Founded by equine enthusiasts Jordan and Valerie Fox, who draw on more than 15 years of experience in training and rescuing horses, Fox Equine at Willow Pond Ranch's trainers provide rich educational experiences during lessons and day camps. At the redwood-ensconced ranch?s riding school, students are matched with one of 12 gentle horses and ponies after instructors consider skill level, personality, and quality of whinny. The covered riding arena enables educational trotting even when rabid snowflakes are on the prowl in the scenic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the horse-rescuing ranch nestles its stables.
More than any particular riding style or program, Rosy Smiley's goal for her students is to foster a strong bond of respect and understanding between horses and their riders. Herself an equestrian enthusiast since the age of 5 and a degree-holder in equine science, she possesses much experience in this realm. Training regimens follow the path of hunter/jumper or pleasure riding in the English and Western disciplines, all held at a facility with a large outdoor arena, a round pen, and a 1-acre pasture.
Horse and Heart is a creative outdoor adventure with a special horse partner you choose. Learn to ride naturally, experience horses as friendly teachers in Equine Experiential Learning, attend our fantastic Summer Camps that in addition to horse play offer Aerial Acrobatics, Art, Dance, Theatre, the Ocean and the Redwoods.