Autumn Rae & Scattered Acres Sport Horses

8366 Old Nokesville Rd., Catlett, VA 20119 | 571.426.4889


Scattered Acres Sport Horses

Autumn Rae

Autumn rode her first horse before she was a year old in a front-pack that her mother wore, and hasn't stopped riding since.   When she was six years old, Autumn began taking riding lessons with natural horsemanship guru Durlene Meck.  As she progressed in skill levels, she was given the challenge of training an "unmanageable" pony that Durlene had bought from a slaughterhouse. If she could tame it, the horse would become hers. This is when Autumn fell in love with training horses and found that communicating with them came naturally to her.


Autumn has continued her equine education and in 2003 became the founder and president of Scattered Acres Sport Horses, LLC.   She has international riding experience and continues to train, compete and coach avidly throughout the year.

Autumn has trained with many excellent coaches and riders including Kim Severson, Craig Thompson, Wendy Shaffer, Eric Horgan, Phyllis Dawson, Sharon White, Allison Springer, Bob Orton, and Linda Zang.  She is currently training with Jimmy Wofford (stadium), Jan Byyny (XC & stadium), and Britta Johnston(dressage).


Autumn also holds a dual degree in Experiential Education and Conservation Biology from George Mason University. She has a rich background leading outdoor education trips and coaching people to push themselves towards reaching their goals, empowerment, service, and working as a team.  She has facilitated the personal growth of many students through adventure activities such as backpacking, rock-climbing, kayaking, and wilderness survival all over the U.S. and abroad.  Since she started Scattered Acres Sport Horses, she has been applying her training in experiential education to riding instruction and coaching.


Autumn has trained hundreds of horses from in-hand work and saddle breaking through FEI levels in eventing and dressage. Likewise, she has coached hundreds of students from beginning riders through Preliminary eventing and Intermediate I in dressage.


Autumn is highly educated, skilled, focused on, and excited about helping students to reach their personal goals and about training horses to become athletes and willing partners.  Her experience and education includes, but is not limited to:


  • Founder and President of Scattered Acres Sport Horses LLC.
  • Vice President and co-founder of HorsePower Equine Assisted Learning foundation
  • Apprenticeship in Germany with Falk Shubert studying dressage
  • Multiple USEA Year End High-Point Awards for her students, her horses and herself
  • Successful competition through FEI levels on self-trained horses
  • International equine import experience


Autumn is an active, competing member of the USEA, USEF and USDF.

Employee Biographies

Lisa Hannan Lisa has been riding since she was 12 and started competing soon afterwards. She has been with Autumn and Scattered Acres since 2005 when she answered an ad Autumn posted on Virginia Equestrian. She serves as the Barn Manager responsible for all aspects of farm maintenance and equine care. Lisa not only manages the barn and all horse care, but she also competes. Lisa won the 2012 USEA Adult Rider of the Year and Adult Amateur Rider of the Year. As Barn Manager, Lisa is charged with the health and safety of each horse. The care and attention that she places into the upkeep of each horse is meticulous. No scrape, bruise or injury no matter how mild goes unnoticed. She is the perfect match to Autumn's training capabilities as well as being an integral part of the business management team. 
Lisa own 8 horses, 5 of which are stabled at Scattered Acres.

Kayla Elias


Kayla is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She began riding at age 7 and over the years, rode hunt seat, western, and trail. Over time, her primary focus became dressage, as she was drawn to the emphasis on precision and connection between horse and rider. She came to Scattered Acres in 2017 and has continued  her dressage education under Autumn's astute teaching. Her horse, Guinness, is stabled at Scattered Acres.


Kayla aims to help riders reach their goals through an approach that builds confidence, understanding of the horse, and a positive relationship between horse and rider.  She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and holds degrees in English and Psychology.





Hunter McMakin-Pagel


Hunter began riding when she was two weeks old and has been hooked on the sport since. Growing up on a horse farm, with her mother being a riding instructor, Hunter learned the proper basics of riding from a young age. A hunter/jumper rider for most of her career, Hunter has learned the importance of correct equitation as the basis of all riding, no matter the discipline. This knowledge is something she stresses to all her students to give them the best foundation possible to build upon. Hunter has an extensive record of success in the show ring, traveling all over the state of Virginia in her junior years. She dabbled in eventing starting in 2011, and now Hunter has come to Scattered Acres to branch out and learn more about the discipline. With her extensive riding background and eleven years of experience teaching all levels of riders, Hunter has become an asset to the Scattered Acres instructor team.






Gabby Newmiller


Gabby first started riding when she was five alongside her mother, and hasn’t stopped since. Gabby originally started riding at our other assistant trainer Hunter's family farm in southern Virginia. From there, Gabby developed her love of eventing and began working for higher level riders. Most notably, she has worked for Olympian Stephen Bradley and 3* event rider Mogie Bearden-Muller. She has learned all the ins and out of the professional eventing world from some of Area II’s greatest riders. While completing her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Ferrum College, Gabby competed on the college’s dressage and hunt seat riding teams. After her time in undergrad, Gabby began work on her master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Equine Management. While attending graduate school, Gabby began her first working student position. Being able to learn not only in a school environment, but also while diving head on into the sport of three day eventing, Gabby feels she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass along to her students. Gabby has competed at the lower levels of eventing and dressage, with aspirations to climb the levels with her up and coming partner, Native.


She currently wears many hats here at Scattered Acres. You can find her behind the computer working in the office as Assistant Office Manager, outdoors teaching her students the foundations of horseback riding, at shows grooming the horses of Scattered Acres to perfection and many more places around the farm. She is always lending a helping hand and educating others on professional horse care. Wherever Gabby goes, her partner in crime and barn dog Maui follows. Maui greets everyone who comes to the barn and loves getting belly rubs from all!