Janis Gabbart

​What an honor to be Member of the Month!  

I am Janis Gabbart and I joined GMR about 3 months ago. I met a GMR member, Diana, at the hardware store and complemented her on her trailer. She was nice and I thought “I can ride with her.”

I have one horse. Mr.Shorty, a 9-year-old gelding that my daughter found for me in Oklahoma. He’s not registered, but I don’t care. He’s the first one I haven’t started in 35 years. I have 2 dogs, Angel, the Rat Terrier, and Mini, the little fat dog. I had to fatten her up so she couldn’t squeeze out under the fence.

I was born in Tucson and grew up at different race tracks; my father was a jockey and horse trainer. I moved to Chino Valley in 2004, went to Texas for a year, then came back. I was a travel nurse for 2 years, working in Denver, Houston and California. I bought my house here and settled in Chino Valley in 2008. 

I am divorced, I don’t be married well. I think the phrase used was: “stubborn, hardheaded, and too independent.”  I have 4 grown children, my son, Jessie is the oldest, then my daughter Casey. My youngest are twins, Jamie and Josie. I have 5 grandchildren. 

I worked at the race track after school; mostly Quarter Horse. I joined the Army because I needed a vacation. I packed parachutes and jumped out of airplanes for 3 years. I was the first military female to jump into Alaska and Panama. (Dubois honor). For the last 35 years I’ve been a registered nurse and worked in many different areas of nursing. The last 5 years I worked as a correctional nurse in the Maricopa County jail system. I retired in January 2019. 

Mr. Shorty is a very good boy. I got him about a year ago and haven’t gotten to ride much. Really looking forward to riding with this group!




​Mr. Shorty