Building Project Update

Building Project Update

November 2015

To our friends-

Many of you have been asking about the construction of our indoor riding arena. Planning for this desperately needed facility very much continues behind the scenes of our day-to-day operations.

We continue working to secure final site plan approval from Fairfax County. The site plans have been resubmitted and we are waiting approval.

The original plans for the building project called for the construction of an indoor riding arena and adjacent therapy center, along with the significant infrastructure work needed to support these facilities. Recognizing the immediate need to provide an indoor riding arena for our riders, our Board of Governors voted in May to break the project into several phases:

Phase I includes: 

  • Construction of the indoor riding arena;
  • Development of a new and improved outdoor arena, relocated away from the road, providing a safer, more comfortable experience for our riders, equines, and volunteers;
  • Expanded parking, to accommodate our growing number of riders, volunteers, and guests;
  • A fully accessible playground, that will allow children with disabilities to fully participate in this important form of childhood play with their siblings and other children; and
  • Expansive infrastructure improvements, necessary to undergrid all of the above and also to lay the foundation for future capital improvements.

We envision subsequent phases to address building a much needed, larger barn and a therapy center that will allow riders to access multiple therapeutic services–both equine and non-equine– all in one central location

Modifying the initial scope of work reduces the total phase one cost to $2.75 M. Fundraising to date for this phase of the project totals $1.53 M. If you have family members or friends who might like to help make this project happen, please contact Wendy Baird, Development Director, at The time to make a gift is now!

The on-going growth of our program reminds us on a daily basis of the need for an indoor riding arena– space that will allow for service expansion in addition to providing current riders the opportunity to continue their progress year round, regardless of the weather.

As always, if you have questions about the building project, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or (703) 764-0269. By unleashing the full potential of NVTRP’s property, this whole scale capital improvement project will present life changing opportunities to hundreds of people with disabilities, recovering military personnel and youth-at-risk.

Thank you for being part of this journey with us.

Very sincerely,

Kelsey Gallagher

Executive Director