Perched on top of a hill on 260 acres near Maffitt Lake Resevoir, Maffitt Lake Farms is the top hunter/jumper equestrian facility in Iowa.
36 – 12’x12’ box stalls
2 Indoor and 2 Outdoor Wash Racks
1 – 80’x184’ Indoor Arena
1 – Large Outdoor Arenas with all weather footing
13 – Paddocks
3 – 20 Acre Pastures with Automatic Waterers and Run-In Sheds
Full time farm management resides on the property to ensure equine safety and security. The quality of care at Maffitt Lake Farms is a source of pride for both management and employees.
Our goal is to provide a top quality environment for our equine tenants. This includes the best in feed, supplements, grooming, turnout and personalized care.
Maffitt Lake Farms strives to make good horseman as well as good riders. To achieve this goal, each rider is taught to train their horse under a system rather than with emotion. Meaning, how each rider can make their horses happier. Maffitt Lake Farms wants our riders to have an enjoyable riding experience rather than a high pressure "win-win" situation.
Horse Riding Lessons are offered on a private and semi-private basis six days a week. From beginner riders to advanced riders we will tailor a lesson program to suit the needs of both you and your horse taking in consideration your specific goals.
Buying, Selling and Leasing Horses
Maffitt Lake Farms and Kyle Muckler Training would be happy to assist you in the purchase of a horse. We specialize in the matching of specific needs of riders to a horse that will help you meet your goals. Melinda has contacts throughout North America and work on a commission basis.
Selling and Leasing Horses
Maffitt Lake Farms and Kyle Muckler Training also can assist in the selling or leasing of your horse. Each horse is evaluated and priced after consultation with owner to determine value and marketability. Clients are charged on a commission basis.
Contact Information and Directions
(Different physical address than the Equestrian Center!)35306 Maffitt Lake Road Cumming, Iowa 50061 515-285-7429 Barn 515-778-1147 Melinda's Cell 515-333-2245 Kyle's Cell
Melinda G. Antisdel
As a young adult she bred and raised Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred/Warmblood crosses. Bringing her first foal, Micah, to second level dressage zone awards and then onto Amateur Owner Hunter Championships, he later became a top East Coast Equitation horse.
Melinda was a founding member of the Moingona Fox Hunt in 1979 and participated as a whipper-in for the first several seasons. First earning her colors as a member of the North Hills Hunt and then as a member of Moingona. Melinda also served as a member of the Hunt board of directors and is currently and active patron member.
Melinda was also a founder of the Iowa Dressage and Combined Training Association and served on its board for several years. She is a current Board Member and past President of the Iowa Nebraska Hunter Jumper Association and currently Chairman of the Zone 6 USHJA committee.
Melinda moved from pony club to dressage to eventing to fox hunting, and as a student of nationally known trainer George Schneider finally combined her expertise into the competitive world of hunters and jumpers.
While Melinda was raising horses and contributing to the horse community she was also busy raising two active daughters. Megan, her first-born daughter, rode in the Raccoon Valley Pony Club, Moingona Hunt and the INHJA circuit. Her competitive horse show divisions included Large Pony, Green Pony, Children’s Hunter, Junior Hunter, and finally Adult Amateur Hunter.
Her youngest daughter, Libby is also very involved in equestrian activities, as owner of Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center, LLC. She started out in the Small Pony division and made her way to the Amateur/Owner Hunter and Amateur/Owner Jumper Rings. Libby was also very active with pony club as a child and earned her colors as a junior whipper-in for the Moingona Hunt.
As a riding instructor, Melinda has coached several students to the Maclay Finals, USET finals, Harrisburg and numerous championships both regional and nationally.
Currently, Melinda is retired from training, but still enjoys buying and selling young hunters and jumpers, assisting Professional Kyle Muckler, and teaching her youngest grandson, Harley Hott, to ride. She continues to run a successful boarding business that for over 30 years has been located on her beautiful Maffitt Lake Farms, just Southwest of Des Moines, Iowa.
Professional Trainer and Rider
Kyle Muckler started riding at the age of 8 in Flemington, New Jersey, with Kathy Kunsman. Kyle quickly moved up the pony ranks before moving to Des Moines, Iowa. At that point, he began showing in the equitation and junior hunter rings with success regionally and nationally. Kyle caught rode many sale horses for Ned and Stacy Long while a junior, and began working green horses at a young age. Upon completion of his junior years, Kyle was hired as the Assistant Trainer at Maffitt Lake. From there he moved up to head trainer and rider and now has his own business, Kyle Muckler Training, out of Maffitt Lake. Kyle oversees day-to-day activities, along with the training and care of the animals and clients.