Bill Basler and Mary Sharp-Basler
Due West Ranch was founded in 2004 by Bill Basler on 80 acres in western Wyandotte County, Kansas. His goal was to develop a family-friendly, multi-discipline boarding facility. Since this welcoming atmosphere drew boarders from all over the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Ranch continued to grow and necessitated the addition of barns and larger arenas.
Mary Sharp brought her lesson program and talented herd to Due West Ranch in May of 2011. She built on the program with the addition of camps and the Not Summer Horse Show Series.
With their combined efforts and passion for their Due West family, the ranch became well-known for excellence in horse care, well-rounded rider education, and multi-discipline events, all while implementing the highest safety standards for horse and rider.
In June of 2015, Due West Ranch relocated two miles down the road to a beautiful 40-acre property. This allowed for expansion and a focus on providing horse owners and riders with positive, safe equine activities in multiple disciplines.
Barn Manager & Western Trainer
Danielle Saggars is an Ohio native who grew up riding in the all around and Quarter Horse events. She was very active in 4-H and mentoring younger riders in her club. Danielle was recruited to ride for South Dakota State University on a Division 1 NCAA Equestrian Team where she traveled and competed in both Horsemanship and Reining.
Danielle completed an internship with Shane Brown Performance Horses in Elbert, Colorado to broaden her knowledge in reining and starting young horses. She completed a degree in Agricultural Science from South Dakota State University before moving to Kansas City in 2016.
Upon arrival in Kansas City, Danielle worked for the American Royal Association as the Equine Event Manager where she oversaw all equine activities and shows during the fall season.
Danielle also gives lessons at Due West Ranch specializing in all around, western, and beginner riders.
Resident Hunter/Jumper Trainer
Alex Gill – ZeZe Equine
My name is Alex Gill, I am the owner, trainer, and professional rider of ZeZe Equine. I began ZeZe Equine to create a positive, supportive, and safe environment for all riders. I believe every goal is obtainable and want to help riders gain their confidence in the saddle whether the goal is to walk/trot or go to Junior Equitation Finals. For me, my love for horses began when I was in 3rd grade. My mom and dad allowed me to try soccer, softball, basketball, and ballet when I was young, however they knew these sports weren’t for me. I would let the balls role by while I was picking flowers. Let’s just say I never was a helpful teammate. A friend of mine began horseback riding lessons and my mom decided to give it a shot. Little did she know that the first time I sat on a lesson horse at 8 years old, I would be hooked for life. I quickly grew as a rider and a horse person. Throughout the years, I had the opportunity to ride many horses and ponies. I first began breaking and starting young horses as a teenager and have always enjoyed the process of allowing a horse to showcase their natural talents. I was able to attend several national championships, including pony finals and child/adult jumper finals. I was a working student throughout high school, which allowed me to ride many horses and learn how to become a horse person first hand. After high school, I rode on Delaware State University’s Division 1 equestrian team. I started as a freshman in both over fences and on the flat. After DSU, I attended Emporia state University where I obtained a bachelors degree in psychology. I used my psychology degree and worked in child welfare while enjoying my horses on the side for a few years. After 18 years of training, riding, and, showing horses, I decided to take the step to create the business of my dreams. I continue to learn everyday and look forward to sharing my knowledge with others. I am excited to help build and inspire amazing riders and horses. I am confident that ZeZe Equine is the place for you. Come ride with me!