March 26, 2022 CT Horse Symposium

Please mark your calendars and hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 26, 2022 9AM – 3PM

You can pay at the door! Register online here to ride or handle a horse in the clinic!
Click here to register as a spectator!
Click here to be a vendor or here to be a sponsor!

*Please note that when you register online, it is the easiest and fastest method and that you will initially see a $1.00 charge but keep clicking to continue to register, that is normal. There is an extra $1 fee to register online but it does guarantee your spot.
We have heated arena seating and a heated lobby!

Please park in the paved lot.
Horse trailers only in the dirt lot.
Hope to see you there!


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When Date & Time: 

Saturday March 26, 2022

9 AM - 3 PM

Vendor Fair 9 AM - 2 PM

Horsebarn Hill Arena
3099 Horsebarn Hill Road
Storrs, CT 06269


CONTACT: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

PHONE: (860) 486-4471

FAX: (860) 486-4375


Enjoy our heated lobby and arena seating while participating in a fun horse event!

If coming before 12:30 PM please park in the paved lot, when facing the arena it is to the right. We need to keep the dirt lot free for the horse trailers.

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

Get some new ideas for the riding and driving season!

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

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Take a break from the action by visiting the sponsors and vendors in our heated foyer! We now have heat over our arena seating as well!

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

Vendor Fair Hours Sat 8:30-2:00

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 26, 2022

Sat Morning: Natural Horsemanship/Positive Reinforcement Clinic with Rebecca Howard
9 AM - 12 PM

Join Rebecca Howard for a fun and interesting clinic! Rebecca’s obsession is integrating "Natural Horsemanship" and positive reinforcement ("clicker training") into a system of training for her own and clients' horses. Research shows that Natural Horsemanship and clicker-trained animals learn faster, retain longer and bond stronger with the handler!
Rebecca is equally obsessed with human and animal psychology and is halfway through a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on animal assisted therapies. She has advanced training and certifications as an equine specialist for personal development and mental health and is the Equine Specialist for the non-profit Embrace Hope- Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy.

9-10 AM Session 1: Equine As A Second Language (limited to 6 handlers) - 2 spots left!!
Understanding principles of Prey Animal Intelligence. We will begin to understand and speak the Horse’s Language (we will have a human accent.) The principles of Natural Horsemanship are based on the Horse’s own language and principles of leadership. Unmounted foundation patterns.

10-11 AM Session 2: The Clarity of a Paycheck (limited to 6 handlers) - 2 spots left!!
What do Humans want? The horse does not inherently care about the dressage scoring system, or whatever human activity we want to perform in. He does not inherently understand it either. We will begin to give the horse clarity around our intention, and what’s in it for him. Positive reinforcement can make a 180 degree improvement in a horse’s motivation and relaxation. Unmounted “Clicker Training” foundation patterns.

11 AM -12 PM Session 3: Natural and Positive Under Saddle (limited to 6 handlers)
Combining Principles of Natural Horsemanship and Positive Reinforcement to our work under saddle. It will look like basic correct training in a snaffle bridle- regardless of English or Western tack. Where the horse is first allowed to release tension, stretch his topline and lower his head, because he can psychologically accept our leadership, instead of any use of “auxiliary tack.”

12 PM UConn Dressage Team Demonstration

12:30 PM UConn Morgan Drill Team Demonstration

1 PM - 2 PM Cowboy Mounted Shooting Demo with the CT Renegades!

Rotate to a Different Station on the half hour

Dental care for the horse, Dr. Julia Wilkinson, Tufts Veterinary Field Service
Body Condition Scoring: How to Tell If Your Horse is Getting What He or She Needs - Amanda Morris, Purina
Meet the Hounds from the Tanheath Hunt Club
Fire Safety with Laurianne Goulet from the Connecticut Horse Council
How to Approach Horses With Essential Oils and Use Them Safely - Young Living Distributors Diane Ciano and Brenda Vynalek

Visit our well-populated and diverse Vendor Fair  - all under one roof at the Horsebarn Hill Arena!

If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact or call (860) 486-4471
*an auditor is also known as a spectator

Email for more information


$20/Adults All Day

$10/Adults Half Day 1-3 PM

$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 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!
  • Flyer - please share with others!


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

Tel: (860) 486-2413
Fax: (860) 486-4375