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                   2017 CT Horse Symposium - March 4 & 5, 2017

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When
Time & Date: March 4 & 5, 2017 9-4 daily

Vendor Fair 8:30-4 Sat

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

Questions?

CONTACT: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

PHONE: (860) 486-4471

FAX: (860) 486-4375

E-MAIL: jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

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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.

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

Vendor and Sponsor Forms are available now for the 2017 Symposium!

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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 for 2013 Symposium Photos!.

 

2017 Schedule

All new this year - heated arena seating! Take a break from the action 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

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
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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

11:30 - 1:30 Pizza and Beverages Available from the UConn Equine Club!

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
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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

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

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

Visit our well-populated and diverse Vendor Fair on Saturday - 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

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 UConn Students/Horse Practicum Members

$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 6th - 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, Sheath Cleaning, Myofascial Release Therapy

Horse Vital Signs with UConn Students

Other clinicians coming soon!

1 PM

UConn Polo Match

 

 

AS ALWAYS A GREAT VALUE !!

$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

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

(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: 01/13/2017 11:31:15

   
   
   
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