Born July 24, 1921, Alvin ‘Gabby’ Gabbert lived his entire life on the land his father homesteaded west of Lefor. In 1950, he purchased the family farm and changed it from farming to a ranching operation.
Alvin bred and raised Registered Black Angus cattle and Quarter horses. He added an indoor arena for training and working horses year around and held roping and horsemanship clinics for young people.
Alvin trained, rode and showed performances horses across the U.S. and Canada. From 1953-1969, he participated in many rodeos and horse shows, including the Beulah Cowboy’s Reunion, ND Winter Show Rodeo, Killdeer Rodeo, Dickinson Rough Rider Show and many more.
Alvin won many championships during the 1950s-1970s, including in calf roping, team-roping and World Appaloosa Performance competition. He received the “Horseman of the Year” plaque from the Red River Valley Horse Breeders Assn. and the Hazen Horse Assn. traveling trophy in 1970. He posthumously received the “Horseman of the Year” award at the 1969 Winter Horse Shows in Crookston, Minn.
Alvin was a National Cowboy Hall of Fame charter member, active in various rodeos and horse associations and an AQHA-approved judge. He married P. Dorine Graham in 1945, they had three children. He died Sept. 26, 1969.