Posts Tagged ‘gait’

About the President of BHBFTA

March 17, 2010

Craig Dansie is the President for the club this year.  This is what he wrote up to share:

“I have been involved with horses most of my life. I have always loved being around them. I have had Quarter horses and Arabs and some grade horses.

In 1978 my family went to a foxtrotter auction with a friend. We just wanted to see the horses and what they were like and had no intention of buying one. Near the end of the auction a beautiful 2 year old sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail came out and they could not get a bid. I thought I would get it started so I made the opening bid and it was also the closing bid and we owned our first foxtrotter. He was just green broke but very easy to get along with so after 2 rides the wife and kids took over and I was back on the Arab. I decided I needed to get a gaited horse for me as I was tired of getting beat up on the trail rides. I bought another foxtrotter and everyone else rode him. I decided it was time to get rid of all of the square trotting horses and only have foxtrotters. This was in 1979 and we have enjoyed foxtrotters since that time.

We decided to start raising some of our own foals and I began looking for really good mares. I had been informed by several knowledgeable people that the mares were 60% of the equation. I have had the privilege of owning several world champion and reserve world champion mares and geldings. This past year, my mare Frank’s Praire Belle D won the open championship 4 year and older 3 gaited class at the year Old Futurity. She also won the 3 gait championship at the Utah Grand and the Great Western Celebration and the BHBFTA Show. She was also the 2 gait champion at our show. Belle was the high point Amateur 3 gait champion for the MFTHBA as well as the high point men’s 2 gait champion for 2009.

My daughter Michelle won the high point Amateur Ladies on our gelding Frank’s Hotshot D. I had another mare, Frank’s Nice N Easy, that was the 3 year old reserve champion mare and took 3rd place in the Championship. She was also Reserve World Champion 3 year old Mare and 3rd place in the WGC class in 2009. My other mare, Knight’s Shooting Star was the Reserve Champion 3 year old at the Breeders Cup in 2009.

I have been involved with the BHBFTA for about 15 years and have been the Secretary, Treasurer and President. I got involved with Foxtrotters because of my love of trail riding. They are the Cadillac of the trails. My first love is the trail riding even though I don’t get to do as much as I would like because of the shows.

My wife and I went on a great trail ride to Monument Valley with the Navajo Indians as our hosts and guides. It was really great place. I have enclosed a picture.”  (see below)


Straighten Up and Fly Right

February 25, 2010

This ARTICLE is by Jane Zubia of Satin Gaits (also Vice-President of our club) who has been kind enough to share this with us.

“For years I have listened to horsemen I respect speak about a really broke horse traveling straight. These horsemen come from many different disciplines, so straightness is a common trait that all riders should be working towards.

I am amazed how some small thing will make a big difference to the horse’s performance. Not too long ago I was working with a rider who had a very inconsistent gaited horse. She told me her horse only did his really nice gait sometimes when heading towards home while the rest of the ride he usually paced. She was hoping I could help her regain the consistently smooth gait he had when she brought him.

As I watched the horse and rider pace around the arena, I noticed that this horse was very interested in his surroundings and the other participant’s horses. He wasn’t scared or nervous just curious and enjoyed checking everything out. I talked to the rider and asked her to take notice of how much her horse was looking around. Next I asked her to bring her horse back into alignment anytime he looked away. I encouraged her to relax but stay focused so she could take care of any deviation from straightness as soon as she noticed it occurring.  I also had her ride between some lines drawn in the arena dirt to help her notice when her horse deviated from straight. In less than 3 hours her horse was beginning to gait more like he had when she first purchased him. Because of better alignment, both horse and rider were enjoying their ride and due to an improved positioning the horse was able to fly right again!

Every day I am with a horse, I observe in order to notice the minute things that might make a huge difference to the horse’s performance. I have proven to myself that straightness immensely helps gaited horses gait better and more consistently.

Remember, straighten up and let your horse fly right!

Wyoming’s Horse Whisperette, Jane Zubia, is a traveling gaited horse trainer whose passion is encouraging better horse and rider relationships. Jane can be reached at or 307-254-0666.”