Dylan Palm

Trainer, instructor

Dylan Palm : Trainer

Recovering older horses

Starting young horses

Riding is about creating willingness and engagement

“Dylan Palm comes to classical training with a true western sensibility. He’s a horseman’s horseman, putting the horse’s well being first before his own comfort or status. He’s at the same time clear and determined, and a genuinely kind human being with a great sense of humor. We are honored to work with him and look forward to seeing where his career goes over the years.”

Mary Anne Campbell

Trainer, instructor, Director , National School of Academic Equitation

Dylan Palm: the focus of work in hand with a horse in training

Keep your eye on this young man. Real training has nothing to do with the saddle, and everything to do with the sensibility of the rider. If he continues as we’ve seen him here, one day Dylan Palm is going to make a real name for himself.

Craig Stevens

Master of Classical Equitation

Western Training? At a Dressage Barn?

You bet. Dressage means “training”. It’s not about one single correct frame, and certainly not about the saddle or clothing. Western saddles have their own tack room here, and we’re delighted to have a dedicated western instructor join our team. To your left you’ll see Karen, one of our long time students, working cattle on a classically trained horse she brought along with Craig’s teaching.

Who is Dylan Palm?

Dylan was raised in the Snohomish area. He grew up around horses. His grandfather bred, broke, and sold quarterhorses and Dylan was out there learning the cowboy way of working horses from as young as he can remember.

The horses he grew up with taught him what it is to be polite in a horse culture. His tough minded grandfather taught him to man up, lean in, and trust himself to find the answers.

At NSAE, Dylan has taken the innate understanding of slowness and kindness that his horses gave him and along with it the courage, strength and wit that his grandfather instilled in him, and like all of us here he continues to do serious studying to fill in the space in between. Dylan has had experience as an instructor in the Civil Air Patrol, and brings that discipline and expectation of excellence to everything he does– but along with it, the sense of humor and patience of a real horseman. He’s now begun taking students of his own as well as assisting with training and horse care.

This year Dylan will not only be teaching students and working along with Craig and Mary Anne with the horses we have now in training, but also taking in new horses to work as well. We will not be surprised if he becomes a trainer and clinician with an international reputation over time, and we’re excited about watching him find his place in the modern training world.


Dylan teaching

Lessons with Dylan are always fun. He’s good at setting up the question well, and then letting the rider sort out the answers.