280 Reed Road Mason, NH 03048   *   Tel: (603) 878-1586   *   info@contryhillfarm.com

Contry 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)

Lesson Rates

1/2 Hour Private Lesson (for Children under Age 11): $35.00
1 Hour Private Lesson: $50.00
Semi Private Lesson: $40 per person
Group lesson 3-4 riders: $35 per person
5 1-Hour Private Lesson Package*: $200
5 Semi Private Lesson Package*: $160 per person
5 Group Lesson Package*: $140 per person
Trail Rides: $50.00 per person
 

Required Riding Attire: Long pants or breeches for riding, a closed-toed flat-soled shoe with a heel of ½ to 1½ inch.     
*Lesson package must be pre-paid for before lessons are taken*

Email or call Emily to arrange a week night or weekend lesson (978) 855-2693

Email Matt to arrange a western lesson daily Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays (603) 512-1346

Lesson Policies

All students are required to sign a release form and barn rules before riding at the farm. Students may fill this out ahead of time, click here for Release Form.

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

After School Program

2014 programs are going through the fall and into winter! This is the most affordable quality beginners program out there. Taught by college graduates. Students will get to learn how to groom, tack-up, and un-tack their horse, an includes an hourly mounted lesson. Safety is emphasized and different aspects of horsemanship will be covered. Both English and Western lessons available!

Cost: $120 for monthly lessons. 4-5 week program. Runs throughout the school year.
 

Times and Dates:

Mondays 6-7pm: Walk Trot : Instructor Emily Sumner

Thursdays 4:30-5:30: Walk Trot Beginners: Instructor Matt Mazza

Thursday: 5:30-6:30 :Walk Trot Beginning Canter: Instructor Emily Sumner

Thursday 6:30-7:30: Novice Beginning Jump: Instructor Emily Sumner


Space may be limited, Call (603) 878-1586 or Email for questions or to signup

Jump Night

Time: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30.
Cost: $25 to participate.

The evening starts off with ground pole and progresses up to cross rails. The spring 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 and developing an eye for distances.

5:00-6:00 PM : Beginning 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 confidence.

Great for

·         Horses and riders learning how to jump

·         Riders that 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.

Gentleman's Riding Night

Time: Thursdays from 6-7.
Cost: $25 per session to attend.

“Mucho Macho Men’s Night!”  Mens group riding lesson. Great for husbands, dads, or brothers! Beginner – Intermediate. English or Western. With Instructor Matt Mazza.   
Contact Matt for details or to attend
 

Games Night

Time: TBA
Cost: $25

A NIGHT OF FUN! Riders get to learn the rules of various mounted games, Including: Simon says, races, barrels, relay races, obstacle courses, etc. Games include individual and team games. Open to all ages and all levels of riding. Instruction alternates between Emily Sumner and Matt Mazza.
 

Ladies Night

Time: Mondays 7-8 (April-June)
Cost: $30 per session to attend. Ladies group riding lesson. Great for moms and adults looking for a fun social riding night! Beginner – Intermediate. English or Western. With Instructor Matt Mazza. Contact Matt for details or to attend
 

 

Instructor Bios

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.

Laura Santer, a Junior Instructor at CHF, is 16 years old and has over 12 years of experience working with horses. She enjoys working and teaching both children and horses while still taking any opportunity to learn and improve her own skills. She is a member of both 4-H and Pony Club, having received her D-2 rating this year. In addition to this, Laura has participated in a variety of disciplines including competitive trail riding, saddle seat, hunt seat, jumping, eventing, drill team, dressage, and fox hunting. She has been to competitions at GMHA, Stoneleigh Burnham School, two 4-H State Shows and much more. She is looking forward to a fun year of camp, competition, and lots of horses!

Matt Mazza has over 15 years of riding experience, Matt has been riding since he was 8 years old and is proficient at barrel racing, western pleasure and versatility/trail as well as hunt seat on the flat. Matt used to work at Contry Hill Farm back in his early teen years and is very happy to be back. He has trained and shown with the international known Morgan horse trainer Judy Nason and has competed and won many awards at the regional and national levels. Matt’s Main focus is for his students to have a fun and safe time with and around there horses and have good sportsmanship. As well as training his students how to compete and show there horses competitively with a focus on balance and oneness with their horses! Matt enjoys showing his western pleasure Morgan horse and barrel racing!

Leah Forgues is a Junior Instructor in training. She’s 16 years old, and has been riding and learning horsemanship for 12 years. 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 a member of Pony Club. All though she has only been a member for a little more than a year, she hopes to receive her D-3 and C-1 in the two upcoming seasons.

Horse Shows

Contry Hill Farm offers their students the opportunity to attend numerous hunter/jumper, dressage, competitive trail, and 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

  • All students traveling with the farm are always expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and high quality horsemanship.

Don't miss these upcoming shows at Contry Hill Farm:
Contry Hill Farm Fun Hunter and Gymkhana Show
Contry Hill Farm Combined Training and Dressage Show

Horse Shows our Farm has Traveled to:


Upcoming Clinicians

Karen Marcotte

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
    eight years. 

  • 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, combined

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.
 

2014 Summer Horseback Riding Day-Camp

We have on-line registration!  Click here for all 2014 Summer Camp information and registration!

 

NEW!! 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 June 26-29,  2:00 - 4:00PM. 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.

 

 

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