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Morrisville State western equestrian team Regional Champions

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team earned high point team honors Saturday to win the Regional Championship at the riding arena on Swamp Road in Morrisville.

Eleven Mustang riders finished either first or second in six different classes to advance to the semi-finals in Laurinburg, North Carolina later this month.

Jill Featherly (Hilton, NY) was year-end high point rider for the Region, and will represent Morrisville State along with the region at the High Point Rider Competition at the IHSA National Championships in May.

Featherly was crowned Regional Champion in both the reining and open western horsemanship classes, while Andrea LaManque (Cold Brook, NY) took champion honors in the novice western horsemanship class.

Janae O’Brien (Woodstock, IL) was the champion in the intermediate western horsemanship class and Shannon Mayo (Westfield, MA) champion in the beginner horsemanship class.

Also advancing to the semi-finals with second place finishes at the regional championships are Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT) in the reining class, Hilary Huttleson (Greene, NY) in the open western horsemanship class, Bryan Moylan (Mastic, NY) in the advanced western horsemanship class, Heather Vaughn (Angellica, NY) in the novice western horsemanship class, Erin Mosley (Cazenovia, NY) in the intermediate western horsemanship class, and Breann Schwarting (Earlville, NY) in the beginner horsemanship class.

Morrisville State was high point team for the Region and will be competing in the team competition at the semi-finals. The top three teams will advance to the national championships. Representing Morrisville State in team competition is Featherly in reining, Howland in open horsemanship, Serafina Gagliardi (Hastings-on-the-Hudson, NY) in advanced horsemanship, O’Brien in novice horsemanship, Christine Towne (Rutland, VT) in intermediate horsemanship and Wyatt Carbaugh (Greencastle, PA) in beginner horsemanship.

Semi-finals will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina on March 27th and 28th.

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.