Fox Hollow is a private full-service equestrian facility in Danville, California. Whether you're interested in riding academy membership or top quality care & training for your performance horse, we would love to welcome you to our facility.
UNIQUE AMENITIES ON TWENTY SIX ACRES
Covered arena with new premium footing
Outdoor arena with new premium footing
Half mile racetrack for conditioning
20 turnouts and large paddocks & pastures
Access to trails on 100 private acres
New Kraft eurociser and round pen
Special "assisted living" for senior citizens
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. Starting at $185/mo for 3 days/week minimum required, daily care available.
Ample turnout time, grooming, sunshine, trail access, and lots of love & cookies from our staff
CURRENTLY UNDERGOING IMPROVEMENTS
A recently purchased property, Fox Hollow is undergoing some cosmetic and practical updates to improve the experience of our horses and their people. Improvements are currently underway with careful consideration to accommodate our horses during the process.
NEW KRAFT EUROCISCER
NEW KRAFT ROUND PEN
LUXURY "PONY PALACES"
ALL STRUCTURES PAINTED
LANDSCAPING & TREES PLANTED
ALL NEW AUTOMATIC WATERERS
RETIREMENT PASTURES ADDED
PREMIUM ARENA MIRRORS
Learn to ride
It all starts with proper horsemanship
The Fox Hollow riding school provides a comprehensive foundation in the hunter-jumper (English) discipline. 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.
Accepting a limited number of new students for 2022. Contact us to join today! Space fills quickly.
Graduates from the Riding Academy move on to compete with Country Woods Stables
- 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
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
Routine chiropractic, accupuncture, and bodywork for our hard-working horses
Balance of physical conditioning and mental health
Horse welfare is always prioritized in all circumstances
Anastasia, also known as Stacey, is an accomplished USDF bronze medal dressage rider and spectacular trainer whose kind and patient training style exemplify professionalism. Stacey is intently focused, detail-oriented, and comprehensive in her dedication to helping her clients reach their goals. Operating with a horses first mentality, Stacey ensures all horses in her program are happy and truly love their job. She has the rare talent of always being incredibly kind and positive while ensuring thorough, constructive instruction for horse and rider. All horses in her program, regardless of age or ability, thrive under her expertise. Stacey offers training for established riders who have their own horse. For all other inquiries, see the riding academy above.
By The Letter Dressage
Country Woods Stables
Country Woods Stables is proud to offer an elite hunter/jumper training program, with a strong focus on equitation. Trainer Courtney Orzen also specializes in sourcing high caliber horses and ponies for discerning clientele, with in-barn leases available. The quality of training shows with her program's incredible success at shows. Students of the Fox Hollow Riding Academy are referred to Country Woods Stables when ready to take the next step in their riding. Courtney's training is thorough, tailored, and always positive. Members of the Country Woods team become confident, successful competitors as well as well-rounded horsemen.
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
Our Partners in Equine Care
Although trainers are more than welcome to bring in additional care professionals, we are proud to offer services to our clientele from the following companies and practitioners.
Lauren Traynor, Purina Nutritionist
Rachele Burr, Equine Massage & Bodywork
CHIROPRACTIC & ACCUPUNCTURE
Dr. Megan Eckhert, DVM, Chiropractic & Accupuncture
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 gated 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!