Where it all started & what it led to...
Violet and I - photo: Imelda Ramirez
My parents gave me my first horse, a Welsh Pony named Field Mouse from Foxfield Farms, when I was just 3 1/2 years old. That was all it took... I was hooked... I had the horse "sickness", "disease", "bug"?!
My mom made sure I remembered at all times that in order to keep my pony... I needed to clean his stall... (with garden gloves & a laundry basket when I was too small to hold a rake & push a wheel barrow), keep out of trouble, get good grades, come home on time and anything else she wanted to use as a bartering chip!
I soon grew out of "Mouse" and started showing Arabians alongside my mom for almost 20 years. We raised and showed many wonderful horses together on a national level successfully and I was able to work with great talents in the industry and ride numerous horses in several different disciplines including Saddle Seat, Stock Seat and Side Saddle to name a few.
It was always a lifelong dream of mine to raise beautiful horses on my own some day, that were talented enough to be shown, taken on the trail, used in a lesson for the kids or any other job you may want to perform - a beautiful, versatile horse the whole family could enjoy and live with.
I also wanted to help others create some of the great life long memories I had with horses growing up. I learned so many important lessons from riding and my time with horses... I met friends who are still important in my life today and I have a career doing what I love.
After many years of a clear vision mixed with determination, hard work and amazing people who believed in me, my dreams are coming true.
Welcome to my Ranch! Let me share my knowledge, experiences and exceptional horses with you - you will find a family friendly environment where Safety, Horsemanship, Sportsmanship and Smiles are number one. Located just a few minutes from the quaint, historic town of Mariposa, near Yosemite National Park & Yosemite/Mariposa Airport.
I offer a wide variety of Services including Riding Lessons, Horsemanship Experiences and Classes, Breeding Services including Foaling and Foal Handling, Clinics, Free Educational Field Trips, Private Meetings and Parties and much more.
Fortunately, relationships and ideas are coming together and turning into programs. I have learned ways to reach out to others who may not be able to have something like this in their life - the ones who might need it the most. Please take a moment to learn about the Romeo Cares Riding Program.
I appreciate all the wonderful clients, friends and colleagues who have believed in me, supported me and trusted me with their knowledge, kindness, love, horses and their children. You have made all this possible.
Please come for a visit and see why my horses are so special.
Shawna Dahl Quarter Horses & Riding Club
In Mariposa just outside Yosemite National Park
Office: (209) 377-8202
US Mail: PO Box 291 - Catheys Valley, CA 95306
News, Media & Links
May 26, 2012:
Merced Sun Star article featuring Shawna Dahl's Riding Program
Merced Sun Star Article
The next generation of my breeding program is here! Here is the result of my mare, DBR Ruby Sunset (x SOLID SUNSET) crossed on GOLD KING PEPONITA. Next one on the way March 2015. Stay tuned!
Shawna Dahl Quarter Horses and Riding Club
PO BOX 291
Catheys Valley, CA 95306