Horse biz booms in Caz

Since then, the college's equine curriculum has grown from a two-year program to a four-year degree. Four full-time professors now comprise the Equine Business Management department and program enrollment has been capped at 100, as the courses' popularity also steadily increased. The Cazenovia College Equine Education Center underwent state-of-the-art improvements and is regarded as one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities.

The equestrian influence in Cazenovia stretches far beyond the comprehensive college courses and into the retail industry. An equine-centered tack store, "The Show Trunk" was opened at 57 Albany St. in 2009. Originally located in Manlius, The business was moved to Cazenovia after two years of operation.

Owner Melissa Davis said she had always wished to have the store positioned in the village, and jumped at the opportunity when an Albany Street storefront was made available.

"We're right on Equine Alley, in between two colleges. All of the different stables that are around have kind of positioned Cazenovia as a hub." Davis said. "We get a lot of business from the college students and community members; we've seen everybody from show competitors to everyday trail-riders come through."

Being located in the countryside with such close proximity to the city has been advantageous for Davis during her past four years of business; she will soon open a second store in Dryden.

For more information on The Show Trunk, visit their website at theshowtrunk.com, email info@theshowtrunk.com, or call 815-4045.

To learn more about the educational opportunities and equine programs at Cazenovia College, access the school's website at cazenovia.edu. Karin Bump will be presenting a lecture "Real Horse Power!" on April 19 at the Cazenovia Public Library.

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