continued Lindberg, an experienced and accomplished horsewoman in her own right, came to Cazenovia College in 2003 to take on the role of program director. An eloquent historian, she can recount details of the program’s evolution, from its early inception as a physical education course in the Depression era to its current incarnation as a well-respected, four-year equine management degree.
She enjoys telling stories about the program’s development, but tales of her students’ successes seem to delight her most. Lindberg has watched many graduates go on to prodigious careers. One of these students, Frank Bassett, owns and operates a top-flight A-circuit hunter-jumper outfit out of Jefferson, Mass.
A national champion intercollegiate rider during his time at the college, Bassett now divides his time between attending horse shows and training/riding at home.
“The program at Caz College prepared me for my career in several ways,” he said. “First, it provided me with a foundation and a strong educational base about horse care and horsemanship. Courses like equine anatomy, equine nutrition and disease and injury I & II gave me a solid start in properly managing the horses under my care. Secondly, the challenging course load combined with participation on the riding team as well as extra curricular riding taught me my first lessons in managing a busy, many times sleepless, schedule. And finally, the professors and staff at Caz College supplied an excellent pool of networking opportunities in the Central New York area. My internship for the Maddens exposed me to the greatest level of competition in the industry.”
Greg Crolick is another one of the program’s great success stories. Originally from Manlius and a graduate of Fayetteville Manlius High School, he now owns and operates Top Call Farm, a highly successful A-circuit hunter-jumper barn out of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. As a top national hunter-jumper trainer, he works with many young junior riders entering a pivotal stage in their own development.