3 Mack Hill Road, Amherst, NH (603) 801-0958

Mack Hill Riding Academy

The O'ConnellsScott and Susan O’Connell- Owners
Sue and Scott O'Connell have taken their hobby of horseback riding from passion, through obsession, to start-up business.

Sue, who grew up with horses in Vermont, is thrilled to escape from her daily existence as President of a successful consulting firm, to the rigors of horsemanship and farm life during nights and weekends.

Daughter Katie grew up riding and competing in local and national show circuits. Son Brandon typically prefers motorized horsepower but recently has started taking lessons.

Scott, who grew up riding horses on family vacations in upstate New York, spends time while not on horseback in courtrooms around the country trying cases for his clients.  “Some believe that I shovel manure professionally and for fun!”

Scott and Sue were the managing members and owners of Fox Brook Farm in Amherst, NH. After the successful growth of the Fox Brook riding programs they had decided to move the riding program to a new facility. In March of 2007 Mack Hill Riding Academy was established on the former site of Tempus Fugit in Amherst, NH. Scott and Sue are the owners and managing members of Mack Hill Riding Academy.

Our Riding Instructors

Mack Hill Riding Academy Sign, 3 Mack Hill

Lauren Smith - Head Trainer - Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Horsemanship, Showmanship

Lauren began riding at a very young age, and has been hooked ever since. As a young rider she was involved in the local 4-H program, as well as taking lessons at a local stable, and doing just about anything she could to get her hands on as many horses as possible. With an appetite to learn as much as she could about horses, Lauren enjoyed a well-rounded education in a variety of disciplines. It was not until her teenage years that Lauren discovered her true love, Western Pleasure horses. Lauren prides herself on being a multi-breed, multi-discipline trainer and instructor and strongly believes that being a well-rounded, tactful rider is the key to success. She believes there is no "formula" to riding or training, but instead approaches each lesson or training session with the goals, strengths and weaknesses of each individual horse or rider in mind. 

Lauren's clients and students have seen success on the AQHA, PtHA and APHA circuits. Many of Lauren's colt starting clients have also seen great success out of the show ring, doing extensive trail riding, a true testament that with a great foundation, the possibilities are limitless. Lauren enjoys attending clinics and rides with other industry professionals as much as possible, which she believes helps keep training ideals and goals fresh. She credits much of her success to the incredible opportunities she's had riding with and learning from some of the best in the industry including: Doug Pratt, Mark Smith, Chase Barnes and Tara Buckley and many others.

Annette Green - Instructor - Eventing, Equitation, Dressage

“AnnetteAnnette brings over 40 years of experience in the horse industry with her to Mack Hill. As a young rider she was an avid fox hunter and saw success in the Hunter ring under the direction of Hanora Haynes before beginning to pursue Eventing in the 1980s with Tony Provencher. After graduating in the top of her class from UNH Equine program she devoted much of her time to mentoring the Pawtuckaway Pony Club and developing a teaching career. Annette has instructed at a variety of stables and private venues throughout New England for 35 years, including in a Therapeutic Riding capacity.

As an adult Annette enjoys focusing her continuing education in Dressage with her horse Lyric and has enjoyed being mentored by Sue Winslade. Annette is grateful for the many opportunities she has had to ride under some fantastic instructors and coaches such as Carol Lavall, Jane Savoy, Pam Goodrich and John Lyons. As an instructor Annette’s focus is on developing capable, adjustable riders with a strong focus on safety, balance and correctness for both horse and rider, while always being mindful of great horsemanship and enjoying the ride!


Andrea Rowe Instructor


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