California Riding Magazine • August, 2012

Flying Changes

Dal Scott Passes Away at 79

Dal Scott, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in San Diego County's Jamul on June 27 surrounded by his family.

Considered a leading entrepreneur, innovator and visionary in the human and equine orthopedic product industries, Scott was president and CEO of Professional's Choice Sports Medicine Products Inc.
After breaking his leg in 1976, Scott developed a neoprene orthopedic product designed to protect and maintain his cast. To market the new product, Scott launched Dricast Orthopedics Inc., which he managed part-time while continuing to sell cars and RVs as his primary occupation.

In 1986, Scott launched the company known as Professional's Choice and expanded beyond the human product line to reach out to the equine market because of his passion for horses. In the equestrian community, Scott was best known for inventing the "original Sports Medicine Boot." – the SMB – in 1990, revolutionizing the equine industry. Scott maintained the primary goal, and his company's mission, of helping to provide equine athletes with more comfortable lives. Today Scott's company, Professional's Choice, produces combination boots, skid boots, hock boots, splint boots and bell boots designed to protect horses from injury, in all equestrian disciplines, along with a series of popular saddle pads and other equine and human products.

A member of The Executive Committee, an international organization of CEOs, Scott was a nominee for the San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1995. Along with his wife, Nina, Scott was a longtime supporter of many equestrian organizations, including the largest equine breed organization in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association. "Dal was a true friend of the horse industry, compassionate, caring and very conscientious that he did the right thing; we will miss him greatly," says Don Treadway, Executive Vice President of the American Quarter Horse Association.

In addition, Scott supported the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International through the Professional's Choice annual Leg Up campaign and served as chair of PATH International's advisory board.

Scott was a horseman, a husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. He made a positive difference in the equestrian community, and is leaving behind an inspiring legacy. He touched countless lives, equine and human, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Scott is survived by his wife, Nina; son, David; and daughters, Pam, Michele and Jessica along with seven grandchildren and numerous friends.

For those wanting to send their condolences to the Scott family, please address messages to In lieu of any gifts or flowers, if you would like to contribute, the Scott family asks that donations be made in the name of Dal Scott to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research:

Joe King Passes

Western and reining horse trainer Joe King passed away in May, but not without leaving a strong horsemanship legacy behind in the form of his widow, Donna, their daughter Joline King Pebley and their granddaughter Kailey King.

Joe was inducted into the California Reining Horse Assn.'s Hall of Fame in 2008 and his career with horses spanned 50-plus years. Joe's love of horses grew from his love of Donna, who was already an accomplished rider when they met nearly 55 years before Joe's passing. They both rode and trained with Jack Baker and Mack Lynn before going pro themselves, working on ranches in California, Idaho and Washington before eventually settling in Southern California. In addition to training, Joe was an active reined cow horse judge.
Joline and Donna run King Performance Horses at Rancho Del Rio in Anaheim, with an assist from the very talented Kailey, an amateur competitor.

Karen Healey Moves to Whitethorne Ranch

After several happy years ensconced at a private facility in Hidden Valley, Karen Healey moved her hunter/jumper training business to the Maskrey family's Whitethorne Ranch in Ventura County's Somis. Karen and her longtime assistant Melissa Jones welcome the chance to let somebody else worry about boarding matters, and are focusing purely on training for about 15 clients at Whitethorne, plus the many students that hook up with Karen at shows.

Nestled amidst citrus, avocado and pepper trees, Whitethorne Ranch is home to approximately 75 horses. These include several bred by young Grand Prix rider Georgy Maskrey-Segesman and those in training with two resident dressage trainers, Julia Spreen-Balcom and Lauren Mourmouris.

The quiet, peaceful facility includes two large jumper arenas, a huge grand prix derby field surrounded by a conditioning track and several turn-out paddocks.

Steve and Jenni McAllister Move to Flintridge

Hunter/jumper trainers Steve and Jenni McAllister are newly settled in at the Flintridge Riding Club, after four years at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. "We have really enjoyed our time at the LAEC," states Steve. "But when the Flintridge Riding Club approached us, we had to give the offer serious consideration."

"We really wanted a Grand Prix caliber rider here at Flintridge," explains Flintridge president Susan Azad. "People spoke highly of Jenni and Steve, they are well liked, and they have a very good reputation. I think they will be a good fit at Flintridge."

Ballingowan Pizazz Goes East

Shannon Lilley's Pan Am Games gold medal partner left for Michael Pollard's barn in Georgia in late June. It's great news for Michael, who lost some top horses in a trailer accident in May. But "Mango" will be missed by his fans out West.

"When I realized that we might actually be able to pull a group together I began to think of horses that could potentially live up to the standard of the incredible horses we lost," Michael recounts. "Ballingowan Pizazz (aka Mango) was at the top of the list. Obviously, I knew him very well from watching him at the Pan American Games, but because he was not on the market and my tremendous respect for Shannon it was a very difficult decision to even ask if he could be for sale. I was very surprised when Shannon wrote to me and said that she would consider selling him, and honestly I was honored that she considered me worthy of such an amazing horse.

"Shannon is one of the best and most positive people I know and, while I am obviously thrilled to have the opportunity to ride Mango, I am also sad that Shannon is not able to continue his career. They were a wonderful partnership to watch, and I will do everything I can to fulfill her faith in me with Mango to realize his potential."

Shannon, of course, is Dana Lynd-Pugh's training partner at Flying Tail Farm in Northern California's Gilroy. Hopefully, she'll be back on a new horse soon!

Aida Johannes at Sunset Horse Ranch

Dressage trainer Aida Johannes is very happy with her new base at Paul Seitz' Sunset Horse Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. She can be reached at 760-807-1876.