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Sale company announces shorter yearling sessions in Harrisburg

June 16, 2009
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This year\'s Standardbred Horse Sales Company\'s yearling sessions in Harrisburg will end no later than 6 pm, the sales company has announced. A press release explained that after polling numerous customers and consignors, and holding a discussion at a recent consignors meeting, it was decided to add a day to sell yearlings, effectively shortening the sessions.
 
\"We spoke with numerous customers asking what we could do to improve the sale and the number one suggestion was to reduce the length of the yearling sessions,\" said Murray Brown, the company\'s general manager. \"This topic was discussed at length at a recent consignors\' meeting and the suggestion was met with unanimous approval.
 
\"We will sell approximately the same number of yearlings that we have offered in recent years, but they will be offered in four seperate sessions instead of three,\" added Brown. \"Our goal will be to conclude each yearling session no later than 6 pm. This will offer everybody the opportunity to have a leisurely dinner and a good rest in preparation for the next day\'s sale. In recent years, we noticed that the crowd had considerably thinned out as evening approached. The consignors and their staffs had to stay but the customers did not, and sometimes they did not.\"

What was traditionally the Wednesday session, with the yearlings selling alphabetically by dam, will be divided into two sessions selling Wednesday and Thursday. Thus for example, if the Wednesday session ends with the letter \"L\", then Thursday will begin with the letter \"M\".

This year\'s Harrisburg select yearling sale will run from Monday, Nov. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 5. The yearling sale will be followed by the mixed sale on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7, with Sunday, Nov. 8 being available in the event that the number of entries warrants that addition. (Standardbred Horse Sales Company)
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