Terri Young

Clairvaux Founder Terri Young and Kelly Sargent's Isabelle waiting ring-side at HITS Culpeper

Terri Young trains horses and teaches riders of all levels. She specializes in bridging the gap between the local Virginia show circuit and US Equestrian Federation-rated shows. Terri is a United States Equestrian (USEF) “R” judge and a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainer.

As a junior, Terri trained with hunter/jumper legends Ann Kursinski and Frank Madden, competing in the prestigious Medal and Maclay equitation classes. Upon completing her junior years, Terri rode with two-time Olympic dressage rider, Lendon Gray, and worked for Richard Bayha in Germany (member of the German National Show Jumping Squad), managing a 40-horse training and sales operation and competing on horses at all levels of experience.

Terri has always believed that a strong business background is a major component of operating a large-scale training, lesson and boarding stable. To that end, Terri also spent several years in the corporate world, where she honed her financial, analytical and presentation skills.

Terri is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Business Management. During her time there, Terri was captain of the equestrian team and competed and placed in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships.

Terri’s love of horses, combined with her strong business background, spurred her desire to purchase and develop one of the top equestrian centers in Northern Virginia.

In the spirit of giving back to the sport, Terri serves as Chair of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Committee and is a member of the USHJA Safety Ad Hoc Committee.  She is also the coordinator for the Sandy Gerald USHJA Zone 3 Equitation Championship. In 2017, Terri received the President’s Distinguished Service Award for her volunteer work with the USHJA.

Terri and her husband, Don, live on the farm their two children, Veronica and Finn.


Terri’s Week with Frank Madden

Terri was the last winner of “Win a Week with Frank Madden,” sponsored by Bates Saddles and Practical Horseman Magazine.

Practical Horseman Blog

On Course Checklist: A “How To” article that was published in the Practical Horseman Magazine


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Joanna Hagen

Joanna and GopherInitially from the Midwest (Minnesota/Illinois/Iowa), Joanna honed her knowledge of barn management and schooling green horses early in her riding career. She taught beginner to intermediate/advanced lessons, was a summer camp director, and worked local shows – pulling ingate duty, announcing, and filling in for jump crew. Joanna also specialized in off-track thoroughbreds and retraining difficult and problem horses. She rode competitively in the hunter and equitation divisions before crossing into the jumper ring. Throughout her junior career, she helped pay her own show fees by braiding at shows.

Joanna HagenAfter college, Joanna ventured to Wellington, Florida to work for Stadium Sport Horses, in conjunction with Ashland Farm, as a show groom for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). While there, Joanna gained much of her experience from Debbi White (who rode and managed for Anne Kursinski), and Luis Madriz, a top groom for Ashland. Through WEF, she received an opportunity to be a rider and show manager for Wood Run Farm, based outside of Denver, Colorado. At that upper level show barn, she kept the show string organized, groomed, and prepared for various show seasons; which included hunters, amateur jumpers, and FEI-level horses.

Eventually, Joanna longed for a change of pace, and was encouraged by close friends to check out the Northern Virginia area. Here, she met Terri and Don Young and the Clairvaux family and knew it felt like home.

Most often you will find her at the farm with her dog, Tifa, keeping busy with the well-being of her four-legged clients and passing on her knowledge to her students.


Colleen Shea-Hackett

Colleen Shea-Hackett is the newest addition to our teaching staff. She is a recent graduate of Averett University, with a degree in Equine Business Management. She served as captain of the IHSA team, and won tri-colors for Averett in both jumping and flat equitation classes at this year’s regional championships. While at school, she gained valuable experience teaching and earned American Riding Instructor Certifications in Hunt Seat Jumping (Level II) and Dressage (Level I). Colleen has over 17 years of riding experience and has worked with Olympic riders Ann Kursinski and Will Coleman, giving her a strong background in horsemanship.