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Cobleskill Western Equestrians Repeat as Champions

Written By Editor on 2/26/18 | 2/26/18

Morrisville, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Western Equestrian Team posted a first place finish and a tie for first place at the final Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2 Region 3 events hosted by the Morrisville State College Mustangs over the weekend. With their finishes at the shows the Fighting Tigers captured their second consecutive Zone 2 Region 3 Championship which automatically qualifies all team members for 2018 Regional Semi-Final Round to be hosted by Alfred State College at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in Hamburg, N.Y. on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th.

Entering the day’s events with a 192-186 lead in the overall region standings; the Fighting Tigers won the show by a 37-29 margin over the host Mustangs, which gave them the regional lead at 229-to-215 after seven regional regular season shows.

Once again senior Morgan O’Sullivan, Killingsworth, Conn., Middletown High School, did the bulk of the damage for the Fighting Tigers by taking the show’s High Point Rider honors by winning in the Open Reigning competition while placing second overall in Open Western Horsemanship.

Cobleskill also received a strong effort from senior Emily McLaughlin, Delanson, N.Y., Duanesburg High School, who tied for Reserve High Point Honors by winning the Open Western Horsemanship Division and taking third place overall in Open Reigning.

The visitors also received evet wins from: senior Erin Hopmans, Hinsdale, Mass., Wahconah Regional High School, in Novice Western Horsemanship, junior Emma Russell, in Intermediate I Western Horsemanship, West Hurley, N.Y., Onteora High School, and from junior Rachel Butler, Seward, N.Y., Home Schooled, in Beginner Western Horsemanship.   

In the day’s second show the Fighting Tigers secured the regional title by overcoming the Mustang’s home arena advantage by tying their hosts for the event’s title with a score of 32-to-32. As a result of their efforts Cobleskill once again won the regional title by an overall score of 261-to-247 for the eight show regular season over Morrisville.

Once again the senior tandem of Morgan O’Sullivan and Emily McLaughlin led the way for the Orange & Black as O’Sullivan by taking the show’s High Point Rider honors by placing second both the Open Reigning competition and in Open Western Horsemanship while McLaughlin won in Open Reigning while taking third overall in Open Western Horsemanship to capture Reserve Point Rider honors for the show.

The Fighting Tigers also received important event wins from: Kathryn Terry, Castile, N.Y., Letchworth High School, in Intermediate II Western Horsemanship, Emma Russell in Intermediate I Western Horsemanship and from Rachel Butler in Beginner Western Horsemanship.   

With her individual performance, Morgan O’Sullivan wins the IHSA Zone 2 Region 3 High Point Rider Championship for the second consecutive season and the third time in her career with a season total of 97 points and automatically qualifies individually for the 2018 IHSA National Championships to be hosted from May 3rd thru May 6th, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

Cobleskill will next compete as a team in the IHSA Individual Regional Championships hosted by Morrisville State College in Morrisville, N.Y., on Sunday February 25th at 9:00 a.m.

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