Clairvaux LLC

Clairvaux LLC Clairvaux is a full service hunter/jumper show stable in Northern Virginia.
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We offer riding instruction, horse training and boarding; serving riders of all levels and ages.

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03/13/2019

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Good morning! Here's your Wednesday morning inspiration.
03/13/2019

Good morning! Here's your Wednesday morning inspiration.

03/06/2019

"Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do." - Shaquille O’Neal

Tamarack Hill Farm
03/05/2019

Tamarack Hill Farm

One of the biggest reasons, I do suspect, that so many green riders wind up with green horses that may scare them, or that at any rate prevent them from learning the way to apply correct aids, is because so many riders WILL-NOT-BUY an older horse.

Here is Bold Minstrel at 16. In his prime, at the height of his powers, yet how many people do you know who would buy a 16 year old horse?

They will say things like, "I want an investment." As if investing is only about money, and not an investment in learning how to ride, or in safety, or in the sense of security while learning that can come from an older, wiser, steadier horse..

So when I hear that cost is a prohibiting factor in finding a suitable horse which knows the deal, and can help a green rider figure out "which buttons to push," I always suspect that those are riders who automatically carry some type of prejudice against "investing" in an older horse. The older, been there, done that horse is a great investment, but not so much in terms of getting a later financial return, so much as in investing in the process of giving he young or green rider the chance to learn correct basics that will last them all their riding years.

Most green riders who struggle with equally green horses are not learning correct basics. They are "investing" in the wrong piece of the riding puzzle.

http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/bold+minstrel...

We had a great two weeks at WEC! Congrats to our riders, all of whom had great rounds and some nice ribbons. Lots of lea...
03/04/2019

We had a great two weeks at WEC! Congrats to our riders, all of whom had great rounds and some nice ribbons. Lots of learning and fun!

Congrats to Lori Ohannessian on Reserve Champion honors at WEC #10 in the 3’3” Junior Hunters, with two wins!
03/03/2019

Congrats to Lori Ohannessian on Reserve Champion honors at WEC #10 in the 3’3” Junior Hunters, with two wins!

03/03/2019

"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." -Alexander Graham Bell

03/03/2019
Everything Is Temporary, Except Your Reputation: The Antonio Brown Saga
03/01/2019
Everything Is Temporary, Except Your Reputation: The Antonio Brown Saga

Everything Is Temporary, Except Your Reputation: The Antonio Brown Saga

This week, dozens of young athletes will put their best foot forward during the world’s largest televised job interview. They will run, jump, and conduct interviews with executives, all with the goal of securing one of the most coveted jobs on the planet. NFL player.

What a great week at WEC! Congrats to Lori, Devyn, Laura, Olivia, Tessa and Joanna! Everyone worked hard and the horses ...
02/25/2019

What a great week at WEC! Congrats to Lori, Devyn, Laura, Olivia, Tessa and Joanna! Everyone worked hard and the horses were super! On to next week!

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Opens for 2019 :: USHJA
02/04/2019
USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Opens for 2019 :: USHJA

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Opens for 2019 :: USHJA

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association opened the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, an online quiz that tests participants' knowledge about horse anatomy, horse care and health, riding theory, stable management, and more horsemanship topics. Open to USHJA members (at any paid membership level) 21 and y...

Lovely 5yo TB mare. 16h. Pretty mover, beautiful build. Has been over a few low jumps and shows nice ability. Asking $75...
01/31/2019

Lovely 5yo TB mare. 16h. Pretty mover, beautiful build. Has been over a few low jumps and shows nice ability. Asking $7500.

01/29/2019

We are rescheduling today's lessons due to the weather. Please stay safe.

Monday Equitation Inspiration
01/14/2019

Monday Equitation Inspiration

Some good lessons that work in riding, too. https://www.forbes.com/sites/donyaeger/2019/01/08/coming-to-grips-with-failu...
01/08/2019
Coming To Grips With Failure: Learn From Bears' Kicker Cody Parkey

Some good lessons that work in riding, too.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/donyaeger/2019/01/08/coming-to-grips-with-failure-learn-from-bears-kicker-cody-parkey/#197e230147d8

like a lot of NFL fans, I was fully invested when the Bears kicker, Cody Parkey, stepped out onto the field with 10 seconds left in the game. The Bears, down 16-15, were one seemingly routine 43-yard Parkey kick away from their first playoff win since 2011.

How To: Qualifying For The Equitation Championships | The Plaid Horse Magazine
01/05/2019
How To: Qualifying For The Equitation Championships | The Plaid Horse Magazine

How To: Qualifying For The Equitation Championships | The Plaid Horse Magazine

BlogsJunior RingHow To: Qualifying For The Equitation Championships June 27, 2017 Photo: Natalie Jayne competing in the equitation at WEF 2017 By Intern Emy Lucibello   Equitation has become a huge part of the equestrian society, as riders compete for a place in the huge indoor championship medal f...

We had a fun time at The Barracks this weekend! Sara and Zen earned some nice ribbons in the Younger Adults and the VHSA...
12/17/2018

We had a fun time at The Barracks this weekend! Sara and Zen earned some nice ribbons in the Younger Adults and the VHSA Adult Eq on the Flat, while Lori and Elliot won a 3’3” Junior Hunter class and placed 6th in the Classic! Congrats, Ladies!!

Latest blog post is up!
12/04/2018
“Can I Get Rid of My Crop?” - Clairvaux, LLC

Latest blog post is up!

“Can I Get Rid of My Crop?” I hear that question from my students sometimes. My response is generally if you hate carrying a crop, you probably need to carry one more often. It’s the same with the other things

Morning inspiration. Sally Ike and Evening Mail. This horse did both the Hunters and Eventing. Spectacular horse and rid...
12/03/2018

Morning inspiration. Sally Ike and Evening Mail. This horse did both the Hunters and Eventing. Spectacular horse and rider.

Morning inspiration. Bill Steinkraus, one of the best.
11/30/2018

Morning inspiration. Bill Steinkraus, one of the best.

Congrats to Claire and Alexandra, who finished 2nd and 3rd in the Wild Card Equitation on the Flat to qualify for the Fl...
11/17/2018

Congrats to Claire and Alexandra, who finished 2nd and 3rd in the Wild Card Equitation on the Flat to qualify for the Flat Championship last night @MAEF!

Congrats to Savannah (center) on her second place finish yesterday!!
11/17/2018

Congrats to Savannah (center) on her second place finish yesterday!!

Feeling the suspense as our top three 2'6" M&S competitors await their final test...#bringitladies #inittowinit #ilovemaef

What a fun fall weekend we had! Saturday, a few of our riders went cross country schooling. Then we (adults) went brewer...
11/06/2018

What a fun fall weekend we had! Saturday, a few of our riders went cross country schooling. Then we (adults) went brewery-hopping in Leesburg. Sunday, Terri taught in the morning and then we had some fun at the Leesburg Animal Park!

Nice day at Sandstone yesterday! Congrats to all our riders (from yesterday and last Saturday at Elmington!)
10/21/2018

Nice day at Sandstone yesterday! Congrats to all our riders (from yesterday and last Saturday at Elmington!)

US Equestrian: Safe Sport
10/18/2018
US Equestrian: Safe Sport

US Equestrian: Safe Sport

Recognizing, reducing, and responding to misconduct and abuse in equestrian sport.

United States Hunter Jumper Association - USHJA
10/09/2018
United States Hunter Jumper Association - USHJA

United States Hunter Jumper Association - USHJA

We're asking for your feedback! Proposed hunter/jumper rule changes are open for member comment until November 5. Help shape the future of our sport by lending your voice and participating in this process. View the proposed rule changes 👇 and log in to your USHJA member account to provide comments.

Good explanation of round vs hollow vs “fake framed”
10/04/2018

Good explanation of round vs hollow vs “fake framed”

Congratulations to Joanna Hagen and her Jenuine Legacy MF on their Champion honors in the NAYJD Finals at the Piedmont J...
09/21/2018

Congratulations to Joanna Hagen and her Jenuine Legacy MF on their Champion honors in the NAYJD Finals at the Piedmont Jumper Classic!

09/04/2018
Calling All Horsemen

Calling All Horsemen

The Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit need your help. These two shows represent the largest and second largest horse shows in the state of Virginia, respectively. In addition to being a beautiful and historic location, through a broad community effort, the two shows have invested .....

Beyond proud of our riders’ performances at Lexington National! So many great rides and great ribbons! I’m so proud ...
08/13/2018

Beyond proud of our riders’ performances at Lexington National! So many great rides and great ribbons!

I’m so proud of Claire in her first time at 3’: She placed in a huge Younger Children’s division and was fourth in the Gittings Equitation and 10th in the Classic!

Devyn worked really hard in the Equitation and Jumpers with Lia and earned a blue ribbon in the .95m jumpers!

Sara and Zen had some great trips and placings in the super-competitive Younger Adult Amateur division, and WON the hack!

Madison placed sixth in the VHSA Adult Equitation Championship and earned some awesome ribbons on Pepper and Fergus in the A/O Hunters, including a WIN with an 87 over fences!

Kristen showed off G’s versatility by showing in the Derby, as well as the Low Adult Jumpers and Equitation and had some beautiful trips, including a blue in the .85m jumpers!

Lori was Reserve Champion in the VHSA Equitation Flat Championship on Luna and then had some great rounds in both the hunters and jumpers on Olivia Carr’s Frankie!

Congrats also to Joanna on her lovely round with Monster in the .95m jumpers.

We had a wonderful time at this show; it’s always fun to show in Lexington! Thanks to everyone for their help, especially Joanna and Kristen, as well as great show parents who kept us fed and hydrated the whole week!

PC: Kristen Borden

Congratulations to Sara Baygents and her Romantic Infatuation on their win in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter Under Saddl...
08/12/2018

Congratulations to Sara Baygents and her Romantic Infatuation on their win in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter Under Saddle!

Great day at Elmington! Tessa won her first Short Stirrup Over Fences class; Madison won the VHSA Adult Medal and placed...
07/21/2018

Great day at Elmington! Tessa won her first Short Stirrup Over Fences class; Madison won the VHSA Adult Medal and placed third in the Working Hunters; Devyn placed second in the VHSA Children’s Medal and sixth in the Working Hunters; Sara placed third in the VHSA Adult Medal; Kristen placed fourth in the VHSA Medal and was fifth in the Working Hunter U/S. We just missed the rain, thank goodness! Congrats to everyone! PC: Kristen Borden

So true
07/20/2018

So true

When people deal with horses on a day to day basis, much of that interaction will not be either riding or driving the horse, but will be dealing with the horse "on the ground."

Simply putting on a halter or bridle, picking out hooves, leading, cross tying, tying to a trailer at a show, loading in trailers, mounting, dismounting, hitching to a cart, tacking up, standing in a wash stall, on and on.

And just as there are those more skilled and less skilled as riders and drivers, so there are those who do a better or worse job of dealing with horses in other ways.

Some people are forever getting dragged around by horses. Their horses won't stand calmly and obediently for the farrier, pull back and break cross ties, crowd you in the wash stall, move around while being mounted, lift their heads toward the ceiling while being bridled, there are plenty of ways that unschooled horses can "take advantage."

And just as there are trainers who are calm and kind, yet firm and systematic while riding, so they have similar counterparts "off" the horse.

We go to some barns and see and hear lots of loud rough stuff, other places where the horses rule, and places where the horses are neither scared nor badly behaved.

So where is that fine line between being a push over and being a roughneck?

Here's one example of hundreds---

The other morning, one of the kids here was hand grazing a mare that is on rehab, and when the mare wanted to go "that way," she dragged the girl leading her.

I asked another girl to go into the barn and get a chain lead shank. Once that was in place, order was restored.

But----It didn't mean that now the mare was going to get shanked and shanked and yelled at and punished, because one or two "sharp-ish" tugs was all it took for the mare to get the picture.

But you have to do what you have to do, but once you have done it, truce----

Same as when riding. If one half halt gets it done, you don't need to up the ante and apply two, but if you do need to up the ante, do it and mean it, rather than nag, but don't do more than you need, because now you start entering the world of being too rough and that is where some "trainers" live, and it is not a good place.

And, no joke, learning how to thread your way between too little and too much is no quick undertaking, whether on the ground or on their backs.

It is called "learning how to be a good horse person," and it can take years of trial and error.

So much fun with several of our Mom-riders today at Red Gate! Congrats to Jess, Kristen, Amy and Kim. For some, it’s b...
07/16/2018

So much fun with several of our Mom-riders today at Red Gate! Congrats to Jess, Kristen, Amy and Kim. For some, it’s been 18 months, for others, 15 years since they were in the show ring. So proud of them for their efforts - and everyone earned some great ribbons! Congrats to Sara and Savannah, as well! Thanks to Joanna, Devyn, Codie, Hayley and Olivia, too!

Steinkraus Rides On. | The Plaid Horse Magazine
07/16/2018
Steinkraus Rides On. | The Plaid Horse Magazine

Steinkraus Rides On. | The Plaid Horse Magazine

BlogsJump OffSteinkraus Rides On. March 16, 2018 BY TIM WICKES The Eagles whip the Patriots, win the Super Bowl, and for their glory they are presented with the Lombardi Trophy. My 24 year old son says, “Who the hell is Lombardi?” Vince Lombardi in the 1960’s was the iconic, bull chested, Broo...

Spectacular
06/30/2018

Spectacular

06/28/2018

Visited the Olympic Ski Jumps today, and saw some kids practicing aerial skiing. So cool.

Another great day in Lake Placid!
06/28/2018

Another great day in Lake Placid!

Great set up day at Lake Placid! Horses settled in well, and there was time for a hack to the river. Yummy lunch in town...
06/25/2018

Great set up day at Lake Placid! Horses settled in well, and there was time for a hack to the river. Yummy lunch in town on Mirror Lake. What a gorgeous place for a show!

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