Hunt Seat Team riding high after great season

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The Alfred State Hunt Seat Team this year had another successful season, with riders competing in a total of four shows during the fall semester and earning many ribbons along the way.

Led by Captain Danielle Verplank, business administration, Marion, the team earned a total of nine ribbons, while showing at Cornell University (twice), Rochester Institute of Technology, and Nazareth College.

Riders earning ribbons include Verplank; Teaghan Mix, veterinary technology, Moravia; Anne Downs, veterinary technology, Katonah; Raean Paryz, technology management, Derby; and Danielle Pederson, agricultural technology, Wellsville.

Meet-by-meet results are as follows:

girl riding a horseThe Hunt Seat Team is one of multiple riding teams offered at Alfred State, and is open to new and experienced riders alike. The team competes against more than a dozen other colleges within the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

Within the past couple of years, the team roster has tripled in size, from five riders to 15, and counting. The team has been able to fill multiple riding levels at shows that they have not been able to do in the past.

Team Adviser Mallory Morehouse, associate director of Orientation and Family Programs at Alfred State, said, “It has been great to see this group come together as a team. They have not only grown in size, but continue to show well against much larger programs. It is great that we are able to have this opportunity for our students at Alfred State.”

The Hunt Seat Team members are looking forward to their upcoming spring season, and are excited to be showing in their own backyard at the Alfred University Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center on Feb. 16 and 24.