The Program

— Meghann H. ’16

“It's just nice having people behind you — 100% of the way.”
Whether you ride with the desire to compete or simply for personal pleasure, our horse riding program is a good fit for you.
  • Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Foxhunting, and IEA
  • Mounted lessons of 1-3 riders at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • Emphasis on principles of Hunter Seat Equitation
  • Comprehensive study of horsemanship
  • Complete training program for student-owned horses

Beginner

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  • Beginner

    Beginner classes emphasize activities such as grooming and basic horse care, as well as mounted skills including stability of position and control of the horse in a group setting.
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Novice

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  • Novice

    Riders at the Novice level continue to practice exercises on the flat and over cavaletti to strengthen their base of support and help stabilize their hand and arm positions.
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Intermediate/ Advanced

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  • Intermediate & Advanced

    Intermediate and Advanced riders focus on maintaining their form while learning more intricate flatwork and jumping exercises.
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Program Highlights

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  • Competitive Experiences

    Competitions ranging from local to top-rated venues are offered in these disciplines — hunters, jumpers, and equitation — with on-site trainers as well as supplemental guest instructors and clinicians providing expert instruction.

    To complement and enhance each rider's equestrian education, the School's instructors also support any outside trainers with whom students are already working.
  • Foxcroft Riding Team

    The Foxcroft Riding Team competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), which is modeled on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

    The format tests a rider’s technical skills and correctness of position while catch-riding an unfamiliar horse in equitation classes both on the flat and over fences. The IEA is open to riders ranging from the Walk-Trot-Canter level through the Open Division, which is for riders who have competed in divisions at 3’3” and higher.
  • Foxhunting

    Foxcroft girls have hunted since the School's founding. Foxhunting offers experienced riders both the opportunity to challenge themselves to ride in a fast-paced, group setting over varied terrain and the thrill of watching the hounds at work. Thanks to a long-standing relationship with the Middleburg Hunt, qualified riders are invited to hunt starting in early fall and continuing through the start of the holiday break.

    The School owns many well-trained hunt horses that students may ride. 
  • Exceptional Proficiency

    Foxcroft's Exceptional Proficiency program allows riders the opportunity to train and compete at many venues throughout the year, as well as on one of the most prestigious winter circuits, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Whether riders train with Foxcroft staff or another professional, girls are able to maintain good academic standing and thrive as a valuable member of the Foxcroft community.

Fabulous Facilities

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  • Indoors and out, the accommodations for horse and rider — which include the impressive McConnell Stable and Riding Hall — are extensive.

    • 60-stall stable
    • Two tack rooms
    • Four wash stalls
    • Grooming and farrier stations
    • 100' by 200' indoor arena
    • State-of-the-art footing
    • Outdoor grass arena
    • Large outdoor sand arena
    • Miles of well-maintained trails

Riding Activity

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  • 34%

    of Foxcroft students ride
  • 35-40

    school horses
  • 12-15

    privately-owned horses
  • 18-20

    weeks competing at rated shows
  • 5-7

    local shows attended
  • 20-25

    riders on the Interscholastic Equestrian Association team
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An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.