History – Philosophy

Through hard work and determination, Elvenstar came to life over a quarter of a century ago.


Family ties brought horses and Elvenstar founder Jim Hagman together. Galloping through the hills of Thousand Oaks, Calif., on his family’s ranch stock, Hagman would ride behind his father in the two-point position jumping fallen oak trees. Hagman’s mother, who had a Virginia horse background, recognized his passion for English riding and by age 10 he was taking lessons at Foxfield, a riding academy in Westlake Village, Calif. His father took him to the hunter-jumper shows, where various trainers offered to work with him. Although he showed throughout his junior years, they always kept the horses at home and Hagman was responsible for mucking, feeding as well as grooming and braiding at the shows. This balance of ranch and show experience molded the horseman that built Elvenstar.

After completing college in the 1980s, Hagman started Elvenstar from the brush-and cactus-covered ground up. With the help of his siblings and parents, the Hagman family planted and laid irrigation for more than 900 trees. Discovering his talents for masonry, Hagman built arenas surrounded by walls made from thousands of rocks found on the property. As the facility took shape, Hagman taught lessons with one school horse and one pony.

His vision for Elvenstar was to develop a riding academy offering instruction at all levels from the first-time rider to those who wished to compete in the East Coast medal finals.

“I realized that it wasn’t just about building my name, but about building the Elvenstar brand,” he said. “Elvenstar is a place for horse people–a recreational equestrian facility. If you had a horse-crazy child, you’d think Elvenstar. So I marketed. I spent a bunch of money, more than I paid myself, on advertising. I featured the summer day camp in local papers and magazines. I spent five years heavily building the brand.”

Now with an established brand and a long list of accomplishments, a solid mix of established clients and new students, a variety of fabulous horses and ponies and a fantastic staff, Elvenstar’s history speaks for itself.


Good horsemanship requires compassion, respect, patience, a sense of responsibility, a desire to learn and a positive attitude – attributes which are important in any walk of life.

With an emphasis on producing confident riders, the Elvenstar teaching style is positive and enthusiastic. Beginning with a solid base in classical horsemanship, the goal is to cultivate riders who grow to learn and respect the extraordinary rewards of an equine relationship.

The teaching system developed at Elvenstar emphasizes the art of communication between the horse and the rider.   Our focus on the basics of riding as the building blocks of correct riding skills is renowned.  The facility, with all of the bells and whistles of a premier classroom, allows students at all levels the ability to grow and develop their individual equestrian excellence.


Elvenstar has two facilities serving southern California. The Main facility in Ventura County, and the satellite facility Elvenstar Orange County at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center in Huntington Beach.

Elvenstar is nestled on thirteen acres in the Tierra Rejada greenbelt, adjacent to the communities of Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks.  Our serene and pristine property features a variety of boarding options including Box Stalls, Malibu Corrals, Pipe Corrals and Pastures.  We also offer our clients on-call veterinary, acupuncture, chiropractor and farrier services, included but not limited to inoculations, worming and monthly horse care maintenance. All boarding options include use of:

* Five Arenas
[Main Arena 120’x185′ | Stone Arena 165’x170′ | Hunt field 165’x180′ | Red’s Ring 105’x150′ | Regulation size Dressage Arena] Brand New International all Weather Footing by ESI in all our arenas! Click HERE to find out more!
* Lighted Facilities
* Turnouts
* Tack Lockers
* European Hot Walker
* Wash Racks
* Open Water Jump
* Cross Country Bank Jump
* A second story air-conditioned clubhouse and business office

Our fully equipped 38 stall-training barn includes:

* Bedding with pine shavings cleaned daily
* Automatic waterers
* Environmentally friendly fly system
* Rubber-matted and  lighted crossties
* Brick paved aisle ways
* Large private tack locker
* Full time grooming staff
* Horses are fed twice daily – 3 way hay (Oat, Wheat, Barley blend) or Oat-Alfalafa cubes (60% oats, 40% alfalafa).  Timothy-Orchard hay  may be purchased separately,  Alternate feed or supplements can be provided at an additional charge.