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Morrisville State western equestrian team sweeps competition

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team earned high point team honors in both shows Saturday afternoon in Morrisville, remaining the team to beat within the region.

In the first show of the day, Morrisville State compiled 35 team points to earn high point team honors with Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) claiming high point rider honors and Jill Featherly reserve high point rider honors.

Howland placed first in both the reining and open western horsemanship classes while Featherly took third in each.

Other top show finishers for Morrisville State in the morning show were: Ella Littlefield (Sanbornton, NH) first in novice western horsemanship section A; Krystal Boyce (Lisle, NY) first in novice western horsemanship section B; Lisa Ballard (Rome, NY) first in novice western horsemanship section C; Karli Wimmer (Brackney, PA) first in the intermediate western horsemanship II section B class; Serafina Gagliardi (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) first in intermediate horsemanship II section C class; and Ashley Kubiak (Greenwich, NY) first in beginner western horsemanship.

In the afternoon, Morrisville State tallied 36 team points for high point team honors with Hillary Huttleston (Greene, NY) earning high point rider honors while Howland claimed reserve high point rider honors.

Huttleston finished third in the reining class and claimed top honors in open western horsemanship while Howland took second in both classes.

Jonathan Rogers (Nichols, NY) claimed first in the advanced horsemanship class while other top place Mustangs in the afternoon show were the following: Heather Vaughn (Angellica, NY), Sarah Zimmer (Brackney, PA) and Misty-Lyn Nicholson (Webster, NY) first in the novice western horsemanship class section A, B and C respectively; Wimmer first in the intermediate II, section B class; and Jessica Powers (Florence, MA) first in the intermediate II section C class.

Morrisville State leads the region with 191 current season team points and is followed by Cobleskill with 120, Colgate with 93 and Cornell with 37.

The Mustangs return to the riding arenas on Saturday, February 21 for the final regularly scheduled double show of the season.

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.