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.
Private lessons by request: $60.00
*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.
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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.
Rowena McMahon: Owner / Dressage
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.
Christine Zimmer: Theraputic Riding / Hunter / Dressage
Christine has had a passion for animals since she was a child,
especially horses. Starting out a hunter jumper at a young age she eventually moved on to centered riding in college, competitive trail riding, and dressage. The combination of these different riding disciplines has given Christine a unique view of riding and teaching.
Christine graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in equine science with a concentration in Therapeutic riding. During that time, she acquired a NARHA certification in therapeutic riding. She was part of the therapeutic riding program at UNH for over three years and helped in training new horses for the program, teaching lessons, and evaluating new clients for it.
Christine has been trained in CPR and first aid for the professional rescuer for over thirteen years. She has taught dressage lessons, hunter/jumper lessons, and trail riding lessons. She has trained green horses and was an assistant manager at the previous farm that she rode at. Christine enjoys teaching a wide variety of students from beginners to advance and believes that every good rider no matter what the riding discipline shares the same principles and passion for horse back riding. She is also notorious for quoting "We are never done learning about horses, everyday we learn something new about them."
Christine is currently an instructor at walnut hollow as well as rider. She enjoys being around children and teaching what she knows. She considers herself very fortunate to be in such a positive and warm environment.
Steve Pereira: Hunter/Jumper Show Advisor
Stephen has over 7 years of showing experience competing throughout New England. He has competed in a number of hunter/jumper divisions and was NH state champion in Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences, and Junior Hunter. He has taught lessons, coached at shows, and trained horses. Stephen has ridden in the New England Medal Finals, as well as the NH Finals. He has received numerous trophies, ribbons, and high point awards, as well as the honor of earning his hunt colours from Wentworth Hunt Club.
USEF, NEHC, MHC, GMHA, NHHJA, NHHTA, MHA Show Circuit Competitor
NEHC, NHHJA Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Finals, Qualifier and Competitor
Champion, NH Medal Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences, NHHJA
Champion, Junior Hunter Division, NHHJA & NHHTA
Reserve Champion, Hunt Seat Equitation Division, NHHJA & NHHTA
Reserve Champion, Children’s Hunter Division, NHHJA & NHHTA
Gentleman with Colors, Wentworth Hunt Club
Inaugural NHHJA Scholarship Award Recipient
Lifetime Member, NHHJA
Former Member, NHHJA Rules Committee
Former Member, UNH Equestrian Team
Kelsie Buckley: Farm Photographer
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Kelsie Buckley recently graduated from Nashoba Valley Technical High School as a certified dental assistant (CDA) and is now currently enrolled in classes at Middlesex Community College to become a diagnostic sonographer.
She has always loved photography, and in her spare time takes photos of sporting events, the outdoors, and also family portraits. She has learned most of her photography techniques from her Aunt who has been a professional photographer for many years. In addition to being a riding enthusiast and volunteer at WALNUT HOLLOW FARM, Kelsie coaches soccer, bakes and sails with her family!