemanship II – section B; Emily Olson (Massena, NY) in intermediate western horsemanship II – section C; Karli Wimmer (Brackney, PA) in intermediate western horsemanship I – section A; Rebecca Weil (Trumbull, CT) in intermediate western horsemanship I – section B; and Ashley Kubiak (Greenwich, NY) in beginner western horsemanship – section B.

In the afternoon show, Bednarek was high point rider with a first in open reining – section B and a second in open western horsemanship – section A. Kelkenberg was reserve high point rider with a first in open reining – section A and a third in open western horsemanship – section C.

Other top finishers for the Mustangs were: Werner in advanced western horsemanship; Heather Campbell (Geneva, NY) in novice western horsemanship – section A; Sarah Zimmer (Brackney, PA) in novice western horsemanship – section B; Jonathan Rogers (Nichols, NY) in novice western horsemanship – section D; Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) in intermediate western horsemanship II – section A and Sarah Ferjak (Killingsworth, CT) in intermediate western horsemanship II – section B.

Morrisville State currently leads the field with 247 team points gathered throughout the season, followed by SUNY Cobleskill with 161, Colgate with 135, Cornell with 101 and Albany at 13.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arenas on Saturday, March 8th for the regional championships held at the Morrisville indoor arena. Morrisville State qualified 18 riders for the regional championships in five classes.

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.