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Morrisville State College Nets Record at 19th Annual Yearling Sale

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—The annual yearling sale conducted by the Morrisville State College Equine Institute was a record-breaking one. Two horses went for the highest amounts ever in the 19-year history of the sale, topping out at $80,000 and $75,000.

The sale harnessed $2.1 million with a total of 197 yearlings sold for an average of $10,774.

Nineteen yearlings consigned by the Morrisville State College Equine Institute were sold, totaling $267,900. Among them was the top $80,000 seller, Via Conway, a colt of Becca J, who has won more than $318,000 in purses, and internationally known harness trotter Conway Hall. Conway Hall, who stands stud at Morrisville State College under the management of Walnut Hall Lt., is the sire of the 2004 Hambletonian and trotting Triple Crown winner, Windsong’s Legacy.

More than 200 students, faculty and staff added to the success of the event, which features year-old standardbred horses sold on consignment by the college.

During the sale, students gained a breadth of knowledge, participating in a multitude of activities from bedding stalls, grooming, leading and showing horses, to setting up the business office and assisting with cleanup.

The sale is a major industry-based entrepreneurial activity for Morrisville’s equine programs as well as a vehicle to showcase the campus.

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

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. 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.