David Lee Archer was born on Jan 31, 1954, in
He remembers the very day that his dad pulled up in their old Buick with a very scruffy looking pony riding in the back seat. His grand mother was very upset that his dad has spend $25 on this creature that didn't look strong enough to stand up. The pony was extremely dusty and dirty plus only had one eye. The name "Dusty" was given to this pony. After cutting off all the shaggy hair and giving him some loving care, Dusty grew into a very handsome pony that would lead the little boy on his path for the future.
The David learned to ride Dusty without a bridle or saddle. He rode with balance alone. He tried to do every thing with Dusty that he saw in the old Westerns. He would jump onto Dusty’s back from a roof top. Dusty would fall at a run and could do airs above ground. His dad didn't geld Dusty until he outgrew him. Dusty was more than just a pony to David: he was his best friend.
David Lee’s lifelong career and love of horses began at the age of ten. He was paid to buck out two ponies at ten and in his early teens started riding auction horses for a horse trader in addition to working problem horses with Mr.Smithpot. He was riding other peoples horses on the show circuit at the ripe age of 14.
The little boy grew into a young man of sixteen. One day, a neighbor came knocking on his door. He told the young man he found Dusty dead. It was after a stormy night. A gate was blown down by the wind. The young man buried Dusty by hand, he cried with every shovel full of dirt. He remembers something that his grandfather told him years ago, "Be good to Dusty and he will be good to you." As the young man became a man he has changed the words but still means the same." Be true to the horse and they will be true to you." He has held this philosophy throughout the years.
Unlike many ‘specialized trainers’ David holds numerous championship titles in both English and Western including Reining/Freestyle Reining, Cow Horse, Cross Country Jumping/ Stadium Jumping and in the Midwest was high point barrel horse for three years in a row.
David is a world class trainer & clinician known for rehabbing troubled horses and their riders. He has hosted and been featured at clinics across the
He now resides in Valley Center where for the past 8 years he has been Vice President of Falcon Ridge San Diego’s largest 501(C)(3) non-profit equine rescue facility.