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Morrisville State College to hold 21st Annual Yearling Sale Sept. 27

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— The Morrisville College Equine Institute will hold its twenty-first annual Fall Yearling Sale Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. at the college’s Nancy Sears Stowell Arena on Swamp Road.

More than 1,000 people from all over the Northeastern United States, Florida and Canada are expected to attend the sale, which is the largest of its kind in New York state. A total of 207 yearlings are up for sale.

The sale will also feature a preview day, Sept. 26, beginning at 1 p.m.

Nineteen of the yearlings up for sale are being sold by the Morrisville Equine Institute, including five offspring of internationally known harness trotter, Conway Hall, sire of the 2004 Hambletonian and trotting Triple Crown winner, Windsong’s Legacy. Conway Hall is sire of the winners of more than $40 million, $4.25 million in 2010.

Also for sale are eight yearlings by Cash Hall, the world record holder for the half-mile track by virtue of a time trial of 1:51.1. From his first crop of 2-year-olds racing in 2010, Cash Hall is the third leading money winning sire of trotters in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS).

The sale will also feature seven yearlings out of the first crop by champion New York trotting stallion, RC Royalty, who became the fastest 2-year-old trotting colt ever in the NYSS on a half-mile track by virtue of his 1:58.2 score at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 2005. That track record, along with the 1:59.4 record he set at Monticello Raceway in the same year, still stand today.

RC Royalty also holds the Massachusetts Sire Stake record for 3-year-old trotting colts of 1:59.4.

Conway Hall, Cash Hall and RC Royalty all stand stud at Morrisville State College.

The yearling sale, which features year-old Standardbred horses sold on consignment by the college, is organized and run by Morrisville State College Equine Department faculty, staff and students.

Equine students will be working the sale, participating in every aspect of it from bedding stalls, grooming, leading and showing horses, to setting up the business office and assisting with cleanup.

Last year, the sale grossed nearly $2 million and had record attendance.

Profits from the sale go toward general maintenance and enrichment of the college’s equine programs. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information about the sale, visit www.morrisvillesale.com or call 315-684-6355.

Morrisville State College offers a bachelor of technology degree in Equine Science and two associate degrees in Equine Racing Management and Equine Science and Management. The diverse equine science curriculum includes specializations in Breeding, Western, Hunt Seat, Draft/Driving, Thoroughbred Racing, Standardbred Racing, and Business.

An Equine Breeding and Training Center, a 34,000 square-foot breeding and hunter/jumper facility, includes a breeding and foaling barn, hunter/jumper barn, stallion barn, a complete breeding laboratory, collection area, laptop classroom and three indoor riding arenas.

In addition to the Equine Breeding and Training Center, the college has an 80-acre Equine Center complete with paddocks, stables, and the only half-mile harness racing track on a college campus in the nation. Additional stables include a draft horse barn with a covered round pen and runouts. The college is also in the process of building an Equine Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology Center.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.