There is some exciting news coming to Northern Virginia and the therapeutic riding community.  The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program ( faces a new chapter in their history from their plans to build a new indoor riding arena at their new property, Little Full Cry Farm, located Clifton, VA.  They completed Phase I in 2008 with the purchase of the 5.5 acre property and construction of the arena will complete Phase II.

I recently had the pleasure of attending an event sponsored by John Marshall Bank at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA (  The event, held in the beautiful new wine tasting room, was an opportunity for Blackburn Architects to unveil the design for the new arena (Phase II) and a future 24-stall barn (Phase III). The new facility, Northern Virginia’s first comprehensive therapeutic horsemanship center, will be financed by John Marshall Bank ( who has been instrumental in assisting the NVTRP in acquiring the property and in helping to promote the good work that they provide.


Having designed other therapeutic riding facilities from as far away as Greece to as close to home as Northern Virginia, it is a very rewarding experience to be involved in the creation of any therapeutic riding facility.  Blackburn Architects is pleased and honored to have the opportunity to assist the NVTRP in achieving their goals.  From their new permanent home and the new physical infrastructure, the NVTRP will gradually be able to:

  • double its ridership to 150 students,
  • expand to include at-risk youths and recovering military service personnel,
  • offer a full-range of complementary therapies and resource network to its riders and their families,
  • customize training programs for specifics needs within the greater communities NVTRP serves,
  • create a Northern American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) regional training center focusing on certifying a new corps of instructors.

Below is a perspective of the concept design and a proposed floor plan designed by Blackburn Architects.

For more information about how you can help the NVTRP “Raise the Barn!”, please contact Breeana Bornhorst at (703) 764-0269 or by email at