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Morrisville State to send three to IHSA Western Nationals

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. - The Morrisville State College western equestrian team competed at the IHSA Semi-Finals on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 and will send three who qualified to compete at the National Championships in May.

Ashley Kelkenberg will represent Morrisville State in the high point rider competition against 24 others from around the country. Todd Bednarek will represent Morrisville State in the individual reining competition after a fourth place finish at the semi’s. Corey Hayes took the blue ribbon at the semi’s in the intermediate western horsemanship class and advances to nationals.

Only the top four place finish riders advance to national competition. Additional place showings for Morrisville State were: Jaclyn Belokopitsky, honorable mention in novice western horsemanship; Heather Campbell, fifth in intermediate western horsemanship; Jackie Milka, honorable mention in advanced western horsemanship and Amber Tewell, sixth place in open reining.

Morrisville State combined for a fourth overall performance in team competition. The top three teams advance for the national title. In team compeition, Morrisville State’s Kelkenberg was second in open reining, and fourth in open western horsemanship, Laurabeth Werner was seventh in advanced western horsemanship, Jonathan Rogers, first in novice western horsemanship, Rebecca Schmitt, third in intermediate western horsemanship and Craig Smith, seventh in beginner western horsemanship. Findlay College was the high point team and West Texas A&M the reserve high point team. Oregon State University took third and Morrisville State fourth.