MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western riding arena served as host site for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2 Region 3 Championships Sunday morning, with the hosts crowning four of their own as the 2016 Regional Champions of their respective classes.
Chelsey Mahany (Georgetown, N.Y.) posted the first win for the Mustangs in the beginner western horsemanship class, topping the field of four for the blue ribbon. Mahany will be joined by Alison Hogue from Colgate University to represent the region at the semifinals held March 19th.
Top riders in the open reining finals took to the riding arena following the beginner class, and Morrisville State crowned its second Regional Champion in Jordan Sweeten (Cuba, N.Y.). Katie Sommers from Colgate earned second to advance.
Sweeten also took home the regional title in the open western horsemanship class, and will be joined by Morgan O'Sullivan from SUNY Cobleskill, who finished second.
Nine riders competed for two spots in the intermediate II western horsemanship class and Morrisville State's Sarah Linn (Olean, N.Y.) took home the Regional Champion title with teammate Sierra Dexheimer (Chatham, N.Y.) finishing second to advance to the semifinals.
Andrea LaManque was the victor in the alumni western horsemanship finals.
The top two riders from each class advance to the IHSA National Semifinals held at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio on March 19th & 20th.
Morrisville State completed the regular season as team champions, compiling 241 team points across the eight show year, and will be representing the Region at the IHSA semi-finals in team competition.
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.