Swift Creek School of Equitation
Jessie Clise-Lohr founded Eleventh Hour Foal Haven in March 2014. The foal rescue is operated between her residence and Swift Creek. In 2014, 33 foals were rescued and adopted into good homes, 87 were rescued in 2015, 90 in 2016, and 84 in 2017. Eleventh Hour Foal Haven rescues foals from nurse mare farms. Nurse mare foals are often put down as the mares were bred to feed and nurture another, more valuable, mare's foal. We save foals of all breeds, colors, ages and sizes. Unfortunately, this is extremely costly. We are always looking for people to volunteer time, supplies and monetary donations. We hope to be able to grow our program to save more and more foals every year! If you are interested in adopting a foal or getting involved, contact us!
Swift Creek has three trainers on site. Molly Alaimo graduated from Meredith Manor in 2004 with riding instructor and horse training certifications. Molly is experienced in teaching hunters and jumpers from beginners through advanced and eventing. She has competed in eventing through training level in addition to huunters and jumers. She teaches lessons, summer camps, coaches at shows and trains horses at our farm. Ashley Smoral grew up riding at Swift Creek and competing in the hunters and equitation. She is now working and teaching full time. She is excellent at teaching all ages of beginner and intermediate riders. Our more than full-time farm hand and head groom, Rosalio has worked this farm for over ten years and is an exceptionally hard working man who fixed everything and fully fluent in English! We don't know what we'd do without him! We also have several other part time barn hands and working students that help our barn to run smoothly.
Swift Creek School of Equitation is a full care facility offering boarding, training, and riding lessons. Our riding school includes 12+ horses and ponies to suit the needs of most riders. We offer riding lessons to students ages 5 & up, pony rides, summer camps, full and partial leases, and guided trail rides. Although we are primarily known for our huntseat riding lessons, we also offer lessons in vaulting, foxhunting, dressage, western riding, and eventing. We attend numerous horse shows and events each year including: local and rated hunter and jumper shows, foxhunts, hunter paces, dressage shows, & more!
Gail Thompson made Swift Creek into a successful riding school in the 1970's. Since then, the farm has turned out numerous horses and riders at all levels of hunters, jumpers, and foxhunters. In 2013, Swift Creek was purchased by Jessie Clise Lohr who is continuing the tradition.
Jessie grew up riding hunters in Washington state. In high school she rode hunters, jumpers, barrel raced, and worked cattle on the ranches of Montana. She continued to rodeo and compete in the hunters and jumpers through college. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Natural Horsemanship and business management. She has started well over a hundred young horses and trained hundreds as hunters, jumpers, foxhunters, trail horses, barrel horses, and reiners. She has been teaching riding lessons for about twelve years, coaching beginners - advanced riders in many disciplines, and coaching them as shows. She continues to train horses and riders full time at Swift Creek.
We are located fifteen minutes west of Short Pump, Virginia in the heart of Deep Run Hunt country. Our facilities include an indoor arena, two lighted outdoor arenas, a large grass jumper field, fields to hack out in, 25 stalls, access to trail riding, several barns and outbuildings, three wash stalls, and paddocks and pastures of various sizes for turnout.