Morrisville State western team opens 2016 riding season

Morrisville State western team opens 2016 riding season

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian riding team opened the 2016 riding season Sunday, hosting the double show, and capturing reserve high point team and reserve high point team accolades, respectively.

Cobleskill was high point team in the morning show, edging the Mustangs by four points as they captured the show win. Morrisville State had 27 team points as six riders posted class wins in the morning.

Lindsey Kubisek (Bethel, Conn.) captured the first win for the Mustangs, topping the four rider field in the advanced western horsemanship class. Paige Campagna (Brewster, N.Y.) followed with a winning ride in the novice western horsemanship class, as Morrisville State posted wins in three out of four intermediate western II sections.

Emily Jurek (Perry, N.Y.), Katelyn Ragozzino (Southington, Conn.) and Lindsey Stransky each claimed the blue ribbon in their sections in the intermediate II class, as teammate Dakota Martin (Rochester, N.Y.) rounded out blue ribbon winners with a top ride in the beginner western horsemanship class.

Sarah Linn (Olean, N.Y.) earned reserve high point rider accolades, finishing second in the open reining class and second in the open western horsemanship class.

Morrisville State captured high point team honors in the afternoon show accumulating 32 team points, while Cobleskill earned reserve honors with 26.

Blacey Bakutis (Kent, N.Y.) was the reserve high point rider for the show, earning a third place ride in the open reining class, before topping the field in the open western horsemanship class with the blue ribbon ride.

Lexus Hoppes (Lehighton, Pa.) claimed the win in the novice western horsemanship class, and four riders followed for the Mustang sweep in the intermediate II class.

Alysha Hardy (Orange, Mass.), Jurek, Stransky, and Sabrina Glode (Gloversville, N.Y.) each were winners in the intermediate II class, while Martin claimed a second win in the beginner horsemanship class to round out first place finishers.

Morrisville State returns to the riding arena November 12 for a double show at the Swamp Road facility.

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