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Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program – Clifton, VA

northern-virginia-therapeutic-riding-programNorthern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program offers a wide range of therapeutic riding services to people of all backgrounds in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The programs offered at NVTRP include therapeutic riding, physical therapy and occupational therapy, equine assisted learning, and psychotherapy.


The programs, staff, and volunteers at NVTRP help riders realize the unexpected potential in their lives. They benefit physically as core strength increases, muscle control grows, and balance improves. But they also benefit mentally and emotionally as mindfulness grows, confidence skyrockets, and self-discipline develops.


Lessons are diverse and instructive as riders learn about horse care and grooming and also participate in riding skills, exercises and games. Riders have a great time as they bond with their horse and others – overcoming physical barriers and breaking down mental and emotional walls. After every session, riders leave NVTRP feeling a sense of accomplishment.


Everyone is welcome at their farm. Tessa Hassett from NVTRP shares, “there is an opportunity for everyone at NVTRP, whether it is a child diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome; a young teen coping with the effects of abuse; an elderly adult who now uses a wheelchair and lives with dementia; or a veteran regaining life’s balance while recovering from a brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.”


Exciting expansions are happening right now at NVTRP. This summer, construction began for the Jean & Ric Edelman Indoor Riding Arena. The long-awaited kickoff happened in June, when volunteers and staff gathered with Jean & Ric Edelman to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the history of NVTRP.


Jean & Ric Edelman have graciously donated over $800,000 to the project. During the celebration, Jean shared with everyone her passion for bringing horses and humans together. She shared, “There’s real magic that happens out here between the riders and horses, and we need to make more of that. At NVTRP, we are so fortunate to have a strong team of staff and volunteers; now we will have the space we need to offer countless new life-changing opportunities to our riders and clients.” Their facility at O’Shaughnessy Farm will continue to grow and expand – and the magic that happens at NVTRP will be able to be felt and shared by even more riders and families.


Visit the website below to learn more about the changes and growth at NVTRP and donate to help them continue the construction at their facility.


How to Contact This Farm:


12935 Popes Head Road
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 764-0269




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