Performance Horses
Crescent, OK

Jeanne Dial

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I was raised on ranch outside Ismay, MT. My mother was a very good horseman taught by her father. The ranch horses were raised there. They were halter broken at 6 months when they were wearned and not touched until they were 6 years old and ready to break to ride. At that time they were brought in, roped and snubbed to a snubbing post in the middle of the round pen. A hind leg was tied up, and front single hobbles along with a surcingle put on them. They were bridled and ground driven with a running W.
After a few days of that, they were saddled and ground driven. A couple of weeks of that and they were ridden. They were never "Bucked Out". These horses didn't buck. EVER. Today my training involves a lot of ground work prior to ground driving.

I have to credit one of the greatest horsemen you have never heard of for teaching me the majority of what I know today about horse, their psychology and effective training. I met Roy Yates of Piedmont, South Dakota when I was 30 years old. was my mentor and teacher all his life. While I have had other teachers, he was the most influential. He was the father of Western Dressage, long before it was popular. He called it that 40 years ago. He was trained by a Cavalryman, Charles O. Williamson. These two men were the horsemen who adapted classical dressage to the western horse. It involves no gimmicks. You learn to "feel" through your hands, legs and body what the horse is doing and their response to what you are doing.

I'm looking forward to teaching you and learning from you.


A Look Back......

Horses have taken me to places I'd probably never gone and introduced me to some of the greatest people I've ever known. Here's a look at my family and the animals who have influenced my life.

All this craziness with horses began at an early age. At 4, I began riding my wild pony, Cookie. We didn't have a saddle that fit her so I rode bareback. She "dumped" me daily. It's a tough way to learn balance and feel, but it worked.

It took me a bit to figure out how to get her bridled, but I got a little smarter and pulled the washtub on top of the cistern. From there on my parents saw me in the morning when I left to go ride with the neighbor's daughter and then again when I got home that evening.
Pete, my husband for 19 years, and I have been working together for 23 years. To the right  is one of my favorite pictures of where it all started in Douglas, Wyoming, 1983. I'm pictured with my favorite fellow and my favorite horse, Dee (Karen Clegg). Pete's my greatest supporter and has been instrumental in championing me to follow my dreams. Here's a more recent picture of Pete riding "Jack" his new horse at our Training Center in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
Kassidy,{right} 8 years old at the time, and my youngest daughter, riding Rawhide San Topper. Kass is now working toward her Master's degree at the University of Montana in Missoula. She's a natural when it comes to riding. I can't wait to get pictures of her and her new horse, Augustus (from Lonesome Dove), aka GUS. It will be a bit because he's only a yearling, so this will have to do for now.
Sonnys Superman AQHA/APHA. What a great stallion, a cropout by the great Sonny Dee Bar, AQHA. He had the perfect disposition for a show horse and a sire. We earned 111 points the two years I rode him including Superior titles in several events including horsemanship and reining and #1 Honor Roll titles and 4th place in Western Riding at the APHA World Show. The picture here is the two of us being awarded two 2-horse trailers for year end high point awards. I showed amateur for a couple of years after I lost Dee and lost my confidence to train. Sonny helped bring that confidence back, because no one else rode him but me.
Karen Clegg, {right} known by most as Dee or Dee Dee, was my first experience training a reining horse. She's the greatest horse I've ever owned or ever ridden. We were connected. She was never defeated in reining competition and qualified for the AQHA World Show the first year shown. (I have to give credit to my reining training mentor Roy Yates. Without his well planned curriculum, we would have never trained this great mare to her full potential) I was unable to show her at the World Show, so I attended a Bob Loomis clinic. Bob rode her there, putting her thru all her paces. He said she was one of the 4 greatest reining mares he'd ever ridden. She was killed in a tragic accident without ever being shown again. When she died, part of me died with her. She's never far from my thoughts. She was truly one of those horses that was a gift.
JP My Blue Heaven, APHA/PtHA grullo overo mare. Blue is a result of years of selective breeding. She's the great great granddaughter of Panita Ann, my great QH mare. She's earned APHA points when shown by a novice amateur. For several years, she served as my demonstration horse in my clinics to demonstrate the 5 step training program. This horse finished in the top 10 at the 2007 Pinto World Show. Of course, she's trained to the higher levels of riding including two tracking, half passes at all gaits, flying lead changes and spins. She's 16.2 and as athletic as if she were 14.2 She is now proudly owned by Regina Davis, age 10, from Yukon, Oklahoma. She will be shown in Paint and Pinto.

Kimberly, {left} my oldest daughter, shown at age 7, and Granny age, 25 and then some. Granny wasn't her first horse, just one of the best. This is one of my favorite pictures of Kimberly with horses. This parade picture defines Kimberly's life of adventure. She and Granny won in every parade competition they were in that summer. Granny was a great teacher, and Kimberly didn't see one flaw in that grand old mare.

Honey, "The Horse Training Dog". Not everyone is so privileged to have a horse training dog, but I have, at least that what she thinks her role is. Honey is Pembroke Welsh Corgi that was rescued at one year old. She had been badly abused and still has trust issues with anyone but her "mom". This picture is part of our ritual after each horse's training session. I'm thanking her for all her help and she's knows I couldn't have done it without her. Thank you Theresa for catching this special moment for us. (Photo by Theresa Toews)
Panita Ann {left} was my first youth QH mare and what a great one she was. This is where my love of training horses all started. This picture shows us winning my first saddle as the youth all-around at the QH show in Thermopolis, Wyoming. She and I went on to qualify for the first AQHA Junior World show held in Amarillo in 1970. She placed in the top 5 in 6 different events. She's also the foundation of several of the Paint horses I show today.

Smokin Calico Lynx, {left} APHA/PtHA, Reserve World Champion in Working Cow Horse and Youth Reining. While not one of the greatest reining horses I've ever trained, she was an amazing cow horse. She'd score a solid 70 in the dry work and 73 to 75 in the cow work. She is an NRCHA money earner. She earned an APHA superior and honor roll titles in reining. She was a great teacher for first time reiners. I've always regretted selling her. I loved her a lot.