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.

Another amazing week in Ocala! The horses were fantastic and everyone rode well! Congrats :Devyn Borden and Laura Bishop...
02/26/2020

Another amazing week in Ocala! The horses were fantastic and everyone rode well! Congrats :

Devyn Borden and Laura Bishop’s Vinyasa, Champion in the High Children’s Jumpers, plus some great rounds in the big eq with Thinkslikeahorse’s Highfive

Olivia Pechstein and her own To Be Frank, second in a huge Medium Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and fifth in the Dover Adult Medal

Tessa Brandon and Summer Sadler’s Brookside Rendezvous, first place in Schooling Pony Hunter over fences, and second in the M&S Children’s Pony Medal

Claire McMahon and M/M Gavin Moylan’s Orion, second and third in the Mini Maclay and Mini-HITS respectively, and nice rounds in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and the NHS 3’3”

Bridget Holmes and Kimberden’s Broadway Madeline, great ribbons in the Short Stirrup Divisions including second place in two over fences and the hack!

Many thanks to Kate Murphy for all your help and to all the riders and parents for a great two weeks!

Morning laid-back ride for everyone after massages - and no, the riders didn’t get the massages!
02/18/2020

Morning laid-back ride for everyone after massages - and no, the riders didn’t get the massages!

Loving the new farm sign!
02/18/2020

Loving the new farm sign!

We had a great first week in Ocala! The horses were awesome and the weather is great! Here’s a partial list of results:J...
02/18/2020

We had a great first week in Ocala! The horses were awesome and the weather is great! Here’s a partial list of results:

Julia Buytenhuys, Reserve Champion in Short Stirrup Hunter with Kimberden’s Broadway Madeline

Tessa Brandon, Champion in Sm/Med Childrens Pony Hunter and winner, M&S Ch Pony Medal with Summer Sadler’s Brookside Rendezvous

Devyn Borden, fifth place in a very competitive NCEA Medal and fifth in her first Talent Search with Laura Bishop’s Vinyasa

Olivia Carr Pechstein, fifth place in a very competitive Dover Adult Medal and third in the Medium Adult jump off class with her own To Be Frank

Claire McMahon, fourth place in a huge Older Children’s Hunter class with Mr and Mrs Gavin Moylan’s Orion.

It was tremendously fun having Kate Murphy back with us - thanks for all your help!!

Looking forward to a great second week!! Congrats to all!!

Clairvaux curling lesson at ION training center! Fun time, we’ll have to do it again!
02/08/2020

Clairvaux curling lesson at ION training center! Fun time, we’ll have to do it again!

Check out the new study guide for the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge!
02/07/2020

Check out the new study guide for the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge!

Who is ready to put their horsemanship to the ultimate test?! The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is the perfect way to showcase your knowledge and gain even more knowledge along the way!

Even if you're not confident in your horsemanship, we provide a study guide, a practice quiz, and more resources to get your knowledge to the highest level. You could even get a chance to compete at HQC Nationals! Visit ushja.org/hqc to register.

USHJA Opens Emerging Athletes Program and Horsemanship Quiz Challenge for 2020 :: USHJA
02/04/2020
USHJA Opens Emerging Athletes Program and Horsemanship Quiz Challenge for 2020 :: USHJA

USHJA Opens Emerging Athletes Program and Horsemanship Quiz Challenge for 2020 :: USHJA

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to open the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program and Horsemanship Quiz Challenge for 2020, as well as announce dates and locations for EAP Regional Training Sessions and important changes to both programs that will provide more...

Pixie Stix Pick-me-up at McDonogh Winter Classic
01/26/2020

Pixie Stix Pick-me-up at McDonogh Winter Classic

So proud of our riders at Swan Lake and Frying Pan this weekend! Lots of great ribbons and riding. I’m so happy when eve...
01/13/2020

So proud of our riders at Swan Lake and Frying Pan this weekend! Lots of great ribbons and riding. I’m so happy when everyone’s hard work gets rewarded.

Congrats to:

Claire M. and Orion, 1st place NCEA at Swan Lake

Eva and Stormy, Champion in SS Eq and Reserve in SS Hunter

Bridget and Shadow, Champion in SS Hunter

Anneliese and Maggie, Reserve in SS Eq

Claire J. and Yoo-Hoo, Champion in Student Eq and Reserve in Pleasure Horse

Tessa and Max, Reserve Champion in Student Eq

What a fabulous weekend!!

Announcing Clairvaux’s 2020 Summer Camp!We are excited to offer a broader age group, expanded hours, and a more comprehe...
12/27/2019

Announcing Clairvaux’s 2020 Summer Camp!

We are excited to offer a broader age group, expanded hours, and a more comprehensive curriculum!

Each week features a different theme. Pick your favorite or join us for all SEVEN WEEKS!!

Week 1 (June 15-19): Mini EAP
Week 2 (June 22-26): Show Camp
Week 3 (June 29- July 3): Gymkhana Camp
Week 4 (July 6-10): Trail Riding Camp
Week 5 (July 13-17): Cowpoke Camp
Week 6 (July 20-24): Horse Sports
Week 7 (July 27-31): Olympic Camp

Follow this link for more details!
https://clairvauxridingacademy.as.me/

Jumping Instructors
11/26/2019
Jumping Instructors

Jumping Instructors

What do you do with your riders that teaches them what they may not know... they do not know, about the basics of controlling what they are doing with their horses? Check out these training exercises that can be used with ground poles or built higher as the rider gains more control.

"Brilliant exercises for those with little equipment and particularly for those who are on their own. You just need to set the four poles out before you get on, then all the exercises can be ridden without changing anything. You can get a good couple of 40 min schooling sessions out of these and there is something here suitable for every horse, from wobbly baby to 4* hopeful. I generally set them out so that the center of each pole lies on a 20m circle with a pole at each of the four compass points (or 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock if you prefer!), but you can adjust the diameter according to your arena size and the level of schooling of your horse"

http://e-venting.co.uk/2014/01/4-poles-7-exercises/

Congratulations to Kyra Jones on her Reserve Champion finish in the Intermediate Equitation Championship at the Mid-Atla...
11/17/2019

Congratulations to Kyra Jones on her Reserve Champion finish in the Intermediate Equitation Championship at the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival! Thanks to Catherine Ellis and Tony Workman for trusting us with Kyra. And always a pleasure working with Queso and Madison!

So proud of our riders this weekend! Great rides and ribbons at the the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival! Congrats to Cl...
11/17/2019

So proud of our riders this weekend! Great rides and ribbons at the the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival! Congrats to Claire McMahon on her 10th place finish in the Young Riders Championship!

11/01/2019
USEF Network

Game on

Kicking off #NoStirrupNovember with Taylor St Jacques' winning round at the 2017 Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal aboard Charisma! 🙌

Clairvaux had a busy weekend! A group of our riders spent Saturday at the Will Simpson clinic at Ruthledge farm which wa...
10/15/2019

Clairvaux had a busy weekend! A group of our riders spent Saturday at the Will Simpson clinic at Ruthledge farm which was an amazing experience for horses and riders. On Sunday, the barn traveled to Sandstone for their end of the season show where we had great rides and ribbons across many divisions!

We hosted the first of our weekly Horsemanship Seminars last night, combined with a retirement party for our excellent h...
10/05/2019

We hosted the first of our weekly Horsemanship Seminars last night, combined with a retirement party for our excellent horse, Mahogany. Thanks, Joanna, for sharing tricks of the trade for trimming and mane pulling!

Everyone is having fun at the Piedmont Jumper Classic!
09/29/2019

Everyone is having fun at the Piedmont Jumper Classic!

Winner! Winner! Congrats to Devyn and Olivia, winners of the High Children’s and Low Adult Speed classes respectively.
09/28/2019

Winner! Winner! Congrats to Devyn and Olivia, winners of the High Children’s and Low Adult Speed classes respectively.

Beautiful morning at Middleburg Classic. Good luck to Alexandra and Kazan this morning!
09/22/2019

Beautiful morning at Middleburg Classic. Good luck to Alexandra and Kazan this morning!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our jump painting party this afternoon!
09/22/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out for our jump painting party this afternoon!

Congratulations to Tessa Brandon and Summer Sadler’s Brookside Rendezvous, Grand Champion Children’s Pony at Middleburg ...
09/20/2019

Congratulations to Tessa Brandon and Summer Sadler’s Brookside Rendezvous, Grand Champion Children’s Pony at Middleburg Classic!!!

Riding = Better Learners
09/17/2019

Riding = Better Learners

The CDC & The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance (e.g., memory), and classroom behaviors (e.g., on-task behavior).

Test Your Knowledge
09/17/2019
Test Your Knowledge

Test Your Knowledge

Judging: What Happens When? In this new department, we ask leaders in our sport to answer commonly asked questions submitted by members and officials. Fran

Good luck to Devyn Borden at the NCEA Finals this weekend!!
09/06/2019

Good luck to Devyn Borden at the NCEA Finals this weekend!!

For your consideration: Finishing Touch, 14yo, 16h TB Mare by Blacktie Affair“Ready” is so sweet! She is very nicely bro...
08/26/2019

For your consideration:
Finishing Touch, 14yo, 16h TB Mare by Blacktie Affair
“Ready” is so sweet! She is very nicely broke on the flat and is super comfortable. She has had extensive dressage training and has good lateral work and adjustability. She jumps around 2’6” and has auto changes. Very comfortable. Excellent ground manners. PM for pricing, additional photos, video.

For your consideration:Moorland's Gold - 8yo, 17h, Hanoverian GeldingGold is a very kind teacher. Jumps around 2’6” easi...
08/26/2019

For your consideration:
Moorland's Gold - 8yo, 17h, Hanoverian Gelding
Gold is a very kind teacher. Jumps around 2’6” easily, with AUTO CHANGES. He is very comfortable and has excellent manners. Easy to stay with in the air. Everyone loves him! Does not need a regular program; he’s the same whether he’s ridden every day or once a week. Although he is tall, he is not wide, so he will fit most riders. PM for pricing.

Great week at Lexington National! Congrats to our riders on some great efforts and nice ribbons:Devyn and Vinnie won the...
08/12/2019

Great week at Lexington National! Congrats to our riders on some great efforts and nice ribbons:

Devyn and Vinnie won the High Children’s Jumper Classic and Reserve Champion for the division;

Joanna and Monster had some great clear rounds and were Reserve Champion in the Young Jumper Development division;

Kristen and Zuko won the VHSA Adult Medal qualifier with a high score and great test;

Lori and Elliot earned some nice scores and ribbons in the Older Large Junior Hunters;

Tessa and DeeDee won the Sm/Med Children’s Pony Hunter Under Saddle and some nice ribbons in the division;

Isabella and G earned some great ribbons in the .85m Jumpers and then adeptly switched over to the Special Children’s Hunters and placed well;

Jen and Cort had some great trips in the Special Adult and Pre-Adult Hunters;

Meagan and Archie had some clear rounds and nice ribbons in the .85m and moved up to the .95m with a clear round;

Claire and Fox earned nice placings in the 3’ Medal classes including the VHSA Children’s and the Gittings.

Congrats to all! It was a fun and well-run show!

Camp craft. The campers were so creative!
07/18/2019

Camp craft. The campers were so creative!

Having fun and learning lots at summer camp!
07/17/2019

Having fun and learning lots at summer camp!

Great double rainbow tonight! (PC: Olivia Carr)
06/28/2019

Great double rainbow tonight!
(PC: Olivia Carr)

What a great Upperville Horse Show we had! Joanna and her Jenuine Legacy MF were Champion in the NAYJD division, Laura a...
06/09/2019

What a great Upperville Horse Show we had! Joanna and her Jenuine Legacy MF were Champion in the NAYJD division, Laura and Vinyasa were Reserve Champion in the High Adult Jumpers, Tessa and Summer Sadler’s Brookside Rendezvous were Reserve Champion in the Medium Local Pony Hunter and Lori and Sock Hop placed in all three Local Hunter O/R classes and placed 4th and 7th in the 3’3” Junior Hunters 16-17!!! Awesome job everyone and congratulations!! Good luck to our riders at Loudoun Benefit this coming week!

Clairvaux LLC's cover photo
03/13/2019

Clairvaux LLC's cover photo

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!

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