Daniel Dawson

6/30/1992 – 6/23/2013

Sire: Oak Creek Noble King

Dam: Rosalie Dawson

Bred by Old Dawson Ranch, Santa Rosa, CA

When Daniel came to us in December 2001 he was already a champion in the show ring.  He was shown by his previous owners in driving classes as well as English pleasure and park saddle.  He went to the Morgan National where he placed in the top ten in driving in 1996, 97 and 98.  In 1999 at the Grand National & World Championships he placed in the top ten in English Pleasure Amateur Gelding.

At Davis Ranch his career would change to Combined Driving which he seemed to really enjoy. After several months of training we took him to his first CDE in Coolidge Arizona.  Over the next couple of years we traveled and competed all over the western states.  Then in May 2003 Daniel was confronted with a bout of colic which required surgery to untwist  his colon.

He made it through  and by October we were back on the road again.

2004 turned out to be a banner year for Daniel and a real turning point in his Combined Driving career. By August we were traveling to Parker Colorado for the US Singles Championship in Combined Driving.  This was the first time that they were being held west of the Mississippi river.  I figured why not just go for it so we did.  And Daniel with his can do attitude did the show of his career and placed Reserved Champion.  Considering colic surgery just a year earlier this was quite a testimony to him.

By the end of 2004 we found ourselves on the long list for the 2006 World Singles Championships that would be held in Italy.  Being this was a chance of ones lifetime we spent August through September on the East coast at the trial events for team selection.

The last selection event would be in New Jersey in May of 2006 so back across the US we traveled. The event went well but there were many top drivers there.  When all was said and done politics chose what teams would be going and we were not one of them.  But that was ok because Daniel gave his whole heart and soul into trying.

That following August Daniel had another bout of colic and had to undergo surgery again for a twisted colon.  By mid 2007 Daniel was back to driving and we tried two more events but unfortunately this second surgery was the end to him competing.  He no longer had the stamina for the marathon portion of Combined Driving.

We kept Daniel here at our ranch here in Prescott, Arizona until  February of 2010 at which time we found a retirement ranch in LaSal Colorado where he could walk around twenty-four hours a day with other retired performance horses.  Daniel lived out the rest of his days there.

Daniel will be remembered for all that he had done for his prior owners and especially what he has done for me.  Daniel loved to work especially when it involved driving and he always gave it everything he had.  He will always be in our hearts.