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.

All of us at NVTRP are thrilled to announce that we are moving forward with Phase II of the project-- building the long-awaited Jean and Ric Edelman Indoor Riding Arena.


The scope of work will include the construction a 17,000 square foot indoor riding arena, classroom, rider observation area, and restrooms.  It will be built on the footprint cleared during Phase I.


This round of construction will also include the completion of the Phase I sitework--an additional row of parking, completing the bioretention basins that are part of the stormwater management system, and the final landscaping.  


TRINITY Group Construction is the general contractor for the project. They will be on-site starting in early August, planning to mobilize fully the week of August 17th.

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.

Phase III, the final phase, will include the construction of a new 20-stall barn, and will begin as soon as successful fundraising allows.

NVTRP riders are enjoying the new, lit Trefry Outdoor Riding Arena. 

Total Campaign Fundraising    (Phases I, II, and III)

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In the past several months, NVTRP has overcome multiple hurdles as we move towards breaking ground on Phase II, the Jean and Ric Edelman Indoor Riding Arena.  You can read a detailed update on our progress HERE.

“Carson absolutely loves his riding lessons at NVTRP. There truly is no substitute! He asks every day, "How many more days until Saturday?" Riding at NVTRP is so much more than just a riding lesson. NVTRP helps Carson focus and concentrate; it provides a sense of comfort and inclusion; it gives him an opportunity to do what he has so much confidence doing, and to thrive in such a welcoming environment.  It also gives him a sense of consistency -- every week at the same time he goes to his favorite place in the whole world! To have an indoor ring -- to know that regardless of the weather, Carson would always be able to have that one hour of complete peace and satisfaction -- would literally be a dream come true for him.”

-Mara Sibley, Carson’s Mom

My husband was introduced to NVTRP in 2016 and began his therapeutic riding journey individually through programs provided by Ft Belvoir clinics and Wounded Warrior Project. He gained so much during his time at NVTRP that he sought ways to get our family involved. Our family has partaken in family events provided by NVTRP and my husband and I have had the privilege of couples’ sessions which, through the leading of a skilled and insightful instructor, have given us the opportunity to re-learn communication and trust as we work with the horses.  . . Our hope is that more families in similar situations may be given the opportunity to grow as our has; an indoor arena makes that possibility more likely throughout the year. 

-Omy Emami 

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.

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