About The Dales Pony Breed

The Dales Pony is a critically endangered and absolutely fabulous native breed from northern England.  These ponies typically stand 14-14.2 hands high, but smaller and larger Dales can be found.  They are beautiful, friendly, gentle, hardy, and very strong, with great endurance, excellent conformation, and lovely temperaments.  They are intelligent and easy to train.  They are known as “The Great All Rounder” in their native England for good reason.  They are excellent riding, driving and work ponies.  They were originally bred for carrying packs of lead quickly over treacherous mountain terrain.  They traditionally worked in groups of 9-20 ponies, working free-headed (not tied to each other) overseen by one person riding a pony.  They are naturals at navigating the various challenges of trail riding, and thrive on being out and about, investigating their world, and finding solutions to problems.  They tend to be very well balanced and comfortable to ride.  They tend not to panic in awkward situations.  They are used for a variety of riding disciplines now, including trail, dressage, jumping, hunting, Trek, working equitation, endurance, and cattle sorting.

The Dales Pony Society’s webpage has a wealth of information about the breed:  https://www.dalespony.org/

Here is information taken from the Dales Pony Society’s website regarding why the breed is critically endangered:  The Second World War nearly saw the end of the breed. Ponies were taken by the Army and mares were used for breeding vanners, and even young mares were sold for work in towns and cities. Few ever came back, and after the war the fate of the Dales breed lay in the hands of a few dedicated breeders who refused to believe the day of the heavy pony was over. In 1964, the Dales Pony Society was re-organised, and “improvement” was dropped from the title. Ponies were sought and registered, and a grading-up register was introduced for inspected ponies. This far-sighted action has been successful. When the grading-up register was closed in 1971, the number of registered ponies had risen steadily, and the quality of ponies was excellent, as it remains today.

We have 6 mares, an imported black stallion, and an imported blue roan stallion prospect.  One of our broodmares has a fused fetlock from a severe injury that was nearly fatal.  Her only work is having foals.  All of our other ponies participate in off-site activities to increase awareness about the breed:  showing, breed expos, trail riding, driving, and clinics.  Visitors are often taken on trail rides on these ponies through the beautiful Deception Pass state park trails by our property.

All of our ponies are shown in the photos below.

Redprairie Anna with her 2019 colt Cascadiadales Andrew behind her
Left to right is Raspotnik Carly, Cascadiadales Andrew, Redprairie Anna, Cascadiadales Anamnesis
Left to right: Raspotnik Carly, Cascadiadales Andrew, Cascadiadales Anamnesis, Redprairie Anna, Roandale Ragged Robin. Here you can see that Carly’s left hind leg is somewhat crippled. She does fine carrying foals, but will never be asked to do any other work.
2019 colt Cascadiadales Andrew
Roandale Ragged Robin at the 2019 USDF Dressage Sporthorse Breeders Show at Donida Farm.
2013 mare Redprairie Anna Bea at the 2019 USDF Dressage Sporthorse Breeders Show at Donida Farm.
2013 mare Redprairie Anna Bea at the 2019 USDF Dressage Sporthorse Breeders Show at Donida Farm.
2009 mare Raspotnik Carly at her home farm in Wisconsin, before her left hind fetlock injury
Raspotnik Arabella
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman at his first USDF dressage show. He placed first in his Training Level Test 3 class.
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman at his first USDF dressage show, very interested in his Friesian neighbor. He placed first in his Training Level Test 3 class.
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman
Raspotnik Duchess getting a snack after taking Shuna’s brother in law Marc on a fun trail ride.
Yearling Roandale Ragged Robin at his first show.
Shuna’s sister Melissa and her family on a trail ride. Left to right is Redprairie Anna Bea, Raspotnik Bess, Raspotnik Arabella, Raspotnik Duchess.
Shuna’s cousin Daniel on Redprairie Anna Bea, and Viggo on Raspotnik Bess. Not sure which pony George is leading.
Raspotnik Arabella at a horseback archery clinic at Eagle Eye Ranch summer 2019. She was such a star!
2013 mare Raspotnik Arabella at Eagle Eye Rangers Mounted Archery Club introduction to mounted archery, summer 2019
Viggo on Raspotnik Bess on the Les Hilde trail system
George with Roandale Ragged Robin
Kingmaker Talisman
Kingmaker Talisman
Kingmaker Talisman
Kingmaker Talisman
Kingmaker Talisman, summer 2019
Kingmaker Talisman, summer 2019
Kingmaker Talisman, summer 2019
Kingmaker Talisman, summer 2019
2013 mare Redprairie Anna Bea, summer 2019
2013 mare Redprairie Anna Bea, summer 2019
2013 mares Raspotnik Arabella in the foreground and Redprairie Anna Bea, summer 2019
2013 mare Raspotnik Arabella, summer 2019
2002 mare Raspotnik Bess, summer 2002 with Viggo
2013 mare Raspotnik Arabella, summer 2019
2013 mares Raspotnik Arabella on the left, and Redprairie Anna Bea, summer 2019

 

Raspotnik Carly, 2009 mare. How does she see?
Raspotnik Arabella
Raspotnik Arabella
Raspotnik Arabella on the left, Redprairie Anna on the right
Raspotnik Duchess
Kingmaker Talisman
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman
Roandale Ragged Robin, as a young foal in England
Redprairie Anna
Raspotnik Arabella
Kingmaker Talisman, summer 2018 at the USDF Dressage Sporthorse Breeders show at Donida Farm
Redprairie Anna
Kingmaker Talisman
Kingmaker Talisman
Viggo with Raspotnik Arabella
Redprairie Anna
Redprairie Anna
Raspotnik Arabella
Raspotnik Carly, slowly healing from her terrible fetlock injury
Kingmaker Talisman going to have his semen collected!
Raspotnik Arabella on the left, Redprairie Anna on the right
Raspotnik Carly, healing from her fetlock injury
Raspotnik Carly at one of her visits to Pilchuck
Redprairie Anna
Viggo and Raspotnik Arabella
Kingmaker Talisman on one if his very first rides under saddle
George on Raspotnik Bess shortly after we got her
Hayley Danson on Raspotnik Arabella at the 2019 Washington State Horse Expo
Shuna on Kingmaker Talisman at the 2019 Washington State Horse Expo
George and Roandale Ragged Robin playing, the day Robin arrived from England.

 

Raspotnik Arabella, 2013 mare by Dykedale Winston, out of Swayfield Bella. This is at her first USDF Dressage Show at Whidbey Equestrian Center.
Raspotnik Arabella, warming up for her first dressage class, the Materiale.
It takes the whole family to get all our work done!
Brandon, a Workaway helper, getting a ride on Raspotnik Duchess
Precious cargo! These are our two pregnant mares in spring 2019. Raspotnik Carly (left) and Redprairie Anna (right).
Redprairie Anna (left) and Raspotnik Arabella (right) with Raspotnik Duchess mostly hidden in the background.
Official passports from the Dales Pony Society!
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman, exuberant canter depart.
2013 mare Raspotnik Arabella having a yawn
Raspotnik Arabella, showing her beautiful mane
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman showing his lovely trot
Raspotnik Arabella
Orientation at Fire Mountain Trail Course. On the left in the photo are Raspotnik Bess and Raspotnik Arabella (with the saddle)
Viggo tripped while leading Redprairie Anna. You can see how she’s stopping to wait for him.
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman
Roandale Ragged Robin, the day he arrived from England.
Left to right is George on Raspotnik Bess, Viggo on Redprairie Anna, and Daniel on Raspotnik Arabella
Cascadiadales Anamnesis, our first Dales Filly. Now at Dark Horse Ranch in Illinois.
Cascadiadales Anamnesis, 2019 filly out of Raspotnik Carly, by Kingmaker Talisman.
Raspotnik Bess, 2002 mare by Dykedale Winston out of Swayfield Bella (both imported)
Three full sisters, left to right: Raspotnik Arabella, Raspotnik Bess, Raspotnik Duchess
The lovely Raspotnik Duchess, 2004 mare by Dykedale Winston and out of Swayfield Bella