March 26, 2022 CT Horse Symposium

Side view of horse and rider on track
ANSC student completing hurdle with horse
ANSC student posing for photo on top of horse

Saturday, March 26, 2022 9AM – 2PM

You can pay at the door!

Sign up to try our new Canter Curriculum Course on Equine Nutrition!

*Please note that when you register online, it is the easiest and fastest method and that you will initially see a $1.00 charge but keep clicking to continue to register, that is normal. There is an extra $1 fee to register online but it does guarantee your spot.

We have heated arena seating and a heated lobby!
COVID Guidelines:

  • Masks are recommended.
  • Vaccinations/boosters are strongly recommended.
  • Please monitor your health and do not attend if you are symptomatic.
  • Please remember to perform hand hygiene (wash your hands).
  • Please maintain 6’ distancing if unvaccinated.
  • No eating in the lobby. Brief unmasking allowed for drinking in the lobby.
  • Weather permitting, please eat outdoors. Picnic tables are available across the street from the Arena. If the weather is bad, food may be eaten in the Arena seating area if you are able to maintain 6’ distance from others not in your group. Put masks back on after eating.  No food will be served to try to keep participants safe.
  • The capacity of the lobby and arena will be limited to 50% normal capacity or whatever limit is in effect in the Campus General Guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in appropriate locations in the Arena lobby.

Please park in the paved lot.
Horse trailers only in the dirt lot.
Hope to see you there!

Equestrians: Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) was detected in Connecticut. Please be sure to wear different clothing if you have horses and before coming into the event. We ask that you visit the event first before visiting other barns. The Equine Disease Communication Center has an Equine Herpesvirus factsheet. Please review the frequently asked questions and other information:

Sponsored by:

UConn CAHNR Logo
Steed Read logo
Tufts Veterinary Field Service logo
Ride the Wave PEMF Therapy logo
Triple Crown logo

When Date & Time: 

Saturday March 26, 2022
9 AM - 2 PM
Vendor Fair 9 AM - 1:30 PM


Horsebarn Hill Arena
3099 Horsebarn Hill Road
Storrs, CT 06269


CONTACT: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau
PHONE: (860) 486-4471
FAX: (860) 486-4375

Enjoy our heated lobby and arena seating while participating in a fun horse event! Everyone is required to wear a mask except once mounted.

If coming before 12 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!

Learn more about other extension events!

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 8:30-1:30

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 26, 2022

Sat Morning: Natural Horsemanship/Positive Reinforcement Clinic with Rebecca Howard
9 AM - 12 PM

Join Rebecca Howard for a fun and interesting clinic! Rebecca’s obsession is integrating "Natural Horsemanship" and positive reinforcement ("clicker training") into a system of training for her own and clients' horses. Research shows that Natural Horsemanship and clicker-trained animals learn faster, retain longer and bond stronger with the handler!
Rebecca is equally obsessed with human and animal psychology and is halfway through a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on animal assisted therapies. She has advanced training and certifications as an equine specialist for personal development and mental health and is the Equine Specialist for the non-profit Embrace Hope- Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy.

9-10 AM Session 1: Equine As A Second Language (limited to 6 handlers) - Full!
Understanding principles of Prey Animal Intelligence. We will begin to understand and speak the Horse’s Language (we will have a human accent.) The principles of Natural Horsemanship are based on the Horse’s own language and principles of leadership. Unmounted foundation patterns.

10-11 AM Session 2: The Clarity of a Paycheck (limited to 6 handlers) - Full!
What do Humans want? The horse does not inherently care about the dressage scoring system, or whatever human activity we want to perform in. He does not inherently understand it either. We will begin to give the horse clarity around our intention, and what’s in it for him. Positive reinforcement can make a 180 degree improvement in a horse’s motivation and relaxation. Unmounted “Clicker Training” foundation patterns.

11 AM -12 PM Session 3: Natural and Positive Under Saddle (limited to 6 handlers) - Full!
Combining Principles of Natural Horsemanship and Positive Reinforcement to our work under saddle. It will look like basic correct training in a snaffle bridle- regardless of English or Western tack. Where the horse is first allowed to release tension, stretch his topline and lower his head, because he can psychologically accept our leadership, instead of any use of “auxiliary tack.”

The afternoon will feature a showcase of UConn Teams including the UConn Morgan Drill Team, Dressage Team, Equestrian Team, Western Team and a UConn polo match!

12 PM - 12:30 PM  UConn Western Team Demonstration

12:30 PM - 1 PM UConn Dressage Team Demonstration

1 PM-1:30 PM UConn Equestrian Team Demonstration

1:30-2:00 PM UConn Morgan Drill Team Demonstration

Visit our well-populated and diverse Vendor Fair  - all under one roof at the Horsebarn Hill Arena!

If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact or call (860) 486-4471
*an auditor is also known as a spectator

Email for more information


$20/Adults All Day
$10/Adults Half Day 12-2 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 or call (860) 486-4471

Documents (all pdfs):

  • Rebecca Howard Clinic Registration - REQUIRED for hands-on participation in the clinic
  • 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!
  • Flyer - please share with others!