UNIQUE AMENITIES ON TWENTY SIX ACRES
Covered arena with premium textile footing and new custom mirrors
Outdoor arena with premium textile footing
20 turnouts and daily care service
10 new luxury "pony palaces" with fully matted paddocks by Castlebrook Barns
New Kraft eurociser and round pen
Special "assisted living" for senior citizens and retirees
1/2 mile racetrack and access to miles of trails
The health and happiness of our equine residents in the highest priority at our facility. Our horses are treated with the utmost respect and quality care they deserve as our partners and athletes. No corners are cut in regards to their wellbeing. Quality feed, clean stalls, mental health, and an organized training program are essentials at Fox Hollow.
We feed the highest quality Timothy and alfalfa hay available on the West Coast. Horses are fed three times daily with grain service available
Stalls are deeply bedded with fluffy shavings and cleaned twice daily, automatic waterers cleaned frequently
Multiple equine care professionals on site 24/7
All horses enrolled in a care program including turnout, eurociser, lunges, hand walks, a full groom daily, blanketing, basic medical care, graining, and more included.
Ample turnout time, grooming, sunshine, trail access, and lots of love & cookies from our staff
Learn to ride
It all starts with proper horsemanship
The Fox Hollow riding academy provides a comprehensive foundation in the hunter-jumper (English) discipline. We welcome students of all ages 5 years and up. Of utmost importance in our program is the fine art of proper horsemanship, which we believe goes hand in hand with progress as a rider. This is why all beginners start with horsemanship (unmounted) lessons as a prerequisite to saddle time, which first and foremost ensures optimal safety, as well as respect for our equine partner.
Some aspects of horsemanship include:
Equine behavior, body language, and safety
Equine anatomy, health and basic medical care
Basic nutrition and daily care needs
Proper use of tack and equipment
Thorough grooming and a clean presentation of horse and rider in respect to the animal and tradition of the sport
From this wealth of knowledge and ability, children learn valuable life lessons including selflessness, discipline, responsibility, and the value of hard work. Students thus gain liberating independence, eventually being able to groom, tack up, and care for their horse independently as if it were their own. Upon graduating basic horsemanship classes, students see their hard work pay off with their ultimate goal: time to ride! As they grow in their riding accomplishments, students continue to expand their knowledge in horsemanship topics, becoming the next generation of well-rounded equestrians.
The riding academy at Fox Hollow has three levels, beginning with solid horsemanship basics. Upon graduation to the academy level, students are able to care for their horses independently, at which point membership is billed on a quarterly basis.
- Monthly -
Required for all new students
Unmounted ground lessons only
Covers essential horsemanship topics including safe handling, grooming, basic horse knowledge, care standards, and introduction to the sport
2 packages required to graduate to next level
45 min privates
BEGINNER RIDER LEVEL
- Monthly -
Covers assisted tacking and untacking (saddling, bridling)
Learn riding basics, develop balance and strength
Graduation time varies; rider must be able to independently tack, untack, and care for pony
Lessons used within one month
90 min privates
- Quarterly -
Twice weekly minimum requirement
Riders tack and untack their ponies independently
Membership due every 3 months
Lessons rescheduled with advance notice can be made up within the quarter
Choose twice weekly or three times weekly lessons (about 8 per month or 12 per month, respectively)
Modified payment plans upon request
PRIVATE LESSONS - 2x/week
PRIVATE LESSONS - 3x/week
GROUP LESSONS - 2x/week
GROUP LESSONS - 3x/week
Please note our riding academy has openings for children only, as we do not offer lesson horses for adult riders, only ponies.
The Fox Hollow Difference: Lesson Horse Welfare
Unfortunately, horses in most lesson programs have a difficult and often neglectful life. They are overworked, ridden when unsound, and sadly do not receive the veterinary care and maintenance they need. Angered with these industry standards, we founded our riding academy to offer a more honorable model and provide our horses with a happy, healthy life with all their needs met. Here are some of many ways that our horse welfare standards are unmatched from any other program in the Bay Area:
Daily turnout in the sun with their friends and full grooming
Routine veterinary and dental maintenance whenever they need it
Our horses will never be ridden if unsound or uncomfortable in any way, and will be seen by a vet immediately
Our horses will receive a proper retirement in our care until their final days
Never overworked, always get days off each week to just be a horse
We limit our horses to low-level jumping, and horses don't jump more than 4x a week
Our horses receive optimal nutrition, supplements, and any medications they need
Chiropractic, accupuncture, and bodywork care as needed
Balance of physical conditioning and mental health
Horse welfare is always prioritized in all circumstances
Fox Hollow Training
Fox Hollow offers a holistic and customizable training program with your horse's mental and physical health in mind. The foundation of any successful training program needs to be welfare of the horse, and that will always be our guiding principle. Our goal is for your horse to be comfortable and fit in his body, eager and happy to do his job, and feel loved and appreciated for the unicorn that he (or she) is. Our goal for our riders is to be the absolute very best for our horses, which starts with solid basics, proper horsemanship, and patience for doing things correctly with understanding, humor, and positivity. Our training is focused in the hunter-jumper discipline with a high standard for correct equitation for a beautiful, fun, and effective ride. If these values sound like a good fit for you, contact us to learn more and become a part of the Fox Hollow family.
We are thrilled to welcome USDF gold medalist Samantha Billings and her training program to Fox Hollow! Click the button below to learn more about Sam and Billings Equestrian.
We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your horses and the highest quality education for young riders in the Bay Area. No corners are cut in the vision for our facility, care of our horses, and experience of our riders - we want to be the best we can be. We are so thankful to have such a wonderful community of members and amazing team to work alongside every day to make our dream a reality. Fox Hollow is a place for people who consider their horse a member of their family, not a machine. For those who wish to learn proper horsemanship and honor the animal who does so much for us. For those who realize that hard work, integrity, and discipline pays off in the show ring and beyond. For those who are horse-obssesed kids of all ages, and for those who consider the barn to be their second home. We would love to meet you and welcome you to Fox Hollow!
Michael and Kelsey Kennelly
If you are interested in joining the riding academy, please contact us via email for more information and to schedule your lessons. If you are interested in a training program, please contact trainer directly.
Boarding is offered on a referral basis only by existing boarders and trainers. All boarders must be in full training.
Please note that Fox Hollow is a private facility open only to members and residents. Please contact us should you wish to schedule a tour. We would love to welcome you to the Fox Hollow family!