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Morrisville State western riders remain at top of competition

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team claimed high point team honors in two shows on Saturday, with rider Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) earning high point rider honors in each show.

Howland, in the morning show, placed first in both the reining and open western horsemanship class, following with a first in reining and second in open horsemanship in the afternoon show to lead the team to the victory.

Six additional riders earned the blue ribbon in the morning show: Bryan Moylan (Mastic, NY) in advanced horsemanship, Erin Moseley (Cazenovia, NY) and Janae O’Brien (Woodstock, IL) in novice horsemanship, Christine Towne (Rutland, VT) in intermediate II horsemanship, and Breann Schwarting (Earlville, NY) and Jamie Nelson (Bemus Point, NY) in intermediate I horsemanship.

Jill Featherly (Hilton, NY) was reserve high point rider for the morning show, earning second place in both reining and open horsemanship.

In the afternoon show, seven riders claimed the blue in their respective classes. Hillary Huttleson (Greene, NY) took first in open horsemanship with Heather Vaughn (Angellica, NY) and Shawna Kraeger (Port Leyden, NY) taking the top honor in the advanced horsemanship class.

Moseley and Shauna Latincsics (Wayne, NJ) were winners in the novice horsemanship class, while Towne and Tabitha Fargo (Ripley, NY) were top finishers in the intermediate II and I class, respectively.

Featherly repeated as reserve high point rider in the afternoon show.

Cobleskill was reserve high point team in the morning show and Cornell in the afternoon. Currently Morrisville State has tallied 253 points for the year in team standings to Cobleskill’s 161, Cornell’s 74 and Colgate’s 72.
Morrisville State is host of the Regional Championships, scheduled for Saturday, March 7th at the riding arenas on Swamp Road.

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.