Jadon first met Dale Rumens-Partee in 2008 through the Kelsey Creek kicker volunteer program. He never imagined it would begin the journey he is on today. Back then Jadon was just a 12-year-old city boy trying to fulfill his community service hours. That all changed after volunteer orientation, he was hooked immediately and knew he had to start taking riding lessons. It only took a few lessons and Jadon knew for sure that horses were something he had been missing out on. The connection, communication, and the partnership were something he had never experienced, and it is something that still intrigues him today.
Jadon committed himself whole-heartedly to his riding education and his hard work began to pay off. Jadon wanted more beyond his weekly lessons and Dale started inviting him to go on group arena and trail clinics, and soon after she suggested that he start leasing a horse. Over the years, Jadon has enjoyed leasing Dandy, Utah, and Drifter; learning more from them than any human could ever teach. That’s what makes riding so special for Jadon: the power the horses have to communicate with him, and more importantly, to teach him.
Jadon began to advance his horsemanship skills in leaps and bounds. Any event WSH was attending, Jadon was there. Jadon has traveled to Montana, Oregon, and all over Washington participating in, and auditing, a variety of clinics ranging from ranch roping, to colt starting, to Cowboy Dressage.
Jadon has attended the annual All Around Horsemanship Clinic with Dale and Jon Ensign every year, gone to the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum on multiple occasions for trail clinics, competed in ACTHA competitive trail rides, shown Cowboy Dressage, and has attended multiple beach clinics.
Jadon recently graduated high school, and just like every graduating senior he was faced with a big decision. A lot of factors played a role in his choice to stay local and attend the University of Washington. But really, Jadon couldn’t imagine being away from the horses and the rest of the WSH family. He couldn’t be happier with his decision, and he is currently planning to major in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Jadon is both honored and excited to share his experience, enthusiasm, and passion for horses with the rest of the constantly growing WSH family in the years to come.