At Foxfield, students learn horsemanship, sportsmanship, camaraderie and fun through a combination of group riding lessons, private riding lessons, and special programs like Foxfield’s Little Sisters Program.

Most riders—even Foxfield’s most advanced—take group lessons most of the time. Group lessons are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. A special group lesson for absolute beginners is also offered on Friday afternoons. Private lessons are offered every day but Saturday.

Group Lessons

Foxfield’s students include everyone from small children who are having their first experiences on horseback to national jumper and medal champions, so the barn’s group lessons are divided into roughly four groups: Beginners, Advanced-Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. All group lessons last one hour. Admittance to all advanced group lessons is by invitation only.

Private Lessons

Foxfield offers private and semi-private lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Most private and semi-private lessons last one hour, though they can be customized to suit the ability and requirements of the rider. Private lessons are offered by arrangement with any of Foxfield’s instructors.

Signing Up

Riders can sometimes sign up for a lesson within an hour of the time the lesson begins, but advanced reservations are highly recommended. Cancellations, on the other hand, must be made at least 24 hours ahead of time.​​

To reserve a spot in a lesson and/or request a school horse, riders should call (805) 495-5515 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday or between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm Saturdays.

New Riders

All first time riders must schedule a one time 30 minute private lesson for $35 with one of the instructors. After the lesson, the instructor will let the student know which lesson will be best for them, including if more privates are the best move.

ALL NEW STUDENTS with riding experience must schedule a one time hour lesson for $65 with an instructor to be best placed in the correct lesson.

New riders will have to fill out necessary Release Forms. A Student Release Form for both adults and minors, available ​here, and a Medical Release Form for minors, available here.

To view these forms, you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you don’t have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it from Adobe’s website, here. Paper versions of the forms are also available at the schooling barn’s office.

For even more information, new riders can check out our beginner’s FAQ.