Office (209) 368 7731

Fax (209) 368 7731

706 W. Lucas Rd Lodi CA 95242

Mail to: P O Box 695 Woodbridge CA 95258

 

About US

  August 1984, Simon and Nannette, along with their children, David and Jenny  came here, to manage Mar Val as a private breeding farm for thoroughbreds, including lay-ups  from the track.(the property also included ten acres of Almonds and 16 acres of grapes). Then in 1987, we took in our first boarder (Bev, is still here), and put in our first arena.  Jenny since has married moved to England with her husband and two grandkids and for a while managed a historical pub in famous Bath (known for the historical Roman Baths.) David has a 7year old daughter and is involved full time in the construction industry as a General Contractor after completing his Bachelors in Business Construction Management, but he still finds time to help at the Stables

We hold several events each year for our clients, including; play days, barbeques, camping, trail rides and Christmas parties.  Our clients enjoy a warm friendly atmosphere and for the last nineteen years Ramon has tended to their horses. His son Fernando joined our team October of 2007. Fernando, cares for the arenas and maintains the equipment. Our son David helps out when ever he can and Nannette oversee's health issues, runs our dressage shows, and loves to cook for the barn barbeques.

It was in 1990 when we changed the operation to full time boarding which includes a fully lit 100 X 280 arena  ( upgraded in 2002), plus a  full size dressage court located amongst the almonds. At that time we cared for 24 horses, we have now more than tripled that number to over 90+

In 1995 we have hosted dressage shows (Dressage in the Almonds) which became so popular, that riders come from all over Northern California.  In 2008 we expanded to two full courts. We now host 4 recognized dressage shows a year and several schooling shows including Western Dressage

In 2003 we expanded to including a retirement pasture under the shade of almond trees,  We also added some great lights to our main arena

2005 Mardee Kidd past away, the later owner of the Stables, if it was not for him these Stables would have never  exsisted

In 2006 We cleared some of the Almond orchard to make space for more pasture, which will also serve as parking for when we have events. Sara Wortley starting her training program (left in the Spring of 2014)

In 2007 we expanded by adding a jump arena, relocating the dressage court for future horse shows, plus added a smaller arena for free exercising the horses, along with a 20 meter roundpen

In 2011 we built a new hay barn that can store enough hay for all winter, replaced the wash rack and added a second one, built a Break Room with fridge, message boards and a place to sit and eat a snack or go online with your own computer. We had our first Halloween Show which was a great success

In 2012 We improved our Stable office and expanded into the almond orchard to make room for another 14 horses with 10 large grass paddocks. Added a new events office and club room for small clinics and parties

In 2014 Nancy Stanley (current English trainer) arrived, with her, came years of experience along with a great sense of humor and energy.   We also cleared our last remaining orchard making room for six more horses and a trail/obstacle course

2015, We finished with expanding, sat down and had a cold beer!  Plus celebrated 20 years of dressage shows

We can house up to 95 horses in..... 8 stalls (w/runs)...27 paddocks (from 864sq ft to 2400 sg ft).....17 individual grass paddocks....8 irrigated pastures for 42 horses

How Mar Val Stables started

And if you are a little curious about where the stable name came from .... the late Mardee Kidd (1926-2005) and his brother Val started a grocery store in Lodi, in 1952 called Mar Val Food Stores. His father, Hobson was involved in thoroughbred racing for many years. Val and his father, spent some time as trainers. Mardee preferred to be a breeder/owner as much of his time was spent running the grocery stores. Mardee started Mar Val Stables in 1975

Our clients have come from many cities

 Alaska, Alameda, Atherton, Berkley, Carmichael, Chico, Clements, Concord, Elk Grove, Galt, Idaho, Linden, Lafayette, Lockeford, Lodi, Martinez, Mountain House, Oakland, Orinda, Palo Alto, Pioneer, Placerville, Rescue, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Somerset, Stockton, Tracy, Woodbridge