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Morrisville State College yearling sale grosses nearly $2 million

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—The Morrisville College Equine Institute completed its sixteenth successful yearling sale on Sept. 25, grossing nearly $2 million in sales.

Two-hundred and twenty-three yearlings were sold during the sale with the highest bid for one horse topping out at $55,000. The average price paid for a yearling was above average this year at $8,867.

Approximately 1,000 people from all over the Northeastern United States and Florida attended the sale, which featured year-old standardbred horses sold on consignment by the college.

Eighteen horses owned by the Morrisville College Equine Institute were sold for a total of $282,200. One of them was the second highest-selling horse at $50,000.

The sale included the first New York-eligible yearlings of prize-winning racehorses Pro Bono Best and Riverboat King.

The annual fall sale is organized and run by Morrisville State College Equine Department faculty, staff and students.

More than 200 Morrisville State College students worked at the sale and were involved in every aspect from bedding stalls, grooming, leading and showing horses, to setting up the business office and assisting with cleanup.

Profits from the sale go toward general maintenance and enrichment of the college’s equine program.

Morrisville State College offers a bachelor of technology degree in equine science and two associate degrees in equine racing management and equine and science management. 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, five-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.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of 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 programs in business, transfer, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.