MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian riding team had five riders advance to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Semifinals later in March, finishing as one of the top two riders in their respective class at the Regional Championships held at the Mustangs riding arena on Swamp Road in Morrisville.
Morrisville State also had two claim the Regional Crown, including Mikaela Cormier (Belchertown, Mass.) in the novice western horsemanship class, as well as Lea Inhaber-Courchesne (Westborough, Mass.) in the intermediate II western horsemanship class.
Cormier topped the field of three as the blue ribbon champion, and Inhaber-Courchesne was victor out of a competing class that included 13 total riders.
Alongside the two champions, Blacey Bakutis (Kent, N.Y.) also advanced to the semifinals with her second place ride in the open western horsemanship class, as well as Alysha Hardy (Orange, Mass.) in the novice western horsemanship class.
The final slot for the Mustangs was claimed by Elyse Scott (Averill Park, N.Y.) who was the regional runner-up in the intermediate II class.
The semifinals will take place March 17-18 in Hamburg, New York, for an opportunity to compete on the national level at the finals in May in Harrisburg.
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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.