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Morrisville State hunt seat reserve champion, third at double show over weekend

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College hunt seat equestrian team snagged Reserve Champion team honors at the IHSA show on Saturday and followed Sunday with a third place team finish at the double show held at the English riding arena on Fearon Road in Morrisville.

Over the course of the weekend, four riders qualified for the regional championships in their respective classes.

On Saturday, Skidmore claimed Show Champion honors while Morrisville State was reserve champion, seven earning the first place spot, while Cornell followed with an overall third place finish.

In individual competition, Ashley Yardley (Mexico, NY) placed first in the open equitation over fences class while Erika Attoma (Hilton, NY) followed with a first in the intermediate equitation over fences. Brittany Smith (Orchard Park, NY) was first in the novice equitation over fences class and Emma Monte (East Rochester, NY) and Aileen Couture (Ithaca, NY) each grabbed the top spot in the novice equitation on the flat class.

Abbey Wilcox (Clifton Park, NY) qualified for the regional championships with a first place finish in the advanced walk trot canter class. Kristi Tomlinson (Cocoa, FL) rounded out the competition with a first in the walk trot canter class.

Cassie DeVoe (Owasco, NY) qualified for the regional championships with a fourth place finish in the novice equitation over fences class.

Cornell was Show Champion on Sunday while Skidmore earned reserve team champion honors, followed by Morrisville State in third.

Morrisville State claimed eight top spots in individual competition, Yardley repeating in the open equitation over fences class. Brianne Elias (Baldwinsville, NY) was the top rider in the open equitation on the flat class while Grace Falconer (Port Washington, NY) took first in the intermediate equitation over fences and intermediate equitation on the flat class.

Smith earned two additional blue ribbons, topping all competition in the novice equitation over fences and novice equitation on the flat class, earning reserve high point rider honors for the show.

Nicole Hallenback (Fonda, NY) also placed first in the novice equitation over fences class. Tomlinson earned her second top finish of the weekend in the walk trot canter class.

Smith and Falconer both qualified for the high point rider ride-off competition with two additional riders from the show.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arenas on Saturday at Skidmore.

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.