Summer 2020 Riding Lessons

Due to COVID 19, the University has canceled classes that require face to face learning for all 2020 summer sessions offered at UConn  Therefore, UConn summer horse riding lessons scheduled from May through August have also been canceled

The University of Connecticut's Animal Science Department offers a summer horseback riding program to the public with something for everyone!

Dressage, Hunt Seat, Polo, Western riding lessons and Trail Riding are open to adults and children who meet the minimum age and skill level requirements.  Please see more information and forms below.

Prior to registering, individuals interested in riding in the trail program who have never ridden in UConn’s trail program or who have not participated in our trail program for over a year, will be required to take a riding evaluation lesson (one hour assessment, cost $37) to confirm their riding level.  This assessment needs to be completed one week prior to the session starting.

Riding Lesson Options

Dressage, Hunt Seat and Western (< Link coming soon for more info, pricing and schedule)

Participants must be 11 years of age or older or at the 6th grade level in the fall of 2020

All Levels: Beginners through Advanced


May 11-May 29, 2020 CANCELED

June 8-June 26, 2020 CANCELED
July 6-July 17, 2020 and July 27-July 31, 2020 CANCELED
August 10-August 21, 2020 CANCELED

Polo Lessons (< Link coming soon for more info, pricing and schedule)

    Participants must be 11 years of age or older and comfortable riding at
the walk, trot and canter.
All Levels: Introductory through Advanced

ADVANCED LEVEL August 3-August 21, 2020  CANCELED






Trail Riding 

Participants must be at least 18 years of age

Open to Intermediate through Advanced Riders

Rider may choose to ride English or Western style

Ride the UConn Trail System and practice trail riding - including how to follow markings!

SESSION I      May 4, 6, 18, 20, 26, 28 CANCELED
SESSION II  June 8, 10, 22, 24 CANCELED
SESSION III July 13, 15, 27, 29 CANCELED
SESSION IV August 10, 12, 24, 26  CANCELED

Please contact for trail riding application.
See a summer trail riding video here!


Summer Schooling Show - Canceled for 2020

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Online Payment Information

The Animal Science Department accepts credit and debit cards for payment for our summer riding program!

Pay online using the UConn Payment Store.  

Once payment is made you must complete both the applicable Registration Form and Acknowledgement/Consent Form (see below) and return them to .


1. Review Applicable lesson schedule and Skill Levels Defined Document                                                                     

​​​​​Summer 2020 Lesson Schedule: Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western

Summer 2020 Lesson Schedule: Polo

Summer 2020 Trail Riding Lesson Schedule                                                                                                                                                                                                 

2. Complete Summer 2020 Registration Forms (Forms Coming Soon)

Online Fillable Form-Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western 

Printable Form-Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western

Online Fillable Form-Polo

Printable Form-Polo

Online Fillable Form--Trail

Printable Form--Trail 

3. Make Online Payment

4. Complete & Sign Acknowledgement and Consent Form

Acknowledgement and Consent Form (Required for all riders)

5. Read documents under Important Information below.

Important Information

Biosecurity Rules

Uconn Horse Barn Safety Rules and Precautions

Horse Barn Rules

Skill Levels Defined        

Riding Program/Team Contacts
Riding Practicum Lessons (Hunt Seat, Western, Dressage)- Alena Meacham- Phone: 860-377-3779 Email:

Polo Lessons-  Kevin Cranmer-Phone: 781-956-9151 Email: Dr. James Dinger  (860) 684-2224 

Trail Riding - Dr. Jenifer Nadeau-

Links and Documents

Brochures/ Applications (contains info. on times, prices, attire, etc...) - COMING SOON!

  • Dressage, Hunt Seat, and Western Riding (Application Form Required)

  • Polo Lessons (Application Form Required)

  • Trail Riding

Important Links

Forms for Summer Schooling Show (Information and Date Coming Soon.)

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Department of Animal Science
Unit 4040
17 Manter Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4040

*Fall 2020 Hours and Contact*
Main office open Monday–Thursday, 12pm–4pm.
*Please call before coming to the office*

For remote assistance Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm, please call 860-486-2413 and leave a voicemail

Fax: (860) 486-4375