Clairvaux LLC

Clairvaux LLC Clairvaux is a full service hunter/jumper show stable in Northern Virginia. We offer riding instruction, horse training and boarding; serving riders of all levels and ages.
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Great week at Commonwealth National! Strong performances, good ribbons, and most importantly, hard work and great learni...
04/27/2021

Great week at Commonwealth National! Strong performances, good ribbons, and most importantly, hard work and great learning! Congrats to our riders, and many thanks to Chloe and Shannon for all their help!

Congratulations to Kyra Jones on the purchase of Quinlan Ace. We look forward to helping this exciting partnership grow!...
03/29/2021

Congratulations to Kyra Jones on the purchase of Quinlan Ace. We look forward to helping this exciting partnership grow! Many thanks to Jennifer Lee for being so great to work with!

Congratulations to Kyra Jones on the purchase of Quinlan Ace. We look forward to helping this exciting partnership grow! Many thanks to Jennifer Lee for being so great to work with!

Congrats to our riders who showed at McDonogh this past weekend. Some highlights include several awesome ribbons in the ...
03/22/2021

Congrats to our riders who showed at McDonogh this past weekend. Some highlights include several awesome ribbons in the Low Ch/Ad Jumpers, .85m Jumpers, Younger Adult Hunters, 3’6” Junior Hunters, and Equitation. Congrats to Sara, Kate, Savannah, Anna, Kyra, Claire and Alexandra!!

We all have our mountains...
03/01/2021

We all have our mountains...

William Blake wrote:

"Great things are done when men and mountains meet; this is not done by jostling in the street."

The amount of satisfaction derived from an accomplishment will often be tied to the difficulties and challenges overcome.

For one rider, that might mean placing in the English Grand National Steeplechase, while for another, it might involve being led around a ring in a therapeutic riding program. (Here's a rider and her horse just after completing a cross country round at Hitching Post Farm in 2016.)

You can't judge that for me any more than I can judge that for you---We all have our mountains.

Beautiful location; looks like a great event!
02/23/2021
Inaugural ArenaMend Classic CSI5* To Be Held At Greenbrier Resort

Beautiful location; looks like a great event!

Combine a five-star resort with five-star show jumping, and you get Dan Carr’s brainchild, the ArenaMend Classic, which is set for Oct. 13-17 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Carr announced Feb. 22 that this fal...

Flying into this week like...
02/15/2021

Flying into this week like...

Flying into this week like...

Great first week at HITS Ocala for twelve of our riders! With a combination of our students’ awesome horses from home, a...
02/15/2021

Great first week at HITS Ocala for twelve of our riders! With a combination of our students’ awesome horses from home, and some fabulous horses we found this week, there were amazing results: both in ribbons and learning. Lots of “personal bests” and overcoming of challenges - I couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s hard work, tenacity and progress. Congrats! 🎊🎉

Many thanks to Micah, Sophia, Caren, and Fernando for your help! Also, thank you to Patty Foster and Rolling Acres, Sven Frei and Molly DiNapoli, Brenna Doherty and Will Baker (and the gazillion others who put out feelers and cast a WIDE net) for the SIX amazing horses we leased.

On to next week!

Just wrapped up an amazing week judging at the new World Equestrian Center Ocala. All I can say is WOW! What an amazing ...
01/31/2021

Just wrapped up an amazing week judging at the new World Equestrian Center Ocala. All I can say is WOW! What an amazing facility. Nine rings with perfect footing and great courses. And it’s not even close to being finished. You have to see it to believe it.

Just wrapped up an amazing week judging at the new World Equestrian Center Ocala. All I can say is WOW! What an amazing facility. Nine rings with perfect footing and great courses. And it’s not even close to being finished. You have to see it to believe it.

We had a fantastic time at Lexington over the weekend! Congrats to our riders. So many firsts: first times at new height...
01/25/2021

We had a fantastic time at Lexington over the weekend! Congrats to our riders. So many firsts: first times at new heights (Alexandra, Julia, Savannah, Kate and Bridget), first rated shows for some, new partnerships and a Pony Finals qualifier (congrats, Tessa!) Great rides, great learning!

“A horseman will understand the twitch of an ear, or the nod of a head. They have empathy and they understand immediatel...
01/14/2021
What You Say About Your Horse Says More About You

“A horseman will understand the twitch of an ear, or the nod of a head. They have empathy and they understand immediately how to react. They are always aware, and they react to the first signal. They know when to hold on, and when to let go. They put the horse in a position to win, not lose.” - Christilot Boylen

This is an Open Letter to my staff, students, farriers, and vets -- everybody that handles horses on our property. This letter holds two challenges for you, and both are reminders for myself. We will hold each other accountable. I will get to the challenges in a moment, first let me back up to expla...

01/11/2021

Did you read about the changes to the USHJA Outreach Program this year? You'll want to check out all the opportunities for members to participate: https://bit.ly/3nB6Niz

Truth. I’ll take scrappy any day.
12/24/2020

Truth. I’ll take scrappy any day.

Call me a cynic---you'd be right---but when I read about these "horsemanship clinics" in Wellington, for these kids who probably have not spent many hours mopping the tackroom floor, and they make a big deal out of teaching them "horse care skills," that any card carrying barn rat already knew by age 12, I think that the moment the clinic is over, most of those kids hand their horses back to their grooms.

And that right there, not insisting those horse show kids do consistently the sort of things that barn rat kids, Pony Club kids, get MADE to do, has got to be a structural weakness in the system.

Parents who think that making life easier for their children is a good thing don't get what creates a hard ass athlete.

You want to be in the same league as a rider as those kids who grew up scrappy? Get scrappy. Don't let your parents turn you soft. They aren't doing you any favors---

Watch Why They Won: Gibbs Trusts His Homework For ASPCA Maclay Win
11/02/2020
Watch Why They Won: Gibbs Trusts His Homework For ASPCA Maclay Win

Watch Why They Won: Gibbs Trusts His Homework For ASPCA Maclay Win

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 2 When you’ve come so close to your goal of winning a major equitation final, it can be easy to feel frustrated when it doesn’t come to fruition. But Dominic Gibbs kept trying, and finally, in the last championship of th...

We had a great Halloween parade and stall-to-stall trick or treating yesterday! Thanks to everyone who came out and prov...
11/01/2020

We had a great Halloween parade and stall-to-stall trick or treating yesterday! Thanks to everyone who came out and provided treats!!

Totally true. When I was younger, I lamented about “push button horses,” and how it was an unfair advantage. Now that I’...
10/30/2020

Totally true. When I was younger, I lamented about “push button horses,” and how it was an unfair advantage. Now that I’m older (and hopefully a little wiser), I know that the rider actually has to learn how to “push the buttons” correctly and therein lies the learning. Bravo, Denny.

"Denny---Please write a post addressing the idea of a push button horse and the idea that a rider does well because they have a push button horse. Please also talk about trainers that tell their students that another rider’s performance is because the other rider has a push button horse. Thank you."

Well, my take may not be what you want to hear, because I think that the best teacher in the world is a horse who, when the rider does the right thing, even experimentally and accidentally, the horse responds correctly, because some better trainer has "installed the buttons."

I am not interested in the snark factor, student-coach, all that drama. What I believe is that old, old saying---"The old rider makes the young horse. The old horse makes the young rider."

So much of riding well is feel. When the young rider hits the right button (applies the correct aid) on an untrained horse, she will not get positive feedback from the horse, telling her that she did the right thing, because the horse has no clue what the aid was asking for.

But if the horse is well schooled, the correct aid will elicit the correct response from the horse, and, over time, the rider will learn what the right aid feels like to apply---.

All of this.
10/29/2020

All of this.

Let your child have a bad ride.
I know you want to protect them from the hardships of this world.
I know you want to give them success and good experiences.
I know you don't want to see them get hurt. To see them fall. To see them fail.
But, hear me out, let your child have a bad ride.

Let them cry the tears of frustration.
Let them shake the sand out from the inside of their riding pants.
Let them face the fear building inside of them.
Let them step back on again.

Yes, let your child have a bad ride.
Let them hate the horse that challenges them.
Let them learn what fight and passion and ambition mean.
Let them realize that when they refuse to quit the horse will take the time to listen.

Grant them the joy of realizing that they are connecting with another living being.
Grant them the joy of realizing that they, although they are small, can be powerful.
Grant them the joy of seeing their hard work pay off, through the days of tears can come a love unspeakable.

Yes, let your child have a bad ride.
Afterall, life will grant us plenty of them.

*not my words, but I loved them so much I just had to share.* written by Sarah Crouse!

Sweet Shadow left us for a better place today. For three decades he graced this earth. For most of his life, he was the ...
10/19/2020

Sweet Shadow left us for a better place today. For three decades he graced this earth. For most of his life, he was the wonderful partner of Erin Saavedra. She entrusted us with his care in his later years, first as Meagan’s amazing first horse, and then as a stalwart teacher for so many of our students. It’s a dim day here at the farm.

Thank you, Shadow. We didn’t deserve you, but were so blessed with your generosity, wisdom and kindness. Rest easy, sweet boy.

We had a great four days at WIHS Regional and Zone Finals! Congrats to our riders on their lovely rides and hard work! C...
10/18/2020

We had a great four days at WIHS Regional and Zone Finals! Congrats to our riders on their lovely rides and hard work! Claire, Alexandra, Savannah, Anna, Kyra, Meagan, Sara, and Tessa, you do me proud!! Fabulous show!

Lots of clear rounds, fun and learning at Piedmont Jumper Classic last week. I’m so proud of our riders and their amazin...
09/28/2020

Lots of clear rounds, fun and learning at Piedmont Jumper Classic last week. I’m so proud of our riders and their amazing mounts. Congrats to Alexandra S, Codie, Meagan, Carolyn, Alexandra G and Olivia!

PC: Mosaic Photography

Today’s the day! If you need a new helmet, there are good discounts all over the place.
09/12/2020

Today’s the day! If you need a new helmet, there are good discounts all over the place.

Today is the day: 20% off ALL Helmets! Come by, call in your order or place it online. Don’t miss this one day SALE!

Wow.
09/12/2020

Wow.

If you read one social post today let this be it...

These images show the helmet of top US Showjumper Laura Kraut after her recent fall. Laura’s horse was wearing studs and as Laura landed her head was stepped on twice.

Laura sustained injuries to her face but incredibly is back in the show ring today as her helmet was designed to withstand this kind of impact scenario, the PAS 015 (PAS 015:2011) standard, with a BSI Kitemark (this kitemark means the helmet is retested every year).

If your helmet does not show this 'PAS 015' BSI Kitemark on the label, your helmet is not designed to withstand this level of crush or stud injury.*

What could have been a much worse injury wasn’t just prevented because she wore a helmet, but because she wore THE RIGHT helmet.

You only get one head and one brain, protect it with the best. All Charles Owen helmets are made in Britain and tested in our in-house testing facility.

Please share this post to protect your fellow riders from a future fatal accident and to raise awareness of the importance of the ‘PAS 015’ standard.

Laura wore an Ayr8 on the day of her accident and is remarkably already back competing today.

*SNELL safety standard also provides a very high level of protection for crush and stud injuries, you can find this in our 4STAR helmet. VG1 & ASTM do also provide a level of protection but not to the same level as PAS 015.

We had such a great time at Lexington National! The days were long, but all our students rode so well! Here are highligh...
08/11/2020

We had such a great time at Lexington National! The days were long, but all our students rode so well! Here are highlights of our team’s results:

Tessa Brandon and GF Aurelia: Winner, VHSA Childrens Pony Equitation on the Flat and Children’s Pony Eq, Flat, as well as a Children’s Pony Hunter O/F

Bridget Holmes on our own Stormy Monday: Second place in Childrens Pony Eq O/F and nice ribbons in the Ch. Pony Division

Meagan Snyder and Arcadia Gold: moved up to the 1m Low Ch/Ad Jumpers and earned second place in the Friday jump-off class!

Alexandra Sullivan and Kazan van de Start: moved up to the 3’3” Junior Hunters and earned some nice ribbons, as well as second in the .95m Jumpers and third in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal

Savannah Pelachyk and Amour: Great ribbons in the 6 and under Hunters, an 8th in a very competitive Older Children’s
U/S, along with some beautiful rounds.

Devyn Borden and Laura Bishop’s Vinyasa: Fourth in the WIHS Jumper Phase, fifth in the Talent Search and fifth in the High Children’s Jumper speed class. Devyn also finished 8th in the VHSA Horsemanship Championship (based on her VHSA Junior Medal Finals score and a written test), and had a nice round in her first time in the Amy Reistrup class

Anna Carver and Olivia Pechstein’s To Be Frank: a trio of second place ribbons in the Novice Equitation, along with great rounds and placings in the .85m jumpers.

Claire McMahon and Orion: Second in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal (in addition to her awesome third place in the VHSA Children’s Medal Final!)

Kyra Jones and Spencer Toohill’s Carlisle Castle: third in the MHSA Gittings, second in the VHSA Eq on the Flat qualifier (in addition to her fantastic finishes in the VHSA Finals: Second in the Eq on the Flat and fourth in the Children’s Medal!)

It was a busy week! Many thanks to Sara and Devyn for your help and to our riders and their families for their hard work, support and teamwork!

Chickadoo is supervising.
08/02/2020

Chickadoo is supervising.

Congrats to Devyn Borden!!!
07/14/2020

Congrats to Devyn Borden!!!

The USHJA is pleased to announce the participants of the 2020 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program's in-person sessions were cancelled, including the National Training Session, but clinics will be held virtually. bit.ly/3j0fL7S

Jumping Instructors Network
07/09/2020

Jumping Instructors Network

How do you explain this to your riders?

Beautiful day at Clairvaux Riding Camp! This week, we’re focusing on riding outside the ring! We’ve also done show camp,...
07/08/2020

Beautiful day at Clairvaux Riding Camp! This week, we’re focusing on riding outside the ring! We’ve also done show camp, games camp, and USHJA‘s new mini-EAP! It’s been a few fun weeks! Many thanks to Colleen Shea-Hackett for all your hard work, and to our many student helpers!

Jumping Instructors Network
07/04/2020

Jumping Instructors Network

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I'm about to go live with a virtual Study Hall for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge! Click on this link to attend!c...
06/30/2020
HQC Study Hall Part 2 - Crowdcast

I'm about to go live with a virtual Study Hall for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge! Click on this link to attend!
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Register now for USHJA Education Department's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT.

Fifteen years ago we signed a contract on this place. We’re so thankful to our family and friends and to all who have jo...
06/28/2020

Fifteen years ago we signed a contract on this place. We’re so thankful to our family and friends and to all who have joined us for this amazing ride. Happy anniversary! (Children in photo are drinking sparkling water!)

Tamarack Hill Farm
06/12/2020

Tamarack Hill Farm

I have never watched this pair---(Nancy Baroody and War Dress).

I simply share this photo as an example of what we all need to try to do while jumping---

1. Heels down
2. Lower leg secure and just behind the girth
3. Hips back, back flat
4. Eyes and chin up
5. Hands and arms allowing the horse to make its bascule.

This is centered, balanced, secure and stylish.

If I/you/we/they do not look like this, then I/you/we/they are doing something less than ideal, and I/you/we/they better start practicing to shape the hell up.

Loving our new sign!!
06/08/2020

Loving our new sign!!

New blog post!
05/27/2020
What I Hope | Clairvaux, LLC

New blog post!

What I Hope   For many of us, the world looks significantly different than it did at the beginning of the year. Many stables shut their doors to anyone other than those directly involved in their horses’ care. Others have

05/24/2020

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40730 Farm Market Rd
Leesburg, VA
20176

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 21:00
Thursday 07:00 - 21:00
Friday 07:00 - 21:00
Saturday 07:00 - 18:00
Sunday 07:00 - 18:00

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(571) 259-2034

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