USET Veteran Driver Chester Weber to Clinic at SUNY Morrisville

Morrisville, NY - February 14, 2002 - Top driver and U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) veteran Chester Weber of Ocala, FL will give a driving clinic at SUNY Morrisville in Morrisville, NY on April 20 and 21. Sponsored in part by the Cherry Valley Carriage Association, Wild Rose Farm Horse Transportation, and C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, the clinic will benefit the Morrisville College Foundation.

Recently, four-in-hand combined driving national champion Weber and his team drove to victory at the Stockholm Horse Show in the FEI World Cup Driving event. He currently leads the standings in the FEI World Cup Indoor Driving Series.

"We are very pleased to have world champion driver Chester Weber come to Morrisville College," said Dr. Christopher L. Nyberg, the Department Chair at Morrisville Equine Institute. "This is a wonderful opportunity for northeast drivers to learn from the best in the business. We look forward to hosting the attendees."

Weber will work with beginner through advanced level drivers during the two-day clinic. To participate, sessions are $150 each, with discounts for drivers entering multiple sessions. There is an auditing fee of $25 per day for the general public. For members of the American Driving Society (with pin or card), Cherry Valley Carriage Association, U.S. Pony Clubs, or 4-H, the auditing fee is reduced to $10. Limited stabling is available (stabling costs are not included in the registration fee).

To register for the Weber clinic, please contact Dr. Christopher L. Nyberg (315-684-6586 or Reservations for this important clinic are due by April 12, 2002.

SUNY Morrisville's equine program, one of the largest in the U.S., is housed in the college's new Equine Breeding and Training Center. It includes a 34,000 square-foot facility with a 34-stall mare barn, 31-stall hunter/jumper barn, two climate-controlled quarantine stalls, a complete breeding laboratory with collection area, and a laptop classroom. An indoor riding arena attached to the Equine Breeding and Training Center was completed in November. In addition to the new facility, the college has a separate 80-acre Equine Center complete with paddocks, stables, indoor arena and the only half-mile Standardbred training track on a college campus in the nation.

SUNY Morrisville is a residential college of agriculture and technology offering two- and four-year degrees in more than 75 academic programs and options. Recently named America's #1 Most-Wired Two-Year College for the second consecutive year by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, the college was the first in the SUNY system to participate in the ThinkPad University program and one of the first in the nation with a wireless program. SUNY Morrisville was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.