MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Four riders claimed the top ride in their respective classes Sunday to take home the 2016-17 Western Regional Crowns, as Morrisville State advanced six total riders to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Semi-finals March 25-26 in Hamburg, N.Y.
Morrisville State's Sarah Linn (Olean, N.Y.) took home the championship ride in the open reigning class, while teammate Lexus Hoppes (Lehighton, Pa.) claimed the regional title in the novice western horsemanship class.
Alysha Hardy (Orange, Mass.) earned the Regional Crown in the intermediate western II horsemanship class, topping the field of 13 with her winning ride, before Dakota Martin (Rochester, N.Y.) claimed the title in the beginner western horsemanship class.
Blacey Bakutis (Kent, N.Y.) and Stephanie Zajac (Belchertown, Mass.) also advanced to the IHSA semi's, finishing as reserve regional champion in the open western horsemanship and intermediate western II horsemanship classes, respectively.
Andrea LaManque will also be representing Morrisville State in the alumni western horsemanship class at the national semi-finals, claiming the regional crown for the Mustangs.
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.