Located in Darien, CT on 22 acres, adjacent to a 16-acre open field, the iconic Ox Ridge Club is a premier equestrian club with a storied history, including fox hunting, polo matches, and an annual Horse Show that draws the leading riders from around the world.
Building on the Club’s 104-year equestrian heritage, Ox Ridge is expanding its membership as well as the facilities available to our members. New and fully renovated facilities include:
A new clubhouse with squash, fitness, locker rooms & Pub room
8 Squash courts - 2 singles & 2 doubles courts
Fully equipped fitness center with Pilates & yoga classes
Locker Rooms – men’s & ladies’ locker rooms
4 Platform Tennis courts with warming/viewing hut, lighted for night play
Pub room with cathedral ceiling, indoor/outdoor fireplace, bar, TV’s
Catering kitchen with food service for member & private events
With new state-of-the-art facilities, fully upgraded equestrian arenas and top tier professionals to manage junior development and competitions in riding & racquet sports, Ox Ridge is unique and among the most desirable memberships in Fairfield County.
A welcoming, casual and fun family club, our 250 plus members will find camaraderie, personal enjoyment and athletic challenges that satisfy the interests of each member of the family…and they can do it together.
The Ox Ridge Hunt Club was founded in 1914. The present property of twenty-two acres was formerly owned by the opera singer, John McCormick. He operated this property, in addition to some adjacent properties, as a dairy farm. The polo barn housed dairy cattle until the barn was converted to stable horses. The Club's name itself represents the use of “oxen” in John's operation, as well as the ridge that crowns our polo field.
In 1929, a man by the name of Otto Heuckeroth came to ride; he was to remain for over forty years as the nationally famed manager of Ox Ridge. Miss V. Felicia Townsend had already been in place leading a top instructional program for years. Otto and Felicia’s skill and leadership continue to impact today’s equestrian community through some of their more successful students; George Morris, Ronnie Mutch, Victor Hugo-Vidal and Otto's daughter, Patty Heuckeroth. These are legendary names in Hunter Seat Equitation to this day.
The Ox Ridge Hunt Club has hosted numerous important, nationally recognized horse shows over the years, including the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show and the Ox Ridge Dressage Horse Show. The Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show has an 82-year history featuring internationally famous riders in breathtaking exhibitions of Show Jumping at its very best for five days in June each year.