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                   2015 CT Horse Symposium - March 7 & 8, 2015

Check back for updates in January!!

Clinics being organized now - Sat afternoon, Scott Lesinski and Horse Archery

Sun morning, Learn to drive a draft horse with Elaine and Terry Joseph!


Sponsored by:



Time & Date: March 7 & 8, 2015

9-4 daily

Vendor Fair 8:30-4 Sat; 8:30-11 Sun

Horsebarn Hill Arena
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Directions to the Arena


CONTACT: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

PHONE: (860) 486-4471

FAX: (860) 486-4375

E-MAIL: jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

Please note our health requirements for visiting horses in the documents area.

Vendor and Sponsor Forms are available now for the 2015 Symposium!

Photos from 2014 coming soon!


Information below is from the 2014 CT Horse Symposium:

Get some new ideas for the riding and driving season!

Sign up now to ride or drive in a clinic (forms below)!

No need to worry about pre-registration for auditors or spectators, pay at the door!


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Click here to view Steed Read's interview with Dr. Nadeau regarding the upcoming 2014 Horse Symposium! 


  Click here for 2013 Symposium Photos!

Check out photos from 2012's CT Horse Symposium!

Photos by Dr. Nadeau, Melanie Exley, Kaitlyn Way, Allison Lynch, Stephanie Rypsyc & Karolyn Card





2014 Schedule

Dress in layers for our unheated arena and take a break by visiting the sponsors and vendors in our heated foyer!

Vendor Fair Set up is 8 AM, doors open 8:30 AM

Vendor Fair Hours Sat 8:30-3:30, Sun 8:30-11:30

Day One Win a raffle for a free equine laser session with Blue Ribbon Equine Massage (horse must be on premises) !


Sat Morning: Clinics with A. Brooke Farr 9 AM - 12 PM

How Position Affects the Horse and Understanding the “Problem Horse”

Learn and understand how our positions directly affect our horses positively and negatively and how to make adjustments to gain better communication and results with your equine partner. Brooke values the importance of correct communication between horse and rider. Understanding how to correctly use aids and position opens up many positive doors for not only riders, but their horses as well. The trainers at A.B.F. Equine, LLC are often sent “troubled” horses to retrain and sometimes restart. More often than not, the horses seem to be confused and stressed – wanting to please but unsure how to do so and like people, become frustrated. It is up to Brooke and her other trainers to take the time and listen to the horse, its concerns, and slowly begin to rebuild the correct communication between horse and rider in order to improve the partnership. The slightest changes in position can drastically change the way a horse listens to and responds to the rider. Through the seminars, Brooke will demonstrate that a good, solid position and patience can solve most performance problems.

Clinic 1: 9 AM - 10 AM Basic Equitation (Walk/Trot/Canter)

Clinic 2: 10 AM - 11 AM Proper Position and your Horses Response (Walk/Trot/Canter light jumping)

Clinic 3: 11 AM - 12 PM Understanding the “Problem Horse” (Riders with horses that have performance and or training issues. Walk/Trot/Canter)

Sat Afternoon:

Pizza and Drinks Available for Sale by the UConn Equine Club 11-2 $2 pizza; $1 drinks

12:15 PM UConn Morgan Drill Team Performance

Sat Afternoon: Clinic with Dawn Bonin 1 PM - 4 PM

Versatility (like dog agility but with horses!)

Learn to help your horse become more well rounded by teaching him to be versatile. You will learn how to introduce your horse to new obstacles, how to ride them with precision, and improve your relationship. Become a better horse and rider team while having fun. Open to all levels and disciplines.

Clinic 1: 1 PM – 2PM Beginner- new to riding or horse newly started under saddle (walk,trot)

Clinic 2: 2 PM – 3 PM Intermediate- comfortable riding horse at all gaits in different situations

Clinic 3: 3 PM – 4 PM advanced- very comfortable with riding, capable of producing lateral work

Demonstrations between clinics by UConn Teams including the UConn Morgan Drill Team, Dressage Team, Equestrian and Polo Teams

Vendor Fair- vendors welcome!

Riders $50/clinic; Auditors* $15 (covers entire day Saturday or $10 to audit only one clinic); $5 for age 9-18, 4-H leaders/members; UConn students; youth groups, senior citizens

UConn students in the Horse Practicum can use a horse for a $20 additional fee

Day Two

Sunday Morning: Clinics with Clinton Jury 9 AM - 12 PM

Halter Jumping, Halter Obstacle and Pleasure/Show Driving with the Miniature Horse

Clinics will cover everything from the very basics of starting new/green horses to advanced techniques. Help with problem or nervous horses. First time drivers and handlers will gain confidence learning some basic techniques to get started; while experienced drivers and handlers will get some ideas on how to take their horse to the next level.

Clinic 1: 9 AM-10 AM: Halter Jumping

a) Getting started

b) Courses

c) Advanced Technique

Clinic 2: 10 AM - 11 AM - Halter Obstacle

a) Just starting

b) Courses

c) Advanced technique

Clinic 3: 11 AM - 12 PM - Driving

a) Warm-up

b) Pleasure driving

c) Show driving


Auditors* $10

$5 for age 9-18, 4-H leaders/members, UConn students, youth groups, and senior citizens

Sunday Afternoon: 12:15 PM UConn Dressage Team Musical Freestyle

UConn Polo Match 2 PM

Visit our well-populated and diverse Vendor Fair both days throughout the symposium - all under one roof at the Horsebarn Hill Arena! If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4471


*an auditor is also known as a spectator




  • Sponsor form - become a sponsor, get your link and banner here, and be part of the announcements during the symposium! If you sign up early enough, you can also be featured in advertising (by Dec 2013 for this)
  • Vendor form - now all vendors are under one roof, share with equine businesses please!


Last updated: 03/26/2014 1:49:59

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