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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.

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!

There are so many great things to say about the past two weeks of showing, I don't think I can get it all in one post. F...
06/19/2018

There are so many great things to say about the past two weeks of showing, I don't think I can get it all in one post. First, thanks to Joanna Hagen, Payton Lawrence, and Kristen Marley Roach for all their hard work keeping things running smoothly. Thanks also to our wonderful clients and their support people who also made things less stressful, whether it was asking if we needed lunch or letting us commandeer a golf cart to check a ring (or three), or painting hooves for the 50th time. Our students and horses were amazing! Whether it was top ribbons in jumpers, hunters or equitation, or a breakthrough learning experience, or a laugh at the in-gate, the experiences were positive and contributed to forward progress. I'm so proud of everyone!

Thanks also to Kristen Hesdon Borden for great photos both weeks; it was hard to pick which ones to use!

New Blog post!
04/16/2018
Let Go and Let It Go - Clairvaux, LLC

New Blog post!

“Clay is shaped into a bowl, But it is the empty space that makes it useful. Cut out doors and windows make a room, But its empty space makes it useful. So, what is there is beneficial – But what

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Sweet baby G is a hack winner!! Congrats, Kristen Marley Roach!!
03/29/2018

Sweet baby G is a hack winner!! Congrats, Kristen Marley Roach!!

New Blog post!
03/28/2018
Showing What Counts - Clairvaux, LLC

New Blog post!

Last week, I took some riders to a show. It was a mixed bag: some good, some not-so-good. There were no blue ribbons, although there were some good placings in competitive classes. With those, however, were a fall, some refusals,

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New blog post!
03/15/2018
They're Taking Your Money - Clairvaux, LLC

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Last week, I taught a new student. Let’s call her Joan. Joan is a Short-Stirrup rider. She can walk, trot and canter, and jump small jumps. She knows how to groom and mount. She knows to keep her heels down

Great day at Riverchase Farm show today! We had seven riders, six were between the ages of 6 and 10! I'm so proud of the...
03/12/2018

Great day at Riverchase Farm show today! We had seven riders, six were between the ages of 6 and 10! I'm so proud of these riders' grit and enthusiasm. They worked hard and earned some great ribbons and compliments. Congrats to Lori, Eva, Tessa, Michelle, Bridget, Abby, and Emma!!!! Thanks to Joanna for your help (and Lori, too!)

New blog post is up!
03/08/2018
Blue Ribbons For Everyone - Clairvaux, LLC

New blog post is up!

“Before I went to the Olympics I rode all kinds of horses: big and small, cold and hot, ones that stopped, ran away, stood up on their hind legs. To be a great rider you really should be able to ride

Our time at WEC was a blast! Lori and Beau finished up with a fourth in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and an eighth in th...
02/27/2018

Our time at WEC was a blast! Lori and Beau finished up with a fourth in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and an eighth in the 3'3" Junior Hunter Classic. Devyn had a very nice trip in her first Derby and placed fifth in a big Children's Jumper class. Claire placed fourth in the OHJA Medal and rode well in her move up to the Novice Child/Adult Jumpers. Olivia had some good trips in the High Adult Jumpers. Overall, our first time at WEC was a positive experience, with super nice show staff and great facilities. Congrats to all our riders! Great competition and great learning! Many thanks to Joanna and Payton for all your hard work.

Sorry for missing a post yesterday! Now we have everyone here! Claire placed fourth in the OHJA Medal and moved up to th...
02/24/2018

Sorry for missing a post yesterday! Now we have everyone here! Claire placed fourth in the OHJA Medal and moved up to the Novice Child/Adult Jumper with a well-ridden round. Lori placed fifth in the NCEA Medal and sixth in the NHS Maclay. Devyn earned a sixth place in the Equitation, 12-14. Olivia rode well in the High Adult Jumper and Jenn is working hard to get to know her new lease mount for the week. Joanna finished with a solid performance in the 6yo Young Jumper with Arnie. So proud of everyone and all their dedication and hard work!

A solid start to our week! Joanna rode Arnie around his first 6yo Young Jumper class with style and verve. It was an exc...
02/22/2018

A solid start to our week! Joanna rode Arnie around his first 6yo Young Jumper class with style and verve. It was an excellent foray into a new division and height for this special horse. Claire worked hard and rode well in her jumper classes. Olivia went clean in her first jumper round. Jenn and Devyn met their new mounts for the week and each had a great schooling ride. Almost everyone is here; Lori arrives later tomorrow to rejoin Beau for the Junior Hunters! Many thanks, again, to Rhonda and Dana Wille for their help! Good luck to our riders this week!!!

#WEC Week 9: Onward and upward! Great schooling day. Tried some lovely horses, too. Update: Jenn was Reserve Champion in...
02/21/2018

#WEC Week 9: Onward and upward! Great schooling day. Tried some lovely horses, too. Update: Jenn was Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Adult Hunters, Week 8! Congratulations! Today, horses got outside a bit and the puppies enjoyed the quiet day. Good luck to our riders this week!

Final day at #WEC, Week 8! Lori placed 8th and 9th in the 3'3" Junior Hunters, and 8th in her first time showing in a ju...
02/18/2018

Final day at #WEC, Week 8! Lori placed 8th and 9th in the 3'3" Junior Hunters, and 8th in her first time showing in a jumper ring, doing the Jumping Seat Eq. Jenn placed fifth in the Intermediate Hunters. Nice rounds for Olivia and Claire today, too. Great job! Many thanks to Joanna and Payton for all their hard work! Looking forward to Week 9!

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