2019 CT Horse Symposium

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:  March 2, 2019

Vendor Fair, Equine Camp 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.

Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu to be put on the waiting list to ride in a session. Please plan to pay at the door by cash or checks payable to UConn, we cannont accept credit or debit cards at the door.

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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Click here for 2013 Symposium Photos!


Check back in January for the 2019 Symposium Information!
Here is the 2018 Schedule:

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 and Equine Camp Fair Set up is 8 AM, doors open 8:30 AM

Vendor Fair and Equine Camp 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 3

Sat Morning: Clinics with Mike Marquez, Vaquero Training Center 9 AM - 12 PM

Mike Marquez has been applying with great success the skills he learned growing up in the ranch lands of Northern California, a country steeped in the Vaquero traditions, to horses of all breeds and all disciplines. These skills have blended smoothly with the objectives and requirements of the new Western Dressage discipline, demonstrated by the 7 world championship titles and multiple reserve championships and top 5 awards Mike has won at 3 World Championship Shows.

9-10 AM– Fundamentals of Western Dressage
Developing obedience, forward and balance

10-11 AM- Learning to ride tests
Combining horsemanship and accuracy to produce a better test

11 AM- 12 PM – Learning to build Turn on the Haunches/Forehand
(And any other maneuvers we may want to address.)

Check them out on their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram at: Vaquero Training Center

11 AM - 1 PM - Pizza and Drinks, UConn Polo Team

12 PM UConn Dressage Team Demonstration

12:30 PM UConn Morgan Drill Team Demonstration

1 PM - 3 PM Hands on Horse Science!

Learn about the new lameness locator, saddle fitting (English and Western), myofascial release therapy, and hands on forage! Also, take a Barn Fire Safety Tour!
(subject to change, still scheduling these events)

Rotate to a Different Station on the half hour

Lameness Locator with Dr. Julia Wilkinson, Tufts Veterinary Field Service
Hands on Forage - bring your own hay sample to evaluate!! - Amanda Morris, Purina
Saddle Fitting - English with Curt Hanks, Smith-Worthington
Western Saddle Fitting - Steve Briggs, Allie's Tack
Myofascial Release Therapy - Cathleen Peabody
Barn Fire Safety Tour - with the UConn fire marshal, Steven Garvin
Bemer Veterinarian Line: The Therapy Concept for Your Horses Benefit - Designed specifically for horses with the help and inspiration from NASA, promotes recovery and regeneration, reduces muscular damage, reduces stress, improves water storage in the tissues & supports recovery after injury (see live demonstration) - George Tyburski

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


$35 Active Participation - Ride or Drive in a Session

$30 4-H/UConn Students/Horse Practicum Members Ride or Drive in a Session

$20 additional to use a UConn horse

$20/Adults All Day Auditor* Pass

$10/Half Day 1-3 PM for Auditor*

$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
  • 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!

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