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Morrisville State College to Hold Yearling Sale Sept. 24

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—The Morrisville College Equine Institute will hold its eighteenth annual Fall Yearling Sale Sept. 24 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 197 yearlings are up for sale.

This year’s sale, traditionally held on Sunday, will be held on Monday and will also feature a preview day, Sept. 17, beginning at 10 a.m.

“We added a preview day so people can get a head-start and can take their time looking at some of the yearlings that will be in the sale,” Erin Shantal, assistant breeding manager, said.

Thirty-one of the 197 yearlings up for sale may be previewed, among them 12 yearlings 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 stands at stud at Morrisville State College under the management of Walnut Hall Ltd.

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.

“The sale is great experience for students in Morrisville State College’s equine programs,” Shantal, said.

More than 200 of them will be working, participating in every aspect of the sale 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.

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. For a complete list of yearlings on preview day, call Mary Taylor or Erin Shantal at 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 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, 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 more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with seven new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

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.