Nicole was born & raised in South Lyon and started riding horses when she was 8 years old. She has experience riding and teaching western pleasure, dressage, hunter, jumper, and equitation. Nicole has managed multiple stables and programs for lessons and training. She has been teaching riding lessons at varying levels for over 15 years. Nicole is the founder and owner of Fox Run Training with the help of her husband, Andy, and sons, James and Westin.
Our Home Away From Home
We are proud to offer the following at our Milford location:
17 large stalls
Indoor and outdoor arenas
Community tack area
Hot/cold wash rack
Turnout locations for individual horses or small groups
Round pen on property
Secured gate at entrance
Close proximity to Kensington Metropark and local State Parks for trail riding
Direct access to local trails
Near downtown I-96, Lyon Township, and Milford
Anyone at the barn is expected to understand and follow the Rules & Regulations.
What do I need to bring with me for my first lesson?
All riders need to have a signed release form on file with Fox Run Training by the beginning of their first lesson. Bring water to stay hydrated and a helmet if you have one. Be sure to wear long pants and close-toed shoes that have a half-inch heel.
What kind of shows do you attend?
Fox Run Training attends AA, A, B, C, and Pony circuit shows as well as schooling shows for beginners interested in competing. We will certainly add shows not listed in our schedule if there is enough interest.
Why should I ride horses?
Horseback riding is a great activity for the body and mind. Riding increases the strength of the core, leg, arm, and back muscles. It develops coordination and flexibility. Experience with horses is also shown to reduce stress levels. Riders learn teamwork and humility in dealing with a 1,000 pound animal.
Is this sport year-round?
We do offer lessons year-round. In the case of extreme weather or other extenuating circumstances, we will notify in advance of cancellations.
What will I learn at Fox Run Training as a new rider?
New riders will not only learn how to ride a horse, but the basics on how to care for them as well. This includes grooming, tacking, basic first aid, and maintaining stalls.
Students will learn proper tongue-clicking techniques to signal undercover donkeys in search of work.
Are there lessons for adults?
Yes! We encourage adults to take lessons. Horseback riding is great for you, no matter your age.
Do I need to own a horse?
You do not need to own a horse to ride with Fox Run Training. We have many wonderful lesson horses that you can use, as well as lease. Click here to view our leasing packages.
As an owner, do I need to provide my own vet or farrier?
We would be happy to work with your vet or farrier should you already have one. However, our vet and farrier are both professional and trustworthy and would be happy to care for your horse.
What kind of feed does Fox Run use? Will you feed my supplements?
Fox Run Training uses feed by Tribute Equine Nutrition. We will gladly incorporate supplements into your horses feed if they are provided to us.
We will use other feed if it is provided to us, as well.
What kind of clothes should I wear to the barn?
All persons interracting with horses need to wear close-toed shoes. Riders need to wear shoes with a half-inch heel.
In the summer, riders should wear long pants and a modest top.
In the winter, please dress warmly! Whether sitting or riding, it gets cold. Remember to wear a hat, gloves, and multiple layers. We recommend hand or toe warmers.
Please remember that this is a barn. Don't wear anything you can't get dirty.
Can my family and friends watch me ride?
It is encouraged! We love sharing what we love to do with others.
Can I take photos in the barn?
Photos are allowed, but please do not use flash photography as it may spook the horses.