Western life lives on at Hooper Crossing | Business
Hooper Crossing could be the best kept secret in the West. Keith and Carla Danielson have carved out a niche in the Western lifestyle department with their ranch near the town of Hooper, west of Colfax off of Highway 26 in Whitman County.
In addition to horses, the couple has started an online store to sell a variety of items, including Carla Danielson's photography, which she calls "just a hobby." Friends and family urged her to expand her hobby, which she has in the form of the 2014 "Ranch Girls" calendar and other items.
"We have lots of beautiful subjects including our 3 granddaughters. I have been encouraged by people like Chris (King) and other friends to do something with my pictures, so the online store was born just a few weeks ago."
Danielson says they have been told that people love their website and Facebook page. "I really credit that to photos of a Western lifestyle that many people only dream of. That is why I thought folks would enjoy the calendars. None of the photos in "Ranch Girls" calendar were set up. Our granddaughters come stay with us every summer for a few weeks and these were all caught randomly."
Other items the Danielsons sell are notecards; original pencil drawings; bits, spurs, and bling; halters, headstalls, etc.; gift tags; wild rags; scarf slides; and more.
In addition to the recently established online presence, Hooper Crossing is also known for 'plumb good horses.'
"As you can see, we are flying a lot of different directions trying to make a living doing what we love! Keith has been training for over 25 years, but we have been out here at Hooper Crossing for 12 years," Danielson says.
Hooper Crossing offers horsemanship-trail-obstacles clinics at their ranch and at locations across the West.
"If you were able to watch some of the videos, you can see that Keith has had success including Ride the West and winning the "All Around" at Wild Cowgirls 2013 Cowboy Mtn. Trail Challenge." We also have a gorgeous stallion and mares and are raising our own horses to train and sell as well as breeding outside mares," Danielson says. Keith conducted three clinics at the Washington State Horse Expo in Lynden in September.
Danielson adds that her husband's biggest asset is his quiet, humble personality. "I think it is the key to his training success, and the reason he is liked and respected. I have always said that he was born 100 years too late, and it's also the reason he is a "secret." He has a really hard time promoting himself.... just isn't his nature. That's my job!"