A $1M gift from the O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Memorial Foundation allowed us to purchase our first permanent home in 2012, the 17-acre O'Shaughnessy Farm in Clifton, VA.

In order to meet the growing demand for our services, and provide an enhanced experience for current riders, their families, and volunteers, we have embarked on a whole scale capital improvement project that will unleash our property’s full potential.  Phase I, including the new, lit outdoor Trefry Riding Arena, expanded parking, accessible Kristen P. Cubbage Memorial playground, and extensive foundation and infrastructure work needed to prepare the site for the indoor riding arena, is nearing completion.

Our Board voted in January 2019 to move ahead with Phase II, the 17,000 square foot Jean and Ric Edelman Indoor Riding Arena, education room, rider observation area, and restrooms. Trinity Group Construction, Inc. has been selected as the General Contractor.

Phase II includes the 17,000 square foot Jean and Ric Edlman Indoor Riding Arena, education room, rider observation area, and restrooms.  Phase III includes a new 20-stall barn.  

We are currently working through the permitting process for Phase II and have selected Trinity Group Construction, Inc. as the General Contractor.

The new space will allow current riders to ride year-round, regardless of the weather, and also allow services to increase by 60%, hopefully eliminating the typical one year waiting list.

NVTRP riders are enjoying the new, lit outdoor riding ring. 

Campaign Goal for Phase I & II:

We have raised $4.26 M towards our $5.6 M goal for Phases I and II, the Facility Transformation/Sitework and Completion of the Indoor Riding Arena.  Fundraising will continue uninterrupted until we reach our final goal of $6.6 M, providing the additional $1,000,000 needed to complete the new 20-stall barn.

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Madeline, 10, and her mom Rebecca at the 2016 Ride to Thrive Show

"Riding has so many benefits for Madeline and is the thing she looks forward to the most each week.  She has a huge emotional connection with the horses and that connection motivates her more than anything else . . . Routine is essential for so many children with disabilities.  Having the indoor will let us keep her routine in place and make sure her progress continues all year long." - Rebecca Patterson

Shannon, 16, riding Nöffy

"Riding at NVTRP is the most phenomenal therapy for Shannon.  What I value the most is that she enjoys it.  It's so rare that she gets to do something her typical peers get to do.  Riding gives her the chance to have fun, in addition to providing a host of physical benefits . . . When you live in the world of special needs, you get used to waiting lists.  This building project means that many more kids like Shannon can get off NVTRP's waiting list and started riding."  - Megan O'Boyle

Smokey riding Pierre at the 2016 Ride to Thrive Polo Classic

“I have been dealing with PTSD and other mental health issues during my military career for the last 11 years. . . The therapeutic riding program [at NVTRP] was a huge part of my treatment and without it I would have had a much more difficult stay. The opportunity to get outdoors to a quiet and peaceful environment with the horses was very stress relieving and helped me calm down and relieve some of my anxiety. The teamwork needed with your horse really helped me to focus and was very satisfying when we began to understand each other. . . I highly recommend therapeutic riding for those suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues. It still is and will continue to be a vital part of my treatment.” - NVTRP Military Rider

Key Donors

  • Anonymous (3)

  • O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Memorial Foundation*

  • Jean and Ric Edelman

  • LtGen (Retired) and Mrs. Richard Trefry

  • TL Cline Foundation*

  • Reed Smith*

  • Cubbage Family Charitable Foundation

  • Molly and Clarke Ohrstrom

  • The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

  • MEBS Global Reach

  • Ronald L. and Ann G. Marlow

  • Tom and Jeanne Capasse

  • Federal Acquisition Strategies

  • Phillip L. Graham Fund

  • Hillsdale Fund*

  • Kelly and Alan Harbitter

  • Jeff and Sally Wilklow

  • Jim and Mary Beth Carroll

  • Marietta McNeil Morgan and Samuel Tate Morgan Trust

  • Peterson Family Foundation

  • Civitan Club of Fairfax/Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Leah Coxsey

  • Bobbie and Ralph Crafts

  • Ted and Marlene Wilklow

  • The Pless Foundation

  • Martha Prine

  • Chris LaMarca

  • Denise and Raymond Neuhart, Jr.

  • Kristine and Rene Chaze

  • John and Terry Tuthill

  • Louise and Mark Foreman

  • Barry and Kim Trotz

  • TTR Sotheby's International Realty

  • James Joppich

  • The Wise Foundation

  • Jacqueline Mars

  • Rita Norton

  • The Massaro Family

  • Gretchen and David Anderson

  • Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust

  • NOVEC**

  • Art and Sallie Spenard**

  • Mitch and Christine Martin**

  • Barranda Ridge, LLC**

*Donated to the 2012 purchase of NVTRP’s property, O’Shaughnessy Farm. ** In-Kind Donor

Honorary Capital Campaign Committee

  • Victoria Lowell

  • Jim and Gail Wofford

Capital Campaign Volunteer Leadership

  • Jean Edelman, Co-Chair

  • Kelly Harbitter, Co-Chair

Building Committee

  • Gary Cubbage, Committee Chair, Retired, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

  • John Tuthill, Retired, Facilities Operations Director at AOL, Inc.

  • Alla Cline, Longtime Equine Enthusiast with personal experience in barn and arena design and Best Practices management; trained and worked as a horse leader volunteer at NVTRP

  • Ginny Craig, NVTRP volunteer with more than 30 years experience in construction business development

  • Laura Gargagliano Bartee, Architect, AIA, Leed AP and Principal/Owner of LLB Design, LLC

  • Michael Taylor, Director of Field Operations at Stanley Martin Homes

  • Steve Tassi, Senior Managing Director, Project Management at Savills Studley

  • Stefani Wong, horse enthusiast and former NVTRP volunteer with more than 20 years experience as a Project Coordinator for a custom residential builder

  • Brenda Rian

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Mailing address:

6429 Clifton Road, Clifton,VA 20124


Physical address:

12933 Popes Head Road. Clifton, VA 20124

Entrance to the farm is on Popes Head Road.

Please contact us for a tour of our facilities.



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