Early years spent at the race track with his father, who was a trainer on the western circuit, led Dale Simanton to his first win as a jockey at the tender age of 12! With dreams of becoming the next Willie Shoemaker, he rode races through high school before a growth spurt changed his plans. His next move was becoming a trainer, with early success racing Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Paint Horses. He also became handy breaking babies, shoeing and galloping his own string. Later in life, he began breeding race horses and using them on the ranch to freshen them between race seasons. This background and full understanding of the racing industry has proven useful when transitioning off-track horses to second careers.