Spectators

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Fox Lea Farm

is excited to welcome back

Spectators!

Follow us on Facebook or this page for upcoming Spectator Events and Information -- 2022 Calendar for Show Jumping Under the Stars & Sunsets and Show Jumping is posted below!

PLAN YOUR VIP GRAND PRIX TABLE EXPERIENCE - CLICK HERE

As always, Fox Lea believes it is of the utmost importance to retain our focus on the safety and well-being of our horses, exhibitors, staff, and spectators. Fox Lea Farm has always had Hand Sanitizer placed throughout our property and encourage all our staff and exhibitors to use the stations and wash your hands even more frequently than usual. Our events are all outdoors and both exhibitors and spectators are required to observe social distancing practices.

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS & ANSWERS THAT MIGHT HELP GUIDE YOUR VISIT...

  • What will I see and when can I come?  There are special events in which we partner with local charities that benefit from the proceeds of admissions.  Upcoming special events are our Sunsets & Show Jumping Series.  These events are April 23, Gates open at 2pm and first horse on the course at 4pm, & April 30, May 21, & May 28 with the gates open at 3pm and first horse on the course at 5pm,  Spectators are also welcome any of our regular show days from 9am - 3pm.  Please see our Event Calendar for show days  

  • What is the name of the event we will be attending?  Please see our Event Calendar  

  • Is there a recommended attire?  It is mostly sand so closed-toe flat shoes are recommended, and attire appropriate to the weather.

  • Can Spectators come at any time?  Spectators are welcome during any regular show days from 9am - 3pm, see our event calendar.  Admission is $10 per person.  Please stop by the show office for a schedule and to pay your entrance fee.  Sales Tax is included in the price.  There are some special evening events where admission is paid at the Gate. 

  • What are the Grand Prixs?  Grand Prix Show Jumping is an Olympic sport, requiring extraordinary athleticism from both Horse and Rider, with jumps approaching 5 feet high and 6 feet wide.  Fox Lea produces over 20 Grand Prixs a year, 8 of those are in the Winter on Friday Evenings.  During the evening Grand Prixs, we work with charity partners where the proceeds of the admissions go to the charity.  

  • What are the times for the Evening Winter Grand Prixs?   Gates open at 5pm, first horse on course at 7pm.  Competition is approximately 1.5 hours long.

  • What are the times for the Evening Spring Grand Prixs?   Gates open at 3pm, first horse on course at 5pm.  Competition is approximately 1.5 hours long.

  • Will food and beverage be available to purchase? During the Evening Grand Prixs we have a complimentary Cheese and  Cracker style buffet and a  food truck with food for purchase, beverages available for purchase at Sips N Spurs.  During daytime events, our cafe is open.  Please visit the Fox Lea Cafe for more information.  

  • Where are you located?  800 North Auburn Road, Venice 34292.  Please park in the field by entering at Gate B. 

  • Is parking available?   Yes.  Enter at south gate (“B” gate), parking is free, admission is $10 per person.  If during the day, please close the gate behind you.  We keep it closed to help contain a possible loose horse.  Does not happen all the time, but does occur.  Please see our Facility Map to help familiarize yourself with the layout.  

  • What is the charity for the event we are attending?  Please follow our events on our Facebook Page.  

  • I would like to reserve a VIP table for one of the Grand Prixs, how do I do this?  You can visit our VIP online form to reserve and pay for your table. 

  • If I come for an evening Grand Prix, what are the other options for seating if I do not get a VIP table?  We have bleachers around the Main Ring and some picnic tables.  You may also bring your own lawn chairs, which many people do bring.  We suggest setting up your chairs by 5pm.  

  • I want to set up a group to attend one of the evening Grand Prixs.  How do I do this?  Please e-mail foxleafarm3@aol.com.  Groups need to be the size of 25 or more.  The group rate is $20 per person includes admission (of which a portion goes to the partner charity), one free drink, and reserved seating in the section we designate for the group.

Event Descriptions

WHAT IS A QUARTER HORSE SHOW?

A QUARTER HORSE SHOW IS LIMITED TO HORSES REGISTERED WITH THE AQHA (AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION).  THE HORSE/RIDERS COMPETE IN MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISCIPLINES: ENGLISH PLEASURE, WESTERN PLEASURE, HALTER, JUMPING AND DRIVING. 

 

WHAT IS AN APPALOOSA SHOW? 

AN APPALOOSA SHOW IS LIMITED TO HORSES REGISTERED WITH THE ApHC (APPALOOSA HORSE CLUB).  THE HORSE/RIDERS COMPETE IN MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISCIPLINES: ENGLISH PLEASURE, WESTERN PLEASURE, HALTER, JUMPING, DRIVING AND TIMED EVENTS SUCH AS BARREL RACING. 

 

WHAT IS AN OPEN SHOW?

AN OPEN SHOW IS A HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW WHICH ANYONE CAN ENTER.  NO NATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS ARE REQUIRED.  THE HORSE/RIDERS COMPETE BOTH OVER JUMPS AND ON THE FLAT (BEING JUDGED ON THE FLAT IS HOW WELL THEY MOVE AT VARIOUS SPEEDS WITHOUT JUMPING).  OPEN SHOWS ARE A FAVORITE OF OUR EXHIBITORS DUE TO THE RELAXED ATMOSPHERE AND FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES INCORPORATED INTO THE SHOWS. 

 

WHAT IS A DRESSAGE SHOW?

AT A DRESSAGE SHOW THE HORSE/RIDERS ARE JUDGED ON HOW WELL THEY EXECUTE A PATTERN OF MANEUVERS ON THE FLAT (NO JUMPING).  IN THE HIGHER THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION, THE MANEUVERS BECOME MUCH MORE COMPLEX AND NUMEROUS.  HORSE AND RIDER MUST BE MEMBERS OF BOTH USEF (UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION) AND USDF (UNITED STATES DRESSAGE FEDERATION).   BOTH ORGANIZATIONS OPERATE UNDER THE WORLD OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION UMBRELLA.

 

WHAT IS A HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW?

AT “RATED” HUNTER/JUMPER SHOWS THE HORSE/RIDERS COMPETE BOTH JUMPING AND ON THE FLAT.  MANY OF THE JUMPING CLASSES ARE AT A HIGH CALIBER WITH BOTH PROS AND AMATEURS ALIKE VYING FOR LARGE MONEY PRIZES IN THESE TIMED EVENTS.   GRAND PRIXS ARE THE SHOWCASED EVENT OF THE SHOW WITH FENCES NEARING 5 FEET TALL AND 6 FEET WIDE.  ALSO, NATIONALLY RANKED HUNTER CLASSES ARE HELD WHERE THE HORSE/RIDER ARE JUDGED ON THEIR STYLE AND GRACE JUMPING OVER THE FENCES.   HORSE AND RIDER MUST BE MEMBERS OF BOTH USEF (UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION) AND USHJA (UNITED STATES HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION).  BOTH ORGANIZATIONS OPERATE UNDER THE WORLD OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION UMBRELLA. 

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