Isabel Price Martin

Isabel Martin sat on a pony before she could walk.  Growing up, her first pony was a Shetland, shared with her sisters.  Then she moved on to a larger pony, graduating to horses. She rode anything and everything she could, but mostly green ponies and horses.  As a pony clubber, Isabel was one of the youngest at Difficult Run Pony Club at the age of 5. She rose up the ranks, competing at many Pony Club championships, and eventually graduated with a B rating from River Bend Pony Club.

Isabel spent the next few years training with Libby and Jules Anderson teaching young German Warmbloods dressage.  She was a working student for Jules, helping her on the ground and working young horses to Grand Prix level under saddle.  During this time, Isabel was also helping to bring on the many young ponies and horses that her Mother had bought for her Riding Academy.  She found her way into the jumper ring and loved the thrill. She competed at many “A” shows including HITS, Upperville, and WIHS local day – qualifying for WIHS multiple times on different horses and being grand champion in the child/adult jumpers at age 16.

The summer after graduating high school, Isabel visited family friends in Schleswig Holstein, Germany.  She toured breeding farms, then traveled south to Warrendorf, home to the IAES, an instructor certification and training course where riders came to learn the German Training System.  Isabel spent 6 months in Germany participating and completing the course, which included an internship at a premier young horse jumper farm. Returning from Germany, she went to work at Hilltop Farm – one of the top breeding and training programs in the United States, and was immersed in young horse development from breeding to foaling, handling and managing weanlings, introducing 3 year olds to tack and rider, to seeing 4-6 year olds prepping for their young horse shows.  Isabel loved learning all aspects of a breeding farm and riding some really phenomenal stallions.

Isabel spent 8 years working for an equine ambulatory practice as a vet tech.  She gained a wealth of knowledge that made her well versed in all aspects of horse care, particularly in Sport horse injuries and rehab.  Her training and instruction business grew into a full-time job, so her time as a vet tech came to an end.

Isabel is an enthusiastic, patient, and encouraging instructor who enjoys teaching students of all ages, levels, and disciplines, from young children learning how to post for the first time to the ambitious adult amateur.As a trainer, Isabel specializes in young horses – starting them in hand, introducing them to tack and rider, through to their first shows.  Her classical and correct training gives young horses self-confidence – in the ring and outside. She is a firm believer that all young horses should be exposed to a variety of environments and not be stuck in the ring. She also works with older horses to fine tune their dressage and jumping skills.