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.