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Morrisville State College Tallies Record Number of Viewers, Grosses Nearly $2 Million at 20th Annual Yearling Sale

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—A record number of viewers kept Morrisville State College faculty, staff and students busy this year during the preview day of its annual yearling sale conducted by the Morrisville State College Equine Institute.

The college recorded its best show day ever and also attracted an impressive crowd on sale day, taking in nearly $2 million.

The increase in attendance was attributed to the sale occurring the same weekend as the New York Sires Stakes finals at Vernon Downs, according to Dave Hanson, who heads the sale.

A total of 229 yearlings sold for an average of $8,477. Twenty-one yearlings consigned by the Morrisville State College Equine Institute were sold, totaling $296,100.

The Conway Hall filly, Temper Of Will, sold for $51,000 and was the sale topper. Conway Hall, internationally known harness trotter, stands at stud at the college.

Students, faculty and staff added to the success of the event, which features yearling Standardbred horses sold on consignment by the college.

During the sale, students participated 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 one of the most diverse Equine Science Programs, with specializations in breeding, western, hunt seat, draft/driving, thoroughbred racing, standardbred racing, and business.

Degrees offered are 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 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.