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Two advance to IHSA Western Equestrian National Championship finals

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College western equestrian riders, Breann Schwarting (Earlville, NY) and Jill Featherly (Hilton, NY) qualified to advance to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships following their top performance at the semi-finals at St. Andrews College this weekend.

In individual competition, the top four riders out of 14 entries advance to the National Championships. Schwarting placed third overall in the beginner horsemanship class to earn her spot in national competition.

Featherly topped all riders with her first place finish in open reining to advance to nationals, and will also represent Morrisville State and the region in the American Quarterhorse Association (AQHA) high point rider competition.

Other finishers for Morrisville State at the semi-final individual competition are: Featherly, seventh in open horsemanship; Janae O’Brien (Woodstock, IL) fifth in intermediate horsemanship; Shannon Mayo (Westfield, MA) eighth in beginner horsemanship; and Bryan Moylan (Mastic, NY) fifth in advanced horsemanship.

In team competition, Morrisville State finished fifth overall, behind winner Findlay University, St. Andrews Presbyterian, Berry College and Black Hawk.

The national competition takes place May 6 through 9 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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.