Hill Farm offers top quality riding lessons for beginner through
advanced balance seat. Always the focus on good horsemanship, each
student will learn how to care for and ride one of the farm's lesson
ponies or horses.
(Also, see our
Horses Available for Lease)
Private 1 Hour
Private ½ Hour lesson
Semi Private 1 Hour (2
riders)…...$45 per rider
Group 1 Hour…………………………….
$35 per rider
$35 per rider
$5 LATE fee per lesson –
If payment is received after lesson is taken
Monthly Package Rates –
4 week / 5 week
$120/150…………. Private ½
Private 1 hour (per rider)
$120/150…………Group 1 hour
$100/$125………. Jump night
monthly package (per rider)
If paid after lesson is
taken, $5 LATE fee (per lesson) - applies to monthly package
Riding Attire: Long pants or breeches for riding, a closed-toed
flat-soled shoe with a heel of ½ to 1½ inch.
package must be pre-paid for before lessons are taken*
or call Emily to arrange a week night or weekend lesson (978) 855-2693
students are required to sign a release form and barn
rules before riding at the farm. Students may fill this out ahead of
click here for
Prices may be subject to change without notice. A 24-hour
cancellation notice required or student pays half price, no shows
pay full price. Lesson cancellation policy applies to all students.
Contry Hill Farm
will cancel classes when we are experiencing extreme weather.
This includes blizzards, severe rain storms, extreme heat and extreme
cold. Horses are affected by extreme temperatures.
If the temperature
is 10 degrees or below or if it is extremely hot and humid, please call
the barn or your instructor, to hear if classes are being held.
The barn number is 603-878-1586
Our next program will start in the spring. We are now booking lessons
with Instructors Ashley Cauvel and Rachel Gagne. For more information or
please Email for
questions or to signup.
Time: Wednesdays from 5-7pm.
Cost: $35 to participate.
The evening starts off
with ground pole and progresses up to cross rails. The jump lessons, in
the outdoor ring, will focus on riding jump courses and techniques to
improve technique. Lessons in the indoor will focus on rider position,
gymnastics and developing an eye for distances.
5:00-6:00 PM :
Beginning & Intermediate Jump
6:00 – 7:00 PM :
Intermediate & Advanced Jump
Main focus is safety
over fences, and correct systematic work to improve the quality of
jumping. Fence heights are set low to encourage horse and rider
riders learning how to jump
would like to improve their control while jumping
Horses that need
to improve their jumping technique
Riders may truck in or
request a lesson horse. Group session instructed by Emily Sumner.
For more information or to participate,
Please email us.
Emily Sumner has over 20 years of
riding experience and 6 years of teaching experience. She currently
works for a small animal veterinary practice part time during the day.
Emily is an Equine Management graduate from Cazenovia College, and also
participated on the intercollegiate dressage team. In college, she was a
national competitor and won many awards at the College’s highest levels.
She currently is the farm’s instructor and summer camp director. Her
main focus for her students is working towards a balanced seat to
improve one’s riding for any discipline. Emily provides excellent
systematic instruction to all levels of riders on the lunge line, flat
or over fences. Her positive instruction always emphasizes horse care
and kind soft riding methods. Emily enjoys brining students to shows,
trail riding, eventing, jumping, and dressage.
Karen Contryman has over 60 years of riding experience and is a
registered nurse. She is the farm owner and oversees the care of every
horse on the farm. Her riding experiences include: foxhunting, eventing,
driving, trail riding, and competitive trail. Karen’s focus is on
horsemanship and safety. She educated her daughter and grandchildren
through the pony club. Karen has trained and educated many young horses.
Karen has a kind and compassionate approach with her students, and her
main focus for riding is to have fun and ride practical exercises.
has studied in equine program at Vermont Technical College. She focuses
on improving a rider's basics and communication with their horse.
has been riding as long as she can remember, growing up having horses in
her backyard. Ashley is currently involved in Groton Pony Club and is
working towards her C-2 rating. Her passions are jumping and eventing.
She worked with Emily for 2 years as a teaching assistant, in lessons
and summer camps. Ashley works well with children and always keeps her
Camp and Junior Instructors
is a Junior Instructor in training. She has been riding and learning
horsemanship for 12 years. Leah completed her first year of College at
Cazenovia College, and will start her second year at UMASS Amherst in
the equine studies program. One of her dreams is to become a great
instructor, and she takes many opportunities to advance in becoming a
great teacher, as well as a student. She mainly studies and competes in
the discipline of dressage. However, she also enjoys competing and
learning about eventing, competitive trail, jumping, and a small amount
of hunt-seat. Leah is also a former Pony Club graduate.
Contry Hill Farm offers
their students the opportunity to attend numerous
eventing horse shows. Students are responsible for paying their entry
fees. Additional fees may include coaching, trailering and horse use and
will depend on the distance and length of day. Typically, these fees add
up to around $65 for the day.
Horse showing is
available for adults and children.
Those showing with the farm should expect to spend time the
day before any horse show at the barn getting ready
Participants should plan on dedicating the day to being at a
horse show, riders are responsible for their horse for the
day, and should stay with them until the end of the day
Riders are responsible for cleaning up after
themselves and their horse for the day
students traveling with the farm are always expected to demonstrate
good sportsmanship and high quality horsemanship.
Horse Shows our Farm has Traveled to:
& Monadnock show
Boston 4-H show
Karen has 35 years of teaching and training experience. Her background
is in Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping.
She is involved with the United States Pony Club. Karen is currently a
National Examiner, National Chief Horse Management Judge, Regional
Instructional Coordinator and District Commissioner.
She teaches camps and clinics around the country as well as testing and
judging. Karen enjoys teaching all levels and age ranges.
Remmy Bron-van Dam is an accomplished
Dressage Instructor from
Holland. Remmy has a soft and gentle approach and
focuses on correct foundation work
in both the horse and rider. She has an excellent eye and can help fine
tune your riding skills on the flat. She has worked with juniors, adult
amateurs, and professionals.
Trained with an instructor from the Spanish
Riding school of Vienna for
She successfully trained over 100 Haflingers,
Dutch Warmbloods, Friesians, Fjords and Arabians for their evaluation
tests under the saddle.
Remmy became Dressage champion of the
Northern part of the Netherlands through 4th level. She also became
champion driven dressage in all levels with a Friesian and Haflinger.
Certified instructor for both riding and
driving, with experience over 34 years.
Certified Dressage Judge for all classes,
also drill team, Young horses classes (to find talented Young horses for
the dressage), breed classes.
Certified Driving Judge for dressage, cones,
Remmy has worked with dressage riders,
eventers, and Driving.
Deanna Moudry Jackson
Originally from Wilton, NH, she has trained and exhibited
champions in Open Jumper, Hunter and Equitation throughout New England;
passing along her successes to her students. Deanna plans to travel
monthly from Maine to share her knowledge at clinics at our Farm;
focusing on “Back to Basics”: developing a solid foundation and
communication skills with an emphasis on equitation. She also encourages
the participation of those very special equestrians who don’t show but
wish to enjoy and be proficient in their riding. Costs - $60 per rider,
riders ride in groups of 3.
is an experienced ‘S’
event judge, FEH/YEH, ‘R’ dressage judge, Young horse/
equitation/freestyle dressage judge.
She has dedicated herself to teaching others as she has retired from
competing. She had successful careers in both dressage and eventing,
earning a USDF silver medal. she travels to New England monthly for
dressage clinics. Her progressive training system works for both horse
and rider at any level.
2017 Summer Horseback Riding
Day-Camp - Dates and brochure coming soon!
2017 Summer Camp Brochure - read all about it!
Sign up before March 31st to take advantage of our early
print out and mail your summer camp registration:
2017 Summer Camp Registration Form
Councelor in Training “C.I.T.” Program
Ages 13-18 two week session
The Counselor In
Training or “CIT” program is a leadership-training program. CIT’s will
learn and put into practice counselor training and teaching skills.
Teens interested in learning to become a camp counselor, or future
riding instructor should apply. (Completion of the CIT program does not
guarantee a counselor position).
Staff members will
learn how to assist with horses and will learn how to keep children safe
while working around horses. CITs that demonstrate a high level of
leadership skills will be asked to independently teach non-mounted
activities, such as crafts, games or demonstrations. All CIT’s will
assist in handling horses, allowing them to frequently watch and hear
the lesson plan for a beginner rider. CIT’s that are advanced riders may
OCCASIONALLY be allowed to school horses, or go for a ride on the farm
property, after camp.
As a part of the two week session, CIT's
will be required to attend a workshop training week (see the CIT
registration for dates). Space is limited and applicants will
be chosen based on experience.
CITs should fill out an
application form. There are a limited number of positions. Applicants will be
chosen based on past experience. Space is limited, so apply early.
C.I.T APPLICATION FORM
Working Student Program
Contry Hill Farm offers
a working student program for riders ages 13+. This program is
available for those enrolled in the CIT program. Working students
may assist an instructor with summer camp, during additional weeks, in
exchange for a daily ride time or a weekly lesson. Working students may
not get to ride the days that they work, depending on horse use. Ride
time can always be saved and used at a later date. To enroll, please
indicate on CIT application.