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.
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.
Horseman and retired agribusiness executive, Bill was introduced to horses before he even celebrated his first birthday! They are his “lifelong addiction,” from his youth, riding “Babe,” his bareback charger, to his college days at what is now called Missouri State, where he worked on an Arabian horse farm and was introduced to noted Arabian trainer, Red Beyer. He dropped out of college to apprentice with Red and learned the method he referred to as “cowboy dressage.”
Bill returned to Missouri State and graduated in 1973. He went to work for MFA Incorporated, a Columbia, Missouri-based farm cooperative, all while continuing to train and sell Arabian horses. In the late 1980’s, Bill switched to raising, training and selling Quarter horses. Upon retirement in 2008, Bill became trainer and breeding manager for Cedardell Arabians.