Chagrin Falls, Ohio—Monday, May 20th, 2024— Chagrin Valley Farms is excited to announce Joy Lambert as our new Head Trainer & Director of Horsemanship (Interim). Joy will lead the expansion of the CVF Equestrian Academy and Pony Club Programs, and launch a competitive national-level program designed to enhance and work alongside the existing training and competition programs at our facility and in the surrounding area. Our aim is to make horseback riding more accessible and improve the experience for our riders and their families, fostering the sport’s growth in the historic Chagrin Valley region.

Joy brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the CVF team, accumulated over decades of service as a professional in the equestrian and hunter/jumper worlds-in multiple capacities. She is currently an FEI-Certified Jumper Judge, a USEF “R” judge certified for Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation, and is a certified competition manager. Prior to beginning her judging career, Joy successfully ran Hunter/Jumper training programs in both Pennsylvania and Florida, with clients competing at the “A” and “AA” levels. In addition to training upper-level clients, she thoroughly enjoys developing new and young riders—the future of our sport.

Throughout her career, Joy has demonstrated a willingness to serve and encourage the growth of equestrian sports at a level higher than herself—she has served on the board of the Western Pennsylvania Professional Horseman’s Association(WPaPHA), been a coach and Regional Chair for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association(IEA), provided therapeutic riding services for riders with disabilities, and currently serves on several USHJA boards. She is also a USHJA certified instructor and helps to coordinate the USHJA Emerging Athletes’ Program(EAP).

We are extremely excited to have Joy, and her husband Bob Lambert, join the CVF team and community and help us to continue building an outstanding equestrian center and a riding and horsemanship program that is unlike any other. Together, we will work to inspire and support the growth of equestrian sports in the historic Chagrin Valley region, grounded in sound horsemanship and high standards of sportsmanship.


Currently based in Florida, Joy has agreed to fill the role until it can be filled permanently. Those interested should review the position posting and apply here.


Press Contact: Justin M. Klein, CVF Operations Director
[email protected]

2023 Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic Blossoms at Chagrin Valley Farms

Chagrin Falls, Ohio - July 20, 2023 - We are thrilled to share that the 2023 Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic, hosted at Chagrin Valley Farms, was an extraordinary success! We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who attended and contributed to this historic horse show. With your efforts and support, we have [...]

Schneider Saddlery Returns to Sponsor Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic Opening Week in Tandem with Chagrin Valley Farms

Chagrin Falls, Ohio—March 28, 2018—The Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic (CHJC) is pleased to announce that its popular opening week show at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, Thursday, July 5 to Monday, July 9 will be sponsored by Schneider Saddlery in tandem with Chagrin Valley Farms. Schneiders, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary in business, has […]

Bainbridge’s Chagrin Valley Farms Purchased by Schneider Family

Chagrin Falls, Ohio—September 1, 2017—Linda Joseph, owner of Chagrin Valley Farms (CVF) announced today that she has sold her Chagrin Valley Farms to the Schneider Family, owners of Schneider Saddlery in Bainbridge Township, Ohio. “Over the last few years I have had inquiries about selling CVF, but for various reasons none of them came to […]


In 1982, Linda Lybarger was operating the Chagrin Valley Athletic Country Club with her father, Don Lybarger, when an investment opportunity arose. The former Post Farm, 135 acres of land across the road from the Athletic Club, was offered for sale by Forest City Enterprises. The Post family was among the early area settlers in the area and built there in 1837. Forest City had purchased the property as a future housing development site, but decided to offer the parcel for sale. The Lybargers saw this as a perfect investment and the chance to build a year-round equestrian facility which the members of the Athletic Club could enjoy.

She began planning and constructing the main barn and its adjoining 80’ by 250’ indoor arena, which was larger than most local arenas. She had in mind a year-round facility which could host horse shows and special events, in addition to providing riding lessons for members of the Athletic Club who didn’t own horses. With the added luxury of an all-weather sand ring and pastures, it wasn’t long before the barn was filled to capacity with boarders.

In 1984, Linda purchased a smaller 40-acre horse farm which was located a half mile from Chagrin Valley Farm. The former Krames farm became Chagrin Valley Farms’ West Barn. The smaller facility was a perfect location for the Farm’s lesson program and was later sold in ‘90s. However, the focus on introducing horses to new riders and developing them, continued through a growing lesson and summer camp program.

Chagrin Valley Farms continued to grow and expand with a new nine-acre grassy polo field, and in 1990, a new indoor arena was constructed adjoining the original arena which allowed room for riding and space for temporary stalls to be constructed for the horse show exhibitors. Spectators and exhibitors could relax in a spacious viewing lounge with its own snack bar and cabaret style seating.

The facility was well known and in the 1990’s it was selected to host the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show and the Cleveland Grand Prix when it relocated from its home at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, as well as the National Equestrian Festival of Cleveland consisting of two major horse shows and a grand prix managed by Stadium Jumping and Gene Mische.

In 2017 the Schneider family, owners of Schneider Saddlery in Bainbridge, Ohio, purchased Chagrin Valley Farms with the goal of building the worn facility back into a top equestrian campus.