Foxfield Riding School was founded by Bill and JoAnn Postel and Nancy Turrill and opened its doors on May, 1, 1967 on twenty nine acres at the base of Lake Sherwood dam in Westlake Village, CA. Since its inception, Foxfield has offered group lessons to anyone willing to give it a try. The year-round school teaches beginners to advanced riders in a program that emphasizes good horsemanship, sportsmanship and, above all else, safety.
Since there are no grooms at Foxfield, riders are taught how to care for horses as a regular part of the curriculum. Intermediate and advanced riders who have their own horses spend more time caring for their animals than they do actually riding them.
Foxfield is first and foremost a school. JoAnn's and Nancy's philosophy is that the more you ride, the more you will learn. They encourage riders at all levels to try as many different horses as possible. They want their students to learn to handle different personalities—from the young horse who is spooky…to the lazy one who really does not want to move…to the energetic horse who charges at his fences.
While jumping is what most people come to Foxfield to learn, the instructors here put a great emphasis on flat work, feeling that without a good foundation on the ground, problems are sure to develop while taking fences.
Besides being a world-renowned school of equitation, Foxfield takes pride in its riders' accomplishments in the show ring. Competitors regularly attend A-rated horse shows, both locally and throughout California. Many of the school's riders have won year-end awards and championships in the various horse show associations.
The Foxfield Equestrian Team is a world famous drill team whose riders perform without the aid of bridles or saddles. This type of riding takes special skill and much talent, both for horse and rider. The team has performed all over the country and continues to delight audiences with its exciting routines.
Foxfield Riding School was the site of the 1983 and 1985 United States Equestrian Team Show Jumping Training Sessions and the 1983 Dressage Training Session. In 1970, JoAnn Postel were given an award from USET for "over two decades of dedicated effort" to the sport of Horseback Riding."