Welcome to Isola Stables, the training barn of Grand Prix Show Jumping Trainer and International Horse Show Manager, David Murdoch. Originally created as a competitive hunter/jumper barn, Isola Stables now includes Dressage and 3 Day Eventing. Our students test themselves against the best riders in their fields guided by our trainers vast experience in the show ring and regular attendance at A-rated horse shows.
Isola Stables is located at Glenoaks Equestrian Center in Portola Valley which David developed as the permanent home for the training barn. It also includes Glenoaks Stables Riding School, a community-based introduction to horses and riding operated by Isola Stables. It offers year-round riding lessons, Pony Club and a very popular summer camp program.
David has been a Peninsula resident and preminent equestrian trainer for more than twenty years. In his native New Zealand, his International Grand Prix Show Jumping Horse Shows provided great sport to equestrian enthusiasts and featured Olympic riders such as Mark Todd, Will Simpson and others. Today, he focuses on teaching students and providing quality care for their horses.
Whether your focus is show jumping, dressage or eventing, Isola Stables has an experienced team of elite equestrians to help you achieve your highest riding and training goals.
See for yourself either in our photo galleries or through an in-person tour.
One of my favorite Isola memories was the woman standing next to me watchingTeam Isola warm up saying “You guys can all ride.”