Meet the Brookshires. . .
Dale and Janel Brookshire founded the Cactus Bars Ranch when they were married in
July of 2004. While living near Claremore, OK, they successfully trained people and
horses, branding Stay in the Saddle as a leader in true western riding instruction.
As of Summer 2012, they will make their residence near Ocate, NM, and continue helping
people in their horsemanship needs.
Janel has been in love with horses her whole life. She grew up on a cattle, hog and grain
farm in Minnesota, but her passion was for horses. She would volunteer to care for
neighbor’s horses, and also at a riding and boarding stable while in college. She never
outgrew her love, and in 1998 bought her first ranch and her first horse, Prince.
She has been teaching riding lessons since 2000. Through her experience, and need to
learn why and how, she is self-taught in her riding method, but does not fail to give credit
to various riders that influenced her – simply by how they rode (both what to do and what
not to do). She also uses her bachelor of science degrees in fitness and psychology to
help riders become better at what they love. Her husband, Dale, has been an influence
on her riding style in the last several years, and she is always interested in finding ways to
learn and improve better riding technique and teaching methods.
Besides producing the Basic Western DVD and Arena-side Manual, Janel has taught
primarily private lessons to focus on individual riders regardless of riding level, and has
conducted clinics across the southwest. She has developed courses for Beginners and
Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, Problem Solving, Ranch Riding and Cattle Work, Trail
Riding, and Confidence in Riding. In addition, she is a working cowgirl from which she
can draw much experience and various models for teaching horsemen and women who
desire to learn. An hour spent with Janel is an investment in you and your horse.
Dale is a born and raised cowboy. He has worked ranches his entire adult life – both as
a ranch hand, and as a foreman. He has experience in training cutting horses, grass
and range management, and of course cattle management.
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Kelsey will soon be graduating college with a bachelor's degree in
Human Resources, and while she has been involved with horses
since her youth, now school and work take up most of her time.
Wyatt is eight years old, and has become a very proficient rider (as
long as he can look like Dad!). And, little Viv is six years old and is
the most horse-crazy girl in the world. Every waking word, thought
and deed is horse related - and the girl can ride, too!
For the Brookshires – the goal is to teach people and horses.
Each person and each animal deserves the opportunity to make
the most of his or her potential. Through hard work and dedication,
everyone can succeed at whatever they put their mind to.
Stay in the Saddle is the product of this belief and this goal. Stay in
the Saddle is not only the name of the riding program, but a
philosophy and a commitment.
Stay in the Saddle. And ride with us.
|Even the kids get into the
He was raised in the old west
philosophy of horsemanship, and
therefore used such coarse methods
in his horse breaking routine. Upon
attending a horse-training clinic using
the roundpen as a tool to gentle a
horse, Dale realized a simpler way. In
recent years, Dale has begun riding
horses for outside clients,
incorporating both roundpen training
and putting them to work on the
ranch. Horses, of all backgrounds,
respond very well to his training.