Delaware Valley College’s Sydney J. Markovitz Standardbred Center is home to 25 Standardbred broodmares, varying numbers of foals and yearlings, and three Standardbred stallions – Moon Beam (P, 3 ,1:51.0F $772,486), Xactly Hanover (T , 3 , Q 1:52.3M $172,997) and first year standing stud, Tarver Hanover (P, 6 ,1:49.2M $822,434).
The center is an educational facility supporting around 120 equine science and management majors who are working towards a bachelors degree in animal science. Equine science and management students are immersed in every aspect of breeding and stable management.
Students practically do it all, from routine health care, recognizing and treating lameness and illness, feeding, and cleaning stalls to collecting the stallions, breeding mares, delivering foals, and presenting yearlings at sales. Students also have the ability to work as grooms and horse handlers for outside sale companies and consigners or intern with various industry breeders while completing their degree.
Every horse at the center is assigned to two to three students each semester. The students are responsible for the routine grooming and health care of their “care horse,” and all horses are handled on daily basis.