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Morrisville State western team sweeps weekend action

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The Morrisville State College western equestrian team claimed high point team honors in two shows on Saturday, with Jill Featherly (Hilton, NY) earning high point rider honors in both shows.

In the morning show, Morrisville State compiled 35 team points to reserve high point team Cobleskill’s 14, to claim the top spot. Featherly was high point rider with 14 team points, claiming first in both the reining and open western horsemanship class. Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) was reserve high point rider with a second place showing in reining and open horsemanship.

Six additional riders rode to a first place showing, Kyle Flatter (Arcanum, OH), Sarah Ferjak (Killingworth, CT) and Serafina Gagliardi (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) in the novice western horsemanship class, sections A-C respectively; Jessica King (King George, VA) and Christopher Tognazzi (Salam, MA) in the intermediate II class; and Breann Schwarting (Earlville, NY) in the intermediate I class.

In the afternoon show, Morrisville State had eight claim the blue ribbon, as the Mustangs tallied 32 team points for high point team honors. SUNY Cobleskill was reserve high point team with 17.

Featherly repeated with high point rider honors, claiming first in reining and second in open horsemanship, while Hillary Huttleston (Greene, NY) took reserve high point rider honors with a third place finish in reining and first in open horsemanship.

In the advanced class, Lisa Ballard (Rome, NY) and Shawna Kraeger (Port Leyden, NY) took top honors for section A and B respectively, while Ferjak, Tawnee Collins (Evans Mills, NY) and Margaret Roberts (Weedsport, NY) each took the blue in the novice class.

Jamie Anderson (Harpursville, NY) rode to a first place finish in the beginner class.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arenas for a double show February 20 at the Swamp Road barn.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 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.