Practice makes perfect.
Horseback riding lessons are available for all levels and all ages with any of our qualified on site instructors. We have five instructors giving riding lessons that may focus on Dressage, Hunter / Jumper or 3 Day Eventing disciplines.
Riding lessons are offered year round in our 80' X 150' indoor riding arena and in the outdoor arena, weather permitting. Lessons are provided on your horse or ours. For a minimal charge truck-ins are allowed as well.
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Credit price: $65
Credit price: $55
Cash price: $60
Cash price: $50
Private lessons by request: $60.00
Credit price: $190
Credit price: $420
Cash price: $180
Cash price: $400
*Must use minimum one lesson per week. *Make up lessons are re-scheduled for the following week. *Start date must be within four months of purchase date.
Rowena McMahon: Owner / Dressage
Rowena graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in pre-veterinarian medicine in 1976. For the next three years, she worked at Gut Barbroich, West Germany with the well-known and accomplished Alois Pollmann Schweckhorst. Influenced by the Cavalry School of Hannover, "characteristic features of his style were suppling the horse with dressage, a forward seat, and established rythm.
Continuing her education at Merrimack College and New Hampshire Technical Institute in the U.S., she was employed as a key account executive for Philip Morris. She furthered her equestrian studies under the direction of Keith Angstadt, a New England dressage judge of Merit, at Bradford Equestrian Center, Bradford, Massachusetts.
Married to Elliot Pratt in 1997, Rowena acquired her dream farm, Walnut Hollow, in the year 2000 which she shares with her husband.
Elliot Pratt: Owner / Beginner / Novice
Elliot has only been riding for the last 15+ years. But in his relatively short career he has undergone constant and rigorous supervision and training by Rowena. He considers it probably the most challenging to master of all the sports he is accomplished at. (Rock climbing, Hang gliding,Skiing, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Road Biking.) “You can brute force your way through most sports, everything changes when the other half of the equation is a horse.” He considers himself extremely lucky to be able to work with these magnificent animals in the Equestrian Industry. “ Seeing the self confidence that it builds in people is just so rewarding. I can’t imagine doing anything else at this point of my life.”
Ashley Brown: Hunter / Jumper / 3 Day Eventing
Ashley Brown has worked with trainers such as Rowena McMahon, Keith Angstadt, bronze medalist; Pam Goodrich, competitor in the World Championships and two Olympic Sports festivals in Europe, and Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst, the author of “Training the Modern Jumper” and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s biography. Elmar belongs to a family of enthusiastic breeders, trainers, and his brother Alois is a silver and bronze medalist in the national German championships. Elmar is a professional instructor and has competed successfully in the US, Canada, South America and Europe.
Ashley has competed and placed at GMHA Woodstock VT, Bradford Equestrian Center MA, UNH, Green Acres, Weatogue Stables CT, HITS in Saugerties NY to list a few. She has achieved dressage scores of over seventy frequently.
Living in Germany with the Pollmann-Scheckhorst family, she has been classically trained and offers a unique perspective in combining dressage principles, developing a better jumper, hunter or 3-day eventer. By understanding and matching the rider and horse’s needs she promotes harmony. Ashley determines her student’s instructional needs based on their goals for rider and horse.
Ashley Brown, graduate of Framingham State University with a BS in Business uses her extensive knowledge to develop and promote Walnut Hollow Farm. As Director of Operations, Ashley has partnered with Rowena to reach out to organizations such as The Girl Scouts of America, Bedford NH; BAE Systems, Young Camp Judea, Merrimack NH and the Towns of Merrimack and Amherst NH.
Chrissy: Hunter / Jumper
Chrissy has been a horse lover and enthusiast for over 20years. She began riding at the age of 7, after 6 years of competitive lessons she got her first horse for her 13th birthday. As president of two 4-H clubs Chrissy has shown successfully through the 4-H circuit in and out of the saddle as well as pony club, Equine Success, various B circuit shows, the New England Junior Eventers Association and the New England Hunter Jumper Association always finishing in the ribbons with multiple championships and year end awards to date. Through 4-H Chrissy has had the opportunity to learn from the best, participating in clinics from professionals such as Philip Dutton, GaWaNi Pony Boy, Sally Swift, Clint Anderson, Monty Roberts and Pat Parelli.
In addition to horses, Chrissy has always been fascinated by the human body, after attaining her degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences from Fitchburg State University, she found a way to combine her two passions. She believes that through the study of the human biomechanics as well as equine the team of horse and rider can reach a greater potential and greater performance level by recognizing and correcting minor biomechanical flaws. Through corrective exercise, training, and stretching horse and rider can create a happier team by eliminating pains and pressures by decreased range of motions or other limiting factors taking the ride from 6th place to 1st place with ease.
Chrissy loves working with kids and excels in all aspects of teaching and working with them. She has found a niche in teaching therapeutic riding, first presented to it through the therapeutic riding program in 4-H through Strongwater farm therapeutic farm. After over 10 years in working with kids and horses Chrissy has the knowledge, patients and desire to help all students with mental or physical disabilities attain their riding goals.