7511 Gamins Run Drive

Locust Grove, VA 22508


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Luke Mclaughlin Dressage at Hawthorne Farm Equestrian Center

Exciting Announcement

Luke Mclaughlin

Competition. Lessons. Clinics. Sales.

Experience and Training

I have worked with some of the best in the industry. Having trained at St. Jacques Equestrian, and Valhalla Trakehner Farm, I received a solid foundation in dressage. I then went to LTR Dressage in Dallas, Texas to be an assistant trainer for three years, where I learned the art of competition, as well as to advance my understanding of the subtleties of the sport. To further refine my knowledge of the intricacies of dressage, I moved to Destin, Florida to train under and work for Jodie Kelly. Jodie has been an amazing influence in my riding. My ideas of the suppleness of the horse, the gymnastic work needed to create true collection, and the upper level movements come from my time training with Jodie. I believe every horse can benefit from dressage training, every rider can communicate more easily with their partner, and real connection can be made between every pair. I believe in creating a bond between horse and rider; to create ride-ability in the horse and to develop subtle aids in the rider. I enjoy seeing the progress of a healthy, happy horse, to work transitions, to develop collection, and to train the advanced movements while always keeping a supple topline.


Multiple top 10 finishes in USDF Horse of the Year rankings

Multiple First place for Breed awards in USDF Horse of the Year rankings

Multiple top 5 finishes at USDF Championships

Alternate for USEF Markell Four Year Old Championship on Finnegan SQF with 7.82

USDF Finals Third Level 10th place on Lili Marlene

Multiple High Point Championships at competitions across the country

Nestled on 30 acres in Locust Grove, Virginia, Hawthorne Farm is a premier dressage training and sales center. Our paddocks are large and well maintained, your horse will have the freedom to move, and have access to grass. Our outdoor 20x60m arena is groomed and watered daily, and constant attention is paid to the footing to maintain its integrity. Our eight stall barn ensures that your horse has the individual care required to succeed, both at home and in the competition arena. We are a full service facility that prides itself on customizing care for the horse and rider.

Together with Luke Mclaughlin, Hawthorne Farm can provide full board and training services for you and your horse.


This upcoming show season, Luke will be competing Aros, Rocco, and client's horses across the state. Keep up to date on which shows are coming up here! 
Exciting clinics will also be listed so check in often to see what's happening!

Dressage at Rose Mount I & II

September 7 & 8, 2019

Luke is excited to attend the dressage show at Rose Mount Farm in Spotyslvania, VA in September. This will be the first time he checks out these show grounds in Spotsylvania and is excited to give them a go! 

For more information, follow the link below to the official website or contact us at mclaughlindressage@gmail.com or 352-246-0124. 

We hope to see you there!

Clinic with Katelyn Omas

September 14-16, 2019

Katelyn Omas will be joining me at Hawthorne Farm for another clinic this September. Follow the link below for pricing and more information!

Please contact me through phone or email to set up your lesson with Katelyn. 



USDF Region 1 Championships

October 3-6, 2019

Luke has been working hard all year to qualify his horse Aros, and other clients' horses to compete at Regionals. He will be able to show off all his skills and introduce the area to Rocco, the newest to the family. 

For more information, follow the link below to the official website or contact us at mclaughlindressage@gmail.com or 352-246-0124. 

Wish him good luck!

Come and be part of the team!

Stay informed and up to date on all our events and activities!


Luke is a fantastic trainer. He has an innate ability to bring out the most a horse has to offer. His calm demeanor inspires trust and confidence in his equine partners. He is especially gifted with young horses. He broke my young horse and took her to her first dressage show approximately 8 months after, scoring in the mid 70s in all classes. I sent my horse to him from Florida after he moved so he could continue her training, and in 6 months, she advanced from Training level to schooling 3rd level movements. He does not push them too hard or too fast. He truly puts the horses first, and their well-being is his number one priority. I cannot express enough good things about Luke, his training and his facilities.

~Jessica Johns

Luke has started two horses for me and if I ever have more that need starting I would send them to him. The first was my Connemara stallion, Foothills Field Marshall, who now competes successfully in eventing at the Preliminary level. The second is a gelding son of the above stallion who at 3 yo is going very quietly under saddle. Luke is a kind, caring, and skillful trainer. He is also a wonderful teacher. I would highly recommend him to train or ride your equine or to teach you how to do it!

~Donna Duckworth

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