Julie Hansma and Too Bossy winning at the 2009 Music City Futurity. • Photo by Jami Littlefield.

Julie Hansma: Rider, Mentor & Friend

The cutting horse community is mourning the death of Julie Hansma.

Hansma, a million-dollar rider and wife of trainer Paul Hansma, passed away Feb. 6 as the result of a head injury she sustained at a 2018 cutting horse show in Bryan, Texas.

A Celebration of Life was scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 11 at Greenwood Baptist Church, 1504 Greenwood Cutoff Road, Weatherford, Texas. 

Julie’s Life

Julie was born in Santa Monica, California, on July 15, 1963, to Thomas and Rosemary Dvorak. Her childhood was filled with horses, horses, and more horses. She spent several years under the guidance of Frank and Cindy Craighead, who would become lifelong friends. Rosemary traveled Southern California to horse shows in a station wagon and trailer with Julie and younger brother Tommy in tow, helping them follow their dreams.  

After graduating high school, Julie went to work for Jack and Judy Adams and wet her feet in the cutting horse world. She then moved to Oklahoma and spent several years with the legendary Terry and Sharon Riddle. 

In 1993, Julie married the love of her life, Paul Hansma, and they settled down to raise their family in Weatherford, Texas. Julie was a talented cutting horse rider and member of the National Cutting Horse Association Non-Pro Hall of Fame. An earner of more than $1.5 million, Julie found great success in the non-pro ranks and made the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finals many times.

According to her obituary, the full text of which and a tribute wall are available at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel’s website, Julie was widely credited as being the driving force behind husband, Paul, as he forged a successful career in the cutting horse industry that saw him become an EquiStat Elite $6 Million Rider and a member of the NCHA Hall of Fame. In addition to her many achievements in the arena, Julie had an even greater joy in mentoring young men and women in her circle. 

Much like her mother, Rose, Julie spent several years traveling the country with her own daughters hauling them to cutting horse events where they excelled – altogether, her children have earned more than $422,000 in cutting – and shared some of her family’s most sacred memories. 

A member of Greenwood Baptist Church in Weatherford, Julie is survived by husband, Paul, daughter Alannah Chartier (Scott), daughter Cade Messenger (Jaco), daughter McCall Hansma, mother and father, Tom and Rosemary Dvorak, brother Thomas Dvorak Jr. and his daughters Madison and Alyssa. 

Suggested Memorials

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a memorial contribution be made to one of the following: 

  • Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation, PO Box 652, Crockett, Texas 75835 
  • Horsemen For Christ, PO Box 9524, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 
  • Cutting Edge Retirement Foundation, 630 J.E. Woody, Springtown, Texas 76082 
  • Greenwood Baptist Church, 1504 Greenwood Cutoff Rd., Weatherford, Texas 76088

Services are being handled by Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.