Morrisville State College held its twenty-first annual standardbred sale, taking in approximately $1.6 million.
A total of 186 yearlings were sold for an average of $8,563, including 19 yearlings consigned by the Morrisville State College Equine Institute.
A unique aspect of the annual event is the experience equine students gain being a part of it. Students were involved 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, one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options.