About The Dales Pony Breed

Shuna is on stallion Kingmaker Talisman in the video above.

Rare and wonderful, the Dales Pony is a Native Pony Breed from northern England.  These ponies typically stand 14-14.2 hands high, but smaller and larger Dales can be found.  They have a fast and stylish trot and are beautiful, friendly, gentle, hardy, and very strong.  They have 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, being excellent riding, driving and work ponies.  They were traditionally used for carrying packs of lead and coal quickly over treacherous mountain terrain.  They 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 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/

They are classified as critically endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK.  This classification is based upon the number of mares worldwide that have produced foals within the past 3 years.  Critical status is reached when this number is below 300.  Every foal we produce is extremely important.

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 4 mares, an imported black stallion, and an imported blue roan stallion.

Many of our ponies are shown in the photos below.

Above mare Raspotnik Arebella chases young stallion Roandale Ragged Robin

Above are Raspotnik Bess and young Cascadiadales Andrew

Above left to right are Raspotnik Arabella, Cascadiadales Beauteous, Cascadiadales Berry Blossom, and Cascadiadales Bounteous

Above is muzzle of Redprairie Anna with filly Cascadiadales Brilliant

Above is 2018 stallion Roandale Ragged Robin, at two and a half years of age

2009 mare Raspotnik Carly at her home farm in Wisconsin, before her left hind fetlock injury
Stallion Kingmaker Talisman at his first USDF dressage show. He placed first in his Training Level Test 3 class.

Raspotnik Duchess getting a snack after taking Shuna’s brother in law Marc on a trail ride.
Shuna’s sister Melissa and her family on a trail ride. Left to right is Redprairie Anna Bea, Raspotnik Bess, Raspotnik Arabella, Raspotnik Duchess.
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
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 2013 mare Redprairie Anna Bea, 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 Arabella
Raspotnik Arabella
Raspotnik Arabella on the left, Redprairie Anna on the right

Stallion Kingmaker Talisman
Roandale Ragged Robin, as a young foal in England
Raspotnik Arabella
Kingmaker Talisman, summer 2018 at the USDF Dressage Sporthorse Breeders show at Donida Farm
Kingmaker Talisman going to have his semen collected!
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
George and Roandale Ragged Robin playing, the day Robin arrived from England.

 

Raspotnik Arabella, warming up for her first dressage class, the Materiale.
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.
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.
Left to right is George on Raspotnik Bess, Viggo on Redprairie Anna, and Daniel on Raspotnik Arabella
Three full sisters, left to right: Raspotnik Arabella, Raspotnik Bess, Raspotnik Duchess