1950 - 2013
Dale Rosenke was the eldest sibling in a family of five. The early 70’s began what became a full time Clydesdale breeding operation. Two mares, Bonnie Argyll and Masondale Lorna were purchased in 1970. Bonnie Argyll was the granddaughter of Balgreen Final Command. The first Clyde foal was born in 1971. This sparked Dale’s ambition to breed quality Clydesdales and improve the breed.
In 1972 he purchased another half section of land west of Olds just below the Westerdale Church and this has been the home of Westerdale Clydesdales ever since. A daughter, Jean, was born in 1974 and later a son, Greg, was born in 1977.
In 1976 Dale jumped at the opportunity to purchase the imported stallion Bardrill Strathmore by Torrs Renown. He imported two mares, Glenord Choice and Glenord Melody, both by Glenord Comet. These horses built the structure of the foundation “Westerdale” mare line.
If you asked Dale what was important to his breeding program he would tell you that he liked a horse with “a wide heel, beautiful flat hock, flat bones, soft silkier feather, strong over the top and smart between the ears.” Dale continued to breed his own mares while using outside stallions in the last few decades. He purchased C.I.E. Perfection by Doura Sensation in 1998. Before he passed away he was working on importing some genetics from Australia to add to his line. In the late 80’s he showed the home bred mare Westerdale Judy to Reserve Jr. Champion Mare and Westerdale Winston to Grand Champion Stallion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. His primary focus was halter horses but he had shown teams and carts as well.
Over the years Dale had many horse visitors from all over the world. He spent a lot of time sharing his knowledge with new Clydesdale enthusiasts.
There was always a big garden on his farm and he was very proud to be able to put a fully home cooked meal on the table. Dale loved nature and would work late at night just to enjoy the stars and memorize the constellations. On several occasions he would get the kids up out of bed just to show them porcupines in a tree, fireflies or the Northern lights.
Dale loved all animals but especially the babies. There were always foals, calves, piglets, lambs, chicks, goslings, ducklings, puppies and kittens on his farm. He also loved children and not just his own but friend’s and neighbour’s children as well. He was a skilled carpenter and built an oak heirloom cradle that was used for all five of his grandchildren. Dale had a special connection with his grandchildren and always had time to show them the latest surprise, which would often be a new foal, rooster or a nest of something.
Dale passed away of cancer at home in 2013 at the age of 63.