2018 CT Horse Symposium - Information to Be Posted January 2018

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Time & Date TBA: March 2018

Vendor Fair, Equine Camp Fair

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


New: You can Register Online Here! or Use The Forms Below and Mail in as in the Past

Sponsors and Vendors can click here to pay online or use the forms below and mail them in

Participants Wanted!! Looking for Riders and Drivers!!! Horses available for those who can walk, trot and canter in control, have experience in hunt seat, and will sign a release form. Two UConn horses will be available to use in the driving clinic as well, must have some horse experience, but not necessarily driving experience.

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

Vendor and Sponsor Forms are available now for the 2017 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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2017 Schedule

Take a break from the action by visiting the sponsors and vendors in our heated foyer!

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

Vendor Fair and Equine Camp Fair Hours Sat 8:30-3:30

On Saturday, please park in the paved lot by the arena or in parking spaces on Horsebarn Hill Rd. to leave room for horse trailers to park in the dirt lot next to the arena.


Saturday, March 4th - Day One


Sat Morning: Clinics with Caroline Mercier: Finding the Natural Balance of Horse and Rider to Improve Form Over Fences - 9 AM - 12 PM

Designed to help answer these common questions: What does it mean to ride off the outside aids? Is my horse in front of the leg? What are the different seats and when do I use them? Looking at the full seat, half seat (3 point) and two point positions.

Caroline has over 25 years of experience starting, training, riding, managing and showing top level horses. She has ridden and trained with some of the top leading professionals including Kim Kirton, Peter Leone, Jeffrey Wells and George Morris, just to name a few. Caroline has competed successfully, at the National and International level with wins at Spruce Meadows, The WEF, The Gold Cup, Devon, The Hamptons Classic and other top rated horse shows.

Today Caroline dedicates her life and career to helping horses and riders reach their full potential, no matter their level or discipline.


Check them out on their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram at: Rendez-vous Farm

9-10 AM
Clinic 1: Flat Work Exercises, limited to 6 riders

10-11 AM
Clinic 2: Combining Flat Work Exercises with Poles, limited to 6 riders

11 AM -12 PM
Clinic 3: Combining Flat Work Exercises with Poles and Jumps, limited to 6 riders

12 PM

UConn Drill Team Demonstration

1-4 PM Susan Bartfay Clinic (Separate Registration Required, Excludes Participation in Jeff Morse Clinic) (Cost $20, must have 16 participants)

Did You Hear What Your Horse Said?

with Susan Bartfay, Animal Communicator


Building a better relationship than you ever imagined with your horse is possible when you stop thinking and learn to pay attention. Your horse’s body language, facial expression, ear and eye movement say a lot, but the foundation of a very rewarding partnership becomes possible when you really listen. Learn to recognize the difference between when you are waiting for your horse to respond to you (not listening) and when you are tuning in to what your horse is thinking and feeling in head, heart and body. Susan will show you the basic principles of animal communication with stories and exercises, and then you can practice with hard copy photos.


No cell phone or iPad pictures; please bring pen and paper and a hard copy photo of your horse or other animal friend.

Part 1: Introduce yourself and your horse or other animal, and share your experience when you felt a 2-way communication

Part 2: Anything you wanted to know about animal communication but had no one to ask

Part 3: Find a partner you don’t know, exchange hard copy photos

Part 4: Brief meditation to clear thoughts and find your animal helper

Part 5: Write down everything you hear from the horse or animal in the photo

Part 6: Exchange notes with your partner

Part 7: Group share, and surprises


Susan Bartfay has taken animal communication instruction from Brenda Cunliffe, Dawn Allen, Penelope Smith, Carol Gurney, Anna Twinney and Amelia Kinkade. She specializes in emotional, behavioral, and relationship issues, and continues in her practice and outreach to animals to find new ways to address their physical health as well as emotional needs. Susan is Certified through the Bancroft School as an Equine Massage Therapist, and has trained privately with Dr.Renee Tucker “Where Does My Horse Hurt”, and is Reiki attuned. Since adding a medical laser to her massage and communication practice she has been trained through The American Institute of Medical Laser Application to provide laser therapy for horses and companion animals.


Sat Afternoon : Clinics with Jeff Morse : Improving Your Driving Performance and Having Fun While Doing It!

Designed to help you fully utilize your aids when driving, get the best performance out of your horse and keep it balanced to make life easier and driving more fun for you and your horse!

Jeff Morse has been the owner/manager/trainer at Green Meads Farm (established in 1926 by his grandparents) in Richmond, MA since 1974. He learned to ride on the 1939 National Champion Morgan Mare, Abbington of Shady Lawn. He is currently Chairman of the American Driving Society Pleasure Driving Committee; an ADS Director and member of the ADS Rules Committee, a member of the USEF Pleasure Driving Committee and a member of the USEF Morgan Committee. He is the Treasurer of the Mass. Morgan Horse Association, Director of the Saratoga Driving Association, Carriage Coordinator for the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show and Organizer of the Saratoga Horse Driving Trial.

1-2 PM
Clinic 1: Exploring the Separation of Labor and Management: Who is who? How to clearly establish and maintain each of the roles and create the best driving performance your horse can give you.

2-3 PM
Clinic 2: Bending The Driving Horse: A driving horse can always be better balanced and the key is proper bending. Learn the key to how to accomplish and train for improved bending and balance. Make life easier for your driving horse: a balanced horse is an efficient horse.


3-4 PM
Clinic 3: Body Position and Control: The 4th Aid: The whip, reins and voice are the three aids for driving. Often neglected is the 4th aid: better use and control of the driver's body position. You will learn the "Check Yourself Routine" which you will use on every drive in the future.

UConn students or experienced riders can use a UConn horse in the clinics for an additional $20 fee

Money raised is used to directly support equine research and extension programs at the University of Connecticut! No pre registration needed for spectators!

Demonstrations, Speakers, Sponsors and vendors welcome – call or email for info

Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau


(860) 486-4471, (860) 486-4375 fax

Visit our well-populated and diverse Vendor Fair and Equine Camp Fair on Saturday - all under one roof at the Horsebarn Hill

Arena! The Equine Camp Fair will feature camps in the area that have summer programs for campers - day and weeklong programs!

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

Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu for more information, please go to the symposium website to register

$35 Active Participation - Ride or Drive in a Session

$30 4-H/UConn Students/Horse Practicum Members Ride or Drive in a Session

$20 additional to use a UConn horse

$20/Adults All Day Auditor* Pass

$10/One clinic for Auditor*

$10/day Age 9-18/4-H leaders/UConn students/4-H members

9 & under free!


Sunday, March 5th - Day Two

9 AM -12 PM

Hands on Horse Science!

Learn about basic first aid, microchipping, horse vital signs, saddle fitting, sheath cleaning and myofascial release therapy!


Rotate to a Different Station on the half hour: Microchipping, Basic First Aid, Horse Vital Signs, Saddle Fitting - English, Saddle Fitting - Western, Myofascial Release Therapy

Microchipping with Dr. Julia Wilkinson, Tufts Ambulatory Service

Basic First Aid with Dr. Alfredo Sanchez, Tufts Ambulatory Service

Hands on Forage with Andrew Beals, Poulin Grain - bring your own hay sample to evaluate!!

Saddle Fitting - English with Jaime Kinnear

Saddle Fitting - Western with Ron Friedson, Saddle Designer

Myofascial Release Therapy with Cathleen Peabody

12 PM

UConn Dressage Team Demonstration

1 PM

UConn Men's Polo Match vs. Skidmore




$20/Adults All Day Pass

$10/day Age 9-18/4-H leaders/UConn students/4-H members

9 & under free!

Money raised is used to directly support equine research and extension programs at the University of Connecticut! No pre registration needed for spectators!

Demonstrations, Speakers, Sponsors and vendors welcome – call or email for info

Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau


(860) 486-4471, (860) 486-4375 fax

If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4471


Documents (all pdfs):


  • Equine Health Form - REQUIRED for anyone with a non-UConn horse participating in clinics
  • Release Form - REQUIRED for active participation in clinics
  • 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
  • Vendor form - now all vendors are under one roof, share with equine businesses please!


Last updated: 02/22/2017 2:42:45

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