Connecticut Horse Resources

Resources for Horse People

Clubs

Riding Stables

Trail Organizations

Recreational Trails by Town

Contact Information

 

Here are some useful resources for horse people in Connecticut, either clubs to join that do trail riding or sources of information:

Cheshire Horse Council

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Connecticut Horse CouncilTrail Information

Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol

Connecticut Horse Magazine’s Trail Guide

Connecticut Morgan Horse Association

Connecticut Trail Rides Association

Connecticut Valley Driving Club

Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association

Fairfield County Hounds

Frog Hollow Horse Camp, Pachaug State Forest

Granby Horse Council

The Greenwich Riding and Trails Association

Litchfield Hills Driving Club

Lower Connecticut River Valley Horseman’s Club

Lyme Trail Association

New England Horse and Trail

Newtown Bridle Lands Association

Putnam Horse Council

Silvermine Horse Camp at Natchaug State Forest

Tanheath Hunt Club

United States Forest Service

Here are some places that have places to use other people’s horses for trail riding or trail riding classes:

University of Connecticut Department of Animal Science – must sign up for a series of classes, must be able to walk, trot and canter in control

Blue Spruce Farm – Monroe, CT

Goldrush Farms – Easton, CT

Lee’s Riding Stable – Litchfield, CT

Spirit of the Horse Stables – Plymouth, CT

Stirrup Fun Stables – Lebanon, CT

Valley View Riding Stables – Dayville, CT – trail riding lessons

Here are some organizations involved with protecting farmland, open space and trails:

American Farmland Trust

American Horse Council

American Quarter Horse Association’s Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships

American Trails

Back Country Horsemen of America

Connecticut Farmland Trust

Equestrian Land Conservation Resource

Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program

Land Trust Alliance

National Recreational Trails

New Roxbury Land Trust

Working Lands Alliance

Recreation Commission and trails in Connecticut

A B C D E F G H K L M N O P R S T V W

A

Andover Recreation Commission –  Hop River State Park Trail

Ansonia Nature and Recreation center –  Ansonia hiking trails

Ashford Conservation Commission – Langhammer Trail

Avon Recreation and Parks Department

B

Barkhamsted Recreation Commission

Beacon Falls Conservation Commission – Lantern Ridge

Berlin’s Parks and Recreation Department – Metacomet and Mattabassett Trails

Bethany Parks & Recreation Commission

Bethel Parks and Recreation Department

Bethlehem Park and Recreation Community

Bloomfield Leisure Services

Bolton Recreation Department

Bridgewater Recreation Commission

Brookfield Parks & Recreation Commission

Burlington Parks & Recreation Commission

C

Canaan Recreation Commission

Canterbury Recreation Commission

Canton Parks and Recreation Commission – Farmington River Trail

Chaplin Recreation Commission

Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commission – Cheshire areas

Chester Parks and Recreation Commission

Clinton Park and Recreation Department

Colchester Recreation Department

Columbia Recreation Commission – Columbia Trails

Coventry Parks and Recreation Department

Cromwell Recreation Commission

D

Danbury Recreation Department

Darien Parks and Recreation Department

Derby Parks and Recreation Commission

Durham Recreation Department

E

East Granby Parks and Recreation Commission

East Haddam Parks and Recreation Department

East Hampton Parks & Recreation Department

East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department

East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department

East Windsor Parks & Recreation Commission

Eastford Recreation Commission

Easton Parks and Recreation Commission

Ellington Parks and Recreation Commission

Essex Parks and Recreation Commission

F

Fairfield Parks and Recreation Commission

Farmington Recreational Services

Farmington Recreation Commission

G

Glastonbury Recreation Commission

Goshen Recreation Commission

Greenwich Board of Parks & Recreation

Griswold Recreation Commission

Groton Recreation Services

Guilford Parks and Recreation Department

H

Haddam Park and Recreation Commission

Hamden Parks & Recreation Commission

Hampton Recreation and Community Activities Commission

Hartford Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission

Harwinton Recreation Commission

Hebron Parks & Recreation Commission

K

Kent Park and Recreation Department

Killingly Board of Recreation

Killingworth Park and Recreation Commission

L

Lebanon Recreation Commission

Ledyard Parks & Recreation

Lisbon Recreation Committee – Lisbon Meadow Park

Litchfield Park & Recreation Commission

Lyme Parks and Recreation Services

M

Manchester Advisory Recreation and Park Commission

Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department

Marlborough Nature Trails and Sidewalk Commission

Meriden Parks and Recreation Services

Middlebury Parks & Recreation Commission

Middlefield Park and Recreation Commission

Middletown Recreation & Community Services Commission

Milford Park, Beach, and Recreation Commission – Beaverbrook Trail

Monroe Parks and Recreation Department

Morris Beach and Recreation Commission

N

Newington Parks and Recreation Department  – Cedar Mountain Ridgeline Preserve Greenway, Mill Brook Trail, Indian Hill, Rock Hole, Twenty Rod Road Greenway, Churchill Park Trail, and Mill Pond Trail

Newton Park and Recreation Commission

New Britain Board of Parks & Recreation

New Canaan Parks and Recreation Commission

New Fairfield Parks and Recreation Services

New Hartford Recreation Commission

New Haven Parks, Recreation and trees Department

New London Recreation Department

New Milford Bike and Trail Committee

Norfolk Rails to Trails Committee

Norfolk Recreation Committee

North Branford Parks and Recreation Commission

North Haven Park and Recreation Commission

North Stonington Recreation Commission

Norwalk Recreation & Parks Division

Norwich Recreation Department

O

Old Lyme Parks & Recreation Commission

Old Saybrook Parks and Recreation Commission

Orange Parks and Recreation Commission

Oxford Parks & Recreation Commission

P

Plainfield Recreation Department

Plainville Recreation & Park Advisory Board

Plymouth Parks & Recreation Commission

Pomfret Recreation Commission

Portland Parks & Recreation Department

Preston Parks & Recreation Commission

Putnam Parks & Recreation Department

R

Redding Park and Recreation Commission

Ridgefield Parks & Recreation Commission

Roxbury Recreation Commission

S

Salem Recreation Commission

Salisbury Recreation Commission

Seymour Recreation Commission

Shelton Parks & Recreation Department

Sherman Park and Recreation Commission

Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation Department

Somers Recreation Commission

South Windsor Park & Recreation Commission

Southbury Parks and Recreation Commission

Southington Parks & Recreation Board

Stafford Recreation Commission

Stamford Parks and Recreation Commission

Sterling Recreation Authority

Stonington Recreation Commission

Stratford Parks & Recreation Committee

Suffield Parks & Recreation Commission

T

Thomaston Recreation Commission

Thompson Recreation Commission

Tolland Recreation Advisory Board

Torrington Park & Recreation Commission

Trumbull Parks & Recreation Commission

V

Vernon Conservation Commission

Voluntown Recreation Commission

W

Wallingford Recreation Commission

Warren Parks & Rec Commission

Washington Parks and Recreation Commission

Waterbury Recreation Department

Waterford Recreation & Parks Commission

West Hartford Parks and Recreation Commission

West Haven Parks and Recreation Commission

Westbrook Parks & Recreation Board

Weston Parks & Recreation Programs

Westport Parks and Recreation Commission

Wethersfield Parks & Recreation Department

Willington Parks and Recreation Commission

Wilton Parks & Recreation Commission

Winchester Recreation Board

Windham Recreation Department

Windsor Recreation and Leisure Department

Windsor Locks Park and Recreation

Wolcott Parks & Recreation and Acquired Facilities Commission

Woodbridge Recreation Commission

Woodbury Park & Recreation Commission

Woodstock Recreation Commission

Contact info

Dr Jenifer Nadeau, Associate Professor, Equine Extension Specialist, University of Connecticut

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

Camille Guérineau, graduate student and summer intern

camille.guerineau@agrosupdijon.fr

 

This document was created during the internship of Camille Guérineau from AgroSup Dijon from April to August, 2019 at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Animal Science under the supervision of Dr. Jenifer Nadeau, Equine Extension Specialist and Associate Professor. We would like to sincerely thank the involvement of many of those involved with the CT horse industry who provided input and photos to make this possible as well as Laura Brown, chair of the PATHS Team and Community & Economic Development Educator with Uconn Extension and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Also thanks to the other PATHS Team members for their help and support.