Linda and David Aldrich immediately started planning the
infrastructure and building barns, show rings, office and other
buildings necessary to create a nationally-recognized horse show
Fox Lea hosted our very first horse show in December
of 1984. With the help of John Kimball and Simon Barber, Fox Lea
Farm held the first international-level dressage show in the United
States. Dressage was the first discipline to put us on the map at a
In September of 1985, Fox Lea planned to host their
first USEF-sanctioned “A” rated hunter/jumper show with Pat Thomas
as Technical Director, but it was not to be – Hurricane Elena had
other plans! The show was postponed to November of that year, and
that was the beginning of our now nationally-recognized “Grass Roots
to Grand Prix” National series of Hunter/Jumper horse shows, with
over $1,000,000 in prizes and money awarded each year.
hosted numerous USHJA Zone 4 Finals since 2001. In addition, Fox Lea hosts
various special events such as Regional or National Finals, Clinics,
and Training Sessions. In 2006, we
added our first $25,000 Grand Prix to our National series. We currently
produce 20 Grand Prixs a year.
years ago, we started a summer series of rated hunter jumpers shows with a theme
of camp related activities and family fun thus the series is called "Camp Fox
Lea". Our goal is to always create an
atmosphere that is enjoyable to the families, riders, owners, trainers,
spectators and horses. We currently produce 12 National rated shows, 8
Regional rated shows per year, and 8 unrated hunter jumper shows throughout the
year. Fox Lea Farm is an affiliate of the United States Hunter Jumper
Farm hosts 13 pointed AQHA shows per year and also some AQHA Special Events.
Six of the Thirteen shows are held during the month of January during our most
prestigious Quarter Horse Show of the year, Fox Lea Farm Winter Circuit and has
been in existence for over 30 years.
Fox Lea Farm has also been home to the Florida Super Eight Appaloosa Shows in
the month of March for the past 30 years. In 2007, Fox Lea Farm took over
the management of these nationally recognized Appaloosa events.
The Venice Equestrian Tour
Winter Hunter/Jumper Circuit was approved by the USEA in 2015 to be
first produced in January through March starting in 2016. This
is a yearly circuit. Fox Lea Farm restructured and replaced
certain shows in our calendar to accommodate the 7 week series. Fox Lea Farm hosts events
over 42 weekends per year. We have been and continue
to be an integral part of the Venice community, and are grateful to
the residents of both the Venice Community and the Horse Community
for their continued support over the years.
Over the years, we believe we have contributed to improving the standards and conditions of rated and unrated