Morrisville State western team qualifies 12 for Regional Championships

Morrisville State western team qualifies 12 for Regional Championships

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western riding arena will again serve as the site for the 2017 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2, Region 3 Championships, Sunday, February 26 at the Swamp Road western indoor riding arena.

The Mustangs will have a wide representation across the show's classes, qualifying 12 total riders following the final show of the season this last Sunday. The top rider will be named Regional Champion, and the top two will advance to the IHSA Western National Semi-finals held in Hamburg, N.Y. for a chance to compete at the national level in May.

The University of Albany qualified three riders for the regional championships, Colgate University two, and SUNY Cobleskill five.

Dakota Martin (Rochester, N.Y.) will be representing Morrisville State in the beginner western horsemanship class, while eight Mustangs will be competing in the intermediate western horsemanship II class for two slots to the semi's, including Lindsay Stransky (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) who is fresh off a double sweep last weekend in the same class.

Sabrina Glode (Gloversville, N.Y.), Alysha Hardy (Orange, Mass.), Jacob Jaworski (Lafayette, N.Y.), Mackenzie Smith (Castorland, N.Y.), Amanda Wersinger (Marion, N.Y.) and Stephanie Zajac (Belchertown, Mass.) will also be competing alongside Stransky for a bid to the semis.

Lexus Hoppes (Lehighton, Pa.) will represent Morrisville State in the novice western horsemanship class.

Blacey Bakutis (Kent, N.Y.) finished the season as the AQHA Reserve High Point Rider and will be the lone Mustang rider in the open western horsemanship class.

Morrisville State's Sarah Linn (Olean, N.Y.) will be among three in the open reigning class.

Competition gets underway at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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.

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