2016 Miniature Horse WORLD Issues October/November 2016 Vol 32 No 5 - Page 160

Between 1984 through 1990, an estimated 26 million people per year saw the ponies either in person or on national TV and cable networks. There is no doubt a significant amount of the positive publicity and continued popularity the Miniature breed enjoyed during those years could be directly tied to Dale’s willingness to share his love of the Miniature horse. In every pamphlet, press release and interview, Dale was quick to share the American Miniature Horse Association’s name and contact information so that all could learn more about this wonderful breed of horse. After their performance, these same horses were tied to the trailer for spectators to pet and handle. Ever the breed ambassador, when the teams stayed more than one day in any location, Dale would also take the horses to the children’s cancer center or children’s hospitals so the kids could pet and brush the minis. This was Dale’s favorite part of the job. He so enjoyed being able to share the horses with the children. He loved the way their faces lit up when they saw a Miniature horse being led off a hospital elevator. 158 Miniature Horse World O C TO B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6