The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has advised its consignors that while it plans to hold its annual yearling and mixed auctions this November, they will not take place at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
In an email, Paul F. “Pete” Spears, president and CEO of Standardbred Horse Sales Company, said the sales company was informed by Farm Show Complex officials that the facility will be unavailable for the annual November sale.
“This outcome is disappointing, as we learned that our COVID-19 compliance protocol was well received by the reviewers,” said Spears. “Standardbred has already been in the process of evaluating multiple alternate venues, and will be reaching out to several more in the near future. We are committed to doing everything we can to hold a live auction for our consignors and customers while respecting COVID-19 restrictions and public health considerations.”
Standardbred is also working with to provide comprehensive online bidding services for the 2020 sale and plans to expand telephone bidding opportunities for customers who are unable to attend the sale in person.
“We will do everything possible to make purchases from remote locations easy and user-friendly,” added Spears.
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