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Morrisville State western team grows commanding lead over competition

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team took the top honor as high point team for the morning and reserve high point team honors for the afternoon show held in Morrisville Saturday. Morrisville State extended their commanding lead over the competition in the region to nearly 90 points.

Morrisville State has tallied 250 team points for the season throughout eight shows in the region, Cobleskill is second with 164, Colgate third with 129 and Cornell fourth with 50.

In the morning show, Morrisville State was high point team with 36 team points with Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) earning high point rider with 12 points, following a second place finish in the reining and first place finish in the open western horsemanship class. Cobleskill and Colgate tied for reserve high point team honors with 19 points.

Other top place finishers for the Mustangs were: Jolene Deleon (Constableville, NY) and Carly Fiaschetti (Taberg, NY) were first in the advanced western horsemanship class, sections A and B respectively; Amanda Reynolds (Bristol, VT), Jessica Powers (Florence, MA), Kayla Linder (Marcellus, NY) and Olivia Campbell (North Java, NY) were first in the novice western horsemanship class, sections A, B, C and D respectively; Helen Biette (Sprackers, NY) was first in the Intermediate II, section A class and Danielle Crowley (Tonawanda, NY) first in section B; Ashley Kubiak (Greenwich, NY) took first in the intermediate I class and Breann Schwarting (Earlville, NY) was first in the beginner western horsemanship class.

In the afternoon, Morrisville State tallied 23 points, just two shy of high point team Cobleskill, to earn reserve high point team honors. Howland tied with Joe Boellman of Cobleskill for high point rider honors, while Jill Featherly (Hilton, NY) earned reserve high point rider honors.

Howland placed third in the reining class and first in open horsemanship while Featherly was fifth in reining and second in open horsemanship.
Other top finishers for the Mustangs were: Laurabeth Werner (Hamburg, PA) first in the advanced western horsemanship class, section B; Ella Littlefield (Sanbornton, NH) first in the novice western horsemanship class, section A; Garrick Spencer (Fonda, NY) first in the novice western horsemanship class, section C; and Sarah Ferjak (Killingworth, CT) first in the novice western horsemanship class, section D.

Morrisville State College is the Zone 2, Region 3 team champion and will be competing with a team of five riders at the semi-finals on March 21 and 22 in Findlay, OH.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena, Sunday, March 1 for the western regional championships held at the indoor riding arena on Swamp Road in Morrisville. The Mustangs have 24 of 32 individual regional qualifiers competing in the championships, where the top two place finishers from the competition will move on to the semi-finals in Ohio.

Those who have qualified for the regional championships and will be competing on Saturday for Morrisville State are the following:
• Reining: Catherine Howland
• Open Horsemanship: Catherine Howland, Hilary Huttleson (Greene, NY)
• Advanced Horsemanship: Carly Fiaschetti
• Novice Horsemanship: Lisa Ballard (Rome, NY), Krystal Boyce (Lisle, NY), Kristiana Janacek (Gales Ferry, CT), Shawna Kraeger (Port Leyden, NY), Kayla Linder, Bryan Moylan (Mastic, NY), Rebecca Muzzey (Chester, VT), Misty-lyn Nicholson (Webster, NY), Amanda Reynolds, and Jonathan Rogers (Nichols, NY)
• Intermediate II Horsemanship: Jessica Carroll (Kerhonkson, NY), Danielle Crowley, Sarah Ferjak, Serafina Gagliardi (Hastings on Hudson, NY), Emily Olson (Massena, NY), Jessica Powers, Laura Reagan (Rochester, NY), Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY), Garrick Spencer and Karli Wimmer.
• Beginner Horsemanship: Ashley Kubiak.

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.