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Morrisville State College western team opens season with win

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team claimed six first place finishes in Show 1 and an additional 13 in Show 2, claiming high point team honors and the win Saturday at the double show in Morrisville.

In the first of the day’s shows, Hillary Huttleston (Greene, NY) placed second in open western horsemanship and fifth in reining to earn reserve high point rider honors with Joe Boellmann of Cobleskill.

Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) earned first place honors in the reining class while Heather Vaughn (Angellica, NY) took top honors in the novice western horsemanship class. Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) and Chelsey Buckley (Silver Springs, NY) each took top honors in the Intermediate II class (group A and C).

Breann Schwarting (Earlville, NY) and Shannon Mayo (Westfield, MA) rounded out the top finishes for the Mustangs, posting their first collegiate win in the beginner western horsemanship class (group A and B, respectively).

In the second show of the afternoon, Morrisville State swept all competition, claiming top honors in each class earning high point team honors.

Howland claimed high point rider honors for Morrisville, posting her second win of the day in the reining class and first in the open western horsemanship class.

Jolene DeLeon (Constableville, NY) posted her first collegiate win in the advanced western horsemanship class. Jonathan Rogers (Nichols, NY), Kristiana Janacek (Gales Ferry, CT) and Bryan Moylan (Mastic, NY) swept the novice western horsemanship class with firsts in groups A, B and C while Jessica Carroll (Kerhonkson, NY), Karli Wimmer (Brackney, PA) and Serafina Gagliardi (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) repeated the sweep in the Intermediate II class.

In the intermediate I class, Morrisville State’s Michelle Selbe (Sanborn, NY) and Helen Biette (Sprakers, NY) claimed first place before Ashley Kubiak (Greenwich, NY) and Mayo rounded out the afternoon’s competition with blue ribbon honors in the beginner western horsemanship class.
Morrisville State opened the season with 64 team points, leading the region. Colgate follows with 47, Cobleskill with 31 and Cornell with 21.

The Mustangs return to the riding arena December 6 for a second double show in Morrisville.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.