About Clare and the lessons

Hi Everyone!

A little bit about what is offered here for my students; from me and my wonderful horses!

Thank you for your interest in horse-back riding lessons from me.
My name is Clare Wallace-Clamme and I have been a horse-back riding instructor since I was 12 years old while in Pony Club (30+ years!). I would love to teach you and/or your children about horses...the joy of caring for them, the beauty of partnership and the ability to ride them in harmony. I do this because I love horses (and all animals) and adore people who love horses!

What my horses, students, other animal friends and I offer here is a unique experience. My hope is to help each student learn to work and play with horses while getting even more joy and fun out of life without rushing...a little bit of peace and tranquility, and lots of exercise. This is what I strive for myself!

To tell you briefly about my background (please ask more and I will go into detail!): Both of my parents competed on horses over fences in Italy where I was born, then growing up in S. California , we had many horses. I grew up riding on the rocky trails of Alpine, as well as competing in events, horse trials, dressage and shows all over the state. I worked my way up through the ranks of United States Pony Club, earning credentials in eventing and instruction, hunters/jumpers, learning more about horsemanship, veterinary knowledge and riding from such wonderful teachers as Jane Genet, Kaye Norment, Jim Norment, Hilda Gurney, Barbie Hartwig, and Brian Sabo, to name a few. I took on ranch management while going to school and raising my daughter, and continued teaching and riding after moving to Virginia and working full time in Human Resources Management. A few years ago, I gave up my HR job to pursue my love full time again.

My lessons encompass all aspects of horsemanship with a riding emphasis on English (Hunter and Dressage), but include Western, and trail riding. I have 10 sweet horses here who enjoy and deserve the attention they get! My students are here initially for about 2 hours to groom, tack up, ride and take care of their horse after. I usually try to start with a private lesson to ascertain level of riding, then put them into a group of 3-4 students for their lessons as it gives them more time on their horse, is more fun and a better learning experience. Those students who are ready, go into these groups after their first lesson.