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Autumn Rae & Scattered Acres Sport Horses | 8366 Old Nokesville Rd., Catlett, VA 20119
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Autumn rode her first horse before she was a year old in a front-pack that her mother wore, and has not stopped riding since. When she was six years old, Autumn began to take riding lessons with natural horsemanship guru Durlene Meck. Eventually she was given the challenge of training an “unmanageable” pony that Durlene bought from a slaughterhouse. If she could tame it, the horse would become hers. This is where Autumn fell in love with training horses and found that communicating with them came naturally to her.
Autumn has continued her equine education and now owns and operates the successful business Scattered Acres Sport Horses LLC. She has international competition experience and continues to compete and coach avidly throughout the year. Autumn also holds a degree in experiential education and has a rich background leading outdoor education trips and coaching people to push themselves towards reaching their goals 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. She now applies her training in experiential education to instructing and coaching.
Autumn is highly educated, skilled, and excited about helping students reach their personal goals and about training horses to become athletes and willing partners. Her experience and education includes, but is not limited to:
• B.S in Experiential Education
• Associate Degree in Equine Science
• Dressage training/apprenticeship in Germany with Falk Shubert
• Training with Kim Severson, Craig Thompson, Wendy Shaffer, Eric Horgan, Phyllis Dawson, Sharon White, Allison Springer, Bob Orton, and Linda Zang.
• Currently training with Jimmy Wofford, Jan Byyny, and Britta Johnston
• Multiple USEA Year End High-Point Awards for herself, her horses and her students.
• International import experience
• Five years working for different outdoor education companies leading trips all over the U.S. and abroad focusing on personal growth and empowerment, service, adventure, and team building.
• Currently working on her M.A. at Prescott College.
Rachel has been an avid rider for 22 years, starting at age 11 in upstate NY. In college, Rachel studied Equine management, and competed with every available equestrian team including the Intercollegiate Equestrian team, Drill Team, and Dressage Team for Wilson College and Georgetown University's Polo Team. In 2001 and 2002, Rachel taught beginner and intermediate riding at Rock Creek Park Equestrian Center, specializing in helping children overcome any fears of riding. Despite her professional career taking priority for several years, she still managed to find ways to ride, and learn whatever she could from the horses she had available. This approach lead her to riding racehorses in Zimbabwe, attending (and learning to shoot at) cowboy mounted shooting camp in New Mexico, herding cattle in Missouri and Montana, and conditioning endurance horses.
After a brief pause from riding to focus on her professional life, Rachel started training with Autumn in 2011. Since then, she has balanced a full-time management career with her riding. She employs the skills she learned in her career in mentoring, training, and teamwork, as well as her constant pursuit of excellence in Eventing to support the growth of young students and students young at heart. Rachel is keenly aware of nuance and the impact that subtle changes can make in the communication between horse and rider. She is an encouraging instructor who actively engages students in lessons and seeks to motivate all riders to believe in themselves and their ability to advance.
A dedicated student of Autumn's for 6 years, she trains and competes Joey, a quirky ex-racehorse, in recognized horse trials in the region. She and Joey recently placed 10th in Novice at the American Eventing Championships in September, which was awesome!
Alicia’s love affair with horses began when she was a toddler, but her passion for riding was sparked with the gift of a single lesson for her tenth birthday. A monumental shift occurred in her life the moment she sat on a shaggy Shetland pony named Rebecca and felt the world move beneath her on legs that weren’t her own; one lesson turned into hundreds, and she has since logged thousands of hours in the saddle. Alicia competed in the hunters through her freshman year at Virginia Tech. After obtaining her B.S. in Biology from VT, she married an active duty Army officer and moved to Germany. It was there, under the tutelage of two wonderful dressage instructors, she began to feel that she was learning to really ride and positively affect the horse for the first time.
Upon their return to the States, Alicia sought out working student positions to further her knowledge and experience. At Glamorgan Manor in Doswell, VA, she learned about the care and management of breeding stallions, broodmares, and foals, and had the opportunity to start several young horses, most of which she helped raise from foals. In 2008, her husband surprised her with a horse of her own for the first time since she was a teenager, an 18-month-old Oldenburg filly named Rubinesque (Ruby). She has enjoyed every step of the process of bringing Ruby along and credits Autumn’s vast experience, intuition, and exceptional understanding of each horse as an individual to the progress she and Ruby have made since joining the Scattered Acres family in March of 2016.
Alicia is a lifelong student of the art of horsemanship. In addition to the incredible instruction she has received from Autumn at Scattered Acres, she has had the privilege of working with Torrance Watkins, Jimmy Wofford, and Michael Poulin (for whom she was also a working student). She dreams of one day competing internationally but wholeheartedly embraces the notion that riding is about the journey, not the destination. She loves sharing her passion for horses with others and considers teaching as an opportunity to pay tribute to the great instruction she has had over the years. As a rider, she aims to make every horse she sits on better in some small way; as an instructor, she hopes to give riders the tools they need to form a harmonious relationship with their mount, and, most importantly, to make riding fun!
In addition to her equestrian pursuits Alicia is an EMT and an RYT-200 Yoga instructor. Around the farm you are equally likely to find her cleaning a stall, sitting in the grass with any number of the barn cats and dogs, or throwing a ball for her 11-year old Vizsla, Laszlo.
Scattered Acres employs several working students that provide much needed assistance to Lisa. While some may look at cleaning stalls of manure, picking 30+ horses' feet, and sweeping an endless wave of dirt and dust from the barn as hard labor, our barn workers see it as a labor of love. The riders have our working students and assisting barn workers to thank for Scattered Acres' high level of cleanliness. It only takes a trip to another barn to understand how good we parents and riders have it at Scattered Acres.