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Morrisville State hunt seat team reserve champion for third time this season

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College hunt seat equestrian team earned 38 team points to edge out Cornell University for Reserve Champion honors out of 15 teams Saturday afternoon at the Skidmore College IHSA Show in Saratoga Springs, snagging the honor for the third time this season.

Brittany Smith (Orchard Park, NY) earned reserve high point rider honors for the show, posting wins in the novice equitation over fences and novice equitation on the flat classes.

Ashley Yardley (Mexico, NY) qualified for the regional championships after just five shows this season, taking top honors in the open equitation over fences class.

Aileen Couture (Ithaca, NY) placed third in the novice equitation on the flat class, earning enough points to qualify for the regional championships at the end of the season.

Nicole Hallenback (Fonda, NY) took top honors in the novice equitation on the flat class while Hillary Hartnett (Fairport, NY) and Alison Soukup (Pine Bush, NY) added firsts in the advanced walk trot canter and beginner walk trot canter classes respectively.

Three added second place finishes for the Mustangs, Katelynn Sacco (East Syracuse, NY) in the open fences class, Ariel Zanfardino (Shelton, CT) in the novice equitation over fences class, and Emma Monte (East Rochester, NY) in the novice equitation on the flat.

Skidmore was show champion with 47 points. Cornell was third with 36.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena in February for the first show of the spring at Cornell University on the 22nd.

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.