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We founded Walnut Hollow Farm with one goal in mind: giving our students the best, most rewarding learning experience.
Walnut Hollow Farm is located in Amherst and reflects the vibrant energy of the area. Our passionate and skilled team members are here to help students achieve their goals. Are you ready to reach your potential? Join us today!
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Walnut Hollow Farm Instructor Spotlight
Ashley (Brown) Dunnick and WALNUT HOLLOW FARM have been partnered for over fourteen years. She began as a working student, worked her way to instructor; she is now the head trainer and an owner of WALNUT HOLLOW FARM. Ashley has a proven style of instructing that encourages her students to understand the biomechanics of the horse. Through this her students can understand the needs of the horse and work as a team to accomplish goals. Ashley brings a fresh perspective on how to provide safe, fun and effective riding lessons to all ages and levels of riders
Throughout Ashley’s career she has trained with many equine professionals such as Keith Angstadt, Pam Goodrich, Leslie DeGrandmason, Brad Giuda, Kami Wolk and Elmar Pollmann-‐Schweckhorst. In the year 2009 Ashley spent time in Gut Bärbroich Germany training under the direct tutelage of world renowned Elmar Pollmann-‐Schweckhorst, the author of “Training the Modern Jumper”. 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. In Germany she trained in jumpers, classical dressage and had the privilege of attending major equine events in Munich. Living in Germany with the Pollmann-‐Scheckhorst family, she has been classically trained and offers a unique perspective in combining dressage principles to develop 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.
After returning from oversees, Ashley graduated from Framingham State University with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Psychology. As a graduate she uses her extensive knowledge to develop and promote WALNUT HOLLOW FARM. As Director of Operations and an owner, Ashley has partnered with 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. She next started developing her own company Brown Horse Farm LLC.
Over the past couple years Ashley has been focusing on growing WALNUT HOLLOW FARM’s riding program. She has developed extensive camp programs, brought riders along from lead-line to the show arena, and has personally trained the lesson horses and client’s personal horses. 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. Please come visit and ride with us to get the full taste of the personalized riding instruction you can achieve at Walnut Hollow Farm.
Summer Camp Schedule
Camp is geared towards campers who have completed First grade and up.
There will be no camps for the summer of 2023. Check back in Spring 2024
Camp Activities include but not limited to:
1 hr. Riding Lesson each camp day
Learning about Horse Care, Horse Anatomy, Horse First Aid, Barn management
1-2:30 Lunch & swimming @ Baboosic Lake
Our lesson program is currently full.