Summer 2021 Riding Lessons

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. 

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.

**NEW AND IMPORTANT FOR 2021**
All riders must read the 2021
UConn Summer Riding Protocols document and submit to their instructor a copy of vaccination card indicating vaccine was given 2 weeks prior to the first lesson or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of the first lesson. 
Riders Under 18: Parent/Guardian and rider must read, complete and sign the
CT Code of Conduct Form .

 

Summer Riding Lesson Options 

Dressage, Hunt Seat and Western ----REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. 

*Participants must be 11 years of age or older or at the 6th grade level in the fall of 2021.*

All Levels: Beginners through Advanced
Ride times are listed on the registration form.

Click here for all the steps necessary to complete your registration
Important: Please submit both your Payment and Required Documents on the same day. We ask that you don’t pay for lessons until the required documents are signed and ready for submission.  Thank you.

SESSION I      

May 10-13, May 17-20, May 24-27 (3 Weeks)
Monday & Wednesday:  $270
Tuesday & Thursday:  $270
Registration Deadline: April 28, 2021 Registration is closed.

SESSION II      
June 1-3, June 14-17, June 21-24 (3 Weeks) No class May 31st 
Monday & Wednesday: $225
Tuesday & Thursday: $270
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2021 Registration is closed.
SESSION III
July 6-8, July 12-15, July 19-22, (3 Weeks)  No Class July 5th
Monday & Wednesday: $225
Tuesday & Thursday: $270
Registration Deadline: June 23, 2021 Registration is closed.
SESSION IV
August 2-5, August 9-12, August 23-26 (3 Weeks)
Monday & Wednesday: $270
Tuesday & Thursday: $270
Registration Deadline: July 21,2021 Registration is closed.

 

Trail Riding 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. 
 


*Participants must be at least 18 years of age.*

Open to Intermediate through Advanced Riders

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) to confirm their riding level before registering. Rider may choose to ride using English or Western tack.

TO REGISTER FOR TRAIL: 

  • Please email your completed and signed Trail Registration Form and Acknowledgement and Consent Form to Dr. Jenifer Nadeau (Jenifer.Nadeau@UConn.edu) and (Uconnhorseriding@uconn.edu)
  • Dr. Nadeau will let you know if you need to take the Trail Test prior to riding.
  • An email with payment information for the test and registration will be sent to you from uconnhorseriding@uconn.edu once approval is received.
  • All riders must read the 2021 UConn Summer Riding Protocols document
  • Submit to their instructor a copy of vaccination card indicating vaccine was given 2 weeks prior to the first lesson or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of the first lesson. 
Time: Tack up at 9:30 ride at 10:00
SESSION I May 11, 13, 25, 27
Tuesday & Thursday: $180

Registration Deadline: April 28, 2021 Registration is closed.
SESSION II June 1, 3, 15, 17, 21, 23
Tuesday & Thursday: $270
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2021 Registration is closed.
SESSION III July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
Tuesday & Thursday: $270
Registration Deadline: June 23, 2021 Registration is closed.
SESSION IV    August 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 25
Monday & Wednesday: $270
Registration Deadline: July 21, 2021 Registration is closed.


 

 

RIDERS MUST COMPLETE ALL APPLICABLE ITEMS BELOW 

Important: Please submit both your Payment and Required Documents on the same day. We ask that you don’t pay for lessons until the required documents are signed and ready for submission.  Thank you.
 

1. Review the applicable documents below:

  •      Summer 2021 Registration Form (Huntseat, western, dressage)  Times are listed on this form.
  •      Summer 2021 Trail Registration Form
  •      Summer 2021 Acknowledgement and Consent Form
  •      UConn Summer Riding Protocols 
  •      CT Code of Conduct Form (For riders under 18 years of age)                                                                              

2. Complete and SIGN the Summer Registration Form for your program.

3. Complete and SIGN the Acknowledgement and Consent Form

4. Riders under 18: Read, complete and sign CT Code of Conduct Form

5. Make Your Online Payment Here  
Important: Please submit both your Payment and Required Documents on the same day. We ask that you don’t pay for lessons until the required documents are signed and ready for submission.  Thank you.

**Registration for sections is Monday AND Wednesday or Tuesday AND Thursday. Riders must register for both days. 

**Lessons that are open will appear in Marketplace. If a section is full and you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email lisa.streff@uconn.edu and uconnhorseriding@uconn.edu.

**Please note, making a payment does not mean you are considered registered. Please complete step 6 for registration confirmation.


6. Complete all steps below

For Dressage, Hunt Seat and Western:

Please send ONE email to uconnhorseriding@uconn.edu containing:

Important: Please submit both your Payment and Required Documents on the same day. We ask that you don’t pay for lessons until the required documents are signed and ready for submission.  Thank you.
  • Payment Receipt
  • Completed and signed Registration Form
  • Completed and signed Acknowledgement and Consent Form
  • For Riders under 18: Completed and Signed CT Code of Conduct Form

For Trail: 

  • Please email your completed and signed Trail Registration Form, and completed and signed Acknowledgement and Consent Form to Dr. Jenifer Nadeau (Jenifer.Nadeau@UConn.edu).
  • Dr. Nadeau will let you know if you need to take the Trail Test prior to riding.
  • An email with payment information for the test and registration will be sent to you from uconnhorseriding@uconn.edu once approval is received from Dr. Nadeau. 

7. Read ALL documents below.

8. Submit to their instructor a copy of vaccination card indicating vaccine was given 2 weeks prior to the first lesson or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of the first lesson




Height & Weight:
 Our goal is to ensure a safe ride for all of our riders and horses. Horses are limited in how much weight they may carry.  It is important to   be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that an appropriate horse can be matched to each rider. 

Weight Restrictions. Each horse is restricted in the amount of weight it may carry. The weight restriction is based on several factors, but the most important is rider’s weight. Too much weight can cause rub-sores from the saddle, strained muscles, and pinched nerves. Permanent damage such as a "sway back" or deteriorated muscle function can also occur over time.  It is important to be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that you can be matched with the appropriate horse. None of the horses currently available for horseback riding are capable of carrying a rider who weighs more than 225lbs. On any given day, it is possible that a horse will not be available for you to ride because of weight limitations (examples include: (1) the only horse capable of carrying a rider who weighs 200lbs is being monitored for injury and will not be available for riding for at least a week and (2) three riders, each weighing 185lbs, are scheduled for a riding program on the same day but only two horses are available to carry such weight.) In the event a horse is not available for you to ride on a particular day, we will try to provide you with advance notice and will provide a refund for each day a horse is unavailable for you to ride. For additional information regarding weight restrictions please contact: Lis Streff, lisa.streff@uconn.edu .
 
 

Riding Program Contacts

Important Links

Forms for Summer Schooling Show (No Summer School Show Summer 2021)

  • Acknowledgement and Consent Form
  • Equine Health Form for Visiting Horses
  • Class List and Registration Form
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