Build to Thrive: Capital Campaign

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

Groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I was held January 2018

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Photos by Sydney Sawyer and Scott Long

Read the articles below for progress updates:

April 2018 Update

February 2018 Update

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


Campaign Goal for Phase I & II:

#090ad1 Raised $3,050,000 towards the $4,180,000 target.

So far we have raised $ 3,050,000 towards our $ 4,180,000 target!  Thank you for your support.



Watch this video to learn more about Build to Thrive and Barry Trotz, Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, and his wife Kim Trotz's participation as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Key Donors

  • Anonymous (3)
  • O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Memorial Foundation*
  • Jean and Ric Edelman
  • LtGen (Retired) and Mrs. Richard Trefry
  • TL Cline Foundation*
  • NVTRP Board of Governors
  • Reed Smith*
  • Phillip L. Graham Fund
  • Hillsdale Fund*
  • MEBS Global Reach
  • Ronald L. and Ann G. Marlow
  • Kelly and Alan Harbitter
  • Jim and Mary Beth Carroll
  • Bobbie and Ralph Crafts
  • The Pless Foundation
  • Martha Prine
  • Jeff and Sally Wilklow
  • Tom and Jeanne Capasse
  • Peterson Family Foundation
  • Federal Acquisition Strategies
  • Leah Coxsey
  • Barry and Kim Trotz
  • Louise and Mark Foreman
  • The Wise Foundation
  • Jacqueline Mars
  • Kurt and Bonny Pfluger
  • Rita Norton
  • The Massaro Family
  • Kristine and Rene Chaze
  • Gretchen and David Anderson
  • 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

Capital Campaign Commitee

  • Jean Edelman, Co-Chair
  • Kelly Harbitter, Co-Chair
  • Mary Beth Carroll
  • Heidi Fincken
  • Clarice Gutman
  • Ann Marlow
  • Rita Norton
  • Barbara O'Reilly
  • Bill Ridenour
  • Jeff Wilklow
  • Wendy Baird, NVTRP Development Director
  • Kelsey Gallagher, NVTRP Executive Director

Building Commitee

  • John Tuthill, Committee Chair, 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