Located in Darien, Conn. on 22 acres, adjacent to a 16-acre open field, the iconic Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club is a premier equestrian club with a storied history, including fox hunting, polo matches, and the annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show every June that draws leading riders from around the world.
Building on the club’s 104-year equestrian heritage, Ox Ridge is expanding its membership as well as its facilities. New and fully renovated facilities include:
A new clubhouse with squash, fitness, locker rooms pub room
Eight squash courts - six singles and two doubles courts
Fully equipped fitness center with Pilates and yoga classes
New men and women locker rooms
Four platform tennis courts with warming/viewing hut, lighted for night play
Pub room with cathedral ceiling, indoor/outdoor fireplace, bar, TVs
Catering kitchen with food service for member and private events
Event lawns for weddings and private functions
Equestrian facilities including two outdoor rings, a new indoor riding arena,60 stalls complex, 12 grass paddocks
With new state-of-the-art facilities, fully upgraded equestrian arenas and top-tier professionals to manage junior development and competitions in riding and racquet sports, Ox Ridge is unique and will be among the most desirable membership clubs in Fairfield County.
A welcoming, casual and fun family club, our 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 22-acre property 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 the polo field.
In 1927, a man by the name of Otto Heuckeroth came to ride; he was to remain for over 40 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.