In his approximately 70 years in the saddle, Dan Lopez has won sixteen world championships and fifteen national championships in a variety of working “cowhorse” categories. He has been inducted into more than one horse-riding hall of fame, and served as the lead rider and honorary vaquero in Santa Barbara’s annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta and Rodeo.
His career is filled with other honors including being named horse trainer of the year in 1994 by Appaloosa Magazine. Movies stars and TV icons have learned to ride and trained under his guidance.
By all accounts, despite his great skill as a horseman, Lopez remains a shy man, even in his 70s. He still works part time as a horse trainer and competes in the arena.
Oso Ranch is proud to have a riding instructor of Dan’s caliber on its staff.