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Morrisville State western equestrian continues to dominate riding arenas

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team posted two more wins Saturday afternoon, earning high point team honors in the morning show with 34 team points and edging Cobleskill by one for high point team honors in the afternoon show with 26 points.

Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) earned high point rider honors in both shows, following her first place finish in the open western horsemanship and reining classes in the morning and repeating with a first in the reining class and third in the open class in the afternoon.

Carly Fiaschetti (Taberg, NY) was first in the advanced western horsemanship class while Kristiana Janacek (Gales Ferry, CT) took the top spot in the novice western horsemanship class.

Jennifer Boise (New Haven, VT), Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY) and Jessica Carroll (Kerhonkson, NY) each took first place in the intermediate western horsemanship II class, sections A, B and C, respectively.

Helen Biette (Sprakers, NY) took first in the intermediate I class while Breann Schwarting (Earlville, NY) was first in the beginner western horsemanship class.

Misty-Lyn Nicholson (Webster, NY) and Lisa Ballard (Rome, NY) took top honors in the novice western horsemanship class, section A and C, in the afternoon show while Sarah Ferjak (Killingworth, CT) and Rebecca Gerrish (Naugatuck, CT) were first in the intermediate II western horsemanship classes, section B and C respectively.

Kristi Tomlinson and Shannon Mayo (Westfield, MA) each took first place honors in the beginner horsemanship class.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena on February 7th following break. The double show will be hosed by Morrisville State at 9 a.m.

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.