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The Trainer >> Claire Pelton

Claire’s talents span decades of experience working alongside some of the industry greats in a multitude of disciplines and breed focuses. Her methodology in training and teaching is a fresh spin on a culmination of classic concepts.

THE beginnings

Her journey started at the age of five in England, and has been running full bore since then; competing and winning at the national level in all major disciplines. From Hunters/Jumpers, Quarter Horses to Arabians; even showing a string of Norwegian Fjords, she has enjoyed bringing the talents of many horses and riders to wins in the show pen.


Claire is sought after for her abilities to rehabilitate horse facilities by developing and implementing quality programming and reigniting the enjoyment of the hobby. By setting a high quality standard similar to the classic riding schools overseas, and making it accessible to all abilities, Claire’s program management puts the fun back into learning to ride. She has been brought on to manage many horse facilities and prides herself on her re-branding and success in the equine business side.

the horse as a healer

Developed from the premise that “the rehabilitation is inherent in the process of learning to ride, train and care for horses, as well as in the brotherhood that comes from teaching others and engaging in it as a passion,” Claire has earned prestigious honors from the Marine Corps surrounding her wounded warrior program, developed for Stepp Stables on MCB Camp Pendleton. She continues to advise those looking to put her methods and concepts to use in their rehabilitation or adaptive equine programs. She proudly holds a certificate from Penn State University in Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors.


Always striving to be on the cutting edge, she consistently teaches and attends clinics in many disciplines. To stay on the top of one’s game as a coach, competitor and teacher, the drive to constantly learn set’s her program apart from many others in her field.

a good influence is key

As a young rider spending days learning and working on many farms, it didn’t take long for Claire to figure out the intense influence an equine professional can have on a young, eager rider. She takes this very seriously in the mentorship of her students and clients. It is not only a great responsibility to be a positive influence and mentor, it is also an excellent opportunity to teach valuable life skills. Claire’s take on the responsibility:

Not only am I teaching kids to ride and train their own horses, but I am teaching them confidence, respect, integrity and perseverance. These are all qualities that will help them in every aspect of life. I am a role model and mentor to my client's children and that is a position in life that I take very seriously."

business inquiries + more information

Claire has an extensive background and welcomes any business inquiries or opportunities to assist other professionals. She will gladly send a full bio and resume chronicling her experience in the equine, corporate, non-profit and marketing world. Feel free to reach out for more information by phone or e-mail.

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Claire Pelton at Stepp Stables

Proudly standing in the barn aisle used to house waiting lesson and trail horses.



Hanoverian gelding


The Inagural Wounded Warrior Classic Cutting

Claire (last row, left) in Nokesville, VA with her Wounded Warrior program students/competitors (on horseback), sponsors and Marine Corps colonels.


MFA Mazel Tov

(Rampage V x La Kelila)

Purebred Arabian gelding shown with titles in Country Pleasure, Show Hack, English Sidesaddle, Native Costume, Hunter and Halter.


Shows >> Training + More

Happy horses at a fuel stop on the way back from Arabian Nationals in Tulsa, OK.