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    The School and the Riding Program began together, flourished together, and continue together, almost a century later, helping girls develop character, responsibility, and determination.
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    Since the founding of Foxcroft in 1914, horsemanship, and the responsibility that goes along with it, has been an integral part of the Foxcroft experience. From the School’s founder (and first riding instructor), Charlotte Haxall Noland, to the current Director of Riding, Kate Worsham, all of Foxcroft’s riding instructors have promoted the philosophy that riding helps develop character and the ability to make good decisions.

    Foxcroft’s comprehensive riding program is tailored to meet the needs of a diverse group of girls possessing varying abilities, from first-timer to experienced horsewoman. Whether a rider’s interest lies in competing regularly, in riding for pleasure, or somewhere in between, she has a place in the program at Foxcroft.

    And the School's location is perfect for riders as its 500 acres of rolling countryside in the heart of Virginia’s horse country provide an ideal setting for the modern facilities and renowned equestrian program.
    Program Highlights
    Top Achievements by Foxcroft-Trained Riders

    2015-16
    Interscholastic Equestrian Assocation
    Earned 23 blue ribbons at regular season competitions

    Qualified the Foxcroft team, as well as 9 Individual riders,
    to compete in 13 classes at IEA Regional Finals

    Qualified four Individual riders to compete at IEA Zone Finals

    Qualified one Individual rider to compete at IEA National Finals

    Middleburg Classic Horse Show “Premier”
    Middleburg Junior/Amateur Hunter Reserve Champion

    Swan Lake Indoors Before the Indoors I Horse Show “Regional”
    Modified Hunter Reserve Champion
    Children’s Pony Hunter Champion

    Pennsylvania National Horse Show “Premier”
    NAL Children’s Jumper Championship – 10th

    Washington International Horse Show “Premier”
    Children’s Jumper Championship – 13th

    RMI Benefit Horse Show “National”
    Low Children’s Jumper Champion

    Lexington Spring Premiere Horse Show “Premier”
    Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Champion
    Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Reserve Champion
    Special Children’s Hunter Reserve Champion

    Lexington Spring Encore Horse Show “Premier”
    Encore Hunter Reserve Champion

    Loudoun Benefit Horse Show “Premier”
    Low Hunter Champion


    2014-15
    Interscholastic Equestrian Association
    Earned 18 blue ribbons at regular season competitions
    Qualified the Foxcroft Team, as well as 10 Individual riders,
     to compete in 13 classes at IEA Regional Finals
    Qualified three Individual riders to compete at IEA Zone Finals

    HITS Culpeper Finals Horse Show “Premier”
    High Children’s Jumper Champion

    Stonewall Country Horse Show II “National”
    High Children’s Jumper Classic Winner

    Winter Equestrian Festival Horse Show “Premier” – Week 8
    Large Children’s Pony Hunter Reserve Champion

    Winter Equestrian Festival Horse Show “Premier” – Week 10
    Large Children’s Pony Hunter Reserve Champion

    Lexington Spring Premiere Horse Show “Premier”
    Pre-Children’s Hunter Champion
    High Children’s Jumper Champion
    High Children’s Jumper Classic Winner
    Children’s Jumper Style Award

    Lexington Spring Encore Horse Show “Premier”
    Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Reserve Champion

    Keswick Horse Show “National”
    High Children’s Jumper Classic Winner

    Upperville Colt and Horse Show “Premier”
    Large Local Pony Hunter Reserve Champion

    Loudoun Benefit Horse Show “Premier”
    High Children’s Jumper Reserve Champion
    Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Champion

    Warrenton Pony Show “National”
    Large Children’s Pony Hunter Reserve Champion

    Manchester Summer Festival Horse Show “Premier”
    High Children's Jumper Champion
    Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Champion

    Manchester Classic Horse Show “Premier”
    High Children’s Jumper Reserve Champion
    Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Reserve Champion

    Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Standings
    Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Circuit Champion

    Lexington National Horse Show “Premier”
    Low Children’s/Adult Hunter Reserve Champion
    Special Children’s Hunter Champion
    High Children’s Jumper Champion
    High Children’s Jumper Classic Winner
    Leading Jumper Rider Award

    Swan Lake Swan Song I Horse Show “Regional”
    Modified Hunter Reserve Champion
    Children’s Pony Hunter Champion
    Pre-Adult Hunter Champion
    High Children’s Jumper Classic Winner

    Swan Lake Swan Song II Horse Show “Regional”
    Modified Hunter Champion
    Children’s Pony Hunter Champion
    Pre-Adult Hunter Champion
    High Children’s Jumper Classic Winner

    More News
    Riding News
    Saylor '18 Earns a Trip to the IEA National Finals!
    3/16/2016
    Sophomore Saylor H. finished second out of 12 riders in the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences class at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 3 Finals in Lexington, VA, last weekend (March 12-13) to earn a trip to the National Finals next month.

    Saylor is one of only 24 riders from across the country who will gather at the Lexington Horse Park in Lexington, KY, on April 20-24 to compete in this division. Three other Foxcroft riders competed at the Zone 3 finals and did themselves and the School proud.
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    In the Zone(s)
    3/4/2016
    Four riders headed to next level of IEA competition

    After many solid rides and a great team effort, Foxcroft’s Riding Team finished fifth among 10 teams in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s Zone 3, Region 3 & 4 Finals last weekend. That was not quite enough for the team to advance to the Zone Finals but four girls will be going to the Finals after riding to top three finishes in the Individual competition at the two-day show in Fredericksburg.

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    IEA Team Heads to Regionals This Weekend!
    2/26/2016
    The IEA Team is headed to Regionals this weekend! While many of us won't be able to watch our riders compete in Fredericksburg, we are excited to announce that this weekend the IEA Team will be the first to "take over" our new student-driven Instagram account -- fxc.takeover! You can also follow Director of Riding Kate Worsham on Twitter (@KateWorshamFXC) for a fun and dynamic perspective of Foxcroft's riding program!

    After a full season of IEA shows, the Zone 3 Regional Finals are scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday (February 27-28) at Hazelwild Farm in Fredericksburg, VA. Foxcroft is excited to have qualified as a team and to have many riders qualified as individuals. They will all compete in the hopes of advancing to the Zone Finals the weekend of March 12-13 in Lexington, VA. In each of the Individual classes, the top three riders will qualify for Zone Finals. In the team classes, the three teams with the highest point totals will be given a spot to compete at Zones.

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    Riding Office
    Krista Hayes
    Assistant Stable Manager
    540.687.4583
    Year Appointed: 2014

    Kate Worsham
    Director of Riding
    540.687.4582
    Year Appointed: 2011
    Washington & Lee University - B.A.
    A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Director of Riding Kate Worsham spent the seven years prior to her appointment at Foxcroft as Director of Riding at Oldfields School. At Oldfields, Kate created a thriving hunter/jumper based lesson program, served as the coach for the School's Interscholastic Equrestrian Association team, and was the head trainer for a horse show program which accommodated riders competing at local through AA-rated competitions.
     
     
    Kate's first love is teaching and her students excel in learning horsemanship and enjoying riding for pleasure, as well as competing successfully in the equitation ring and the hunter and jumper divisions at a variety of venues in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. Kate is an avid equestrienne who brings to the Foxcroft Riding Program 20-plus years of experience training and showing, and an extensive and varied teaching background. She has trained numerous riders to success in equitation classes sanctioned by the U.S. Equestrian Federation, the Maryland and Virginia Horse Show Associations and the Southwest Virginia Horse Show Association.
     
     
    Kate and her students have also earned many Championship honors at AA-rated competitions in divisions such as Low, Pre-Green, Children's and Junior Hunters as well as in the Children's/Adult Jumper divisions. As testament to her professionalism and disposition, Kate was awarded Exhibitor of the Week awards at the Lexington Spring Premiere AA Horse Show in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
     
     
    Kate owns an Argentine Thoroughbred jumper named Piazzo and, while she loves to ride and compete herself, her true focus is on teaching riders of all levels how to communicate effectively with their horse, set goals and challenge themselves to better their positions and techniques. When not at the stable, Kate loves to read, take her corgi, Finch, on adventures, and spend time with Jeff, her husband, who is also a life-long horseman and the Foxcroft stable manager. Kate and Jeff live on campus in Sage with Finch and their cat, Nikki.

    Laurie Feickert
    Riding Teacher
    540.687.4584
    Year Appointed: 1999
    Douglas College - B.S.
    Middlesex County College - B.A.
    Born and raised in New Jersey, Laurie attended East Brunswick High School and graduated from Douglas College with a degree in Education. She came to Foxcroft as a riding instructor in December 1998. Laurie teaches riders of all levels, helps coach the Foxcroft Interscholastic Equestrian Team and works with the event riders competing at the local level. Her favorite activity is sharing her love of foxhunting by serving as trainer and chaperone for the students who ride to the hounds on Saturday mornings!
     
     
    Before joining the Foxcroft faculty, Laurie spent time teaching riding, and boarding and training horses -- as well as raising her two children, Breanne and Corey. Laurie lives off campus with her two dogs and three horses. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening.


    Jeff Worsham
    Stable Manager
    540.687.4583
    Year Appointed: 2011
    Lynchburg College
    Jeff has spent his entire life with horses. The son of a well-known Virginia horse family, he grew up riding and competing Hunters and Jumpers on the AA circuit. After studying biology at Lynchburg College and working as a vet tech, his focus changed from riding to providing top quality care and management. Jeff oversees the daily care of more than 50 horses at Foxcroft, works closely with the farrier and vets, and keeps the barn staffers on their toes.

    Jeff also has a love of teaching. This year during Wintermission he will be teaching "The Whole Horse: An Introduction to Equine Anatomy and Physiology." Jeff has not yet retired his spurs and once in a while he is seen riding his Danish Warmblood “Leon” out on Big Track.

    On the rare days that he is not in the barn, Jeff enjoys cooking fabulous meals for his wife, Kate, taking photos and exploring the marvels of digital photography, and playing bass. Jeff lives on campus in Sage House with Kate, their three cats and their Corgi “Finch”.

    Kendall Bear
    Assistant Director of Riding
    540.687.4584
    Year Appointed: 2016
    University of Vermont - B.A.
    Kendall Bear will start this July as a member of our Riding faculty. As an accomplished equestrian with numerous championships, Ms. Bear helped students succeed when she worked as an assistant equestrian coach at Washington and Lee University. In addition, her comfort in working with students comes from her time as a camp counselor at Weetamoe Stables in Bristol, RI, and her own experience as a student at a girls’ school. Familiarity with caring for animals comes from her time as an employee at The Crate Escape kennel and daycare center and her many years in the world of riding. Ms. Bear received the Presidential Scholarship Award during her four years at the University of Vermont where she earned a B.A. in history.

    Allie Truitt
    Assistant Director of Riding
    540.687.4584
    Year Appointed: 2016
    Virginia Intermont College - B.A.
    Allie Truitt joins our Riding faculty from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she has been assistant and head equestrian coach for the past two years. She graduated with a B.A. in equine studies and a minor in business administration from Virginia Intermont College, in Bristol VA, where she was ISHA Team Manager her senior year. Ms. Truitt has held a variety of positions as a rider and groom for farms and riding centers in Florida and Virginia, and she was assistant and head trainer at Cumberland Riding Academy in Henderson, TN, before joining Sewanee’s staff.