Dorothy Maxfield was born on January 26, 1943 in New York, NY. Sadly, she passed away of natural causes on February 17, 2019 in Mobile, AL.
The purpose of this blog is to share memories, stories and pictures as we remember Dorothy and her impact on so many of our lives. If you have something to share, please use the “contact” link above or email her niece, Donna at dlkohout [at] yahoo.com.
If you would like to express your appreciation for Dorothy, the family has requested that donations be made to the US Pony club in lieu of flowers. THANK YOU!
The following is a bit more about our beloved friend, aunt, mom and sister Dorothy.
Dorothy and her sisters owned their first pony in 1953 at the age of 10. This sparked a life-long passion and dedication in her as an equestrian, while growing up at the family farm, Hobby Horse Hill, in Readington, NJ. Her professional career spanned over 50 years with her training and riding all the way to Grand Prix and including winning the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold Medal. She was a graduate “A” Pony Clubber, and was an enthusiastic eventer in younger years, spending a year with the US Three Day Eventing Team from 1963 to 1964.
Dorothy earned her “R“ US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Dressage judge’s license and “r” Eventing license, as well as, an USEF Technical Delegate’s license for both dressage and eventing and a Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) Dressage Stewards license.
Dorothy was always dedicated to teaching young riders at Pony Club, accompanying generations of them to Nationals over the years and was a lifetime member of the US Pony Club (USPC) – involved both locally and at the national levels. She was awarded a USPC Jubilee Legend in 2005. She was also the organizer of various reoccurring recognized shows at Hobby Horse Hill and Amwell Valley. She toured the country giving clinics and lessons.
Dorothy truly committed her life to training horses and students of all levels, which became her most important legacy for which countless remember her. Her depth of knowledge combined with her compassion enabled her to take complex and complicated concepts and break them down into smaller, understandable pieces and then teach the rider to communicate those concepts to their horse. She helped shape so many other equestrians, that she will live on through each of them. She will be missed by so many. She is survived by her daughter Deborah Kuschel (Gunnar), her identical twin sister Diane Kohout and her younger sister Martha Hoffarth (Anton).
Above: a family trip organized by niece Ginni through her company, Sea Kayak Baja Mexico, around Loreto, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez, for Dorothy and Diane’s 65th birthday and Diane and Bill’s 45th anniversary.