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

Private 1 Hour lesson………………. $55

Private ½ Hour lesson ……………… $35

Semi Private 1 Hour (2 riders)…...$45 per rider

Group 1 Hour……………………………. $35 per rider

Jump Night………………………………… $35 per rider

$5 LATE fee per lesson – If payment is received after lesson is taken

Monthly Package Rates –

4 week / 5 week

$200/250………….Private 1 hour

$120/150…………. Private ½ hour

$160/200………..Semi Private 1 hour (per rider)

$120/150…………Group 1 hour (per rider)

$100/$125………. Jump night monthly package (per rider)

If paid after lesson is taken, $5 LATE fee (per lesson) - applies to monthly package

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

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

Our next program will start in the spring. We are now booking lessons with Instructors Ashley Cauvel and Rachel Gagne. For more information or start lessons, please Email for questions or to signup.

Jump Night

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 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.


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.

Rachel Gagne has studied in equine program at Vermont Technical College. She focuses on improving a rider's basics and communication with their horse.

Ashley Cauvel 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 lessons fun.

Leah Forgues 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.

Laura Santer is a college student at SNHU. Laura participated in pony club as a junior, and she was a former working student for Olympic rider Stephen Bradly. Laura also was active in the Hillsborough 4-H and traveled to KY for hippology nationals. Last year she was the overall reserve champion at the D4K dressage show in Saugerties, NY. She enjoys dressage, eventing, and competitive trail riding. She enjoys training and working with green horses. Laura offers a kind fun approach to lessons for riders of all ages and levels, and places a strong emphasis horsemanship.

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.

Horse Shows our Farm has Traveled to:

·         Furnace Brook Farm

·         GMHA

·         Groton Pony Club

·         Hollis Area Equestrians

·         New Boston 4-H show

·         CHF’s Fun show

·         Groton House Farm

·         Pipestave

·         Barre Schooling Show

·         Oak Rise farm

·         Cutter Farm

·         Apple Knoll Farm

·         Independence Stables

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.

Janice Conlon 

Janice 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. 

2018 Summer Horseback Riding Day-Camp  

2018 Summer Camp Brochure - read all about it!

ONLINE REGISTRATION - NOW OPEN Sign up before March 31st to take advantage of our early bird discount!

...or print out and mail your summer camp registration:

2018 Summer Camp Registration Form  Sessions 1, 2 and 6 are now closed.

2018 CIT 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 (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.



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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