Melanie has shown Morgan English pleasure, hunter/jumper, quarter horses, competitive trail, English and western pleasure over the years. Within the past 15 years, Tom and Mel have enjoyed the very popular western discipline referred to as reining, with spins and slides included in the maneuvers. They are both NRHA and AQHA lifetime members and compete within their local affiliate—Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association.
The Dales have also competed at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, NRHA Futurity ad the North American Affiliate Championship Show, vying for the coveted Rookie Of The Year title. They have both reached the “limited non pro” level of reining. They have also personally bred their stallion and raised and trained their own babies from the ground up.