Summer 2022 Riding Lessons

The University of Connecticut's Animal Science Department offers a summer horseback riding program to the public with something for everyone!

Dressage, Hunt Seat, Polo, Western riding lessons and Trail Riding are open to adults and children who meet the minimum age and skill level requirements.

Please see more information and forms below.

UConn Summer Horse Weekend (August 20th - 21st, 2022)

First Experience Horsemanship Clinic | Saturday, August 20th, 2022 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Intro to Horse Ownership | Sunday, August 21st, 2022 | 9 AM - 4 PM

 (email Alena Meacham to reserve your spot!)


Summer Riding Lesson Options

(All Registration Instructions Listed Below Lesson Options)

Dressage, Hunt Seat, Polo and Western

student riding in hunt seat program

All Levels: Beginners through Advanced
*Participants must be 11 years of age or older or at the 6th grade level in the fall of 2022.*
Important: Please submit your payment first to ensure there is space available in the lesson you are interested in.

(Full Schedule)

SESSION I  
May 16 - June 3 (3 Weeks) - No Classes Monday, May 30
Monday & Wednesday - $250
Tuesday & Thursday - $300
Friday - $150
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2022
SESSION II    
June 6 - 23 (3 Weeks)
Monday & Wednesday - $300
Tuesday & Thursday - $300
Friday - $150
Registration Deadline: May 23, 2022
SESSION III
July 3 - 22 (3 Weeks) - No Classes July 4
Monday & Wednesday - $250
Tuesday & Thursday- $300
Friday - $150
Registration Deadline: June 20, 2022
SESSION IV
August 8 - 26 (3 Weeks)
Monday & Wednesday - $300
Tuesday & Thursday - $300
Friday - $150
Registration Deadline: July 25, 2022

Trail Riding 

Open to Intermediate through Advanced Riders
*Participants must be 11 years of age or older or at the 6th grade level in the fall of 2022.*
Rider may choose to ride using English or Western tack.
All Trail Lessons Tack up at 9:30 and ride at 10:00 AM

SESSION I May 2, 4, 16, 18, 23, 25
$300
Registration Deadline: April 29, 2022
SESSION II June 1, 6, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
$350
Registration Deadline: May 23, 2022
SESSION III July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
$300
Registration Deadline: June 20, 2022
SESSION IV    August 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
$300
Registration Deadline: July 25, 2022
students participating in trail riding

RIDERS MUST COMPLETE ALL APPLICABLE ITEMS BELOW

Important: Please submit both your Payment and Registration/Consent Form on the same day. We ask that you don’t pay for your lessons until the required documents are signed and submitted.

1. Review the applicable documents below:

2Check Marketplace (our online payment system) to ensure that the lesson you are interested in is not currently full. 
*Lessons that are open will appear in Marketplace without a "full lesson" message. If a section is full and you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email horsepracticum@uconn.edu.

3. *For Trail Only*

Individuals interested in riding in the trail program who have never ridden in UConn’s trail program or who have not participated in our trail program for over a year will be required to take a riding evaluation lesson (one hour assessment) to confirm their riding level before registering.
- If you meet the criteria above, please email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu to confirm whether or not you need to take the trail test. An email with payment information for the test will be sent to you from uconnhorseriding@uconn.edu once approval is received from Dr. Nadeau.

4. Complete the Registration and Acknowledgement and Consent Form - *PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONCE FOR EACH LESSON YOU PLAN TO REGISTER FOR*

5. Make Your Online Payment 

Please Note: Registration for sections is Monday AND Wednesday or Tuesday AND Thursday OR Friday one lesson sessions. Riders must register for both days for M/W and Tu/Th lesson.

*Note: Your space is not reserved until your payment is made and registration form completed*
6. Send Vaccination/Testing Status
Email a copy of your vaccination card indicating vaccine was given 2 weeks prior to the first lesson or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of the first lesson to horsepracticum@uconn.edu. See UConn Summer Riding Protocols document for additional details.

Height & Weight:
 Our goal is to ensure a safe ride for all of our riders and horses. Horses are limited in how much weight they may carry.  It is important to   be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that an appropriate horse can be matched to each rider. 

Weight Restrictions. Each horse is restricted in the amount of weight it may carry. The weight restriction is based on several factors, but the most important is rider’s weight. Too much weight can cause rub-sores from the saddle, strained muscles, and pinched nerves. Permanent damage such as a "sway back" or deteriorated muscle function can also occur over time.  It is important to be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that you can be matched with the appropriate horse. None of the horses currently available for horseback riding are capable of carrying a rider who weighs more than 225lbs. On any given day, it is possible that a horse will not be available for you to ride because of weight limitations (examples include: (1) the only horse capable of carrying a rider who weighs 200lbs is being monitored for injury and will not be available for riding for at least a week and (2) three riders, each weighing 185lbs, are scheduled for a riding program on the same day but only two horses are available to carry such weight.) In the event a horse is not available for you to ride on a particular day, we will try to provide you with advance notice and will provide a refund for each day a horse is unavailable for you to ride. For additional information regarding weight restrictions please contact: Lisa Streff, lisa.streff@uconn.edu .

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