Dale is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of horses and ponies with those around her. She is dedicated to her continuing education, her students, and her horses and ponies. She can be found working horses early in the morning at her home, then at the training stable riding client horses, and teaching along with her instructors until the evening hours.
At the age of 4 Dale received her first pony and soon to be best friend “Charlie Brown”. He was a darling pony and sparked her love of ponies and horses. Growing up in rural Massachusetts, with her family, additional horses soon joined “Charlie Brown”. She spent her childhood riding with her friend almost every day exploring the many trails, attending riding lessons, 4-H, and local horse shows. Moving to Washington, Dale continued to follow her dream of riding and showing with different opportunities throughout her high school and college years. Some of these opportunities included Showing Saddleseat on the Morgan circuit, NW Horseback Search & Rescue, endurance riding, ranch roping and cow-working.
Her views and approach to horses changed in 1999 when she was introduced to “Natural Horsemanship”. Since then, she has had the opportunity to learn and ride with some incredibly talented horsemen and women through the years. Buck Brannaman, Peter Campbell, Jon Ensign, Lester Buckley, Eitan Beth Halachmy and Garn Walker are some of the horsemen that have influenced her style of teaching and working with horses and ponies.
Near and dear to her heart has always been children and horses. She enjoys teaching riders of all ages, helping clients choose their first or next horse. She has taught summer horsemanship camps for Kelsey Creek Farm for many years, introducing children from all backgrounds to horsemanship, how to be safe and have fun on the ground and in the saddle! She is grateful that she has the opportunity in life to do what she loves every day.
Dale is busy competing with her instructors and clients in competitive trail and cowboy dressage events, as well as teaching clinics in various states. When in town on a weekend, she’s busy coaching students at local horse shows! She’s looking forward to learning more about and competing in stock horse competitions!
Her philosophy with horses is to offer the horse a variety of experiences in and out of the arena, to develop a well rounded horse and partner for herself and her clients. Groundwork is a big part of developing feel for each rider from the ground up. She really enjoys liberty work and has had an amazing partner in her horse “Cisco” performing in a variety of settings. She now is honored to ride in demonstrations at various expos promoting Cowboy Dressage on her young American Saddlebred, Far Field Buccaneer or on her husband’s American Quarter Horse, Joe Blue Hancock. She enjoys the simplicity and ‘no frills’ just simply great horsemanship with quality riding and of course treating the horse with respect and honoring that relationship she has with her horses.
She and her husband, Rus share their home with 3 dogs, one that her students know well, “Ryder” their Welsh Corgi- always the happy greeter at the stable, as well as “Josie” and ‘Buck” their cats. Of course they have horses at home as well as at the stable. Rus competes with Dale as well on the competitive trail events and in Cowboy Dressage! They enjoy hiking with their dogs, and exploring the National Parks, Yellowstone being one of their favorites!
She’s always excited to meet new horse enthusiasts, and is looking forward to continuing her horsemanship journey! Who knew so many years ago when given that wonderful pony, “Charlie Brown”, who will always be remembered for his friendship, silly tricks, that would inspire her never ending desire to be with horses, people, to teach and inspire those around her.