Full story of Whizards Baby Doll “Roxy” born March 15, 2001 died Feb. 8, 2012

10 Feb

Heaven’s remuda improved by one fine mare on February 8, leaving this planet one short, with the passing of Roxy (aka Whizards Baby Doll), best known as horsewoman Stacy Westfall’s bareback and bridleless mount.  She sustained traumatic injury after apparently becoming cast in her stall sometime during the night of Feb. 5.

Many will best remember Roxy from a video that went viral on the Internet in which Stacy rode her with no bridle or saddle, winning the Freestyle Reining Championship at the 2006 American Quarter Horse Congress.  The performance, coming less than a month after Stacy’s father passed away, touched an appreciative audience worldwide.  One person quite moved by the ride was TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Stacy and Roxy to appear on her show.  Roxy, ever the lady, gave Ellen a memorable ride, and charmed the live studio audience by coaxing peppermints from Stacy. 

Roxy first came to Stacy and her husband, Jesse, for training as a two-year-old.  “I was the first one to ride her,” Stacy recalls.  Not long after her arrival, the Westfalls had an opportunity to buy her, but couldn’t afford to.   “One of our other clients had asked us to keep an eye out for a good horse, so when we couldn’t get Roxy, Jesse suggest he should.”  That client, Greg Gessner, bought Roxy and kept her in training with the Westfalls.

“It was the perfect partnership,” Stacy says.  “Greg believed in us — in Roxy, and Jesse and me.  There aren’t many owners who would let a fairly unproven trainer do something as crazy as ride in a competition with no bridle, let alone saddle.  But he always wanted what was best for Roxy.  He loved her.”

    And Greg never looked back.  “I truly feel blessed by God to have Jesse and Stacy in my life working with me and Roxy.  I never once doubted their abilities or judgment.  And while Roxy was my horse, it was always clear she loved Stacy.”

Roxy was ten months pregnant carrying her first foal on the night she had her mishap.  Greg had her scheduled to move to a foaling facility in time for her early March delivery date, but since the move had not yet happened, she was in a large foaling stall at home.  It was Greg who discovered Roxy in her stall early on the morning of Feb. 6.  Although she was standing, she was favoring one back leg, and her nose and one knee had abrasions, most likely from the struggle to get up after having laid down.  The stall showed signs of that struggle.

Greg called Roxy’s vet, Dr. Curt Honecker, who stopped by and began administering medications.  As the day progressed, and Roxy’s discomfort grew, Greg and Dr. Honecker decided to take her toValleyViewAnimalHospitalinDover,Ohio, where Roxy is well known and loved by the staff.

“Ever heard of the saying ‘You get one good dog in your lifetime?’  Well I think Roxy may have proved that true in the horse world. She truly was a once in a lifetime horse,” says Ashley McCahill an equine receptionist at Valley View.

Over the course of the next couple of days, Dr. Honecker and the staff did their best to make Roxy comfortable.  Sadly, the tearing and shredding of the ligaments and muscles that occurred when Roxy struggled to rise was causing dramatic swelling in both flanks and upper stifles.  Even in a sling, with morphine in her system, Roxy was unable to stand.  Recognizing her rapidly progressing condition and severe pain, Dr. Honecker and Greg chose to humanely euthanize her.

“It was a hard to make that decision,” says Greg.  “But she didn’t deserve to be in pain.  Knowing it was the right decision made it easier.”

The Valley View staff did their best to save the little, sorrel stud colt she was carrying, even though he was 30-days premature.  They performed a C-section, but after two hours of oxygen support, the colt failed to respond and was also euthanized.

“I would have expected this mare to outlast my career,” Dr. Honacker says.  “We’re going to miss her.  Staff and visitors used to sneak back to have their pictures taken with her.”

A registered American Quarter Horse, Roxy (by Whizard Jac out of a daughter of Gunners Rambo) leaves behind a legacy of four offspring, all of whom were carried by recipient mares.  But perhaps her greatest legacy is the glimpse of what is possible between a horse and a human — the image of she and Stacy, forever imprinted in the minds of those who have been lucky enough to witness them — two creatures, human and horse . . . bound by trust and love.

“What made her special was that she was willing to give so much of herself,” says Jesse Westfall.  “She allowed herself to be developed into an amazing partner, a work of art.  Not many horses, or people, are willing to do that.”

Roxy will be greatly missed by many; the Valley View staff, Greg Gessner, the Westfall family and all those inspired by her big heart.


Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Life


421 responses to “Full story of Whizards Baby Doll “Roxy” born March 15, 2001 died Feb. 8, 2012

  1. Kathy Johnson Boone

    February 10, 2012 at 6:22 am

    My heart reaches out to all who loved and admired this amazing animal.

    • Cher Hague

      February 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Australia here, a fan of you both. Having put my 30 y o quarter horse to sleep and rest in my rose garden…I know the heart ache you will feel in your loss…you will always have a smile to comfort you because she lived such a gifted life and was loved by many, close your eyes and you will always have loving wonderful memories that will live on forever…within your family cirlce of humans and horses. You where very special to have been choosen by her to develop such a unique relationship and she in return was already living in heaven and paradise with you as a devoted owner.

    • Linda Long

      April 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Stacy, I am so sorry for the lost of Roxy. I only wished you would not have had her bred. There are so many unwanted horses in this world that needs a loving home. We do not need to bring any more horses into this world. Roxy would probably still be here with you if you would not have bred her. These horses are more precious then most people. I am a horse person for 55yrs, and I will always have a horse even when I cannot ride, then I will rescue them and just giving them a loving safe warm home. Roxy rest in peace and hope you are running the green pastures in Heaven. You deserve the Very Best. Peace Roxy!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Liz Nutter

        April 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

        It’s absolutely breathtaking to me how unbelievably cruel you are. “Roxy would probably still be here with you if you would not have bred her” — are you kidding me?! You seem to be blaming the Westfalls for a freak accident that could have occurred even if Roxie had not been pregnant. Even when horses are under the best of care, sometimes things just happen. Many years ago, my best mare at the time, who was only two months pregnant, broke her leg trotting in a pasture one morning (she slipped and fell) and had to be put to sleep that day. Does that mean I should have kept her “safe” in a stall all her life, where she too could have gotten cast? (By the way, my yearling did just that last week and needed help getting up.) Another of my mares suffered delayed anaphylactic shock and died in her stall only three hours after my vet had given her routine antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for a minor respiratory illness (the autopsy revealed that it was a freak reaction, and no one’s fault). Yet another of my mares died of liver failure and encephalitis after a vet gave her a tetanus anti-toxin injection for a hoof abscess when she stepped on a nail (although I told him that she was up to date on her vaccines — he said it was simply “insurance”). I’ve owned dozens of horses in my life (usually many at one time — I have 12 now), and I know that sometimes things are just out of our control or don’t go as planned/expected or just simply happen, despite our love, meticulous care and best intentions.

        And how idiotic to say that “we do not need to bring any more horses into this world.” If none of us bred our horses, the world be devoid of horses within two or three decades, after all the existing ones died off. I, for one, would not want to live in a world without horses, although apparently you wouldn’t mind.

        Stacy, I have not read any further past this post (I’m too angry to go further without responding), but if this person has not yet apologized for his/her callousness, ignorance and Pollyanna attitude, I will do so for him/her. Please do not remember, even for a second, the inane comments of someone, as who Mark Twain would have said, opened his/her mouth and removed all doubt as to his/her being a fool.

      • patricia woodruff

        April 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        Yes, Liz, I was really taken back whe I read the part about NOT BREEDING ROXY….that was so MEAN, I thought that Stacy was going to reply to that one. But she is so sweet, so I guess she just read it with tears in her eyes, deep down knowing that there was NOTHING WRONG with her (Stacy) breeding Roxy, You are correct, if she was pregnant or NOT, ANY HORSE can get cast, ANYTIME of the day OR night!!! Thank you for your commet!! My sister had an adorable registerd Paint and she opened up the gate latch with her nose, got out and ran in the busy street and got hit by a truck and died on the spot…..THINGS HAPPEN!!! But naturally we were all brokenhearted.

      • Stacy

        April 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        Sometimes holding my tongue is the best thing I can do. I will allow people to post though so others can comment:)

      • mini

        April 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Some horses (like other animals)do need to be bred they are one of a kinds that may pass on their wonderful personalities and make us still have some of them to live on.But some people do breed for the money and do produce many unwanted horses.People buy and sell horses too much ,maybe that’s why Stacy had success,stick with one and have a partnership to last.

      • Victoria

        June 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        I can not believe you had the nerve to say that. “Roxy would probably still be here with you if you would not have bred her.” That was extremely rude and very unsentimental. No one cares that you are a horse person of 55 years or what you plan to do with your life. Stacy is by far a better horse person than could ever hope to be. It was also not her decision alone to breed Roxy. Horses are bred all the time without complications, how could Stacy, Jesse or Greg have known? One last thing, there are also too many children in this world who are neglected and suffering and need a loving home, but most couples still choose to have their own kids. Your own children are apart of you and it is amazing to watch them grow and to see how much they resemble yourself. It was the same thing with Roxy. Her colt would have been an amazing little guy with so much of his mother’s qualities. Their barn is like a family and that colt would have been a great addition to their family. I would really appreciate you not going around blaming people for the unpredictable and harsh ways of life. It does not help anyone in the situation.

      • Julie

        July 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        What a terrible thing to say — in this case – you should have kept your opinions to yourself.

      • Michelle

        July 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        Really????????????? Thanks for your support. So sorry for your loss, but let me stomp on your heart some more and tell you its your fault the horse is dead. You are a complete ASS! I lost my horse in march because I could not afford an 8000 dollar surgery to fix her. But I guess that is my fault for not being rich. Shame on you, Shame on you!!!

      • christine zahler

        July 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        Why would you put this here? MEAN! Roxy was the kind of horse that you do breed, her genetic were beyone spectacular. This is not some backyard breeding churning out subpar horses.

        Your letter is basically, 1) I’m sorry. 2) It’s your fault. 3) Here is all the amazing self righteous things I do.

      • Renee E. Dorsey

        August 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        I apologize to Stacy in advance for sullying her blog, but I cannot let this one go. You, Linda Long, are an inconsiderate idiot and probably voted for Obama. What a complete ass you are.

      • Kylla

        September 8, 2012 at 12:42 am

        How dare you? I have been involved in dog rescue for years and, while I don’t believe in backyard breeders or those that breed “cockapoos” or the like, I fully respect a breeder’s right to further the breed through AKC standards. Just as I respect a horse breeder’s right to further a pure Quarter line. Roxy’s line deserved to be carried on and for you to blame Stacy, who didn’t even OWN the horse, is just pure meanness and selfishness. I see you aren’t responding to any of these comments, you coward.

      • Iris

        September 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        you are an idiot~!

      • Lisa

        October 20, 2012 at 3:01 am

        To try and breed to have a legacy is what we all want. To have another much like her would be phenomenal. It is a chance horse owners take when they breed, they are not selfish, but rather want to carry on what they had…..I do not know Stacy but believe she had a true connection ot Roxy..what do you think Roxy would have wanted???

      • terri

        October 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

        Roxy could have suffered the same outcome whether she was bred or not.
        Tell me, have you ever fed a stray cat? By doing so, you are helping that cat survive and breed with other strays therefore bringing more cats (and disease) into the world. Maybe we don’t need more horses in the world, but we definitely don’t need more cats!!!
        Don’t pass judgement. I’m sure Stacey and the people who loved Roxy have suffered enough.

      • Patty

        November 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

        Just finding out about Roxy… And I offer my condolences to the Westfalls and Mr. Gessner for their loss. I cannot believe some people can be so RUDE as Miss Long…. Any kind of accident can happen and no matter how much you say the should of , could of’s and shouldn’t of’s in the end it is still a terrible accident. So shame on you Miss Long, just shame on you. And to you Stacy, I love your videos. I dont own a horse at this time and I love horse’s, well, all kinds of animals, but horses have always been one of my true favorites. So sorry for your loss.

      • Isabella

        November 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        I am so sorry for your lost Stacey and people like Linda long should not blame it on you!!!!

      • debi

        November 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

        re – Linda Long I am sorry to be replying so late in the year I was gathering information on Stacy Westfall when I came across this response. Unbelievable! How callous can you be, unless you were trying for shock and awe to bring attention to yourself. I hope you see this response to your response to a very heartbreaking situation. I work on a breeding farm where horses are selected and bred to outstanding stallions each year. We have at present 9 broodmares of which only 2 are in foal for 2013 keeping in mind that we don’t need to breed every mare every year we use a rotation system and the mares that are sound for riding get ridden while they have time off from more matronly duties. I find people like yourself quite often accuse others of things that they are guilty of themselves. So that being said you have a good day now.

      • Cornelle

        December 10, 2012 at 1:00 am

        Wow, this comment is not only disrespectful, but inconsiderate as well. Horses get cast all the time. Thanks to their decision, there are four beautiful reminders of this amazing mare. Shame on you for saying such negatives things and blaming the death of Roxy on people who loved her. Stacy and Greg are NOT to blame for this.

      • Cate Davy

        December 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Idiot !!
        What an unfeeling thing to say ….I can’t believe you can be so stupid !!

        I am horrified that you Linda ..can be so insensitive and cruel to Stacy.


      • VB

        December 29, 2012 at 6:15 am

        Maybe if your parents hadn’t bred, Linda, the world would have one less insensitive, ignorant person…

      • kim

        January 1, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        my heart feels broken, beautiful angel from God, pure love… this precious horse and all animals are the purest of souls and the closest to God…

      • Ginny Smith

        January 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

        It is unbelievable to me that someone feels that they have the right to say something so cruel as this. This accusation is completely riduculous and Linda you should feel ashamed for saying it.
        Stacy you have been a huge inspiration to me. Your horsemanship motivates me to strive to keep learning and truly understand the horse. I can only hope that I will have the opportunity someday to have an amazing relationship and connection with my horses as you and Roxy had. The videos of the two of you together bring tears to my eyes every time I watch them. Thank you for being my inspiration.

      • Sue Peoples

        March 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

        You are a complete idiot she bred her because she was an amazing horse and wanted to extend the legacy. Hopefully you have no children

      • Lawon Weeks

        April 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        Ms. Long, I wonder that you have the audacity to attack Stacy Westfall regarding the death of Roxy. Perhaps if you went back and read the story again, you might become cognizant of the fact that Greg, not Stacy, owned this wonderful horse and that HE was the one who bred her and had possession of her when she died. While you’re obviously very proud of your work with animals, as you should be, that is no excuse for your rudeness.

      • alex

        June 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm


      • ann

        August 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        This is mean Linda…

      • Ro bin Lindsey

        October 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        Are you out of your mind???? First. of all pregnancy has NOTHING to do with a horse getting cast…it can happen to all horses…shame on you and your uneducated insensitive opinion…

      • Jennifer

        October 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        Linda, HOW DARE YOU! You do NOT deserve to have a horse…. an animal that is as caring, loving unconditionally, UN-judgmental, therapeutic, free…. I hope to never ever meet you or anyone like you! You selfish BITCH to have the edacity to post what you did! My heart breaks for the Westfall’s and their loss… Stacy thankfully can bite her toughen because many of us will stand up and behind her, an amazing women who lost an amazing horse (that I can not relate to, but some day will face myself im sure) I WOULD never wish this pain on anyone, horses SAVED me and people like Stacy inspire me… My heart is with the Westfalls ❤

      • DanielleLovesZac

        October 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        Linda how mean of you! How dare you be so cutting and cruel to Stacy! This is her page and you get on here and attack her and say she is to blame for Roxy’s death! I cannot fathom people like you! Can you even imagine the pain Stacy is feeling about this? You basically rubbed her face in it you idiot. Maybe your parents shouldnt have bred and made you…… Im so sorry Stacy, Im sorry for your loss and Im sorry that there are such ignorant and cruel people in this world. I too know the pain of losing a great horse. My QH Zac passed away 18 months ago, he had colic and i had to euthanise him. It broke my heart completely. RIP Roxy and Zac. 😦
        By the way Linda, Im pretty sure nobody here cares how long you have had horses, we all have horses, you are no better than anyone else, and you are CERTAINLY no better than Stacy!

      • Debi

        October 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

        You, mam, are an idiot! How in the He!! would you be able to love horses, as you claim, in the future without allowing procreation today? Of course, there are too many fools breeding for too many foals, but your comment makes absolutely no sense! You must be one of those flakes who just love pretty horse art? In the future, keep your nasty, stupid, insensitive comments locked in your own ignorant head!

      • Patricia A. Woodruff

        October 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        I think we have all seen enough of LINDA LONG’s comment, it only gets us all upset to read it, I think it’s time to get it off. The Westfalls went through enough sadness and they are getting on with new adventures and new horses so I say GOODBYE to LINDA LONG, you hurt everyone, not just Stacy!!

      • claudia

        October 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        How dare you blame Stacy for Roxys death.. Did your mother ever teach you basic manners when you were a child… ie: if you cant say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Keep your ignorant and rude comments to yourself in the future. If an when horse experts need or want your opinion, they’ll let you know…

      • Patricia A. Woodruff

        October 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        Dear Stacy, Linda Long’s comments has really GOT TO GET OFF of here, she has caused enough heartache, anguish, hatefulness and disrespect, it’s high time she HIT THE TRAIL, THE LONG TRAIL! I know everyone would agree with me.

      • Ruth Cameron

        October 28, 2013 at 12:11 am

        Agreed with the other people. The cruelty and ignorance of your response was beyond belief. Thank goodness that people like Stacy, or Roxy’s owner, breed the best of the best so that such wise and willing horses continue to grace this planet to share some time with we humans. May you never own one of them!

      • Patricia A. Woodruff

        October 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        yes, Ruth I agree, Linda Long’s comment is as LOW as anyone can go!!! I feel that Stacy should have it deleted because she gets everyone upset.

      • Kelsey

        October 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        I would like to apologize before hand to Mrs. Westfall for ranting. Although Roxy has physically left the earth, she still lives on in the many hearts you and her have impacted.
        Linda- I have been alive for 17 years. I’ve owned horses for 12. Considering you have been around horses for more than 4 times as long as I have, I would think you would know what it is like to loose a horse. It’s like someone cutting a birds wings. They loose their freedom, their way to get away from predators; in our case, chaos. Their way to gather the things they need; in our case hope and sanity.Most of all their will to live. How do you think Mrs. Westfall feels about Roxy’s passing? Did you even take the time to think about it? The only thing you seem to care about, is breeding Roxy and if she hadn’t been bred she still be alive. 1) It was not Mrs. Westfall’s decision to breed her. 2) You don’t know whether not breeding her would’ve help or not. 3)It isn’t anyone fault that Roxy had to be put down. Her legacy had every right to be carried on through her offspring, So how dare you go around pointing fingers at ANYONE, especially Mrs. Westfall! You are wrong on so many different levels. Your arrogance DISGUSTS me. Keep your hateful comments to yourself.

      • Cherish Matthews

        November 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

        WOW, your a really insensitive ignorant person. If people with ill tempered poorly built horses didn’t breed them them to make $500.00 we wouldn’t have an over population of unwanted poor mannered poorly built horses with health issues. those same horses cause people to be afraid of horses, therefore there are less homes for these beautiful animals. Shame on you for being so hurt full to such a loving woman while she is in morning and shame on you for scolding someone for breeding a wonderful mare. If you want to scold someone go find a crap breeder, and leave the responsible ones alone. God bless you and keep you Stacy, I pray the peace of the lord comforts you.

      • Patricia A. Woodruff

        November 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Ok, it’s time to DELETE Linda Long’s HORRIBLE comment, she has already upset Stacy and countless others with her rudeness and her unloving attitude ….BYE BYE L.L !!!!

      • equinelover

        November 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

        You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • dogsandcatsandhorsesohmy

        October 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        Even though this remark is 2 years and some months old, I absolutely cannot believe the absurdity and cruelty of your remark. The Westfalls loved that horse and she loved them. Expressing your opinion on anything other than her remarkable life is uncalled for.

      • Patricia woodruff

        October 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        I fully agree..I sent a message to Stacy telling her to delete Long’s opinion because it only gets people aggravated..she should apologize to everyone, especially to the Westfalls.

    • tammy

      May 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      my heart aches for you i too lostsuch a mare in feb her name was diamond she was also ONE OF A KIND!!! i know your pain!!!!! we will never forget our sweet angels!!!!!! rip diamond and roxy!!!!!

      • Cindy Nitz

        April 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

        My heart also breaks for Stacy, I also had a once in a lifetime mare, and lost her due to a tramatic injury while whe was in foal. She had to be put down and the foal was in no way far enough to make it either. You have been blessed beyond words to have known a amazing mare like Roxy, I am sure you know it too. I receive visits and rides from my best mare ever (Magic’s Black Dallia) Dallia in my dreams, and sometimes waking up with her smell all around me. I pray you also receive this gift. The rumada in heaven has def received some amazing mares! love and peace Roxie, and Dallia. ❤

      • Dawn Ivy Eaton

        May 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        Iagree that Linda Long should not have written such a horrible, hurtful, and heart-shattering comment, she should feel ashamed of herself.

    • Keli L Hawthorne

      December 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I just met Roxy this morning in a beautiful and moving video and now I find that she is gone from our world. I thank God for my faith that our animals continue to live though their earthly body is no longer with us.
      I was very touched and inspired by the video of your championship ride that you dedicated to your father. Of course the information on the video was wrong and said that you were deaf and mute but I found the truth on your website. The inspiring part for me was not that you were supposedly deaf and mute at all. It was the beauty of the ride and the communication and “one-ness” that you demonstrated with Roxy. I will not soon forget that video.
      May God bless you and prosper all that you do.

    • Lori Hodge

      November 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      This is so sad, but so wonderful that you were able to experience the love from this awesome animal, I had to put my horse down several years ago, she will never leave my heart. It has been close to 30 years and it seems like just yesterday. Thank you for sharing this awesome experience with us.

    • Heather

      December 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      So very sorry for your loss….. I am also trying to heal after loosing my rescue horse that was starved and beat when I pulled him from a kill lot a few weeks ago. He became cast in his stall during the night this week I found him down in his stall when I went to feed that am …..I tried everything to save him with help from my vet. He fought so hard and held on for 3 days but finally laid his head on me and just slipped away…. I am completely heartbroken….. The worst is beating myself up about it, although knowing accidents happen all the questions what if I did this or that or didn’t stall him that night etc…. that run through my mind just tears me apart …… I am so thankful I was able to show him true love after the years of abuse he went through but It still does not make loosing him any easier….

  2. Christine Sayers Clark

    February 10, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Roxy will forever be in my heart along with millions of others she honestly left a hoofprint on my heart. Running Wild and Free in the meadows of Heaven now. ❤ you Roxy

  3. Janet

    February 10, 2012 at 6:41 am

    A huge heart an incredible mind and unbelieve talented trainer, that created that bond of love and trust. Now leaves a huge hole. Thanks for sharing the full story Stacy, I know how incredibly hard that was to write. I can only imagine that in heaven now the Lord is taking her for a spin and laying a hand on your heart thanking you for his oppertunity.

    God be in your heart always.

  4. gwenconfalone

    February 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    how incredibly tragic, not just one life, but also her unborn legacy……my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your extended family. may she and her colt run free and without pain in heavens green pastures

  5. Angelique Aia Hill

    February 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Roxy had a kind of charm, i dont think any one thats ever seen her training or competing or maybe just strolling the pastures would ever forget this amazing mare. im so sorry for you’re loss Stacy.
    Big hugs

  6. cheyenne

    February 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Its always very sad, when a horse, a friend for so long, is no longer with you. It must be heartbreaking for you. You have my deepest sympathy and respect.

  7. Heather Gatti

    February 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this great story with all of us Stacy.Together you were amazing.I remeber one year you came to Truro, Nova Scotia and I watched you.Thanks for the beautiful memories! Heather Gatti in Truro, Nova Scotia

  8. Nicole Krauter

    February 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I’m sorry for your loss and wish you all enough strengh through that sad time. Roxy will wait for you one day on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Be strong and big hugs.

  9. Debbie Hunt

    February 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Heartbreaking. I feel for everyone who knew her. She was an amazing mare! Roxy and Stacy touched my heart in that most beautiful ride. I watched how her Ellen episode, and was in awe of what a kind mare she was. Sorry for your loss.

  10. Kelly Lind

    February 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Thank you for inspiring us to be all that we can be, RIP Roxie 😦

  11. monica whalen

    February 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

    oh wow i’m in tears i’m so sorry for your loss.
    heart hugs and prayers to you all

  12. Kay Severtson

    February 10, 2012 at 8:22 am


  13. LINDA

    February 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Through the tears I am trying to smile, as you said to do. Thank you so much for the memory.

  14. Mary Loomis

    February 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Stacy: You and Roxy were the living testament to the beauty and grace one can achieve when horse and rider become “one”.

  15. Jess

    February 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

    An amazing mare, they give so much and inspire so many people when it comes together like it did for you. I hope in time when the grief lightens you can find comfort in thinking to have had the pleasure of sharing amazing times with her. I am sorry for your loss.

  16. Marge Sawtelle

    February 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

    THANK YOU – the depth of your loss is truly the measure of your love!!! It is now time that we, the general public, hold you up in our hearts and our minds, as you have given to us, the incredible beauty and the courage to know, a pairing of this kind is rare, but possible!!!

  17. Bill Beckett

    February 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Words cannot express the emotions for the loss of a beloved mare lilke Roxy. May the memories of the good times ease your pain.

  18. judy

    February 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    we know the pain of losing a special equine freind, ours was a big ole paint gelding and a blond girl, he would do any silly thing she asked of him. They are never out of our hearts

  19. Shanna Phillips

    February 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I sat here and cried for your loss as I read the story. What an amazing partnership that you had together and now you have those memories to cherish. I am so sorry for your loss, she will be missed not only by you, but by those of us that have followed your journey together. God Bless.

    • Ginny Huston

      December 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I too was heartbroken……for Babydoll and Stacy, she “Stacy” has always been my inspiration, I am just a backyard horse woman….everytime I need a boost I just go to Stacy’s & Babydolls youtuble..performance and watch it “live like your dying” and even after maybe 100 times of watching it I still get goosebumps….Love them both!

  20. Carol Kapoukranidis

    February 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

    What a wonderful horse!! So glad that we all got to be better for having seen her!! Sorry for your loss, you will be in our prayers!!!

  21. Mandy

    February 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

    What a amazing horse she was! I always enjoyed watching her and Stacy….

  22. Elaine Gray

    February 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. Your famous video has inspired me to ride Western at the grand old age of 65. I truely enjoy it.

  23. Brenda

    February 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Wow, I can’t imagine the loss you all must be feeling right now…I was in awe the first time I seen your video on YouTube, it always brings tears to my eyes at seeing the communion of one of God’s greatest animals with human, but now it will bring tears for a different reason. May everyone’s memory of Roxy help dim the pain of her loss…

  24. Tami Roth

    February 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

    So sorry for your loss Stacy…my heart goes out to you, your family and Greg. She will be missed by the entire Quarter Horse world! Roxy was certainly one of the Greats!!!

  25. Constance Boutin

    February 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I was lucky enough to witness Stacey and Roxy in one of their last shows at Equine Affaire in West Springfield. I will never forget the beauty of seeing horse and rider perform as one. So sad about the passing of this beautiful and special mare.

  26. Diane Hill

    February 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

    She was an amazing horse and I know she will be missed.

  27. Lishawnda Flint

    February 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Wow I am so sorry for loss. Roxy was such an amazing horse and made my family cry when you did the tribute to your dad. She is probably right now looking down from Heaven at you, running in the green pastures with her beautiful colt beside her!

    R.I.P. Whizards Baby Doll

  28. Dawn & Clea

    February 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for letting us know and we are sending our thoughts your way. It is so Hard to loose a friend and family members.

  29. Kimberly Smith Baldridge

    February 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

    She was an incredible horse! My heart aches for your loss. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Kim Mott

    February 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I still to this day, have and watch that video of the two of you riding bareback and briddles. My heart goes out to everyone that loved Roxy, her fans as well. Love her dearly. God Bless.

  31. Nikki Roshon

    February 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    My condolences are with the family. I went through an identical situation last march with my horse who was also my soulmate. He cast as well and tore ligaments and tendons to the point beyond repair. I know the pain you guys are going through and I wish the best for you all. Roxy was an unbelievable horse and will go down as a legend. ❤

  32. Teresa

    February 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I am praying for all the family and friends who were involved with this GREAT mare Roxy!!! May you all heal in time but remember Roxy always.. god bless

  33. Mike Luddy

    February 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I watched that video when it went viral. Just knowing a horse and rider could achieve this level inspired me. I will always be in debt to both Stacy and Roxy. They have clearly left their mark on the equestrian world.

  34. Jeanine French

    February 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Feel very blessed to have met Stacy and Roxy and see them perform. An amazing duo, a relationship that as horse owners we will often only dream of having. Our hearts are breaking along with all of you. Deepest sympathies, The French Family

  35. Molinda Connell

    February 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My heart breaks for these families. I watched the bridleless video numerous times myself, truly amazing & beautiful creature! Im so sorry for this.

  36. beneva

    February 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I am so sorry. This is terrible. I almost saw her in Tulsa when your truck broke down and couldn’t make it so I will see her and the foal at their best in heaven. Prayers for you and your family.

  37. Jo

    February 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

    My heart goes out to those who loved and cared for this beautiful animal. She was one of the kind and forever touched many lives. So glad we all got to see her in action. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.

  38. jason holloway

    February 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

    i am so sorry stacy don’t worry she in heaven now i’ve watch you and roxy for years i loved watching roxy your in my prays stacy and your family

  39. Alice Jennings

    February 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I feel so bad for your loss. I could tell by watching that video of you two bareback and bridleless in reining. You two had a bond that was visible. Roxy is happy in heaven, and you will see her again. God bless you all.

  40. Kelli Heins

    February 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful & inspirational performances. A loss to Equine industry. Enormous personal loss. Thoughts & prayers w family during this tough time.

  41. Kylie

    February 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Very sad to hear this news, she was a super mare that many admired.

  42. Theresa

    February 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    That’s such a shame, she looked like an amazing mare who would do anything to please her owner. They looked like they had an amazing relationship. R.I.P Roxy, you will be missed by many!

  43. Monika

    February 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Oh my, I’m so sorry for your loss! She was one of the best ones!!!

  44. Ginger M.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    It’s hard to understand why God allows somethings to happen. Roxy’s time just seem to be done here. She worked and allowed the world to see what great partnership between horses and humans can happen. Thank you Gred and the Westfalls for sharing this wonderful mare with the world. Stacy, I bet your father is smiling and taking Roxy for a spin now!

  45. julie reynolds

    February 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

    With a heavy heart I send my sympathies to you and everyone close to Roxy. Prayers are being sent for you as you travel through this valley mourning Roxy and her precious little one.

  46. Sue

    February 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This is so sad. What a unique and inspiring partnership. RIP Roxy and your foal. My coldolences to Jesse and Stacy.
    Blessed thoughts, and prayers…

  47. Lethie Lanham

    February 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful story about this amazing horse and the person who was able to perform lots of miracles with her.

  48. Eileen Clement

    February 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I see you belly high in grass….drinking clean clear cool water as you romp in heaven….be at peace Roxy and thank you for giving us a wonderful moment of your life…

  49. Tammy

    February 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I still watch the video dedicated to your father, i enjoy it every time i watch it, my heart and prayers go out to everyone…

  50. Mark Thorne

    February 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Our hearts go out to everyone who was touched by this horse! So sorry for this tragedy. You two inspired so many!

  51. Lin

    February 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

    You both will be in my heart forever, Hugs to you and Roxy’s friends and family.

    Somewhere in time’s own space
    There must be some sweet pastured place
    Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
    Some paradise where horses go,
    For by the love that guides my pen
    I know great horses live again.
    ~Stanley Harrison

  52. Anja Wrobel

    February 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I´m so sorry for your loss. The first time I saw you and her in a video on you tube I must cry because it was so perfect and beautyfull what you show to me ! Today I must cry because it´s over !


    February 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    This is mostheart breakjbg news, My heart goes out to everyone. Roxy was truly ONCE IN A LIFE TIME HORSE. GOD BLESS.

  54. patsy foti

    February 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Every once and awhile, God loans us his miracle showstring and sometimes we as trainers, are able to honor them.

    You did, right to the end when she was called home.

  55. Kyla Chambless

    February 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The video of Roxy and Staci is my favorite! I can’t count how many times I watched it! I’m so sorry for your loss of such a great mare. I lost my best mare ever about 3 months ago to a disease from possums. Even though she was not as talented as Roxy she was loved as much by me. I hope they run together in heaven’s greatest remuda!

  56. Julie Schmidt

    February 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

    The video in 2006 was the most beautiful physical and spiritual connection between a very special lady and a once in a lifetime horse. God speed Roxy… and Stacy…..take comfort in the thought that your dad now riding this amazing mare.

  57. Royal Farm Mother

    February 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.. What an impact she made on everyone, even those who did no know her..

  58. Kathry

    February 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss! Roxy was an amazing horse!

  59. Becca

    February 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Stacy and Roxy were truly an inspirational team. Roxy will be dearly missed, and my heart goes out to those who knew her Rest in peace Roxy, you were such a blessing.

  60. Lisa Marie Landry

    February 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

    so sorry for your loss… God Bless…


    horse lover in Loudon, NH

  61. Diane Chilton

    February 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Stacy and Jessie and Greg,
    Thank you for sharing this mare with us. Stacy gave us old cowgirls someone to point to and say, to our young daughters, nieces, cousins, etc, here is something you can do, go for your dream. As you know, we all just borrow these animals from God. God gifted you with a great one. All my love and heart goes with you all at this time. Roxy is always in your heart and mind

  62. Denise Watkins

    February 10, 2012 at 10:41 am


  63. April

    February 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I watched the ride she did after her dad died… WOW… Wonderful horse, will be greatly missed no doubt.

  64. Debbie Pittman

    February 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I am certain that your beautiful talented mare will have a special place in the Lord’s stable. I know we will have our wonderful friends awaiting us when we arrive in heaven. My heart goes out to you in your loss.

  65. Julie

    February 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    A truly amazing mare that shall be missed by all of those who saw her perform with Stacy either live or on youtube. My heart goes out to her owner and well as Stacy and her husband. She will be missed.

  66. Naomi

    February 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I watch the video dedicated to you dad all the time with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye. May Roxy always be an Angel Guarding Your Pillows…she has left a hoofprint on many lives and will be remembered and talked about forever. R.I.P. Roxy. Prayers to all.

  67. Lisa Gallahar Photographypage

    February 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Over the past few years, I have watched the video of the famous ride many times. I have shown it to many non-horse loving people to show how amazing a horse can truly be with the right training. I have felt the bond that you two had once in my life with an animal and I can truly know how devastating your loss is. May God ease your pain a little more in each of the coming days.

  68. David Davis

    February 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Roxy and Stacy were an incouragement to many in the Reinging industry and the rest of the World. She will be missed.

  69. Mahrisa Paluck

    February 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I’m sooooo sorry Stacy!! I love your horse! 😦 You and her are amazing and my idol!! 🙂

  70. Cindy Foley

    February 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

    We’re in tears here at Horse Journal. What an incredible horse. What an amazing partnership. Our hearts go out to you.

  71. Dana Wise

    February 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I just wanted to let you know, the countless amount of (non-horse) children you and Roxy have touched. I have been a school teacher for 10 years, and have shared the bridle-less bareback riding video with kids who wanted to give up, or just needed some inspiration. The feelings you and Roxy gave my students was amazing, and sometimes I would even see tears from my students at the end of the clip. I know they will forever remember the love, grace, perserverance, and one-ness you and Roxy had, and I will always have both of you in my heart. God Bless! Rest in Peace Roxy-girl!

  72. diana brill (@dianashands)

    February 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

    First time I saw Roxy and Stacy I was brought to tears, what a love story! RIP Roxy

  73. Andy Dunlop

    February 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Condolences from a fellow rider. Your partnership with Roxy has been inspirational and driven me to seek a closer bond of trust with my two horses that are ridden for trail and endurance. Your video of the 2006 championship ride is usually the first video I share with my non-equine friends to show them how amazing a horse/human partnership can become. I have to admit I still watch it in awe and envy as I explain the intricate moves you request without words and Roxy flawlessly executes as she panders to her admiring crowd. She was a rare gem that I have no doubt will be remembered fondly by any who were lucky enough to spend time with her.

  74. Tanya Geiger

    February 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for sharing your incredible talent and relationship you and Roxy shared with the world. You are and always will be a true inspiration to us all.

  75. Carol Kaisand

    February 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Don’t Cry…

    Don’t cry for the horses that life has set free,
    a million white horses forever to be.
    Don’t cry for the horse now in God’s hand,
    as they dance and they prance in a heavenly band.
    They were ours as a gift, but never to keep.
    As they close their eyes, forever to sleep.
    Their spirits unbound, on silver wings fly,
    a million white horses against the blue sky.
    Look up into heaven, you’ll see them above,
    the horses we lost, the horses we loved.
    Manes and tails flowing, they gallop through time.
    They were never yours – they were never mine.
    Don’t cry for the horses, they’ll be back someday,
    when our time is gone, they’ll show us the way.
    Do you hear that soft nicker, close to your ear?
    Don’t cry for the horses, love the ones that are here.

    Author Unknown

    • mini

      April 29, 2012 at 12:31 am

      And that might be…………..Roxies plea
      give horses a life that was given to me.

  76. Peter

    February 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Truly sorry about your lost . As a horseman ..I have an idea of what you going thru regards to the owners ..and to Stacy ..a big hug and sincere condolences ..

  77. Carrie Sigglin

    February 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

    My heart goes out to all that were close to this amazing Equine, and for those of us who have known or been close to our own special friends!

  78. Kris

    February 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Sorry for your loss of such a great horse. I ENJOY watching her bridless preformance. My heart goes out to all.

  79. Diane York

    February 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Stacy & Jessie…I am so sorry for your loss..Roxy was truly amazing. Thank your for sharing her story. Praying for you and your family..

  80. Judy Reid

    February 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

    My heart & sympahties go out to everyone involved with Roxy…she was truly an amazing equine gift from God, and will be truly missed by all.

  81. Pamela Alewine

    February 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    So very sorry about Roxie and her foal!She was an amazing mare and you are an amazing person!

  82. Lo

    February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Stacie, I lost a mare last March that was my heart and soul too, the loss never leaves me, I just am learning to live with it Your grief is so deep, my prayers and support are with you.

  83. Robin E. Smith, DVM

    February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Rest in peace, lovely Roxy and son. We will miss you greatly but are honored to have known you and the imprint you have left on our lives. Many thoughts and prayers to the Gessner and Westfall families, and Dr. Honacker and all those at Valley View Animal Hospital.

    “Somewhere…somewhere in time’s own space
    There must be some sweet pastured place
    Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
    Some Paradise where horses go.
    For by the love that guides my pen
    I know great horses live again.” Stanley Harrison

    Robin E. Smith, DVM
    Yellowhorse Mobile Veterinary Service
    Concord, NC

  84. Taylor Bragg

    February 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Sorry for the loss. I will be praying for each and everyone of you.

  85. Dee R.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I was so sad to hear of Roxy’s passing. The “viral” video of her and Stacy gave my dad such pleasure the first time we viewed at as well as the countless subsequent viewings. After that, we always searched for new youtube videos of Roxy and Stacy. My best wishes to all who loved Roxy and feel her loss.

  86. kathy grimm

    February 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    i saw the video, and there was a bond that will never be forgetton, stacy she will ablso be with you and also look up and when you see the shing star all by itself, that will by roxy, shining down on you, and she will always be with you in spirit, and someday you and her will be again together, riding brideless and bareback. i know how you feel, i too have a special horse right now that we have a bond that will also be there forever. ,y prayers goes out to you and everyone that loved here, she will be missed alot..

  87. Barbara

    February 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Written for a friend upon losing her beloved Gabby, a prize winning mare:
    Running Free. . .
    The grass is green, the hay is sweet
    Where I am running free
    There’s some old friends again to meet
    Where I am running free
    A field we crossed, a lane we rode
    A memory that gets retold
    That’s always warm and always strong
    In this new world where nothing’s wrong
    The wind blows through my mane and tail
    And I can leap the highest rail
    Lift my knees high and toss my head
    And perk my ears at what’s ahead
    In this new world where nothing’s wrong
    All that we did will now belong
    While you keep the memory
    And know that I am
    Running free

    • Suzanne Cameron-Strauss

      February 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      What a very moving poem 🙂

      • Barbara

        February 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Thank you!

  88. Lisa

    February 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    My heart goes out to all who were touched by Roxy. She was an amazing horse. I will always remember the 1st time I saw Stacy ride her on You tube…I cried. Those two had an amazing connection. RIP Roxy

  89. Caroline

    February 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    This just breaks my heart. It takes me back to when I was 12 years old, and I lost my best friend Runaway. He was a big white gelding with blue eyes, and a big beautiful heart full of love. I kept him at a pasture not far from our suburban home. He would escape from his pasture, and walk through the neighborhood, and end up in our front yard! We never figured out how he got out. Some people thought he was jumping the fence to get home to me. I can just imagine the looks he would get from people in the neighborhood as he made his way home! Runaway did this many times during the time I was honored to have him in my life. He would let me jump up on him bareback with no bridle or halter, and take me where I wanted to go, with just a tap on the neck to direct him, and the sound of my voice telling him to whoa. It was just something he did, I didn’t teach it to him. It was such a hard decision for a 12 year old to make to put him down on that day, February 15, 1975, when I realized there was no hope. I still cry to this day. I’ve had several other horses since then that have been very special to me, but never had that same connection. God bless you Stacy, and your family, and I hope you will be able to get through this by remembering what a blessing it was to be honored by having your special horse for awhile, even though it ended far to soon. ❤

  90. Dorothy Farrell

    February 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Roxy was an amazing horse. I’m so glad I got to watch the video of her and Stacy. Being a horse lover I feel sad she’s gone.

  91. Charlotte thomas

    February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of Roxy’s passing. My life has been richer for following your path together. God bless you for sharing her with us. She is truly one in a million – heaven will welcome her. I only hope I can ride with her when I get there!

  92. Penny

    February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss. She wass once in a life time horse. I was at that show and will never for get the mare and her perforance. May prayers be with you and your family at this time.

  93. Sophie

    February 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This is absolutely heartbreaking. . . such a wonderful horse and such a wonderful bond! What a tragedy. . . our hearts and thoughts go to everyone connected with a horse that only comes once in a lifetime. . . RIP Roxy

  94. olan

    February 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful mare ,very sad to loose a great horse, Sorry for your loss

  95. Mary Mansfield

    February 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to all who came in contact with this great mare, I too lost a couple of loving partners in my life time and can relate to your sence of loss.

  96. Avery Wiersema

    February 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I love you Roxy, RIP you beautiful horse. ❤

  97. Audrey

    February 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    i know how it feels to loose such a friend. we lost out clipper a cupple of years ago and it still hurts sometimes. Just remember the good times that you had with her and remember she will never really b gone. I think that the ones like that become part of you and you take them with you where ever you go and do. My heart goes out to you all.

  98. Bibbi Ndure

    February 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    R.I.P to a wonderful horse ❤

  99. Wendy and her herd

    February 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    This duo has been an inspiration to many of us and the passing of Roxy is hearbreaking. We all feel very deeply for Roxy’s humans … may you meet again across the Rainbow Bridge.

  100. Tracy Hutchins

    February 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    My condolences to all of those whose lives were touched by this amazing mare. Thanks to you all for sharing her and her story with the world….Godspeed Roxy and the little sorrel colt.

  101. Joy Schuetz

    February 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you for allowing all of us to hear the full account of Roxy. Mr. Gessner loved Roxy and I know that he and the Dr. made the right decision for her. The grief will pass, the memory will not. That beautiful horse will live on in so many people’s hearts. Thank you again for sharing. My our Lord bring you all comfort. I am so very sorry for the loss you all are suffering. I also thank you for the “smile message”. I will do that when I watch again the video of that famous ride.

  102. Suzanne Windham

    February 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Roxy was a wonderful horse, the video of you and Roxy winning the Freestyle Reining Championship at the 2006 American Quarter Horse Congress still to this day makes me cry just to see the two of you perform so smoothly and with such grace. I know your heart is broken & you will always miss her. My prayers are with you and your family & of course Roxy’s owner. A true testimony to the love & connection of a human & a horse. God be with each of you.

  103. Debbie Sweren

    February 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    My heart aches for you and all who were so close to Roxy. Thank you for sharing the story. So sorry for your loss. Smiling because she brought so much joy to so many.

  104. leigh

    February 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Stacy
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I am sending you my thoughts and Prayers . She will be sadly missed .Thanks you for sharing some of your memories of Roxy . God bless and Take Care

  105. Cindy Romano

    February 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My prayers and sympathy to those who are feeling the tragic loss over Roxy’s passing. Stacy, you truly did touch millions of people’s hearts with that unforgettable ride dedicated to your father. It brought tears to my eyes, because my Dad is not in my life any more. But more importantly, you have shown horse owners all over the world that it really is possible to achieve that special bond between horse and rider, if you just keep trying. God bless you all!

  106. Rachel Sny

    February 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I still have the photo’s of us & the poster given. Roxy will always be remembered. Love you & miss you.

  107. suzie

    February 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing anyone can say will help with your grief, If I could hug you I would.

  108. Georgiana Rodrigues

    February 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    So sad. Her memory will live on with her get. How sad the foal she was carrying did not survive. A loss like this is never easy. My heart goes out to all involved.

  109. Bev Gilford

    February 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Roxy is a legacy and what an inspiration to each and everyone that is involved with horses in so many ways. Bless you and may you get comfort from your memories and accomplishments.

  110. Karen Barnard

    February 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    May your memories comfort you in your time of sorrow. That video was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life.

  111. Valerie Wehmueller

    February 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Stacy, Thank you so much for sharing this story of Roxy, your special relationship with her, all the good times, & the sad times as well. I mentioned this before, but, my family & I, especially our daughter, were so honored that we got to meet you & Roxy at the 2009 Breyerfest in KY. You are so nice, down to earth, & genuine. You & Roxy are our daughter’s inspiration, she wants to be like you someday. Roxy was beautiful, sweet & gentle, she was a special gift to all & will be greatly missed, but, never forgotten. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain, may Roxy forever chase the stars, dance with the clouds & race the wind, until you meet again.

    • Jody Tribe

      February 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Such a sad day for you all and anyone who apreciates a good horse. she will always be remembered…

  112. Kimberly Wakefield

    February 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This is my first time ever hearing about this wonderful mare and it is such a shame to lose her ! I just watched a few of your posted videos. My deepest sympathy goes out to her beloved family. May God ease your grief to a bearable point. I am soooo sorry for you.

  113. Josefine Stenqvist

    February 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    All the love and strength to all you who knew and loved Roxy! This summer I will do another no-equipment-freestyle with my beloved Vics Eternal Popcorn at Ranch horse Classic, High Chaparral, Sweden. If it would be accepted and appreciated, I could dedicate our performance to Roxy. It is up to you among her? Best regards to the humans – Rest in peace, Roxy! ❤

  114. Becky

    February 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I cry for you and the rest of the people who got to know this beautiful mare. I saw her perform and was amazed at the human-horse relationship she had with Stacy. Sincerely devasated at this loss, Becky

  115. Loretta Grosset

    February 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to you, your husband, family and Greg for your loss of Roxy. There just isn’t enough words to express the loss of a great mare. Loretta

  116. Dennis Makemson

    February 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    There are many horse owners that you have inspired to be better riders by demonstrating with your wonderful mare, what can be done with patience, love and joy. Your Youtube video is one of the best demonstrations of you and your remarkable horse.
    I have loved watching the videos and to hear how the crowd responds to a beautiful horse and a beautiful woman. My thoughts are with you and hope that you and Roxy’s memory will continue to inspire the best in all riders and horse lovers
    Thank you for allowing me to share in your adventures

  117. Laurie Donaldson

    February 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    That video will remain forever etched in my memory. I was jealous of the great bond Stacey had with Roxy.It is only in many peoples dreams to have that kind of bond with our horses. I cried watching it as I too lost my father too soon. You both will be remembered forever. Roxy and I share March 15th as our birthdays 🙂

  118. Nancy Wheatley

    February 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The horse world has lost an angel. Her memory will continue and I will smile watching that amazing video. Thank you for sharing her story with all of us.

  119. Mazie McNeal

    February 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I am so very sorry for this terrible loss. What a wonderful friend for all those years. Sorry you could not save the baby also.

  120. Karen Nason Abdulfattah

    February 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    What an amazing mare~~so very sorry to here of this.

  121. Jeannie Goodmon

    February 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    This was truely a once in a lifetime horse. Roxy will forever be in many hearts. So very saddened to hear of the loss. Heaven will truely gain a gift. Prayers to Stacy and family.

  122. debbie supung

    February 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am so sorry for the westfall family.. my prayers r with u all.

  123. S Roman

    February 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I am sitting in my office crying harder then when I seen the first video of your “ride”. One didn’t even have to know either of you to see the bond that you shared. We were lucky to have met you last summer in Irving NY. You and Roxy are the inspiration to so many young and old alike. Ditto on Valarie Wehmueller’s comment. Roxy will run next to you always in spirt until you once again ride together in the green fields of Heaven.

  124. Jaime

    February 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love the part at the end where it tells me not to cry. Yeah right.

  125. Diane Cormier

    February 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Roxy;just want you to know all your friends and fans from the Mane event in Red deer and grieving with you;prayers to you all for your loss and thankful Roxy shared her life with you all.

    Diane Cormier

  126. Chris Holm

    February 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Rest in peace Roxy

  127. Reisa Mary Stone

    February 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I am so very sorry, Stacy. Thank you for writing about Roxy.

  128. Lori

    February 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Wow! Every equine person’s dream is that connection. Lovely story. Heaven is richer with this mare in it. Perhaps a little girl is riding her today!

  129. Lori Johnstone

    February 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    So very sad to hear this news. You were an amazing team – we were inspired by your special bond and remarkable performances. Our condolences to you Stacy and to all who knew and loved Roxy.

  130. Lynn cunningham

    February 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    What a beautiful horse that touched many hearts.

  131. Bernadette

    February 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss 😦 I know having to make any decision on Roxy’s behalf would be very difficult, I have had to do the same over the years 😦 But what a privellage to have watched the two of you together & thanks God she had you Stacy!!
    She will be remebered and appreciated, you guys have shared her with us all and taught us some great lessons in working with our horses 🙂 My prayers are with you all at this time.

  132. Juanita Koth

    February 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Hugs and Hooves To You, Stacy.

  133. Lesley

    February 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I remember seeing this awesome mare at Sumac farms where we were lucky enough to have both Jesse and Stacey do a clinic. I was with them on the beach for the pictures and was in awe of how two horses who had never played in the ocean just walked right in. Roxy leaves a hole to be filled that is for sure!

  134. Kim

    February 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hugs and prayers to Greg, Stacy and Jesse and all who loved Roxy. She will live on in our hearts and memories. xo

  135. Kylie

    February 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    A truly awesome horse and a wonderful, inspiring relationship. A tragic, heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to you all, especially you, Stacy.
    Kylie from Leopold, Victoria, Australia

  136. Teresa

    February 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, you were an awesome team.

  137. Debbie Tracy

    February 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I’m smiling through my tears. What a great love story”of sorts’.So sad for the ending. My heart goes out to the Westfall family.

  138. Kimberly Vining

    February 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I, too, have been blessed with “one good horse”. She died August 19, 2004 in my arms if that is possible. If you have ever lost a horse, you know the extreme heartache and pain and sorrow and guilt (if i had been @ the barn earlier, if. . .) My heart goes out the Stacy. If that was the mare she rode at the 2011 Dixie National Freestyle Reining, she truly was an amazing animal.

  139. Dr. Sandy Byland

    February 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Roxy inspired so very many worldwide in so many ways. She will be greatly missed and will continue to be loved, and continue to be an inspiration to all who watch over and over again that breathtaking video. You blessed us all, Roxy. Rest in peace.

  140. Valerie

    February 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    A horse gone is a horse in heaven. I know she would thank you for taking away her pain when it was time. We are very sorry for your loss as her family, and sorry for the loss to the world of such a great mare.

  141. Laura

    February 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    That must have been a hard thing to write but I thank you for telling the full story. I will remember her happy life and the wonderful bond of horse & human.
    My condolences to all.

  142. Adair Soho

    February 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    You changed our lives, you showed us a different way to communicate, you gave us courage to connect. Roxy, you will live forever in thoes of us who strive for this kind of relationship.

  143. Carla B

    February 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Oh I am SO sad for all of you in this terrible deep loss. So many of us who have loved and lost our horses feel deeply how Roxy will be missed. Thank you for sharing her with all of use while you had her.

  144. Lori Walsh

    February 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    So sad to hear of the loss of Roxy as well as the loss of the promising colt she was carrying. Sending prayers and love to Greg and his family, as well as Stacy and her family.

  145. Les

    February 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    what an amazing team–you inspired me to thrive in riding and training my own horse. Sorry for you loss. Like you said, remember the good times and smile. We love you Roxy! ❤

  146. Barbra

    February 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    So Sad, Roxy and Stacy were truly an inspiration to all who saw or heard of them.

  147. Su

    February 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Stacy & Greg, my sister lost her “once in a life time” friend in December. In October we had to make the same decision for our 32 year Arab. As our hearts break and the tears flow we will always thank God for the privilege of having them in our lives. Our prayers are with you & the family….I rejoice knowing they are running free.

  148. Suzanne Cameron-Strauss

    February 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    So sad that a horse should have such a tragic end to such a short life 😦 Roxy and Stacey in that well known video clip are my inspiration and always will be.

  149. Mari

    February 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    The first time I saw that video of her championship ride on Roxy, I sat there and cried and just kept re-watching in amazement – it was beautiful to say the least. I kept thinking that her heart had to be so broken right then because of the loss of her father, but you could see the peace she felt in riding in that competition. RIP Roxy and may God bless and heal the Gessner and the Westfalls <3.

  150. Julie S

    February 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy! My heart goes out to everyone close to Roxy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. She was an amazing horse that touched many people in many way. She will not soon be forgotten. So sad!! 😦

  151. Barb Wilson

    February 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    God bless you all . I was incredibly saddened at this terrible tragedy. Roxie will forever be in our memory ,especially your tribute to your father Stacy.

  152. Teri Lynne Parks

    February 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I, too, lost a black quarter mare. She was my horse soul mate, my once in a life time. While we never achieved any sort of fame, her loss was very hard on me and her colt. I am lucky though, because I have him as a daily reminder of what a great horse she was. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and yours.

  153. Kym Burt

    February 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I am greatly saddened to learn of Roxys passing. That horse moved my soul. The relationship between horse and rider was incredible!

  154. Kym Burt

    February 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I am greatly saddened to hear of Roxy’s passing/ What an incredible relationship of horse and rider!

  155. Felicity Stanway

    February 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Sincere condolences on such heartbreaking news, we are all so privileged to have had you share such an inspiring journey with us all. Xxoo

  156. Jane Benroth

    February 10, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I am smiling through my tears. I cannot forget that your father had died and inspired the ride I saw on the internet. I was 57 years old and a beginner. So awesome to me. So beyond my abilities. So inspiring. Now my father has died less than a month ago. Roxy has passed. I miss it all and remember so fondly. I hope I can be inspired still. So sorry for the loss of a great horse. Maybe we can go make new wonders happen. Hope that all can find comfort.

  157. MP Clark

    February 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  158. Barbara Berry

    February 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What a loss! I am so sorry to hear of this and my heart goes out to her humans. She is immortalized in the videos with Stacy and I just wish I could have seen them perform together in person. I know she will be dearly missed by all who had the opportunity to be a part of her life.

  159. erin

    February 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    My thoughts are with you Stacy. I must have watched your video 100s of times. RIP Roxy girl..

  160. Lyle Decaire

    February 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    It was very sad to hear about your loss. You were such a wonderful team. We will always treasure the videos of you championship ride and the training videos which feature Roxy. She was amazing.

    See Horses Natural Partners: Fallen Partners

  161. Holly

    February 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Stacy & Greg & families… we are so sorry for your loss. Sending love your way during this very sad time. Holly Glidden-Kaloustian & family

  162. Melody Campbell

    February 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    My heart goes out to each of you who were Blessed by having Roxy as part of your life. She had to be the most amazing horse I have ever seen (on the video). I watched that video over and over…crying because it was so beautiful and heart warming to watch. I owned an Appaloosa mare for 22 1/2 yrs, and she passed away at the age of 23 1/2. She could not do anything spectacular and was never famous, but she was my friend, she loved me and I loved her. That is a Special Love a Special Bond. I hope GOD gives your heart peace. I too want to thank you for sharing your video of you and Roxy with us. I will never forget how amazing you both were….how graceful…how you were as one….how I could tell that Roxy was enjoying The Ride as much as you were. GOD Bless you.

  163. Sally Darling

    February 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    so sorry to hear of another wonderful horse having to be put down

  164. Joe

    February 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Your in our thoughts!!!!!!! Cherish the memories!!

  165. Peggy roberts

    February 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    everytime I would watch Roxy and Stacey, my eyes would always well up, with tears of amazement and the love they had for each other. Roxy loved what she did and we will always remember her for that. My heart is very sad.

  166. Linda yopp

    February 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    It was beautiful to see their partnership . Prayers n love go out to Stacey n her family

  167. Cheri

    February 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Stacy, Jesse, and Greg,

    I am sitting here in tears as I just learned about Roxy’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful partnership you had with her, Stacy. Thank you for sharing that wondrous relationship with us.

    God bless,

  168. Ashley

    February 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I am very very sorry to hear about Roxy’s recent passing my eyes welled up with tears the second I read the title 😦

  169. sybil

    February 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    even though i had horses from childhood until college, your ride on roxie inspired me to once again find my own equine partner and move forward with him by my side….thanks to you and roxie, i spend each day with my sweet boy, and hope that someday we become even a fraction of what you and roxie were. so sorry for your loss..we’ll never forget roxie…

  170. K. Steeper

    February 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Nature shares such precious gifts. You were blessed with such an amazing soul. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  171. Roxy Miles

    February 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you Greg, Stacy and Jesse for sharing an amazing horse. Roxy was amazing.

  172. linda watts

    February 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    So sorry,this is heartbreaking .

  173. Terri

    February 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Stacy y’all are in my prayers. I’m so sad for your loss, but you were truly blessed that you had Roxy and both of y’all are great!!!

  174. Helena Bee

    February 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Good heavens this is just heartbreaking. I’m so sorry, Stacy, for your loss. I will remember Roxy for the rest of my life. The two of you inspired me to try harder, reach farther, and love bigger.

  175. Lynn

    February 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Such an amazing horse and rider, God Blessed you both and you will forever be together in your heart and someday in Heaven. You inspired many, many people to be more as one with their horses. Only once in a lifetime do we get to be a part of something that amazing. Bet your dad is riding her now.

  176. rickie

    February 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Stacy..I had a riding accident several years ago and watching your video with Roxy helped me cope with it. I would watch it over and over again. My prayers go out to you..I lost my “love of a lifetime” horse last year ……..Close your eyes and you will always have her……..

  177. Kathy Black

    February 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    My heart hurts for your loss, but I will always remember the ride and smile!!

  178. Kathy Black

    February 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    with love and prayers

  179. patricia woodruff

    February 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Jesse & Stacy, this is a very wise thing to do…..Have a professional install cameras for each stall with monitors that are in your house so you can see and hear EVERYTHING that happens in EACH STALL. It will be worth putting out the money and you will get most of your money back when you start selling your book and when your fans pay to see your movie.
    Each stall should have a camera centered directly in the middle to see the full view.
    I work in a very high class child development center and each classroom is being filmed 24/7, some flip to each side of the room if the room is big, but the smaller rooms stay on constantly. We do not have sound with our viewings, but the cameras are there for the parents to sit in the front lobby on huge soft sofas and chairs and watch their child (ren) while in the classroom.
    Jesse & Stacy, I was thinking about what happened to your dear, sweet Roxy and I know things like that happen, no matter what. I used to work at the racetrack and horses were always getting casted but sometimes it happened during the day and a group quickly moved in to pull the head , and. or the tail to get the horse away from the corner.
    As time goes on, you are going to get more expensive horses because you both have thousands of fans and respect from many other horse people so it would be a good idea to have each stall being filmed. Find out what type of camera you would need to film while it’s dark in the stalls.
    Also another good idea…Put up a hook near the monitors for your quick Run-Out-The -Door- clothes, have a coat, sweater, hat..whatever ready on the hook so when you see and hear something….OUT the door you go, in a flash!!
    We are all VERY SAD about Roxy..She WAS a family member and will be missed very much…such a beautiful and sweet horse…SHE HAD IT ALL!!! Pat Woodruff….your BIGGEST FAN!!!!

    • Mary Atwood

      February 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Oh my gosh… so sad, my prayers for family and friends…She was a beautiful spirit, and will be missed… hope that her other foals have the same heart…

  180. Lorraine

    February 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Stacey, watching you and Roxy perform was so beautiful and inspiring! Your partnership was amazing and I feel so sorry for your loss. She will be watching over you from the greenest pastures…..

  181. Shellby

    February 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    That horse was so awsome! I wish i could learn how to do all the things you did with that horse! My hurt goes out to you guys. Sorry for your loss. I know how you feel.

  182. Sandee

    February 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Deepest sympathies to all who were blessed to know and love this amazing mare. God will take the best care of her and her colt till you reunite one day.

  183. Kelly egerton

    February 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I truly so sorry with the loss of great horse

  184. johanna

    February 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    thanks for the complete story.
    tough stuff.
    on the positive side, you are lucky to have been a full part of this horse’s life, both in work and play. one comfort i have found (after i lose a precious animal) is, she will visit you in your dreams.
    best to you both.

  185. Debbie

    February 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. She was one awesome mare!!

  186. Marsha

    February 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    horses get into terrible trouble and then panic. I’ve met you once and it was so nice of you to take the time to speak to me. Watching you two do a reining pattern with no bridle was awe inspiring. All you can do is look back and smile for all the memories we all got to share. Thanks.

  187. Maryelaine Harris

    February 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Heaven has one good mamma….and her sweet angel!!!

  188. Debby

    February 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I have never witnessed such complete trust and love between a human and a horse in my life, and I have been around and involved with horses all of my 50 years on this earth! You were truly amazing with Roxy! The world would be a wonderful place if humans could develop trusting relationships at this level! I’ve watched the videos today and cried, it was breathtaking!

  189. Kim P.

    February 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my horse almost 5 years ago tragically to colic. It hasn’t gotten any easier and it breaks my heart when amazing horses leave us so tragically. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and yes heaven has one more angel running through it’s pasture. Until we all meet again. May God guide her over the rainbow bridge.

  190. Lauren Terk

    February 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Thanks to Stacy, Jesse, Greg and Roxy herself our minds have been opened to what is possible. The loss of Roxy is tragic, but thank you to all of you for sharing her with all of us. You are in my thoughts.

  191. Deb

    February 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I have tears imagining how your hearts ache for this amazing, generous girl. this is so unbelievable!

    If only her little colt could have somehow made it … but I do picture them running together through lovely fields in heaven

    What a gift your beautiful partnership with Roxy gave us all. The posters of you (Stacy) and Roxy you signed last Christmas for my daughter and her friend are a treasure.

    Thank you for sharing her, we share in your grief.
    Prayers for God’s peace that passes understanding,

    Deb and Jessica

  192. mark

    February 11, 2012 at 12:58 am

    You were blessed with a truly amazing equine friend. This is the saddest thing i have heard in a very long time. My heart goes out to you all. May they now rest in peace. Fare well Roxy and baby.

  193. Logen

    February 11, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Wow that is just amazing that has been my dream for years and year well done. But i am sorry to here that Roxy has passed away. Roxy will forever be in my heart amd a lot of others.

  194. helen mausecz victoria australia

    February 11, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I too had to make the same sad decision for my old mate Raf when he couldn,t get up . I couldn,t bear to see him keep struggling to do it and grazing his nose and knees .My deep sympathy Stacey Jesse and Greg sometimes the best decision is the hardest one you have to make RIP Whizzards Baby Doll you have brought much pleasure world wide as well as to your family

  195. Penny Kimberley

    February 11, 2012 at 4:49 am

    So sad her life came to an end so soon. She was one amazing horse, this is such a big loss for a very talented horse. I also lost two of my best friends, due to being cast in a stall. Now Roxy is with my beloved horses. My sincere condolences, to her owner, Stacy Westfall, and to the staff who tried to save her.

  196. Judy Smith

    February 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Stacie,Jesse and family,I’m so sorry tohear about Roxy.You’ve got the memories of a Great friend.She surely has her wings now.

  197. Marette Jorgenson

    February 11, 2012 at 8:08 am

    What an honor that God let you see a little bit of his amazing love through your relationship with the horse. So sorry for the loss. It will be a blessing to see what God replaces her with in your life.

  198. Jacinta

    February 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

    My heart goes out to you…I am praying for all who have been touched by Whizzards Baby Doll. She will be missed, I’m sure.
    What an amazing hoofprint she leaves behind! So thankful for how she and you, Stacy, blessed millions of people.

  199. Deborah Plumeri, Grand Island, NY

    February 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Sooooooo sorry, for you ,Stacy. I have horses of my own and couldn’t imagine this happening. Thoughts and prayers to you.

  200. Michealle Jantzen

    February 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    RIP Roxy! My heart goes out to all!! I will keep everyone in my prayers, thank you for sharing an incredible horse with us all!

  201. Karen

    February 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Stacy, how sorry my family and I are for the loss of Roxy and her colt. She was so young. I hope time helps to heal you. The work you did with Roxy touched us deeply, we look to the video of you riding Roxy often to inspire us.

  202. lynn

    February 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

    so sorry tears in my eyes while reading this:(

  203. SPYDER

    February 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Some horses come into our lives and quickly go, others stay a while, make hoofprints on our hearts and we are never,never the same. Prayers of strength to Stacy and all of Roxies friends. I lost my gelding of 21 years in a smilar way and my heart will always have that empty feeling, as he was my first LOVE.


    February 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    im so sorry for your loss i lost y paint spirit last mth i had him for 10 yrs he would have been 12 in july! he was the best barrel racing horse & best friend ive ever had!!

  205. miranda

    February 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I know how it feels to lose a horse that ment the world to horse katie (aka Mi Sweet Katie) was put down a week before school started last year due to a genetic ligament issue in her hind legs and she soon founderd in her front making it impossible to stand, I grew up with her, she took me around the country winning many champions and reserve champions at regionals and giving me my first top five at nationals and I was there for her every step of the way and when she was finally put down I was there…roxy is so lucky she had great people like you to be there for her and give her such a great life. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this hard time

  206. Bright Futures Farm

    February 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I am so very sorry.

  207. Cheryl Campbell

    February 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Stacey Jesse and Greg sorry for the loss of two beautiful horses, it had to be a very hard decision to make, something that no one should have to go through, they are both running free at the rainbow bridge in that big pasture of green.

  208. Boss Mare

    February 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    My heart goes out to Stacey and her loss. The partnership between Roxy and Stacey was “one of kind” and a “ride of a lifetime!” Remember the journey, Stacey, and treasure the memories! ♥

  209. Kelsey Kruse

    February 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I have seen your Youtube videos, and I’m just going to say Stacy I’m so very sorry that this happened. I know what it feels like to lose an amazing horse, and a best friend at that. I have a lil wild mustang who is my best friend. They always seem to care, love, and watch over you…. I am so sorry for your loss, But don’t worry when the day comes you’ll be able to ride her through the golden gates. And do what you love to do the most….. Ride.

  210. Brandy McCaleb

    February 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Dear Stacy, Jesse and Greg,

    I, through tears finally finished reading the story and can imagine the pain you are feeling. Just last year we lost my prized western pleasure mare to a stroke (at the age of 33). Not only was she the most successful, competitive mare I will probably EVER have owned, she was also one of the silliest, sweetest, and most giving girls that was such a part of the family that we still aren’t the same without her. My prayers are with you and when I read this poem (not sure who it is by) it seemed to fit perfectly and I felt the need to share:

    God saw you were getting tired
    and a cure was not meant to be.
    So he put his arms around you
    and whispered “come to me”
    With tearful eyes we watched you
    suffer and saw you pass away.
    Although we loved you dearly
    we could not make you stay.
    A golden heart stopped beating
    hard working hooves put to rest.
    God broke our hearts to prove to us
    he only takes the best!
    A million times we’ve needed you
    and a million times we’ve cried.
    If love alone could have saved you,
    you never would have died.
    A heart of gold stopped beating;
    Two sparkling eyes closed to rest.
    God broke our hearts to prove to us
    he only takes the best.

  211. Cherie LaLone

    February 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Last night was the first time I ever saw the videos of Stacy and Roxy and their symbiotic bond was truly a rare and beautiful gift. Roxy is a clear example that horses pick their people and they do not factor the ownership papers into that decision. I commented to my 15 year old son, while we watched the videos together, how much my 2 year old stud colt looks like Roxy, and now the day after hearing the news of her passing, I truly hope he does grow to be as beautiful as she was inside and out. My heart truly aches for everyone who has ever been touched by this mare and my heart truly breaks for Stacy. She is my idol, and one day when I finally make it to Congress on my own merits, I hope to meet her and share my heart with her.

  212. Anne Goddard

    February 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Bless all of you. . .what an inspiration she was and is. . .thank you for the memories. . .

  213. Jan

    February 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Heartbreaking news to hear. I love watching Stacey and Roxie as they moved as one in the freestyle performance. I have watched it hundreds of times and I never tire of it and the feeling of joy it gives me. Rest in Peace Roxy. You had many that loved you. Stacey, my heart goes out to you and all that loved her. She was such an amazing mare.

  214. Callie Baird

    February 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    This is such a terrible shame. Hes A Peptospoonful passed on the same day. We were supposed to breed my mare to him this coming May. Losing two world famous horses on the same day is a horrible shame for the horse world. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  215. Tashia

    February 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    My heart goes out to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing and loving Roxy, she has taught and shown everyone around the world that there is an everlasting bond between horse and rider. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, thank you for sharing this story with all of us. Much love !

  216. Carole Best Felton

    February 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Such a loss….:(

  217. Susan Polcaro

    February 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I was so fortunate to see Stacey and Roxy at the Northeast Equine Affair, all I can say was “Amazing” the connection the two of them had was so unbelievable. R.I.P. Roxy you were the Queen of the Reining world. Sue., Wyndswept Farm, Limerick Maine

  218. Judy

    February 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    It is divert sad when your 4 legged soulmate goes to a better place! I know.
    Be kind to yourself!!! XO

  219. Trisha

    February 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    My heart goes out to Stacey, her family and Roxy….<3

  220. Mary Anne King

    February 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Roxy’s passing! I lost my “steady eddy” Rico a year ago – devastating! You both had such a great partnership. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time….thank you for sharing with us your amazing abilities with Roxy!

  221. Paul Garrison

    February 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    So sorry
    But what was she doing in Nova Scotia?
    Curious Garrison

    • Stacy

      February 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      We went up and did an Expo in Nova Scotia, then we stayed at the Sobey’s barn (as in the store). We were able to ride from the Sobey’s barn to the ocean! Great seafood…

  222. Carolyn Ellertson

    February 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    You made the world take note of the amazing bond a horse and rider can share, Stacy. Without your video, millions would never have seen it with their own eyes – and in particular people who have never owned, ridden, or loved a horse. Thank you from each and every one of us.. We can only imagine how much it hurts, and we are all thinking of you and yours. She blazed the trail. I hope you go down it again with another one in her memory.

  223. Pam K.

    February 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    This horse and rider were amazing. When I first saw the video of Stacy and Roxy without saddle and bridle I thought, that is what kind of rider I want to be and that is what kind of horse I want, one that loves me above all. My prayers go out to the family for the loss of this great horse. Stacy, you were a lucky woman to have known such a horse.

  224. LJ Royal Jessie

    February 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Not knowing you and Roxy personally, I can tell that you always were, are and will be my role models, the relationship between a human and a horse is a magical bond and this bond will always be there in your best memories about your special life companion! Very sorry for your loss!

  225. Irene Hagerman

    February 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just lost my beautiful, black six year old mare on January 17th to a tragic accident. A good friend told me something that has helped. “Healing does not mean forgetting, it means remembering with fondness, rather than sadness.” I miss Whisper every day, but just last week I purchased another black mare and named her Roxy. I hope we have as wonderful a ride together as you and your Roxy experienced.

  226. Pam Adam

    February 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    All of you are in my heart and thoughts. I lost my amazing partner horse suddenly and a friend of mine said “It’s not the quantity but the quality.” Roxy gave you quality and you gave it back to her. Hold onto that and know she and her baby are waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

  227. Beth

    February 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    To Roxy’s family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a terrific mare she was. SO many horse people wish they could have one like her. And so many of us were blessed to see her outstanding performances with Stacey. You will be in my prayers.

  228. stacey

    February 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Stacy,You and Roxy were truly an inspiration. thank God for putting Roxy in your care and training.You brought out the best in Roxy.A horse is a reflection of the person that rides and trains her. so Stacy be proud. Your patience,love, and kindness was rewarded by Roxy’s excellent behavior. I am sure that the bond between you and Roxy will make you that much stronger. My horse has taught me so much. Don’t ever stop doing what you do! It’s too bad that the world doesn’t have more like you, I am sure that Roxy was confident and happy. You are teaching your children great values.

  229. Tanya Foster

    February 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    How Blessed we were to have been able to have at least either known, witnessed or even been apart of such an incrediblly beautiful animal. This is a tragic loss and my heart is saddened and hurts so much for all. My prayer for all is that God will bring the light out of all this pain.

  230. Belinda

    February 12, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Stacy, you and Roxy have certainly been my true inspiration to keep going with my horsemanship journey. My thoughts are with you at this very very sad time. Roxy will live on in everyone’s hearts forever, she will never been forgotten……RIP beautiful Roxy, you will be sadly missed by everyone who knew you xxx

  231. Peter Grimm

    February 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Your bareback ride was so fabulous!

  232. Stefanie Wieland

    February 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

    My heart is with you! It is hard to let a friend go, even it is a horse. You, and we, won’t forget that exceptional horse. Allways remember the good times an all the moments you had with Roxy!

    I think of you and Roxy!

    Feel embrassed!

    Greetings Steffi

  233. Val Alexander

    February 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I am sure she will be missed, but never forgoten.

  234. Tonya Miller

    February 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I feel for you. I know how it is to lose a great horse

  235. Yvonne Mangan

    February 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss Stacey, I watched that video of you on youtube and I couldn’t help tears coming to my eyes because it was so beautiful. RIP Roxy.

  236. Stephanie And Ava Davidson

    February 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This truly broke my heart to hear abt Roxy and I can only imagine what this tragedy has done to ur family. My heart and prayers go out to y’all! Stacy, Roxy and you inspired alot of people including my daughter Ava who you met several years ago (now 6) and u signed her poster of Roxy and u and is now framed n her room! She looks at it each night at bedtime and says she’s gonna be just like u one day!!

  237. Cheryl

    February 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    And so, she is greated by her maker with a hug and a “job well done Roxy”. Thanks for the memories, Stacy and Roxy, truly an amazing creation.

  238. Diana

    February 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    So sorry to hear this 😦 Nothing hurts worse than losing a horse/best friend. Thanks for sharing her with all of us, she was truely amazing!!

  239. JoLynn Stevens

    February 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    We were just discussing how amazing Roxy was a couple days ago…..Deeply saddened to hear the tragic news…Such an AMAZING horse, with unbelieveable talent. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all who loved her!! R.I.P Roxy and baby….<3

  240. Kylie

    February 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    What a wonderfull life you had together, my heartfelt sympathy. I literally cried I am so saddened for your loss. May the love and support from us all over the world fill you with love and light. Godbless. Kylie AUSTRALIA

  241. Rita

    February 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Stacy and Family, Greg I am so sorry to hear of Roxie’s death. May GOD be with all of you. Roxie has gotten her ‘angel’ wings in heaven to dance with.

  242. Kristin Springer

    February 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I had the pleasure of seeing Stacy and Roxy in Pomona at the Horse Expo a few years back. She trully was a awesome horse that touched all who met her. Saying prayers for you Stacy and all of those that loved such a great mare……..

  243. Katrina

    February 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

    What a beautiful mare to have her life end so quickly with so much potential.

  244. Susan

    February 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Stacy – I am so sorry for your loss of Roxy and her baby. Your partnership with Roxy was inspiring to us all. I hope God will comfort you as you move forward from this sad event. You will be in my prayers.

  245. Katie Surrett

    February 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Stacy- Roxy was an incredible horse and you are a very gifted teacher. Cheers to the many great years you had together! Much love from all of us at the MN Horse Training Academy.

  246. Kelly

    February 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

    So Sorry to hear of this loss!!!!!! Roxie will be so missed and always loved by her friends, family and fans!!!!!!! Prayers for you and the family in this time!! Love you all!!

  247. Yvonne Grice

    February 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

    So incredibly sad. I was awestruck by this mare and Stacy. My heart goes out to all connections. (*_!)

  248. Rebekah L James

    February 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I cannot imagine the depth of this loss. She gave so much to so many through her generous owner, and Stacy. I know that I enjoyed watching her videos over and over again. My heart goes out to Stacy and all who loved her.

  249. Heather

    February 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    So sad to hear, she was an amazing horse and a great inspiration! You have been through much and the bond you and baby doll had will always be remembered, I just recently showed my mother in law the bareback ride, she was just amazed . She said she got goosebumps and just loved it! I know how heartbreaking this must be, wishing you and all that were a part of her life heartfelt condolences.

  250. Terrah Swartz

    February 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing the sad news and the inspiring message to Smile because it happened.
    An important way to live our lives. Your and Roxie’s relationship was so touching and beautiful.
    Horse and human connection can be so awesome in so many ways.

  251. Christy White

    February 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. Anything more I could say will make both of us cry. You are in my heart!

  252. Christine Z

    February 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I have watched the bareback bridless video many times and teared up because it was so touching and beautiful. Now, I’ll have one more reason to tear up. I am sorry to all the folks who cared for, trained, and owned her. She was one in a million. God Bless.

  253. polopaula

    February 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    You have inspired many to leave cruelty and inhumanity behind, and reach for the almost perfect partnership that a human and an animal can have. And in the end, Greg made the right decision to end the pain for this special horse…. In the way that I could only wish for every horse, every beloved companion animal. One kind friend told me when I lost my boss mare of 21 years to West Nile. It is not the beginning or the end that matter. It is all the days in between. And surely Roxie’s Days were good.

  254. Leia

    February 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

    awww… a horse never breaks your heart til they leave for the pasture in the sky…

  255. Bobbie

    February 16, 2012 at 12:49 am

    My heart broke when I heard of Roxy’s passing as I’m sure yours did also. The two of you made such an amazing team. She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to see the two of you perform. You were blessed with the companionship of a truly remarkable animal. God has blessed both of you.

  256. Cindy Dussel

    February 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

    After seeing Stacy & Roxy perform at the Equine Affair in Massachusetts several years ago, I finally knew what it meant for a person to be one with a horse. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. My heart goes out to the people who loved her. I also had a special horse some years ago & know what it feels like to lose your best friend & soulmate.

  257. patricia woodruff

    February 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Stacy….Roxy was EVERYONE’S mare…it’s HARD to believe that she is gone, but will never be forgotten. Send us a picture of the box (or a horse shaped container) of where her ashes are placed, if you did it that way. At least you still have her foals & yearlings to enjoy!!

  258. Guy Marden

    February 17, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Stacy, I had the honor of watching your wonderful video while you narrated at the Horse Affair in Boise a couple of years ago and have the poster of you and Roxy hanging in my living room. I watch the video every so often when I need inspiration to go on with my riding when things arn’t working out so well. I’m sad that she’s gone; God must have needed a special horse in heaven.

  259. Tanya

    February 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve watched and forwarded Roxy’s video many times. Truly 1 in a million. You both are an inspirationg to the horse world..a true trusting team. So sorry to hear she passed away – it will be a loss felt by many. Although you did get to experience her and all she was and that will be cherished forever .

  260. Brad Brosseau

    March 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Our sincere sympathy to all of you! May she and her colt rest in peace and enjoy the lush green pastures of heaven! I thoroughly enjoyed watching that incredible bond Stacey and Roxy displayed on YouTube!

  261. Afton

    March 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I’m crying, sitting here reading this. I don’t really know how to express this, but, you and Roxy showed me a whole new aspect to horse/human relationship and training. I’ve always loved, respected and been friends with my animals, but I don’t think I really realized just how far that could be taken until I saw you and Roxy.

    She was lucky to have a trainer like you, Stacy. You and Roxy are the latest to show the world what a beautiful relationship between a horse and a human looks like. You may, perhaps, even be the greatest example of that.

    Saying “I’m sorry” sounds so lame… I don’t really know how to express my grief. My heart is aching and the tears won’t stop rolling down my checks. We were so blessed to be able to “meet” Roxy through the internet and her videos. She was a truly *amazing* animal.

    You’re in my prayers.

    • Stacy

      March 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Thank you so much…

  262. Arlene Kosack

    March 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Gessner and Stacey, for sharing that incredible horse with the rest of us! Ever since I first saw y’all perform at Road to the Horse back in ’06, I became an immediate fan. I
    know we’ll never quite get over losing her; I hope that time will help and there may be another
    one to make us cheer. How lucky we are to have been able to see the two of you together!!
    My deepest sympathy,

  263. Dianna Brisebois

    March 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! As I was watching the video I noticed how much my horse resembles your Roxy. I researched the bloodlines and Roxy and my “Onyx” have the same great grandfather Hollywood Jac 86. Onyx has a wonderful personality of love for people and bonding with an individual! If you would ever like to see how much he resembles Roxy let me know:). Again your loss is greatly felt from all horseowners whom cherish their friend , the horse. Sincerely, Dianna Brisebois

  264. Kim Tarrant, Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada

    March 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Roxy will forever be sadly missed but so fondly remembered. Very sorry for your loss.

  265. Anne

    March 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Roxy.

  266. nationalequine

    March 17, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I will never forget the mesmorizing performance by Stacy & Roxy. I’ve watched and shared the video many times. Though I’ve never had the opportunity to meet either of them, I was devastated at the news of Roxy’s passing, and my heart went out to Stacy for losing a companion and loyal friend.

    Thank you Stacy, for showing people the magic that can be found in a trusting partnership with a horse.

  267. Dakino

    March 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I was sad when I heard of Roxy passing away. She was such an amazing horse and was loyal to you. I will always remember the first bareback and bridless performance. I never knew how close a trainer could be with a horse until I saw you and Roxy.
    Your rides will always be inspiring to me.

  268. Hans

    April 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    We never gonna forget her.
    hopely she’s gonna find her way to horse heaven.
    Because she deserve’s it.


  269. Karen

    April 9, 2012 at 2:20 am

    My brother-in-law forwarded me the 2006 Championship video tonight with a note, “I think you’ll like this”. He didn’t know I already had every frame of that remarkable video memorized, for I have watched it more times than I can count. Like it? I love it!!! From the first time I saw it I knew that was the realtionship/partnership I wanted with my mare, Lady Bug. So, tonight, after watching that video for the umpteenth million time, I staretd a search to learn more about Whizard’s Baby Doll. When I found this, I was heartbroken. Such a magnificent mare… gone. But what she left behind will live on forever in the hearts and minds of every horse lover that ever saw that video. The idea of a horse and human having such a bond was unimaginable to me before, but thanks to Stacy and Roxy, that is now my dream that I hope to someday make a reality. You are an extraordinary trainer Stacy, and she was an extraordinary mare. Roxy and her foal are now romping in heaven, where you will one day be reunited.

  270. Deborah

    April 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    We don’t have television in our home and just heard about Roxy. We are SO SADDENED by her passing. Stacy and everyone else, we can ‘only’ imagine your sadness. My husband, daughter and I watched her video NUMEROUS TIMES and shared it on youtube NUMEROUS TIMES. Just so amazing! We used to have Tennessee Walkers. There’s just nothing so majestic as a horse, especially one where ‘human and horse’ become one. God bless you!

  271. Laura Scott

    April 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I’m so sorry that my favorite trainer has lost her favorite horse. I have lost more horses than I can count one way or another, and a few of them have been by freak accidents like this one. Accidents happen and they are tragic. I have shared the video of Roxy’s performance in 2006 many times on Facebook and am sure I will again. It was the most amazing performance of horse and rider I have ever seen. You and Roxy didn’t come together by chance, some things in life are just meant to be. For that you can smile because it happened. Love and blessings…

  272. maddie

    April 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    so sorry for your loss Stacy i cried hearing about her.

  273. Wendi Strobel

    April 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    What a great mare. What a great owner and trainer. So sorry to all of you for your loss…..

  274. Virginia Brown

    May 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

    To paraphrase a line from the movie Steel Magnoias, “Roxy will always be young, she will always be beautiful…” We are sad because she is gone from us now, but privileged to have been witness to such grace and beauty. I am so sorry for your loss.

  275. Shanda Hooton

    May 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    My heart aches for you for the loss of Roxy, I never got the pleasure of seeing the two of you in person but I have watched and read anything I could get my hands on. Oh how the two of you have inspired me. Watching you and Roxy helped me to realize I needed to live some of my dreams that had been put aside. Sometimes we get very busy with life and doing what everyone else likes and needs. Kids are grown,,,I became very ill for several years..during that I got my first horse since I was a teenager..took another that had been a broodmare for several years. Could’nt ride much because I was so sick but I enjoyed just having them. Several close calls and lots of surgeries later I am healthy as can be and I discover what the meaning of true passion is ,,, horses! I year after my last surgery I adopted a Thoroughbred that never made it to the track. His name is Sway and he is the best thing ever….a Thoroughbred that thinks he is a Quarter Horse : ) I went to a natural horsemanship trainer with him, My life is changed forever! I am changed, Being one with these magnificent creatures is more than I ever thought it could be. Now I can truly understand the bond and relationship you Roxy and the others have. I never knew it was something I could do too. So thank you and Roxy ! Lol I will never be as good as you or some of the others I look up to but I am going to continue trying now and always!

    I could watch you and Roxy online, look at a photo, television…and actually feel the love and respect you had for each other. The soft, gentle touch of your hand as you ,stroked her beautiful neck and mane. The soft, trusting way she would look at you and the elegance of you ride. I was always told horses aren’t capable of love,,,bull…she loved you,

    Now with all that said…..I am furious that anyone could get on this Blog and try and tell you what you did wrong or what you should not have done. How cold hearted and mean these people are!,
    Why anyone would want to do that is beyond me.. If that is their opinion they should have kept to themselves. Anyone with a true passion for horses and who truly loves and admires you and Roxy (Wizaeds Baby Doll ) would never think such a thing. It was a horrible tragic accident. You are grieving and going through enough.

    To all the fans and friends that told them what they thought about,,,good for you! I now am your fan too!

    My heart goes out to you and your family as well Greg. Just know that Roxy will live on in all our hearts forever. The relationship the two of you had will never be forgotten and we will all see her again.

    God Bless You and R.I.P. Roxy!!

  276. Natasha

    May 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Hello Stacy,

    I am an FEI dressage rider from another country, unfamiliar with WESTERN riding, but I have been riding my whole life and I have to say you are amazing. I only had one horse in my entire life that I could communicate with closely, but nothing comes to the relationship you had with Roxy. I watched the video over and over and I am still totally touched. You must miss her so much. I hope you are able to find some comfort in the level of respect you inspire in people. Good luck to you in the future.

  277. Charlene Smith

    May 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Stacy: Just recently I became one of your “fans”. You are an incredible individual and I am truly inspired by your training methods and love for horses. I am sorry to hear of your loss of this magnificant horse but know you were blessed to have her in your life and her memory wll be cherished. Thank you for all you do.

  278. Terry Rains

    July 2, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Dearest Stacy, God blessed you with a wonderful companion, but at the same time, blessed Roxy with a wonderful companion. I only viewed your video yesterday. Spent today playing ‘catch up.’ You are obviously a sweet, warm, gifted, kind & loving woman that gave of herself to a RARE MARE, only to discover that rare mare gave of herself right back. I cry each & every time I view that video. (I cannot stop watching it!) You done things that many only wished they could do or could have beaten you to. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT PAY one ounce of attention to the idiots, haters, rude, insensitive people that chose to leave a comment here. That’s not what you & Roxy were about! If they had a brain combined with a heart u would not be able to see comments as such left here. However, you will have thousands if not millions of people that love you. With that also comes the ones that hold envy & jealousy to their cores. Let them say what they will. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE! I think you are just as rare, just as special & one of a kind, as was your friend, Roxy to you & to the rest of the world. God bless you, Stacy. Please continue sharing your gift & craft with the world. We need people like you!!! I personally think everything about your story is exactly how it is supposed to be. Of course, I wished you & Roxy had eternity together, but maybe God had other plans for her & you as well. It’s hard to say, but I’m so in love with the Big guy in the sky, that He usually let’s me know why He does certain things. REGARDLESS, You hold your head high. Keep your heart full of love. Your memories will ride with you forever. Again, Thank you for the awesome spirit & love you show & seem to give to the universe. Sincerely, Terry Rains

  279. Marilyn & Heaven

    July 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    My sincere condolences on the loss of these Angels..
    i am a horse owner and i can only imagine what you,all went thru.

  280. Honey Loring

    July 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Stacy, I, too, have only seen you and Roxy on video, but it left an indelible impression on me. I’ve been riding for over 50 years, mainly rented horses wherever I could find them. I “owned” a Morgan mare that found me for several years. She was my teacher. We are still friends and she is in the best home for the rest of her life with someone who understands her needs as a horse and honors her. I came to the horse ownership world from the world of positive dog training and my education included a good understanding of operant behavior. I have always been amazed at what horses let us do to them, wondering why they let us do what we do to them. One of the dude ranch owners I asked this question to said, “Because they are dumb.” My friend and teacher Barbara Janelle, a Tellington Touch practitioner, said it was because they have generous natures. I still ponder this question as I remain in awe of horses’ generosity to us. I look at most training, even so called “positive”, as really removal of a negative (such as pressure). Somehow you and Roxy have showed another way and you will never know the extent to which you have increased kindness to horses through your work and love. Obviously, she was special, but you had to be special to connect with her in such a way. Time does help with loss, but please remember the lasting effect you two have had on the horse world. Honey Loring

    • Pat

      July 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      A great horse so willing would seem dumb to a lazy person who ‘dumbs down’ horses.

  281. Dee Badami

    July 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    My heart and soul go out to you — Roxy was surely The One. Blessings on you for loving her and caring for her for so long.

  282. Jacquie Crackel

    July 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I just found out today because you sent me that email. I’m so sorry Stacy and everyone involved in the life of Roxy. God bless you your family and everyone that Roxy loved..
    Jacquie Crackel Two Harbors MN

  283. Cranz

    July 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I want to know more about her bloodline, rather than her babies. A registered American Quarter Horse, Roxy (by Whizard Jac out of a daughter of Gunners Rambo) leaves behind a legacy of four offspring, all of whom were carried by recipient mares. I want to know about Gunners Rambo and Whizard Jac. This was awesome to know about. I am sorry you were judged so harshly by some about the loss. I am so sorry for your losses.

  284. Frankie Carloe

    July 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss of Roxy, I hope you have a successful career with Popcorn and Twinkie! We just saw you last night, amazing mounted shooting!

  285. joanna jones

    July 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Linda Long is allowed to have her opinions. And can be telling the truth…chill out people, non of us is getting out of here alive…its just so sad Roxy’s life cut short, the world is full of human casualties.

  286. Heidi

    July 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I remember the first time I watched you ride. It was in 03 in Findlay on Can Can Lena if memory serves. Then many times after that. However probably the one that stands out the most was in July of ’06 in Midland Mi. My mare was running for the Affiliate title that year and so I hit quite a few of those shows. I remember thinking how great Roxy was and what a team that you two where. Then came Congress and that great run. Not only that run but the music. At the time that song hit home with me on a personal level and still does. I know this is a bit late in coming as I just found this particular post on your blog. I hope that all the memories will be enough to last a lifetime. That is what makes horses so great. They live such a short time in comparison to us yet they touch us more then anything.

    • Stacy

      July 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

      thank you, I do read ALL these comments…:)

  287. Hannah Wray

    August 7, 2012 at 7:04 am

    i am so sorry about your loss, Roxy was trully an amazing horse! i remember the youtube video i saw of you and her performing less than a month after your father died, and it was so inspiring! each time i watch that video or any other of you and your horses performing this awe and wonder fill my mind and goosebumps shoot down my body. there is no doubt in my mind that God created us to have the kind of relationship and understanding that you and Roxy had.i have loved horses all my life and have never owned one and i fear i may never get the chance to experience a relationship like that with a horse…. i would love to be under your wing and learn from you up close and in person, what i wouldn’t give to have that chance! i know that animals like Roxy only come once in a life time, but i hope you find a companion that is close to what you had with Roxy. Best wish and God’s hand over you at all times, i thank you for showing me what love and friendship can be like…

  288. kassie miller

    August 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Stacey Westfall was my most inspiration to train my horses the way she did!!! I finally met her at mane event and I got a dvd and watched as mush as I could!!! Then I trained my mare just like her!! And then I loved horses even more because I knew I could train like her know!!!

  289. Hot Rod Cowgirl

    September 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    The first time I saw you riding Roxy bridleless, a month after loosing your Dad, I cried. Truly your performance was inspiring and spiritual…I still watch it with tears! Your connection to Roxy and her connection to you was beautiful and true. She was an incredible horse! I know we will see her again in Heaven….along with my horses and various dogs and kitties.

    I was close to my Dad as we shared the love of horses together, he started me riding when I was 2 and I rode with him all my life….I lost him a few years back and miss him so very much.

    In 2008 I had to make the hardest decision of my life which was to put my mare Hobby down. She was only 9 and I loved her so much but something went wrong in her front legs and feet…the vet could not figure out exactly what it was but a probable genetic thing. I could not let her suffer…she depended on me and trusted me, we were best friends…the small picture that you see is of me and Hobby…in the round corral getting some loves. God bless you and God Bless Roxy. Thank you for sharing Stacey.

  290. Chele

    September 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Just wanted to let you know Stacy, that your work with and love for horses still affects many of us! I still watch you and Roxy’s youtube videos at least twice a week, hoping that one day, my horse and I can have what you and Roxy had. RIP Whizard’s Baby Doll!

  291. sarah

    September 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Roxy is amazing
    Oh the wonders that she accomplished
    Xtravagant feats
    You will be in my heart

  292. Jeanne

    October 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out about your and Roxy’s existence today. Now I’ve also found out about this sad loss of Roxy as well. Your performances together are legendary, and so I am smiling because it happened but cannot help but to shed some tears as well. Bless you all.

  293. Leslie Willis Russo

    October 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Stacy, I just found out about the tremendous loss you, Jesse, and Greg have suffered in losing Roxy. I was so fortunate and touched to be at Congress for your freestyle homage to your dad, and also proud to know your are a fellow Ohioan. I truly believe that Roxy will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge, your dad standing with her. You have a God given gift and I love to see that you really appreciate it. Bless you all.

  294. terri

    October 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    My world became a better place after watching Stacey and Roxie perform together. To know an animal can bond so closely to a human is beyond words! I thought my horse and I had a special bond but it doesn’t come close to the one these two shared. So sorry about Roxie’s loss – I feel for all of you who personally knew her. Thank you Stacey for being who you are,

  295. Judy

    November 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Stacy, I just found out about the death of Roxy, and it brakes my heart. You and Roxy had such an incredibly awesome bond. I still watch the video you dedicated to your father, and it still gives me chills every time I watch it. You and Roxy gave us an extraordinary gift; the pure joy of watching the two of you perform!

  296. Joan Ihan

    November 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I just found this and I am in tears as I write this. I have to tell you how very sorry I am for all of you. I saw the video and it made a big impression on me. So few people know that kind of love and devotion from a horse. She was so special and I do believe that it was time for her to go to that big horse heaven up above. She will be waiting there for you.

  297. russeabrown

    November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I too just read about Roxy after showing your videos to an aspiring young friend here in the UK. The news just made a grown man cry, again. Thoughts are with you! xx

  298. russeabrown

    November 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Dear Stacy,

    I just discovered the news about Roxy while digging out some of your You Tube videos to inspire a young rider here in the UK. I’m desperately sad to hear this, you have made a grown man cry again!

  299. Caroline freeman

    November 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I am in England and have just seen that amazing video of you and Roxy. You had an amazing and special bond with her and its such a shame you lost her. I know what that’s like I recently lost my 30year old boy and was devastated. You have a really special gift. I’m sure Roxy knows you did your best for her. X

  300. Karen Clark

    November 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I did not read all the comments, nor understand them. I only understand how I felt when I saw that Roxy was gone, today is November 22, 2012 and I loved that horse

  301. Nancy Nunke

    November 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, a horse like Roxy does come along once in a lifetime for many of us. So, so sorry for your loss of Roxy. I have a 32 year old Nat. Res. Ch. AQHA mare, Dondi, who has been with me my entire adult life…I bought her inutero. Dondi wanted a baby so, so badly. Every time she saw a baby she would get so excited and couldn’t keep her eyes from it. Finally at 19 yrs old, I let her have one. She had a beautiful baby boy. I still have him. Then, at 24, she wanted another baby. Yes, she made it very clear. Dondi is still with us, with her handsome son and her gorgeous daughter, both APHA. She hasn’t asked for another baby…but who would at 96 years old, lol….she does love to be involved in special events and go for short rides. No arthritis, no lameness, in great condition, looks 15 yrs. What a great set of genes to pass onto her two babies. Wish you could have gotten there Roxy…and Stacy I wish you could have gotten there with her. My heart goes out to you.

  302. Cassie

    November 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Stacy! I just wanted to share that I recently got a new mare and I named her Roxi in memory of your Roxi. You two are my idols and I hope to ride with no bridle and saddle someday! I ride bareback all the time so I’ve got that down and I can ride with no bridle in our arena but not out of it yet so I’m getting there. Here is a link to my Roxi girl, hope it works! Sorry for your loss, Roxi was an amazing horse, I’ll always remember her!

    • Cassie

      November 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Sorry I spelled Roxy’s name wrong, lol. I changed it up a bit to Roxi but I still named her in memory of your Roxy 🙂

  303. mary fast

    November 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I read the story about Roxy and cried and cried.I am so sorry.our animal friends become as much a part of us as our human ones.I lost my babIes Jamee andPunk and cried and grieved for months.I still miss them heart goes out to you sweetheart.I lost my dad then later my Jamee and Punkin.but God somehow gives us the strength to put one foot in front of each other.I have them in my memory and heart that’s God’s gift so we can revisit them when times are bad.but oh how I would love to have them with me.God Bless You Sweetheart

  304. beastied42

    November 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Long may you ride. Long may Roxy run with her foal. Bad things happen to the best of any of us. Having seen a cast horse and knowing it is not something that can not be prevented in every situation despite the very best care, it isn’t about fault at all. It’s about learning, loveing and doing our level best to learn from all we can. Even then, we lose the ones we don’t want to lose when we least expect it. The horse I saw had a bad enough injury, but recovered despite an ignorant owner, and oblivious borders who walked by him several times. The manager did a great job of getting that horse up and standing and certainly got there in the nick of time. He is a lucky boy and a sweet heart.
    Good breeding practices are admirable, but a good horse is a good horse and a good human is a good human. It really makes no differnece how the two come together. It’s the lessons you both learn, and the joy you have doing it that makes every bit the difference in both lives and the lives that are effected by those who are around you.
    Keep it up Stacey. You are an inspiration and amazing person. Don’t ever stop living, loving and learning. Roxy knew you throuoghly. She knew your deepest soul. Nothing anybody can say will ever change that. Not a thing.
    As was written in Winney the Pooh – “Thanks for having passed me by.” As a butterfly flitted past pooh.
    You have found your bliss, don’t let it go.

  305. michelle kolbe

    November 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

    i saw this lovely video and fell in love with this amazing animal…

  306. Suzanne Rowe

    December 1, 2012 at 12:02 am

    To all of those who were a part of this once in a lifetime horse, my deepest condolences.

  307. Kathleen Snyder

    December 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Your fans speak volumes for you Stacy. I too lost a heart horse. I know the feelings of “what ifs “. I believe that what you do will inspire other riders. Keep up the great work.

  308. Monty Dane

    December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    One good dog, one good horse…my prayers, tears, and condolences go out to you. We lost our beloved Monty, Great Dane May 16th. It hurts. God ‘lends’ us these special creatures to take care of, and sometimes he misses them so much He takes them back early. Monty and Roxy were two of those special creatures. God Bless

  309. Gail Kuchcinski

    December 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Dear Stacy,
    Only an equal amount of faith, trust and love between a horse and it’s rider allows them to do what you did with Roxy. I know you were proud of her and I hope very proud of yourself. I never met you and although I wish I could, anyone can tell you truly love what you do, but more important love the horses you do it with. I am so sorry for both of your losses. God must have needed two more VERY SPECIAL HORSES in his herd. One day, the two of you will be riding together again I just hope it is a very long time from now. The world needs special people like you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and the kind of New Year you deserve.

  310. Janine Shaw - New Zealand

    December 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    You are an inspiration Stacey… Every time I watched the 2006 video of you and Roxy -“Baby Doll” bridleless & bareback it bought a knot to my throat and tears to my eyes that someone could be so connected to their horse…. So sad for your loss, not only for Roxy, but her little colt as well… She leaves no legacy…. Once again I have tears……

  311. Cherie

    December 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    im sorry but i have to say this breeding the horse wasnt wrong im sure she wanted another mini Roxy =) im so sorry for your lose …my dad bought me a horse when i was 15 and i had to put her down in 2004 and im 41 now not a day goes by that i dont think about MY PRINCESS!! i could ride her like you did but couldnt do the tricks…LOL…i used to ride her in the pasture without a saddle or a bridle she was a gaited horse very smooth to ride and anyone could ride her we still have her last filly shes now 22 yrs old and still going strong =) you are truly blessing and my heart goes out to you and your husband…..keep your head high !!!!


    December 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    This was a amazing horse and a amazing person that rode her. I watched the vidio many times, and almost felt the ride myself. These thing’s sad as they are make us understand how much a horse can give with trust and love. Stacy is hurting and the horse world hurt’s with her. May Roxy rest in peace, and may Stacy’s pain be absorbed by us all.

  313. flavyn mendoza

    December 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Dear Stacy, I’ve just found you today on you tube. I am so touched! I’ve been riding for about 40 years and know just how amazing your accomplishment with Roxy was. You’re an absolutely gorgeous rider! relaxed, sensitive and confident. I’m particularly inspired that there is a woman who can do natural horsemanship as good or better than all the guys. Thank you for representing for so many of us! and I thank Roxy for being a mare to represent and show how wonderful mares can be. Roxy was truly amazing and I know you meant the best for her and she was obviously very well loved and taken care of. I look forward to seeing your project horses that are yet to come. Best you and your family

  314. wg hyder

    December 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    i lost my best friend when i was 15. the most beautiful bay gelding 16 1/2 hands high. im 61 and still mourn him. to watch stacy and roxie together it is so obvious of the love and trust they shared. thank you for sharing these beautiful memories you had together

  315. Tanya S

    January 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    A true inspiration on what real horsemanship is. – Thank You

  316. Tiffany

    January 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

    This is truly an amazing horse.I am wanting to go to college to do what you did with Roxy.Your horse was amazing and it showed
    that wonderful bond you had with her.RIP Roxy….you will be in our prayers Stacy.

  317. SEBRENA

    January 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    i only 13 but sadly i have experienced the same pain my 5 year old mare that was suppose t be my llife long buudy broke her leg of cancer!!! its not your fault keep doing what your doing time helps with pain i promiss!!! your amAZING11

  318. Julia

    January 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I am a bit late in hearing about this tragedy, and my heart goes out to Stacey, (though i was quite shocked by some of the tirading).
    The bond Stacey had with Roxy was incredible…just heart rendering to watch. I have watched it lots, and had a break and was sent a great link today about another amazing girl with horse, and that got me looking up Stacey and Roxy again. I forwarded the links,. and a kind friend sent this link to this blog…
    even nearly a year later, i am sure there are twangs of pain, and yet, you could not have experiences something better.
    My heartfelt thoughts are with you Stacey and your family and the owner…

  319. FreedomRunsFree

    January 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    We love you Roxy

  320. Annette Geisendorf

    February 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Dear Stacy, dear Greg,

    we do have a son of Roxy. He is a wonderful 2009 born stallion. Since Jan.2012 he is in Germany. We are very proud of him. If you want we will send you some informations of his development. We think he has a lot from his mother: mind, talent and look.
    So Roxy is living on.
    greatings Annette

    • Stacy

      April 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks for writing! We have been wondering how he was doing. From the scattered reports we kept hearing good things. So exciting to know he is well. I would love to see any videos or photos you could send. Sounds like he is still a stallion-very nice!

    • Nona VanDamme

      August 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      the article says Roxy was pregnant with her first foal, so she had a little one ???

      • Stacy

        August 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        Nona-Roxy had 4 foals via embryo transfer. Then she was carrying her first foal when she died.

  321. In memory

    February 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I believe Roxy’s spirit is with you today as always. My sincere thoughts go out to you because I truly know what it’s like to have a soul partner in an animal. My life will be forever changed because of that relationship, and I know someday we’ll find each other again and complete the circle.

    • Phoenix

      June 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I know what you mean .r.i.p roxy

  322. Trudy

    February 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I am filled with admiration that the two of you held for each other. I know what it is to lose a horse or a pet that you are so close to. I thank you very much that the videos were made and posted so that we can enjoy them over and over. God bless you and your family and may we all be reunited with our pets that have gone on before us.

  323. karol dickens

    March 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

    stacy- i am SO very sorry to hear what happened to roxie. she did however, and still does, allow people to see just how wonderful and almost magical she was while she was here. my heart goes out to those that surrounded her. may your pain from the loss turn into one of the best memories you’ll ever have experienced. that ride was THE most beautiful thing i’ve ever seen. she will live forever in the hearts of people, both the ones who physically touched her, and those whom hearts she touched. she will continue to touch people’s hearts forever. thank you for sharing some of the time you had with her with us.

    • Phoenix

      June 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      You should speak for every lost horse

  324. karol dickens

    March 24, 2013 at 12:48 am

    sorry, but i forgot to leave this last sentence on my comment above^^^ roxie has left behind a set of shoes that few will ever be able to fill!

  325. FreedomRunsFree

    April 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    We love you, Roxy!

  326. Kristen Truitt

    April 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I am a big fan and when I need to be uplifted I watch the video of you and Roxie. I get goosebumps every time. Love and peace to you; you are truly gifted.

  327. Kimberly Wright

    May 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    As far as Linda Long’s post…. it speaks for itself. Consider the source. Very tragic that some people feel the right to say such absolutely horrible and ignorant things to another person. I lost my only child to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) some years ago. My very own, step mother told me just 2 days after Kaleisha’s death that she had been praying to God, seeking an answer as to how this could have happened. She then said she now understood why Kaleisha had died. It was because me and my husband’s faith had not been strong enough, therefore Satan was able to come into our lives and touch our child. I sat there looking at this woman who was supposed to love me and thought, “wow…even these unbelievable hurtful words can’t touch me right now… I’m so totally heart broken that I can’t be hurt anymore.” What Linda said to you is every bit as crazy as what this nasty excuse of a human being said to me.

    It is obvious what kind of loving people Roxy had around her. Look at the trust this amazing mare had for you, Gregg, and everyone else who touched her during her life time. The mare would have been a wonderful mother and I’m sure would have passed on wonderful genetics for future generations to love and adore.

    My heart breaks for all of you who loved Roxy. You did every thing right, just as I did. Bad things happen to good people. Wonderful things happen to good people. These things happen to all of us. I know that if you were told that you could have that time with Roxy again, knowing she would die young and your hearts would shatter, that you all would say – every stab of pain you feel today was worth every moment of love you shared with her and you would do it all again, even if you were going to have to say good bye due to circumstances that were out of your control. I know that I would.

    What a joy it is to watch these videos of Roxy working in complete harmony and trust. This is what we should all be striving for with our equine family. Love and Trust.

    We all look forward to your future and are thankful that there are horse people out there who Get It.

    Warm Hugs and Bless you. Keep up the Good Work.


  328. Kelly Bacot

    May 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I just saw the video on Facebook and was so touched that I showed it to my class of third graders. I am so dreadfully sorry that Roxy has passed away. She has left an impact on many that saw the video of the two of you. You shared a remarkable bond and love with your precious horse. My daughter loves horses and rides regularly. You are an inspiration and God bless you!!!

  329. Phoenix

    June 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Sadly, same thing happen to our horse. Spyder. We had to put him down. I know how you feel it was hard but even though he didn’t show it we couldn’t let him suffer. And the both died the same month but different years
    RIP Rocky and Spyder
    Rocky please run with Spyder and tesa (have fun trying to beat these race horses) and tell Tessa that bobby misses her (son)

  330. Phoenix

    June 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Just run with the horses and be free and keep on spinning Rocky!!!! PS Stacy those tricks were awsome

    • Phoenix

      June 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Roxy sorry about that

  331. Phoenix

    June 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Stacy- if roxy was still alive and you lived down the road from me I would ask you if you could teach me those tricks 🙂 sadly you can’t but if you could it would give me some bonus points on my competition

    • Phoenix

      June 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      This was only her temporary home
      But now she’s in the stables in the sky. With other amazing horses. ;(:):) but unfortunately I won’t be seeing them soon I’m only twelve
      But Stacy keep those other horses running
      And Spyder keep Tesa hauling but to the finish line

      • Phoenix

        June 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

        Miss all three of you

  332. Kimberly

    June 29, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Stacey, God bless you and Roxy for the amazing gift you gave the world by sharing your bond…I am so very sorry for your loss. I, too, lost my best equine buddy, Moon, after 11 yrs of our “partnership “…it was devastating! I hope you find comfort from all the folks who have been fortunate enough to have witnessed you riding Roxy! Beautiful!

  333. Amy Beth Barber

    July 22, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Stacy, I had the honor of sitting in the stands at congress that night. You inspired me then and still now. Your father would be proud.

  334. taylor kelly

    July 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I can’t beleive it that early but she is in a better place now.

  335. Rhiannen

    September 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    She really was a gifted horse

  336. Debbie Cormier

    October 2, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  337. Ro bin Lindsey

    October 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Dear Stacy, To lose our beloved friends is difficult enough without it being such a tragic accident…We must be grateful for. the gift of time we are blessed to have them…Roxy will live on through you and in the hearts of all who saw you two together….God Bless you, your family and all those in Roxys life….You and Jac will be in my thoughts and prayers….Robin

  338. Amy

    October 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I just lost my prized Arab for similar reasons just 3 days ago, and this poem and story have helped me immensely. Thank you for sharing your story.

  339. Bobbi Naylor

    October 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I just feel so fortunate that I was lucky enough to see Roxy and Stacy perform at the Dixie National Rodeo several years ago. An amazing performance on an amazing animal by an amazing person. RIP Roxy. Very glad I got to see you in person.

  340. Renee

    November 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I only recently saw the video of Roxy and Stacy from 2006. What an amazing horse and what an incredible example of horsemanship. I am so sorry to hear of Roxy’s passing. I have watched the video over and over again and have shared it with many people. Stacy, thank you for being such an inspiration. I can only hope to be half the horsewoman you are. Whenever I have doubts as to where I can go with my horse, I will watch that video. All the best to you. I’m sure Roxy will always be with you.

  341. Tracy

    December 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Stacy – I just watched your video again – and loved it. I then saw on your website about Roxy, and I send my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences. I lost my horse last Friday, in what I am now thinking was probably very similar circumstances. He was outside, when I found him in the pasture, and now that I read about Roxy, didn’t really think about being cast. We/the vet assumed he was probably playing with pasturemates, or slid and fell. Whatever happened, he and his buddies will take it to their graves – because what happens in the pasture, stays in the pasture. It gave me such solace to know that Roxy was there (maybe she met Spanky’s Mom along the way) to greet him when he arrived last week – and maybe showed her fellow quarter horse buddy around. Those Impressive quarterhorses are handsome fellows – so maybe they struck up a friendship. It makes me feel better to think that…..much love and many hugs to you……

  342. Barbara van Hove

    December 28, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Time has passed since Roxy’s passing, but the legacy of you and Roxy have left behind, are still very much alive. I believe (losing my german shepherd and best friend in the world, 5 years ago, who traveled all over the world with me) that the pain never goes away. It is still as strong as that very moment when you lose that loved one, but you learn to live with that pain. He only made it till eight, Roxy only till eleven, but the truth is that it isn’t about the amount of time, it is about the amount of respect and love you find in eachother. There is no doubt that she loved you, she loved life and she loved her job. I think that she was one blessed horse. She burned so bright that her candle burned out faster then anyone had wanted to, but she lived a full life with the people who loved her unconditionally and she reciprocated. I must believe that freak accidents happen without any good reason, but that sometimes in life, animal and human find eachother and magic happens. I have a 5 year old Irish Cob (had her sine he was 3 months old) that I will start training soon, and even though we are two peas in a pod, Roxy has set the limits so high, that I could never run out of belief what my girl could do and become anything she wants to. If I just show her the same love and understanding you shared with Roxy.(you left big and impossible shoes to fill, but beauty is in the ettempt) It was a brave choice you all made to let her go and I think that it only showed the amount of love that horse recieved in her life! Plenty of “Breeders” would have waited out the pregnancy. This sets you all apart from the standard breeders, where “someone”in this comment section compared you with. There is no doubt in my mind that Roxy has been loved every second she has been in your stables…Isn’t the saying “If it wasn’t this, it would have been something else!”
    Thank you for your inspiration, your belief and proof of how things can be between human and horse!

  343. Cowgirlmadi

    March 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I am sorry for your loss I really am I watched that video! With no riens or saddle i am SAD now! Don’t cry anyone Roxy is in a better place!

  344. Sharon Newkirk

    April 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I just ran across this and found that Roxy has passed. I am so very sorry for your loss. I did get to meet you about 2 years ago at the equine affair in W. Springfield Mass. I purchased your videos and play the one of you and Roxy winning the 2006 reining quite often. I loss my pleasure driving horse Feb 22, 2012 and am still grieving

  345. Annie Turner, Australia

    April 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Its so hard to lose your horse, part of you , the bond is so unique, part of your spark is gone, but think of the love and joy Roxy has brought you and to so many others, People like Stacy have a god given gift I believe that only a few humans on earth possess this gift to give so much of themselves and gain the bond, trust and love of a horse. Its quite indescribable, so the pain of losing that must be immense.
    We have two of our beloved horses buried here at home under a beautiful tree, my daughter’s 37 year old pony died there in my arms of a stroke, I nursed her head in my lap and cried tears on her face as she took her last breath. She carried so carefully my three children through their years of learning to ride. She knew exactly what to do and was completely trustworthy. I laugh when I think of her tied up to the backyard trampoline whilst my daughter jumped up and down, waiting patiently for her to finish.
    Anyway Stacy I wish you all the best with Jac I have been following your progress and it looks like you have given yourself to him like you did with Roxy. Dont be afraid to give your heart and soul to him.
    Annie xx

  346. Jodi

    January 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Jodi's Journey Blog and Art and commented:
    Such a sad horsie story. Roxy was an internet sensation!

  347. Pat

    April 20, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    So sad to hear about Roxy. I am moved every time I see that great performance. Great horses are worth a lot in the breeding world. And I doubt there is any better horse to carry on such greatness. It kills me to think the colt didn’t make it. I wish people were as discriminating in their own breeding endeavors.


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