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Horse Riding Practicum

UConn's Department of Animal Science offers a self-improvement, non-credit, extracurricular horse-riding program entitled "Horse Practicum." The Practicum is open to all students enrolled at the University as well as faculty, staff and the community. Although priority for riding is given to Animal Science majors, all participants are welcome on a space available basis. Lessons are offered in Hunt Seat, Dressage, Trail, Polo and Western at a variety of levels. The Riding teams are Equestrian, Dressage and Varsity Polo.


Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00-11:30AM Trail
11:00AM-12:00PM Intermediate II
12:00-1:00PM English Beginner
1:30-2:30PM Intermediate I Dressage UL
2:30-3:30PM Advanced Western Beginner Intermediate Ground Poles
3:30-4:30PM Advanced Beginner Intermediate I Advanced Beginner Equestrian Team
4:30-5:30PM Equestrian Team Dressage Team Advanced Flatwork Equestrian Team Equestrian Team
5:30-6:30PM Dressage Team Dressage Team Western Intermediate Equestrian Team Dressage Team
6:30-7:30PM Polo Fundamentals II Varsity Polo Polo Fundamentals I Varsity Polo Advanced Polo

*If you are interested in a particular lesson, but the scheduled time conflicts with your availability, please contact Alena Meacham, Director of Riding, via email at alena.meacham@uconn.edu to explore potential alternatives.*

Dates and Fees

Session Dates Fees
Practicum January 22, 2024 - April 26, 2024 (13 Weeks) $663.00 for 1 Lesson per Week
Polo Session I* January 22, 2024 - March 29, 2024 (9 Weeks) $459.00 for 1 Lesson per Week
Polo Session II** April 1, 2024 - April 26, 2024 (4 Weeks) $204.00 for 1 Lesson per Week
Trail April 4, 2024 - April 26, 2024 (4 Weeks) $204.00 for 1 Lesson per Week

* Riding Practicum is open to all riders 11 and over (with exception to Polo, which is offered to all riders 13 and over). Dates are subject to change based on University Guidelines. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Lesson spaces are not guaranteed*

**Registration for Polo Session II will open on March 11, 2024**

Registration and Payment Deadlines

Lesson Deadline
Team Tryouts January 18, 2024 at Midnight
Practicum January 21, 2024 at Midnight
Practicum *Session II Polo March 29, 2024 at Midnight
Team Lessons January 22, 2024 at 8:00 AM
Trail April 1, 2024 at Midnight
Intermediate Ground Poles January 25, 2024 at Midnight

Registration Instructions

Choose a program to enroll in from the options listed below and carefully follow the corresponding instructions. Please note that the registration procedure varies for each program

Practicum Lesson Registration

Trail Registration

Equine Team Tryouts (UConn Students Only)

Additional Information for all Riders

All students will be required to supply the following equipment: (1) a properly fitting ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet within 5 years of manufacturing date and (2) boots that have a heel with a rubber sole.

  • Riders must be paid in full and registration forms completed by the deadlines listed above.
  • Makeup lessons will not be offered.
  • There are no refunds, however refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary circumstances.

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