At the Glenoaks Stables Riding School (aka Isola Riding Academy), beginners receive a solid foundation in Huntseat Equitation and classical riding. Students experience a pleasurable and safe learning experience from our personable staff and outstanding team of school horses. Our program is hands-on, teaching riders to groom their horses, tack, and provide riding instruction per their individual riding level and ultimate goals.
The Riding School is for adults, too! Whether riding was a childhood pastime or you want to fulfill a lifelong dream, our quality horses and ponies can help you achieve your goals.
We offer both private and small group lessons. Many of our riding school students have graduated from the program to become successful competitors and horse owners. We offer leasing and purchasing guidance upon request.
Glenoaks Stables is a recognized United States Pony Club Certified Riding Center providing the USPC national curriculum and certificate program to anyone under 25 who does not own a horse. Pony Club meets on Saturdays for riding, horse care, chores and fun from 1 - 4 p.m. Please inquire to learn more about this fantastic program.
Assessment Lesson – All new riders
We start all new riders with a private 30 or 60-minute assessment lesson. This gives us a chance to evaluate your current skill level, and match you with the appropriate horse or pony for your level. This is a great time to discuss your goals so we can facilitate a program that will best suit your needs. Please note the 30-minute lessons include riding only; we do not include additional horsemanship. The 60-minute lessons allow for more detailed guidance with the handling and care of your horse or pony.
WHAT TO BRING - YOUR FIRST LESSON
You will need to wear long pants, long socks and a shirt with sleeves. We have boots and helmets to borrow if you don’t have your own yet. Please note: no bicycle helmets or cowboy boots. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early before your first lesson to familiarize yourself with our location and sign the necessary paperwork.
A beginning walk/trot class for riders. This is a beginning class where riders learn how to handle their horse or pony at the walk and trot. The more experienced riders at this level will be able to successfully maneuver their horse around a course of poles, with independent hands and seat.
A walk/trot/canter class for Pre-Intermediate riders. This class is for riders who have advanced to the canter and beginning to jump small fences. The more experienced riders at this level will be able to successfully maneuver their horse around a cross-rail course, at either the trot or canter.
Short/Long Stirrup (Intermediate)
This level is for our more experienced riding school students. Having proven their dedication to the sport, riders at this level are seriously considering leasing or purchasing their own horse or pony. This class is for riders who have mastered the cross-rail course at the canter. The more experienced riders of this level will be able to navigate around a two-foot course at the canter with changes of lead either through the trot or with a lead change.
Remember, it’s never too early to lease or buy if you a have the passion to advance quickly through the levels and show outside our barn. We have years of experience and expertise to help you find the right horse-partner to help achieve those goals. Having goals will help us guide you in the right direction, whether it be leasing or buying. We should also have a good idea at this point what discipline you would like to pursue. Whether it's Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Medals, or Eventing, from here we can design a program suited just for you.