Weekend sweep keeps Morrisville State western team in top spot in Regional standings

Weekend sweep keeps Morrisville State western team in top spot in Regional standings

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team swept the weekend competition, posting high point team honors in each show on Sunday held at the Swamp Road Western Riding Arena in Morrisville, with a combined 15 winning rides across two shows.

Morrisville State collected 36 team points from its pointed riders for the morning show, with SUNY Cobleskill collecting reserve high point honors with 26.

Erika Wolf (East Hampton, Conn.) earned high point rider honors behind her third place finish in open reining and top place finish in the open western horsemanship class. Kiley McCusker (Simsbury, Conn.) tied for reserve high point rider accolades following her fifth overall finish in open reining and fourth place finish in open western horsemanship.

Anna Harrigan (Lancaster, N.Y.) collected the blue ribbon in the advanced western horsemanship class, with fellow teammates Marybeth Allen (Fort Plain, N.Y.) and Erika Miller (Wyoming, N.Y.) sweeping the novice western horsemanship class for the Mustangs with their top rides.

It was another Morrisville State western sweep in the intermediate western horsemanship II class, as three Mustangs took home the blue ribbon across the three section ride. Chelsea Dodge (Candor, N.Y.), Karen Rizzone (Eden, N.Y.), and Rachel Rodriguez (Oceanport, N.J.) each had top rides in the class.

Emma Robbins (Staten Island, N.Y.) rounded out the competition with a first place finish in the beginner western horsemanship class.

In second show of the weekend, Morrisville State rode to their sixth straight high point team honor, posting 39 team points to top the field of competition. SUNY Cobleskill finished as reserve high point team with 25 points.

Wolf repeated as high point rider for the fourth consecutive show, registering a first place ride in the open reining and open western horsemanship classes.

Harrigan and Allen repeated blue ribbon rides in their respective classes, advanced and novice western horsemanship.

Teammates Taylor Fidler (West Monroe, N.Y.), Rizzone, and Rachel Adsitt (Phelps, N.Y.) again completed the intermediate II western horsemanship class sweep for a second time, each taking home the blue ribbon in their respective sections to round out top place finishes for the Mustangs.

Morrisville State, who sits atop the regional standings with 193 team points, returns to the riding arena on Saturday, February 15, hosting a double show at the Swamp Road riding arena.

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