Art Gaytan memory

A good memory from Christy Wood:

I am saddened with the news that my friend and Appaloosa Horse Club Judge, Art Gaytan, passed away a few weeks ago. He loved all horse breeds and was a well rounded judge. I have many stories that include Art, as I am sure many of his judge friends can also remember, but one in particular. It was an Appaloosa show being held at the Paso Robles fairgrounds in the mid 1980’s. Art entered the Heritage class (then called the costume class) as a brave. And brave he was, as the only thing he was wearing was a breech cloth and carrying a bow and quiver, and riding bare back. When he came into the line up and the judge, Billy Harris, walked to him for his story, Art, asked his horse to lay down and he crouched behind him as his interpretation of being in a battle and using his horse for a shield! Magnificent! Billy did not think so, and went with the rule that a horses shoulder and hip can not touch the ground and DQ’d Art! It still is a wonderful memory of the talent that Art had with horses and his enjoyment of life. In this photo I have sent you from left to right are Art Gaytan, Judy Wright, Myself, Christy Wood, and Sonny Williams. The picture was taken at a breed show held at the Orange County Fairgrounds. God’s speed, Art, and I’ll be riding bareback with you again sometime.

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  1. debbie Said,

    September 15, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    yeah, remember Art doing the same thing @ the LA county foar show in the 80’s as the rest of the ladies in the class stood there & watched him race around the arena on his trusty war mount ( as there was the work @ will moment back then) then lay her down inteh middle of the arean & take aim @ the judge……. he had a better ending that time – he won the class we will miss you Art!

  2. Penny Whitehead Said,

    September 21, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    Art was a personal friend in our beginning years in the Appaloosa world. He was starting his carreer in training and helped with our first stud colt, breaking him to saddle. We lost touch over the years but the “net” helped us reconnect. Wish I could have seen him in action in the Costume Class! And he was also a wonderful dancer and hubby and I will also miss you Art.

  3. Danelle Kern Said,

    November 13, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    Art was my horse trainer when I was a little girl. He taught me a lot about horses. I will miss him!

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