Western team closes out semester with two show wins

Western team closes out semester with two show wins



The Morrisville State College western equestrian riding team closed out the fall semester with two show high point team victories on Saturday at their own show at the Swamp Road riding arena.

Morrisville State dominated the competition in the first of the double, collecting high point team honors with 31 points, while Cobleskill claimed reserve high point team accolades with 20. Keuka, Colgate and Albany rounded out the competition.

Rianna Nalepa (Endicott, N.Y.) earned reserve high point rider honors, placing second in open reining, and second in open western horsemanship.

Briena Seidel (Gasport, N.Y.) and Erika Wolf (East Hampton, Conn.) took the top two spots in the advanced western horsemanship class, while Erika Miller (Wyoming, N.Y.) and Nicolle Pulcher-Guzek (Troy, N.Y.) were first and second in the novice western horsemanship class.

Morrisville State swept the intermediate western horsemanship II class across the board, with riders Logan Corey (Adams, N.Y.), Marybeth Allen (Fort Plain, N.Y.) and Lindsey Kubisek (Bethel, Conn.) each taking home the blue ribbon.

Jessica Gilchrist (Evans Mills, N.Y.) was the top rider in section B of the intermediate western horsemanship I class, as Beth Bush (Pompey, N.Y.) and Mikayla Peterson (Frewsburg, N.Y.) rounded out the top finishers for the Mustangs with a first and second place finish, respectively, in the beginner western horsemanship class.

In the second of the day's action, Morrisville State collected high point team honors behind a collection of 28 points, while Cobleskill finished as reserve with 19.

Keuka finished in third with 14 points, Colgate fourth with three and Albany in fifth place with two points.

Nalepa earned high point rider honors behind two blue ribbon rides in reining and open western horsemanship, accumulating enough individual points to qualify for the regional championship show held in March.

Miller repeated her blue ribbon ride in the novice western horsemanship class with Pulcher-Guzek finishing second.

Jamie Cooley (Boonville, N.Y.) put together a first place ride in the intermediate western horsemanship II class, section A, along with Courtney Luskin (Valley Falls, N.Y.) in section D.

Marcella West (Portland, N.Y.) was the top rider for the Mustangs in the beginner western horsemanship class.

Along with Nalepa, Pulcher-Guzek, Allen, and Corey all qualified for the regional championships, while Gilchrist pointed up to the intermediate western horsemanship II class.

Following the Christmas break, Morrisville State returns to the arena on February 16, hosting a double show before hosting the Regional Championships on March 2.

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