2020 CT Horse Symposium

Date TBD Most Likely March 28 or April 4 9 AM - 3 PM

You can pay at the door!

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!


Sponsored by:




When Date & Time:  TBD

Vendor 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

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 8:30-2:30

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 2

Sat Morning: Versatility Clinics with Peter Whitmore, It's a Pleasure Training 9 AM - 12 PM

Join Peter Whitmore for a fun and exciting versatility clinic where horses and riders will gain confidence and skills through the use of obstacles. By pushing the limits horses and riders and spectators will learn to work through fear and anxiety under Peter's guidance. This clinic is designed to challenge all levels of horse and rider in a safe and structured environment. Peter Whitmore has been training horses for 25 years. He specializes in starting young horses correctly and working with problem horses of all ages, breeds and disciplines. Through clear communication he can solidify the horse's foundation and increase their confidence as our riding partners. Peter has successfully competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover and currently rund the New England Youth Mustang Challenge.

Find him on Facebook at: It's a Pleasure Training

9-1:30 Coffee and Donuts for sale by the UConn Dressage Team

9-10 AM – In Hand Versatility
Designed to reinforce basic handling and ground manners and build trust between horse and handler.

10-11 AM - Basic Versatility
Designed for riders who have never tried versatility or extreme trail. Obstacles can be altered to meet the needs of each horse and rider.

11AM - 1 PM Pizza, Soda, and Water Available for Purchase by the UConn Polo Team

11 AM-12 PM – Extreme Versatility
Designed for riders and horses who want to push their limits! More challenging obstacles that can be altered to meet the needs of each horse and rider.

12 PM UConn Dressage Team Demonstration

12:30 PM UConn Morgan Drill Team Demonstration

1 PM - 3 PM Hands on Horse Science!

Rotate to a Different Station on the half hour

Chiropractic with Dr. Julia Wilkinson, Tufts Veterinary Field Service
Developing A Horse's Feed Plan (
covering forage, the differences between pellet, textured, extruded, and ration balancers and when to choose/use these feeds, and how to read a feed tag) - Amanda Morris, Purina
Meet the Hounds from the Tanheath Hunt Club
Learn about the idea to start a Northeastern Ranch Horse Association
Horse 911 with Laurianne Goulet from the Connecticut Horse Council
And more!

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


$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 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 (changed sligihtly since 2019)
  • 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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