Janell Gruss has been actively pursuing her equine career since 1982. She began in 4-H, then progressed to AQHA shows, where she was ranked nationally, competing in Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, English Equitation and Hunter Under Saddle.  


Since graduating from Michigan State University's Horse Management Program in 1994, Janell has held management and/or training positions on Breeding Farms, Quarter Horse Show barns and Thoroughbred Racetracks. For 6 years, she worked for Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert, as an exercise rider and assistant trainer. 

Janell was taught, and continues to use, the "resistance free" style of training. Whether your horse needs "lightening up," suppling, is off the racetrack, or needs to be started as a 2 year old, Janell's extensive experience will help horse and rider reach their goals.

With a lifetime of equine experience, Julie has been offering riding lessons for over a decade.  Since opening the Arroyo Canyon Riding School, she has shared passion for horses with hundreds of students ranging in ages from 5 to 65! 




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Altadena, CA 91001

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