Meet Heather

Heather and her husband Scott Van Pelt in 2015 moved their operation and purchased the Heider Family farm. Van Vixen Farm at Meadow Fox as it was formerly known sits on 30 beautiful rolling pastures. In 2021 Van Vixen Farm expanded to a 94 acre property in Bluemont. Heather retired from a career as a publisher of a national magazine and focused on raising her two young children. Having worked twenty plus years in corporate America, it was time to focus on her children and the love of training students to ride and bringing along young horses in training.   Thus, she started her own training/lesson/ and camp equestrian business. Allison our daughter, is now twenty and riding on the Virginia Tech IHSA team. Scott and Heather’s son Clayton, is ten years old and has started his showing career at age two in leadline. Heather is a Loudoun County native, growing up on her family’s Thoroughbred breeding farm, she started showing locally when she was five, participating in pony club, and began fox hunting when she was 8 years old.  A graduate of Va Tech, a founding member of the first-ever in the nation student-run intercollegiate riding program, a former Whippers- In for Loudoun Fairfax Hunt, breeder of hunter horses, an A show competitor, and former competitor in driving draft horses and mules.  Heather first started her career as an equine nutritional consultant for one of the largest equine companies on the east coast, then later switched careers at the Washington Post Companies as a publisher.

Heather’s strong background in running businesses helps her understand the needs of busy parents and also providing a very professional atmosphere focused on keeping riding financially reasonable and obtainable for those children and adults in love with horses.

Heather’s training style with young horses consists of focusing on ground manners, round pen work, and creating a positive experience for the young horses that she brings along to develop them into quality sporthorses.

Van Vixen Farm has top quality show ponies and horses, that not only show, but fox hunt, compete at the highest level in the state VHSA shows, North American Field Hunter Championship, and have the great minds and training to teach new students to ride.   We have adult and children students, young and old who are learning from one of our 20 horses or ponies on the farm.

Heather competing in the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover finishing 9th in the field hunters.