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                   2017 CT Horse Symposium - March 4 & 5, 2017

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Check back for frequent updates!!

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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 dressage or western, and will sign a release form.  You can also use a UConn Horse for the in-hand showmanship clinic if you have experience leading a horse.

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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 2015 Symposium Photos!

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  Click here for 2013 Symposium Photos!

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BELOW IS INFORMATION FROM THE 2017 SYMPOSIUM - LOOK FOR UPDATES FOR 2017 IN DECEMBER 2016 OR JANUARY 2017!

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2016 Schedule

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Dress in layers for our unheated arena and take a break by visiting the sponsors and vendors in our heated foyer!

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

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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.

There is some construction on Horsebarn Hill Rd so the best bet is probably to take Horsebarn Hill Rd. near the chicken barns at the top of the hill and follow that to the giant red Horsebarn Hill Arena. We will see you in the heated foyer. See you there!

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Saturday, March 5th- Day One

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Sat Morning: Clinics with Ben Wallace: Body Control, Softness and Lateral Movement 9 AM - 12 PM

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Ben will show the elements of a good foundation, including body control and softness. He will review a few basic exercises designed to build and improve softness and control of the shoulders and hindquarters. Ben will then go on to show how to use this foundation to work towards lateral movements like side-passing, two-tracking, and counter-bending. He also hopes to do a bridle-less ride. 

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9-10 AM
Clinic 1
- Beyond Basic Groundwork
Does your horse already know the basics on the ground? Get started with intermediate groundwork exercises designed to build your horse's focus and balance, while you build more control over his feet.

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10-11 AM
Clinic 2:
Riding Patterns
Different riding patterns will be set up with barrels, poles and cones that will test your horse's softness, steering and body control. At each pattern we will go over how to prepare for the pattern, riding the pattern, and how it can advance our horses.

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11 AM -12 PM
Clinic 3:
Group Riding Exercises
Many riders experience problems in a group that they do not when riding solo. Through a variety of group exercises we will work on keeping a horse focused on the rider, and solving problems like racing to the front of the line, refusing to stop, refusing to stand still, etc.

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12 PM

UConn Dressage Team Demonstration

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

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Sat Afternoon : Clinics with Meg Brauch: Straightness Training 1-4 PM

Straightness Training (ST) is a training approach developed by Marijke de Jong of the Netherlands. The system works to create a more symmetrical horse that is both physically and mentally balanced. The five components of ST are groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty work. Through a logical system of progressive gymnastic exercises, ST helps horses to develop into sound, strong, and willing partners that are capable of carrying a rider and progressing through the levels well into their late adult life. ST incorporates classical dressage work influenced by the writings of François Robichon de La Guérinière and Gustav Steinbrecht, zen philosophy, some concepts of natural horsemanship as well as modern training principles and biomechanics to improve both the physical body of the horse as well as the emotional and spiritual well being of the animal. Marijke’s system teaches riders how to better communicate with their horses and to become compassionate trainers with a good eye for understanding the horses physical body and equine behavior. For this reason, ST is an appropriate training approach for horses of all ages, breeds, and abilities. For more on Straightness Training go to www.straightnesstraining.com

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1 PM

Lecture/Demo: Natural Asymmetry of the Horse and Five Pillars of Straightness Training

Meg will discuss the 8 dimensions of natural asymmetry in the horse and then demonstrate with one of her horses some of the exercises and training involved in the 5 components (groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding, and liberty) of ST work.

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2:30 – 3:30 PM

Lesson with 3 participants and their horses on basic groundwork exercises

Groundwork is the starting point for Straightness Training so in this lesson participants will learn the beginning exercises for ST work. Work will be done in a cavesson and single line provided by Meg. All ages and breeds of horses are welcome. All ages, background, disciplines, and experience levels of participants are welcome.

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Sat Afternoon Clinic with Susan Bartfay, Animal Communicator : Communicating with Your Horse: It’s More Than Cues, Basic Animal Communicating Skills 1-4 PM

No horse needed! $20 to participate in this clinic, must have 8 participants for clinic to take place.

George White Building, Rm 209

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Building a better relationship than you ever imagined with your horse is possible when you 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.

 

Part 1: Introduce yourself and your horse, 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 in the photo

Part 6: Exchange notes with your partner

Part 7: Group share, and surprises

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

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

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

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Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

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

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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

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*an auditor is also known as a spectator

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

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$50 Active Participation - Ride or Drive in Clinic ($70 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!

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Sunday, March 6th - Day Two

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9 AM -12 PM

Hands on Horse Science! Bring your own fresh horse manure if you want to for the fecal flotation exam!

Learn how to do a fecal flotation exam, saddle fitting, how to judge a horse's conformation, dental floating, and handling horse emergencies (when to suture, how to wrap legs)!

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Rotate to a Different Station on the half hour: Horse Conformation, Dental Floating, Handling Horse Emergencies, Fecal Flotation Exam, Horse Vital Signs, Saddle Fitting

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You will be given a number. Proceed to the next number on the half hour, ie. 9-9:30 Horse Conformation, 9:30-10 Dental Floating…#6 can go next to #1

Horse Conformation with Mr. John Bennett, UConn Horse Barn Manager/John Bennett Stables

Dental Floating with Tufts Ambulatory Service veterinarians

Handling Horse Emergencies with Tufts Ambulatory Service veterinarians

Fecal Flotation Exam with Dr. Jenifer Nadeau, Equine Extension Specialist/Associate Professor

Horse Vital Signs with UConn Students

Saddle Fitting with Curt Hanks of Smith Worthington

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Clinicians include Mr. John Bennett, Tufts Veterinarians Dr. Alfredo Sanchez and Dr. Julia Wilkinson, Dr. Jenifer Nadeau, Curt Hanks of Smith Worthington and UConn students.

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12:15 PM

UConn Morgan Drill Team Demonstration

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1 PM

UConn Polo Match

UConn Women vs. Cornell Women

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9 AM - 2 PM

Coffee and Lunch Available from Chef Thom, Request a Chef!!!

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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!

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

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

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Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

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

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

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Documents (all pdfs):

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  • Equine Health Form - REQUIRED for anyone with a non-UConn horse participating in clinics

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  • Release Form - REQUIRED for active participation in clinics

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  • 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

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  • Vendor form - now all vendors are under one roof, share with equine businesses please!

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