MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team closed out the regular season with high point team honors as they swept the competition in the double show hosted at the Mustangs Western Riding Arena Sunday.
Morrisville State was high point team for the first of the day's two shows, edging Cobleskill 31-29 to take show championship honors. Keuka College finished third (15 points), Colgate fourth (11) and Albany (5) rounded out the competition with a fifth place finish.
The Mustangs had four post top rides in their respective classes, including Jordan Sweeten (Cuba, N.Y.) who took home the blue ribbon in the open western horsemanship class. Sweeten also finished second in open reining, and tied for high point rider honors for the morning show.
Blacey Bakutis (Kent, N.Y.) topped the field in the novice western horsemanship class for Morrisville State, as well as Jacob Jaworski (Lafayette, N.Y.) who took home the blue ribbon in the intermediate western horsemanship II class.
Alysha Hardy (Orange, Mass.) also turned in a top ride in her section of the intermediate western horsemanship II class for the Mustangs, rounding out the blue ribbon winners for Morrisville State in the morning show.
In the second of the day's competition, Morrisville State again edged Cobleskill for high point team honors, compiling 30 points as Cobleskill finished reserve high point team with 26 team points.
Keuka took third (17), Colgate fourth (10) and Albany (4) fifth in team standings.
Sweeten collected her second win of the day in the open western horsemanship class, earning reserve high point rider honors to capture the high point rider competition for the Region. She will be representing Morrisville State at the IHSA National Championships in Lexington, Kentucky in the high point rider competition.
Bakutis took home her second blue ribbon of the day, topping the novice western horsemanship eight rider field, as did Hardy, who claimed the top spot in the first section of the intermediate western horsemanship II class for a second time.
Jennifer Hines (Linesville, Pa.) rode to the top of section B of the intermediate western horsemanship II class, before Jaworski topped the field in section C for his second win of the day.
Emma Robbins (Staten Island, N.Y.) placed first for the Mustangs in the intermediate western horsemanship I class to round out top place finishers for Morrisville State for the day.
The Mustangs, who had 18 qualify for regionals, will be hosting the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Regional Championships Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Western Riding Arena on Swamp Road.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.