Western completes riding season at IHSA National Championships  

Western completes riding season at IHSA National Championships  


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State western riding team completed the 2019 season schedule at the IHSA National Championship Show held May 2-5 at the Expo Center at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, finishing eighth overall in team competition while placing three individual riders in the top eight in their respective classes.

Morrisville State finished eighth overall among nine teams competing at the championship event, with riders placing as high as fifth in their respective class.

Samantha Greefield (Middleburgh, N.Y.) was the top finisher for the Mustangs in the intermediate horsemanship class, placing fifth, while Lea Inhaber-Courchesne (Westborough, Mass.) finishing sixth in the advanced western horsemanship class.

Michaela Cormier (Belchertown, Mass.)  was seventh in open horsemanship, also finishing ninth in reining alongside Abigail Schul (Lewiston, N.Y.) who finished ninth in novice horsemanship and Julia Anderson (Sinclairville, N.Y.) ninth in beginner horsemanship.

Cormier also competed in the AQHA High Point Rider Competition, representing Region 3, and finished ninth overall among 24 total riders competing after putting together a third place ride in reining and 15th place effort in open horsemanship.

In individual competition, Elyse Scott (Averill Park, N.Y.) and Inhaber-Courchesne each placed in the top eight of the novice class riders; Scott with a fourth place ride, and Inhaber-Courchesne an eighth place finish.

Kelli Castaldo (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) also placed in individual competition among the 12 competing riders, finishing seventh overall in beginner western horsemanship.

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.