Born in 1949 in Crawford, NE, Dale competed in his first rodeo at the age of six, and from that day forth, he was hooked. He steer wrestled and rode bulls and barebacks at Little Britches rodeos, winning the 1967 NLBRA finals in steer wrestling.
While he was in the army, he competed in the first German rodeo ever held, riding bucking horses from Hungary.
Once out of the army, Dale took a job with Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. Although working fulltime, he rodeoed every weekend and found time to attend Jerome Robinson’s bull riding school.
Out of 77 students, Dale won the gold buckle. Invited to travel with Jerome, Dale declined, choosing instead to take care of his job and family, who in return have supported his rodeoing throughout the years.
Dale’s association with the NSPRA dates back to the first NOTRA rodeo ever held at Hyannis, NE. Although too young to compete, his father and uncle were entered, and Dale was there, savoring a piece of NSPRA history that few existing members of NSPRA can claim to have done.