3064 Ridgeview Dr.

Altadena, CA 91001

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@2018 by Altadena Stables

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.

An equestrian since the age of ten, Julie began formally instructing horsemanship and riding in early 2008. Passionate to share her love for the sport and lifestyle, she has instructed hundreds of children and adults alike.  A two time back to back reserve champion of the Sierra Empire Arabian Horse shows and earning a variety of wins with ETI corral 35, Julie also managed two equine rehabilitation therapy farms in the Bradbury estates in addition to working for trainers Richard Mandella, Steve Ferraro, Wayne Murty, Cotton Tinsley, Jay Robbins and Vincent Clyne at Santa Anita, Hollywood, and Del Mar.


Julie approaches instruction with a "from the ground up" perspective. Noting that grooming and the care of the animal helps build a bond between horse and rider, she truly emphasizes the importance of learning to fully embrace every aspect of the sport.  She hones in on each rider's goals, no matter their past experience, to help them achieve the success they want in the saddle. Whether you're an actor in need of lessons to land your next role, a kindergartener that loves ponies, or an adult that's always wanted to learn - Julie has the tools to help you enjoy and master the sport.