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Breeding champions at Maxfield Riding Center in Turlock

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Breeding champions at Maxfield Riding Center in Turlock

Maxfield Riding Center trainer Janelle Dunn instructs Krista Pleasant of Merced on her horse “Cholo.”

JONATHAN McCORKELL/The 209


POSTED June 23, 2012 1:54 a.m.

Hidden in a rural corner of Turlock, champion horses and riders are being groomed at the Maxfield Riding Center. Every year for the past 16 years Maxfield has boasted amateur and professional level state, national or reserve champions in dressage and three-day eventing.

Dressage can best be explained as a gymnastics dance that showcases the rider and horse working in tandem to display the flexibility and coordination of the horse. In competition dressage is set to music. Dressage finds its beginning in ancient England castle courts.

Three-day-eventing, rooted in ancient military tradition, is broken down into three categories and is similar to a triathlon. Stadium jumps, rough ground jumps and dressage competition make up the components of three-day. In England three-day eventing is the national sport.

Maxfield was launched 16 years ago by owner and trainer Janelle Dunn and her husband Greg. Janelle named Maxfield after her first horse, Max.

Janelle is an international dressage competitor and national silver and bronze medalist in the U.S. Equestrian Federation. She now passes on her expertise by offering lessons to riders of all ages and levels, but never takes more than about 20 students a time.

“We can train people and horses of all abilities. It’s not true that you can’t teach an old horse new tricks. With our competition level riders we strive for excellence here. It is impressive to think from this tiny corner of the world of Turlock, Hilmar, Modesto and Merced, we’ve produced so much success,” said Janelle.

Maxfield offers a variety of private and group lessons, horse usage, lesson packages, hauling and even off-site clinics and consultations. A one-hour private lesson with a Maxfield horse is $65. For more information visit www.maxfieldridingcenter.com or call 648-1084.

JONATHAN MCCORKELL

209 staff reporter

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