DelVal’s Standardbred Yearling sale is a success

Credit: Dr. Sarah Young. Ashlee Nye ’16 with yearling colt MUSCLE DEFINED.

Dec 08, 2014

Delaware Valley College equine science and management students participated in the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3 through Nov. 8 to gain experience in yearling sales and promotion, the racing industry and general sales. More than 40 students participated in the sale, including 14 students who are taking the Yearling Horse Sale Management course. The College sold eight yearlings, which are one-year old horses, raising $60,000 for the breeding center development fund. Money raised from the sale will allow for selection of higher-quality stallions for breeding and fund facilities improvements.

“For our equine students, especially those specializing in breeding, this type of opportunity really helps prepare them for the industry,” said Dr. Sarah Young, a DelVal equine science and management faculty member. “Students get the chance to breed the mares, foal out these horses, raise them to yearlings, promote the sale and really be part of the process from start to finish. They gain priceless experience handling young horses while expanding their network of professionals in the equine industry.”

The sale is an internationally recognized event for the Standardbred racing industry where trainers, farm owners, breeders and other racing greats come together. DelVal students take part in the event each year as grooms for popular Standardbred breeding facilities and assistants to the Standardbred Sales Company, based out of Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

“Pauline Lutz, a student from our equine breeding program was offered an internship position after graduation with All American,” said Dr. Young. “She called to tell me the good news, the farm owner came to offer her the position, mentioning that he didn’t care what she wanted to do – work as a vet tech, or, help with foaling or yearling prep – as long as she came to work for him after graduation.”

Dr. Young said many DelVal students find internships and jobs through the sale.

Kyra Coughlin ’16 worked for Preferred Equine, and this year was invited to join them in Kentucky at the Lexington 2014 Selected Yearling Sale.

“Kyra is making a name for herself, and is boosting DelVal’s reputation in the industry with her competent handling and personable demeanor,” said Dr. Young. “I am so impressed with all of our equine students. They were well prepared, put together and professional. They presented our horses to prospective buyers with confidence, competence and a smile, and as a result, I received compliments on the students’ knowledge and preparedness, on the appearance and behavior of our yearlings and the overall impression that our consignment gave of the program and of DelVal.”

The Department of Equine Science and Management will present twelve horses for sale at next year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in November 2015, including yearlings by Explosive Matter, If I Can Dream and Delmarvalous. For more information about the Equine Science and Management program, yearlings sales or opportunities for equine students, please contact Taylor Adams at or 215.489.2909.

DelVal equine students at the Standardbred sale

Credit: Delaware Valley College. Credit: Delaware Valley College. From left: Emily Cantlin ’14, Jordan Gerhardt ’15, Jessica Orzechowski ’15, Alex Salerno ’15  (front), Rob Marz ’15 (back), Kerry Sandel ’14, Laura Amsbaugh ’14, Morgan Rodgers ’15 (back), Dr. Sarah Young (middle), Maeghen Reitz ’15, Nicole Stein ’15 (front), Kate Staffieri ’14 (back), Larisa Farion ’15 (front), Nicolle MacGregor ’15  (back), Pauline Lutz ’15 and Ashlee Nye ’16.