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“Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.”

09 Feb

 

Heaven’s remuda improved by one fine mare on February 8, leaving this planet one short, with the passing of Roxy (aka Whizzards 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.  Roxy was treated for two days at Valley View Animal Hospital in Dover,Ohio, before being humanely euthanized on Feb. 8.  Roxy was due to foal in early March, and although a C-section was performed, the little sorrel stud colt proved too weak to survive.

Roxy had a wide and varied career that included becoming the 2nd highest earning offspring of Whizard Jac, who was both NRHA futurity champion and USET champion.  She won two All-American Quarter Horse Congress Championships and two Reserve Championships, the NRHA Futurity freestyle championship, and the Tulsa Reining Classic twice, to name just a few.

Roxy’s championship performance in the 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress, with Stacy riding bareback and bridleless, went viral on the Internet and led to Roxy and Stacy appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show.  Roxy, ever the lady, gave Ellen a memorable ride before appearing before the live studio audience and accepting peppermints from Stacy.

Roxy leaves behind four offspring, all of whom were carried by recipient mares.  She will be much missed by owner Greg Gessner, the Westfall family and everyone who valued watching the great trust and love shown between she and Stacy when they performed as one.

More information to follow in the next few days:(

 
459 Comments

Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Life, quote

 

459 responses to ““Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.”

  1. Natashya Bay

    February 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I am deeply saddened by this news, Stacy. I wish you all of the best, as I can only imagine the rest of the horse community is also doing. God rest her soul.

     
    • Jess Cullen

      February 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Gods peace to you and family at such a loss. Praying for you!

       
    • Vicki

      February 10, 2012 at 3:50 am

      Stacy, I learned of you and Roxy from a video on Facebook tonite. I followed it to Youtube, and watched several more. What stood out the most (for me), was the love and respect you had for each other! That in itself made it so enjoyable to watch, not to mention the talent. I came to your website, and found that Roxy had passed. I know you feel very blessed to have had that time with her!!

       
    • Dale Leatherman

      February 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      All of us at DiscoverHorses.com are grieving with you. We’ll always remember your great performance at WEG.

       
    • marylee

      February 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      So sorry to hear of your mares passing,this is a sad day indeed.She was a beautiful horse and wonderful performer.I had never seen anyone ride bridleless before this and thought it was absolutely beautifiul to watch,condolences to you and your family.

       
    • Maria

      March 5, 2012 at 1:38 am

      I am so sorry for your loss. She was special to all of us. Will keep you in our prayers!

       
  2. Kim Mott

    February 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I am SO sorry. I still watch at video to this day.

     
  3. Morgan

    February 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    What a truly special horse. She is happy in heaven now with lots of green grass and fields to play in!!

     
  4. Eileen

    February 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet friend and her foal… :(

     
  5. Kim Mott

    February 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’m so very sorry. I still watch at video to this very day. RIP Roxy.

     
  6. Jessica

    February 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Stacy, wow this is surprising news. It is terribly sad but one day in Heaven you will reunite! I will pray for you and your family!

     
    • Tiffany Hood

      February 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      My heart goes out to you!! I know what it feels like to lose a Close companion and partner such as Roxy!! I will say lots of prayers for u!!

       
    • Patty Dunn

      February 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      What a beautiful mare! Tears come to my eyes every time I watch the Congress video. She’ll be waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge Stacy.

       
      • Amy

        February 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        I completely agree with Patty’s post! Truely a beautiful team you two were!

         
  7. Sue

    February 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss she was just a beautiful and talented horse and for the loss of her stud colt too. I’m sure everything was done that could of been done for both of them. Your in my prayers..

     
  8. Tricia

    February 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Loving my Life and commented:
    My condolences to Stacy and to the Gessner family.

     
  9. Nina Tryka

    February 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Between the losses of Roxy, and Lew Sterrett’s stud,Spark,the horse world is just not the same.
    Mourning with you.

     
  10. Angelique Aia Hill

    February 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    aww im soo sorry for you Stacy! crying as i read this i send you a prayer.

     
  11. G. M. Gay

    February 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    So very, very sorry. Prayers being lifted up for Stacy, Roxy and the whole team. Saw you in Kentucky and have viewed the famous video of you and Roxy many, many times. Thanks for the wonderful memories. See you at Rainbow Bridge!!!

     
  12. SlowMoneyFarm

    February 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    So sorry. :-( Beautiful incredibly special mare.

     
  13. Becky Newell

    February 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    So sorry Stacy! AQHA is mourning with you!

     
  14. Sherry

    February 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    so sorry to hear this, she was an exceptional mare. Hugs and prayers to you and your family and the owner.

     
  15. nikki

    February 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Oh Stacy!!!! I am soooooooooooo sorry to hear! A huge hug to you…. there are no words I can use to make you feel whole again.

     
  16. Jennifer Kirschenman

    February 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss, She was an amazing mare. I watched you tribute ride to your father on her, and it was breathtaking to say the least, I am sure she will be greatly missed in the horse world. May the good Lord be with you during this difficult time, But like you title states, Don’t cry because it is over, Smile, Because it happened.

     
  17. Sheila Wormsbaker

    February 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    My heart and my prayers go out to you Stacy. I once had a love like that. She lives in my heart to this day. Her name was Traveler’s Beauty. My beautiful sorrel mare who could turn on a dime.

     
    • patricia

      February 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Yes…i have my Mozart, a 17hh TB that i watched come into this world. Had 23 great years before i said goodbye. he still is my true love. *hugs*

       
  18. Debbie Cohen-Sitt

    February 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    So sorry Stacy, Roxy was such as special girl. I’m glad I got to see her at Equine Affaire in Pomona last year as you were preparing to take her to WEG. Please know that she will be missed : (

     
  19. Brenda Anderson

    February 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you for letting us know, Stacy. This makes me so very sad. Rest in peace, Roxy. She was a beautiful animal. I have watched that video many times. It is breath-taking to see the two of you perform.

     
  20. Laura DeVries

    February 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    so so sorry…Hard to read, know she is in better place. and losing the baby is just tragic…
    .my heart goes out to you and your family..God Bless…

     
  21. C. T. Babcock

    February 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Stacy, Sooooo sorry for your loss. I loved watching your runs. She was a Great mare. Praying for ya’ll.

     
  22. Kitty Foster

    February 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    So very sorry for your loss… I can only imagine your heartbreak. Stay strong. You are in our prayers!

     
  23. Jackie Hicks

    February 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Stacy, I’m without words and have tears running down my face here at work…… Roxie was a real treasure & a joy for all who were privileged to see her work as your partner. Know you are all in my heart as you deal with this tragic loss. We all know she’s waiting for you on the far side of The Bridge……

     
  24. Denise

    February 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    SO SORRY STACY TO HEAR THIS…GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

     
  25. Rocky

    February 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    So sad. That is difficult. Feel for you.

     
  26. Sarah

    February 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    My heart aches for you, your family and all the lives your sweet mare touched. Prayers sent for fast healing.

     
  27. deb graham

    February 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    So so sorry for your loss….my heart grieves for you….

     
  28. Deb Domann

    February 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I’m truly sorry….some good soul in heaven must have needed an awesome mount.

     
    • Stacy

      February 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      lol, and tears!

       
      • Dawn White

        February 10, 2012 at 6:40 am

        Stacy. I remember you telling me you told Jesse now that your done having kids it was your turn with the horses. Boy did you take your turn and run with it. I know how much you loved Roxy and I’m so happy I had the chance to ride with you and to meet Roxy I’m so glad I could make you famous. LOL love Dawn white and Gia

         
      • Stacy

        February 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

        lol…

         
      • Pat Allison, Ox-Bo Ranch

        March 3, 2012 at 12:09 am

        An outstanding individual like Roxy happens so seldom in one’s life……to be enriched by her life was God sent.

         
  29. Juanita Yarbor

    February 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    With the addition of Roxy to heaven, the angels will spend more time riding than using their own wings. My deepest condolences to you Stacy and to Roxy’s owner as well. I think anyone that knows the name Stacy Westfall knows that name in part because of Roxy, it is so hard to lose a close friend, I lost one this past August – I know your pain. Thanks Stacy for sharing Roxy with all of us over the years, we all feel the loss. Prayers….

     
  30. Tina Melendez

    February 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Stacy, Sending you warm hugs and prayers from California….. You and this beautiful mare have taught so many so much, this mare’s beauty, kindness of heart, technique, and abilities have enlightened and changed many of our abilitites and views on horsemanship. You and this mare have touched our lives in many ways. Every person and creature come into our lives for a reason. It is not ours to choose how or when they leave us, but, to understand why they were in our lives to begin with. She will always be in all of our hearts as are you at this time …… Much Love!

     
  31. Bill

    February 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Watching your famous 2006 ride on Roxy helped me and my family realize that there was a whole other level of horsemanship that we should aspire to. We will be forever grateful to both of you for that. Thank you for sharing her with us. Our heartfelt condolences to you and to Greg Gessner on this loss.

     
    • anne cue

      February 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      that was very nice. well said. RIP Roxy.

       
  32. Lynnae Schloneger

    February 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, may you find some peace and comfort.

     
  33. Erica

    February 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    My thoughts&prayers go out to you. :'(

     
  34. Juanita Welsh

    February 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    She will always be alive in your heart.

     
  35. Sheila Sperling

    February 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I am so very sorry, Stacy. Roxy was an exceptional horse and I’ve posted your tribute ride on Facebook over and over as everyone I know loves to watch it time and again…….such an amazing oneness and so inspiring to any rider ! My beautiful QH mare randomly broke her leg in her one acre paddock in November and it still makes no sense to me so I empathize more than you could ever know. I fully believe that there is a “Rainbow Bridge” for our beautiful horses and we will meet and ride them again one day. For now they are in a heavenly pasture enjoying the greenest of grass and playful days with no pain.
    My heart is with you.

     
  36. Amy Doran

    February 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Stacy, my heart goes out to you… You have a connection with her that will outlive time.. always remember that.. and you will see her live on in so many others.. hugs.. Amy Doran

     
  37. Jennifer Collman

    February 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Those are big horseshoes to fill… our thoughts and prayers that your talent will bring you another partner that can compare to Roxy.

     
  38. CareyLynn Steinhauer

    February 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories though and be thankful for every day you did get to spend with her. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this time.

     
  39. Sommer

    February 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying for all of you as you mourn her passing. Lots of love, Sommer

     
  40. Lauren

    February 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Im so sorry for your loss. She was an inspiration to me as well as others.. You and her inspired me to have confidence in my riding and to get a special bond like that.. Sorry again for your loss.

     
  41. sonja vinson

    February 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    So sorry Stacy, I know you will miss your amazing friend but you will see her again.Prayers for you and her owners. RIP Roxy

     
  42. Theresa

    February 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Such a hearbreaking tragedy! I’m so sorry Stacey, my heart goes out to you… Though I didn’t know Roxy other than watching videos on YouTube, I could tell she was an extraordinary mare.

     
  43. lisa knight

    February 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    so sorry for your loss

     
  44. Nancy Powers

    February 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I am so very sorry, Stacy! I will pray for you and I do hope the great accomplishments and memories of Roxy comfort you during this time.

     
  45. carlacarrabino

    February 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I have you and Roxy’s picture on the wall in front of my computer. Couldn’t keep from crying but smile at all the good both have you have accomplished and given to us all. Sending love and prayers. Carla

     
  46. Caren

    February 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Love Love Love. I know exctly how you feel. Big hugs! At least you have offspring …

     
  47. Tana

    February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    So very sad at the loss of this awesome friend of yours. She was an amazing mare.

     
  48. Pam Upgren

    February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a great horse.

     
  49. Kellie

    February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I’m just in shock over the loss of Roxy! I lost my boy over a year ago and I think of him everyday! She was an AMAZING horse and eventually the happy times will overshadow this horrible incident. She was loved, cared for and cherished by you and everyone that saw your amazing video. She will live forever in your heart and theirs! We’re so lucky to have horses in our lives, no matter how short the time may be! Bless you and your family during this sad time.

     
  50. Sonja

    February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    My deepest sympathy. So sorry to hear this. R.I.P. Roxy.

     
  51. Debi

    February 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    My heart aches for your loss Stacy and for her owner, Gregg’s, loss. The entire horse-world will be grieving along with you. Loving hugs being sent your way…

     
  52. Barbara Cannon

    February 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    What a huge loss for the horse world and a devastating personal loss to you Stacy. There just aren’t words to make this easier for you. I was fortunate to have seen you and Roxy bareback and bridleless. I was so sensitive to what was happening between you two I wept with joy. I’ll always remember the two of you.

     
  53. A.j. Sironen Buchanan

    February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Everyone at Buchanan Ranch sends you their deepest sympathy on the loss of Roxy. She was truly one of a kind. Watching the unity between you and her during your bridleless performance was inspiring to say the least.

     
  54. Teresa Chandler

    February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Stacy, I’m so sorry…she was a exceptional mare. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Again I’m so sorry for your loss. Take care

     
  55. Lynne Baber

    February 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Dear Stacy, The Lord is near the brokenhearted. He will return one day riding a horse, so I know horses are near to his heart. I am so sorry for your personal losses. May he give you the strength today to carry on and keep on doing marvelous things with other horses. Roxy gave her all and with the Lord, you will be able to, also.
    Sincerely, Lynne Baber of Chugwater, WY

    PS I shared your blog with Kim Meeder and her Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch ministry team. Their website is http://www.crystalpeaksyouthranch.org/AboutUs/General+Info/default.aspx

     
    • Debra

      February 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Lynne, your words are so beautiful and comforting. I wish I had been able to express myself as you did. I’m still in shock.

       
  56. sue

    February 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Oh my, that is such sad, sad news. My heart goes out to you and Roxy’s family.

     
  57. Melanie

    February 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. She left you too soon. Remember her in better times and all her great accomplishments – because of you!

     
  58. Tammy Crooks

    February 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    My heart just broke. I cannot even count how many times I have watch the video of your Championship ride with Roxy. I made everyone I know watch the video, horse person or not I would pull them in. They all left as amazed and inspired as I am every time I watch it. What a true loss, praying for hearts to heal.

     
  59. Jennifer J. Martin (Gran Jen)

    February 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    So sorry, Stacy! Heartbreaking news for all of you. (And all of us who love your work with Roxy)
    When I’m depressed I watch your video and smile the whole time. Roxy touched so many lives. You can almost SEE the connection between you two. I guess God decided he needed her more than you did…

     
  60. Jolene Jonassen

    February 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    My heart go out to you so sorry for the loss she was A beautiful horse and performer and you and her where a team .

     
  61. Janet

    February 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Condolences…she was a good one.

     
  62. Janet Hall-Gilbert

    February 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’m so very sorry to here about Roxy. Both you an her have been an inspiration to many rides and non riders. My heart goes out to you and Roxy’s owners. I thank the Lord for allowing us that have followed you and Roxy over the years, to have the oppertunity to enjoy all your triumph together, and she will be forever missed. RIP

     
  63. Valerie

    February 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I am sorry for your lost, I lost my mare on 10/10/10 and she was only 8 years old. She looks a lot like yours, she was a black Le Cheval Canadian, but she did leave behind a colt that is going to be 2 in April and another Mare. I really feel for you as I can’t still get over my sweet Mindy.

     
  64. Roberta

    February 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    The bond between Roxy and Stacy provided alot of inspiration for the two young girls who came out to our place to ride and learn from our, once in a lifetime mare, Docs Jackie Flick. Isn’t it amazing the things these horses can do to our lives….such gifts they give us.

     
  65. kelly

    February 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Sad news Stacy..Sorry for your loss! That performance on Roxy without a saddle and bridle is simply outstanding

     
  66. Dave Galentine

    February 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry to hear Roxy has moved onto the greener pastures above so soon. You both have shared and attained so much together. The journey you both share is a true testament to a partnership. That partnership Roxy and you hold will live on and continue to touch many. Your memories of her will fill your mind and many with a special fondness I’m sure.
    Most spend a lifetime searching for a horse with as much to offer as Roxy has. You both were truly blessed to have been a part of one another’s lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Dave Galentine

     
  67. Haley

    February 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    So sorry for the loss of such an AMAZING horse & best friend. Hugs from Auatralia xxxx

     
  68. melisse mossy

    February 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This is truly sad- Willow and Roxy kissed noses once… our girls carried her bridle ( and accidentally almost carried it home!)… She was amazing- we saw her perform in CA, KY, and got to ride with her at Equine Affaire… truly a special horse. WE are so sorry and will pray for peace to guard your hearts and minds.
    Love,
    melisse

     
  69. Kelsie

    February 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Stacy, i just want to say, i am very sorry for your loss of both your horses ( Roxy & foal ) i wish you the best and keep your head held high and hang in there. You will be in everyones thought
    Kelsie.

     
  70. Wendy Russ

    February 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    This exceptional mare and your performances have inspired horse lovers everywhere! May her grace be forever more in the heavens.

     
  71. Irene Druwe

    February 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Very sorry for your loss Stacey and to Roxy’s owners..I watched that ride many times and it chocked me up every time…It was amazing…Watched you on Ellen also…I know what it’s like to lose them, very difficult… Take Care

     
  72. Val TwoWolves

    February 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Prayers of comfort for all who knew Roxy both near and far. Stacy’s exhibition ride on Roxy was a true inspiration to me when I was at a crucial point in whether I would be a “rider” or a “former rider”. She will live on in the hearts of all who knew her

     
  73. Sharon

    February 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Am deeply saddned to read this post this morning here in Australia. We share a bond with our horses that not all understand and when this is bond is broken in such a way we need our time to heal. Take care to all those that have been involved in the care of Roxy and trying to give her last foal a fighting chance, some very special people. Stacey it was watching you ride her that gave me the kick to get back on my horse after an accident and build my relationship with her, it also lead me to your website and especially making sure I saw you at Equitana. Will treasure the signed posters of you and roxy that were signed by my kids Kaily and Nathan.

     
  74. Angelique Aia Hill

    February 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” remembered this one, i will never forget, until the day i die how i felt when i saw you ride Roxy 2006. i cant even describe it…. She will always be remembered, as the beautiful, amazing black mare Stacy rode.

     
    • Amy

      February 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      my thoughts exactly!

       
  75. shyannetla

    February 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss Stacey. My prayers are with you during this time of grief.

     
  76. teresa

    February 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Even in this loss, Stacy is such a class act…giving us this story in the words “Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened….please heal quickly my dear equine friend.

     
  77. Welsh Family (Indiana)

    February 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    So very sorry…..our family watched your performance at the 2006 Congress, and since that time have been HUGE fans of your since. It is always hard to say good-bye to our four-legged family members…..you will be in our thoughts.

     
  78. Lisa S.

    February 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I am so sorry. I lost a mare and foal a few years back. They leave a permanent kiss on our soul.

     
  79. Terry

    February 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    WOW, I just watched one of your videos this morning in which you use her to show a finished horse and wow what a finished horse she was. So sorry to hear the bad news…

     
  80. Brittany

    February 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    So sorry to hear about this, watching that video put chills down my spine, Its hard to get a partnership so strong, but you both succeeded in doing so. That video was so inspiring. I lost a horse of my own, and there are no words that comfort you at this time. Thoughts and prayers are sent to you at this time. rip Roxy

     
  81. Joy Schuetz

    February 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    It is sad to lose such a horse. I am thankful that Roxy received all the care and treatment possible. Sometimes it is not possible to save our beloved animals. The double loss of her foal is tragic as well. One can only go forward……to go back over all the woulda, coulda, shoulda is pointless. Those of us who love and admire horses will miss this exceptional mare. What an inspiration both Roxy and Stacey have been to those looking for the ultimate riding experience. There will be other horses in the future who will do what the two of them accomplished but there will never be another Roxy. God is good, all the time and I am thankful she was relieved of her suffering. Our hearts heal with time. We will never forget the beautiful Roxy. I will smile because Roxy happened and I watched that ride over and over. RIP Roxy, you lived your life well and showed the world what can happen between horse and rider with patience, love and positive training. Thank you Stacey and Roxy for sharing your connection to one another.

     
  82. Carrie Bale

    February 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Very well said Angelique! Wishing Roxy’s family much peace and the ability to find the good in all that she brought to them.

     
  83. Amanda Accordino

    February 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. She will NEVER be forgotten. ♥

     
  84. Jean Fine

    February 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Vera and I are so sorry to hear this. We have watched your famous ride over and over and we continue to do so.

     
  85. billie

    February 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    A huge loss for the horse world! We always enjoyed watching you ride her…such beauty and unity! Prayers for you!

     
  86. LARINA

    February 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This is sooooo sad and tragic.. my heart bleeds for you :0( A real angle xox

     
  87. Lin Roberts

    February 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I am heartsick over the loss of Roxy………my thoughts go out to you and the Gessner family…….you and Roxy were/are my idols……..I’ve always thought that my mare Ms Native Sky Dancer resembles Baby Doll quite a bit……… we started the bridle-less training (with your videos)……….now in Roxy’s honor, we’ll continue…………..Lin

     
  88. Hannah J.

    February 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Having seen you and roxy prefrom this is one of the hardest thing i have ever had to read… it’s hard to believe that she’s gone… but while she was alive you gave her one of the greatest lives… so sorry for your loss. She will never be forgotten <3

     
  89. jamie johnson

    February 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    im soo sorry she inspired me to take time with my horse and dream of the impossible . my heart and prays are for you and your family

     
  90. Debbie

    February 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Ahhh I’m sorry for your loss. She’ll be in your heart and soul with you always.

     
  91. Patsy Duncan

    February 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I saw you and Roxy at Road to the horse. I cried just at the obvious bond between you and Roxy. It was a life changing moment for me.I am so happy to have that memory as you will remeber her and smile in your heart at having the great oportunity to be able to have riden and trained such a mare.

     
  92. Juli Thorson

    February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Stacy and all of Roxy’s other close people,
    We are Horse&Rider are so very, very sorry to learn of Roxy’s passing, and also of the loss of her foal. Roxy was an extraordinary equine ambassador, of the sort that can never be replaced. Our heartfelt condolences to everyone at Westfall Horsemanship.
    –Juli Thorson, editor, Horse&Rider magazine

     
    • Stacy

      February 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you Juli. H & R photo shoots with Roxy in Florida and here at home are among my favorite memories with her…you know the funny stuff that happens during those shoots that isn’t part of the story but- is the story- but leaves you laughing about the horses :)

       
  93. Lisa

    February 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, how heartbreaking to lose both of them. I have loved watching your wonderful partnership with Roxy. She will always be loved and never forgotten.

     
  94. betsykelleher

    February 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I am so sorry, Stacy! Know that I feel your pain, because I just had my best old trail horse put down on Jan. 9, after 14 years with him. I have watched that ride you and Roxy did in 2006, several times. Amazing. God is with you in your loss. In the words of a certain song, “It tells of one whose loving heart can feel my deepest woe, who in each sorrow bears a part that none can bear below.” Those words spoke to me, hope they encourage you as well.
    Betsy Kelleher
    http://www.goduseshorses.com

     
  95. Kara Duensing

    February 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Rest in Peace sweet momma <3

     
  96. mika conn

    February 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Wow this horse was beautiful on young rider but I wished i would just give her a kiss and a bear hug.
    it was like she was your most fave horse
    there were many fans shocked by this sad story.

    Like me… .

    Roxy, i hoped you got my bear hug and kiss. I love u Stacy and i feel sorry for Roxy.

    oxox

     
  97. Terri

    February 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    So sad, had to say goodbye to my horse on Thanksgiving Day. Love the quote headlining this story – words to live by for sure.

     
  98. Christina Granatier

    February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    So sorry to learn of Roxys passing she was so special..she will come to you in your dreams and memories. RIP Roxy and prayers to all who grieve her passing.

     
  99. Sue Hart-Little

    February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    My heart goes out to you Stacy, on the loss of your beautiful and talented mare. You two were amazing together, and a real pleasure to watch. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

     
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  101. Jan Fletcher

    February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    RIP Roxy……I am sooo sorry for your loss Greg and Stacy :'(…she was an exceptional talent.

     
  102. Peggy Nichols

    February 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I am so sorry and heart broken such things can happen. I sent her and your u-tube-pictures to everyone I know. Everyone loved them and cried watching them in wonder of the chemistry and love between you both. We will all cry hearing this news. She was one precious and famous horse. Truely a gift from God, and now back to God to treasure. Love and Prayers to you Stacey and your family. Thank you for sharing her with us :O)

     
  103. Trudy Paterson

    February 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    If tears could build a stairway,
    And memories were a lane,
    I would walk right up to Heaven
    To bring you home again.
    No farewells were spoken,
    No time for goodbye,
    You were gone before I knew it,
    And only God knows why.
    My heart still aches in sadness,
    And secret tears will flow,
    What it meant meant to me to lose you,
    No one will ever know.

     
  104. Darlene Lennox

    February 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Our deepest sympathies from everyone here at Greenhawk, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
    xo

     
  105. Timmi

    February 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Smiling through my tears as I remember a most amazing mare. My heart goes out to you and all who were touched by Roxy…she will never be forgotten.

     
  106. Ruth Ross

    February 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Im sorry I cant help but weep. I cried when I saw Stacy ride this beautiful mare at The Road to The Horse. I tried to hide my tears as I thought people around me would think I was silly. We were standing and I looked at the big cowboy to my left and he was crying too. I dont know who he was but, I bet he will cry with me when he hears this news. We were crying at the shear beauty of horse and rider. I will always be blessed that I saw this amazing performance in person. The least I can do is shed a tear for a gallant mare….

     
  107. Terry Bolduc

    February 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Oh Stacey, My heart bleeds for you, Terry Bolduc ( I worked at Rods with Travis in 06 ) You two were an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

     
  108. Mary Ann Gimble

    February 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Crying as I type this….just like I do each time I watch your bareback and bridleless video. Can’t even begin to express the sadness that I feel for you and Roxy. So grateful that you were able to share her with the world. Makes the bar for the rest of us unattainable. Thoughts and prayers to you.

     
  109. Karen

    February 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Such a heartbreak to hear. So sorry for your loss of a beloved friend and baby. I bet your daddy welcomed her home. Peace be with you and all of those who loved Roxy.

     
  110. Valerie Wehmueller

    February 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    We, too, are shocked & greatly saddened at the loss of Roxy & her unborn foal. We were honored to meet both Stacy & the beautiful Roxy in 2009 at the annual Breyerfest in Lexington, KY. They were a show like no other, & Stacy, you are my daughter’s inspiration & role model. We love you & wish you & all of Roxy’s family the best during your time of sorrow. You will always have her memory in your hearts. My daughter has your autographed poster with Roxy hanging in her room, as well as 3 Celebration models of Roxy, & countless photos of her wonderful time meeting both of you. <3

     
  111. kbolitiski

    February 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Our thought and prayers go out to you and Roxy’s family.

     
  112. Katie Welham

    February 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Stacy

    I am truly sorry to hear this and cannot begin to imagine how you are feeling. I am a qualified Counsellor & teacher and I recently showed your video to my students – as a perfect example of total attunement. I believe that is the only way to sum up your relationship with her and how you two were in total attunement.

    Keep up the brilliant work – it is a joy to watch you at work and one with your horse.

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic relationship and gift that you have.

    Take care

    Katie

     
  113. Andrea

    February 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    My heart goes out to you and your family..so sad to lose such a magestic animal and pet..I loved watching you ride her on youtube and the equine affair in Massachusetts

     
  114. connie

    February 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Dear Stacy,
    I am so sorry for the loss of such a great horse you got to enjoy. Just remember all the great things you tow accomplished and showed the world. thanksyou for letting me enjoy that as well, May your hearts not be too sad, rejoyce in her life and the life with you and your family.

     
  115. Melanie Langmeyer

    February 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    So sorry for this loss. There might be a bit of comfort in knowing that for the time she was here she experienced a relationship with her human that exceeded most. My sympathy and prayers to you.

     
  116. Heather Woodcock

    February 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    So sorry, what an amazing horse that has given so many including myself inspiration to try reining.

     
  117. Tanya Randall

    February 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Oh Stacy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your partnership with Roxy was the fairy tale relationship that we all aspire to accomplish. Thank you for sharing Roxy with the world. She will be deeply missed, but her memory will live on in all the lives that you touch.

     
  118. Cindy

    February 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful horse & partner, we’ve enjoyed watching you & Roxy over the years and we are extremely happy to have seen her.

     
  119. Regina Sokolik

    February 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss. She will await you at the Rainbow Bridge. May God Bless you, her and your family.

     
  120. Heather Taylor

    February 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Wow, so sorry to hear about Roxy! The world lost a truly exceptional horse. Stacy, you and Roxy have been my heroes from the first time I ever watched you 2 perform together. I am so blessed that I was able to attend one of your clinics with Roxy in NC. Heartfelt condolences, tears, prayers and hugs sent your way. RIP Roxy <3 <3 <3

     
  121. Sami Salzer

    February 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Stacy, I’m so sorry or your loss. Roxy was a beautiful and wonderful mare. My condolences go out to the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. One day you will be reunited with her in Heaven.

     
  122. Roberta Smith aka Robee

    February 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What a magnificant horse having had the pleasure of watching preform ! She brought joy and hope to so many young riders who fashioned themselves after Stacey & their relationship ! May she always live where she’s got the greenest pastures !

     
  123. heather

    February 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    This is so tramatic and I am deeply sorry for greg gessner and you and your family. Rozy was an amazing horse and you two had an amazing relationship and fantastic career. i am so sorry for your loss and her owner’s loss. May she rest in peace over the rainbow bridge. I am so sorry. R.I.P Roxy..

     
  124. Kat

    February 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    My deepest condolences to you, Stacy. Roxy was a fabulous horse. I’m just glad I had the opportunity to see her perform so many times. *hugs*

     
  125. Tamie grandstaff

    February 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    So sorry to hear this Stacy. She joins many great horses and what beautiful memories you have given the world!

     
  126. Connie

    February 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Stacy, I am so sorry for your lost. It always breaks my heart when a horse have to leave us to early .

     
  127. heather

    February 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What kind of tramatic injury did she get when she casted during the night? how old was she? did she ever have a baby or the one she was carrying was going to be her 1st baby?

     
    • Stacy

      February 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Will post more detail tomorrow….hard 2 write it…

       
  128. turukai

    February 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Stacey, I am so sorry, your run with her bareback and bridless will always be in my heart and is the the reason I got into Reining. She and you have touched so many and will always be remembered. I love your quote for its fitting……… Much love to you and may her memory always be that which lives in our hearts.

     
  129. robin murray

    February 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I so enjoyed all of the videos of Roxy, her performances brought me to tears they were so awesome. She will be joining my two beloved boys who passed also. I hope they meet at the Rainbow Bridge.

     
  130. Sue

    February 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    so very sorry to hear of your losses and she was one amazing horse that I just was in awe to watch and will always remember your rides, you both were amazing

     
  131. Tina

    February 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    So sorry for your loss. She was an amazing mare.

     
  132. Rachel

    February 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    My condolences to you and your family.
    ” Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.”
    – Victor Hugo
    God has blessed you and Jesse with strong limbs.

     
  133. Karolyn Sailer

    February 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Before, I watched your ride with smiles and laughter. Today, I watched it with tears in my eyes, but it still brought a smile. I am so sorry for your loss of Roxy. I pray The Lord will bring healing to your heart.

     
  134. Debbie Hokanson

    February 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Oh Stacey, I am so so for your loss…Roxy and your special bond will be remembered for years to come! I watch your ride with her 2006 repeatedly and never tire of it. I shared your rides with all my horse friends. Truly one of God’s best to be shared and loved by all and now God has her back under his care, she will watch over you till you two and the colt meet again!

     
  135. cindy beck, equine artist

    February 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    sorry for your loss… i have known this pain personally and feel for you. what a great ride you 2 had together!

     
  136. Kathy Bagley-Marcho

    February 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Our condolences to you all, We are so very sorry for your loss. You were a beautiful team.

     
  137. Liseanne Roy

    February 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I cannot put into words how incredibly sad I am. I want to extend my deepest condolences.

    My thoughts are with you,
    Liseanne

     
  138. Debra L. Meyer

    February 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    What a devastating loss to the horse world. My thoughts and prayers are with you and those that also admired and loved this amazing mare.

     
  139. Patti Self

    February 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss…I know how devastating a loss such as this can be, my heart and my prayers go out to you.

     
  140. Annette Brown

    February 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I can only tell you how much your rides with this wonderful mare have changed how people look at their relationships with their animals. I only hope this brings some peace to you and all the other people who knew this wonderful mare …

    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

     
  141. Amy

    February 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I am so distraught by hearing that my hero and reason for inspiration has passed. Someone else described my feelings best, but …Words can not express how I felt the first time I saw you ride bareback and bridleless to “Live like you were dying” as a tribute to your fathers passing. I cried, even sobbed as I watched with complete adoration and humility. That ride was the reason for my stepping up my horsemanship into something more. I am so sorry for your loss and the passing of an amazing animal and partner…I’m sad it’s over, but so happy it happened. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world Stacy..hopefully another Roxy will come our way soon

     
  142. Marie-Pier Bouchard

    February 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Did you pick up some hair? I can make you something special to remember her….you can find me on facebook.

     
  143. kristy tarpein

    February 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Hugs and prayers sent your way.. It has always hard at times like these.. but the memories will go on forever..

     
  144. Dee Chappelle

    February 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a great mare and perfect partnership, I know she leaves a lot of sadness but more great memories.

     
  145. silvia bruno

    February 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I’M SO SORRRRRYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! She will never be forgotten because we all saw her performances many times and made a little corner for her in our hearts….

     
  146. Shannon

    February 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Roxy. She was very loved and will truly be missed. I know there are a few people up there who will greet her with open arms. I’m glad I got to see you guys in some clinics at Equine Affair a couple years ago. It was the highlight of my senior year. Sending some prayers and thoughts your way.

     
  147. Ronnie Warner

    February 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss – you two were beautiful together. It is very sad news – Please know my thought are with you and her.

     
  148. Sherri VanTassel

    February 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    The hardest thing to do for someone that you love is to do the right thing and say good-bye. Your gift to Roxy of the absence of pain is the greatest gift we can give. My prayers are with you!

     
  149. Karen Daugherty

    February 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a wonderful mare and you both shared a bond like no other. My heart goes out to you and know that there are thousands that are sending prayers and hugs your way.

     
  150. Susie

    February 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    My heart aches for you. May the memories and feelings of the closeness and love between you,
    heal your sadness.

     
  151. Kelli Richardson

    February 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    To lose a best friend is tragic, especially when its least expected. Hugs to you Stacey, I went through this last April with my 24 y/0 gelding, he was the 3rd generation. Had his grandmother, raised his mother and he. Buddy never had a sick day in his life, found him down in the paddock early one AM. Doc said twisted gut. There may be other horses in your life but never in your heart. Thinking of you from one horse lover to another

     
  152. Vicki

    February 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I am so sorry! I lost a dear old girl this summer, and it is never easy to lose a good friend.

     
  153. Carla

    February 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Condolences from Canada, I watched the bridleless event in awe several times and really enjoyed seeing you & Roxy on the Ellen show. Rainbow Bridge has been blessed the equine world left with a void. Prayers to you and her owners :'(

     
  154. Elizabeth

    February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Peace to you and yours.

     
  155. Susan on the eastern shore

    February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    They wait for us at Heaven’s gate, when we all return to the Father. My prayers for loss, she was a beauty.

     
  156. Peggy Wallace

    February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Oh sweetie! You two were quite a match! I know how much you must have loved her. Your gentle touch and her perfect responses showed your bond! Please accept my sincere sympathy! I will never forget watching your precious video of the championship ride! God bless!

     
  157. Marilyn Wegweiser

    February 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I am so sorry – I know the pain of seeing them go over the Rainbow Bridge.

     
  158. mcuffin

    February 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    so very very sorry to all who loved this mare and baby colt. It is never easy to say good bye to our animals no matter what the circumstances.

     
  159. Ruby Riggs

    February 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss!

     
  160. Hiedi

    February 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    OMG!!!! I am so choked up reading that.. I have watched every video on you tube of your rides. They are amazing rides. Roxy was an amazing horse and looked like an awesome ride.. I have watched the videos over and over.. some in which made me cry. My neice wants to ride bridleless just because of seeing your videos. I am so sorry about that terrible loss as she can never be replaced but maybe you will be able to form such a bond with one of her foals.

     
  161. Cindy

    February 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    So so sorry to hear this!!!! :( She was one in a million!!

     
  162. Deb

    February 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    my condolences to all who were involved with this great mare.

     
  163. Sharri

    February 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Roxy, I am sure she will be greatly missed. We too had a loss of a great mare last week. My son’s horse – she did it all for him, it was also sudden. It is heart breaking losing the good ones;(

     
  164. Daralyn

    February 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    So Sorry for your Loss our deepest condolences ~ words can never seem enough at a time like this ~ our hearts are with you..Daralyn ~ Australia

     
  165. Alice

    February 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Oh, Stacy, with Bay it was expected, but this is a terrible blow. I’m so, so sorry, especially for the terrible time she had. Please don’t blame yourself. I love how you titled this blog entry…focusing on the beauty and wonder of what God granted you with Roxy. What a precious gift she was. May God grant you comfort, and strength to stay in a place of gratitude.

     
  166. Marlene Holahan

    February 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    What an absolute shock to hear. I am soooo sorry dear Stacy, I only hope in time the memory of your wonderfull girl will bring a warm smile not tears to your face. My thoughts are with you. RIP Roxy xx

     
  167. Tanna Hamar

    February 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    So sorry Stacey !!! She was a great horse !!! RIP Roxy!!!

     
  168. Joan

    February 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I am crying as I read this. I am so so sorry. It is good to remember the good times through the tears. So sorry too the colt couldn’t be saved. I am sending thoughts and prayers your way. Sad sad day.

     
  169. Jo

    February 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Dearest Stacey ,i feel your heartache ,as i lost my special horse June 2011 ,decision had to be Made and was done for the Horse ,i am Proud of you for thinking of Roxy first and foremost ,your heart will hurt and your memories will make you cry when you least expect it ,Good Luck in your future darlin (((HUG’S ))) & Regard’s Jo from Melbourne Victoria Australia

     
  170. Julie cook

    February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Such sad news. Sending condolences from Australia :-(.

     
  171. Lori Wilson

    February 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Deepest sympathies to you, Stacy, on the loss of your equine partner. Roxy was one of a kind! I was prviledged to see both of you perform at the Ohio Equine Affaire. Breathtaking and so emotional – I could hardly see for the tears. Heaven is surely the richer for having Roxy join their ranks. We will see our beloved horses again, I am certain. Bless you and your family through this difficult time.

     
  172. Linda Lee-Bower

    February 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Reading this makes me cry. What an incredible mare… Getting to see your and Roxie’s winning performance at the AQHA congress in 2006 was a thrill.. Thoughts and prayer are with you all….

     
  173. Jessica Blackley

    February 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Sorry for your loss of such a great mate and also a new one to come. May they rest in peace and gallop in green pastures!

     
  174. lakota

    February 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. It must be heartbreaking and what a tremendous loss. It’s good to hear she has 4 offspring, however. I’m she’ll preside over many of us still here on Earth owing to the many wonderful memories she helped to create with you. xox

     
  175. Debb

    February 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    THE BEST RIDE I HAVE EVER WATCHED IN ANY DISCIPLINE, YOU WERE AN AMAZING TEAM !!! SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

     
  176. Francis

    February 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss Stacy. She’s running truly ‘freestyle’ now and never will be forgotten.
    Don’t forget:
    Life is eternal;
    and love is immortal;
    and death is only a horizon;
    and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
    ~ Rossiter W. Raymond~

     
  177. cindy thomas

    February 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses. ~R.B. Cunninghame Graham, letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1917

    God wouldn’t be that cruel….

     
    • Stacy

      February 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      I read Gods letter and he says he rides in on a horse…so I know Roxy will be close behind…

       
      • Brenda Brunotte

        February 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

        Stacey,

        I cannot think of a more beautiful way to envision our God, His horses, and your sweet Roxy. Thank you for all you do and for all you represent.

        I was so happy to meet you at Rittenour’s, and happy to have known Roxy through your breathtaking performances.

        God bless you.

         
      • Hiedi

        February 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

        That’s for sure. He will choose the best and Roxy will be in the front of the line. I just cant get over the fact that something so terrible can happen to a horse as wonderful and perfect as Roxy was. Her legacy will live on forever. Hope to see more videos of rides that you are doing. You don’t have to be in Hollywood to be famous!

         
  178. Kaylee

    February 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I remember seeing Roxy on a youtube video shortly after her 2006 ride and immediately became a huge fan. Stacy, you’ve been one of my idols for years, and it is heartbreaking to see such a tremendous horse leaving this world. She was an image of sheer perfection in the equine world and will never be forgotten. So sorry <3

     
  179. Christine

    February 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Stacy I am so sorry to hear thi sad and tragic news. My heart goes out to you.

     
  180. Linda

    February 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    It was incredibly uplifting to watch you and Roxy work together. It is equally sad to hear of your loss. Your partnership showed so many of us what was possible if we work for it.

     
  181. Karen Mahan

    February 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Stacey, my heart aches for you and all of Roxy’s connections over this heartbreaking loss. Thank you for sharing Roxy will the world, we are all better for having seen your incredible rides! I feel so blessed to have seen your tribute ride at the congress and again when she went to Breyerfest. She truly was a one of a kind mare. I pray that God will see you through this difficult time,

     
  182. Jennifer Clifft

    February 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Stacy. I am so sorry for your loss.

     
  183. linda rhoades

    February 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Stacy, she was a dream that came true for you , I watched you at the Congress , The song you picked for your Father ,was overwhelming for me, I watched you on Ellen D show, I am sending my prayers to you and Roxy,
    she will always be remembered !

     
  184. Stacey

    February 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss :o(

     
  185. Sue-Ellen

    February 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Oh Stacy, my heart is filled with sadness for your sudden loss – my prayers and love are going out to you :).
    On the other hand I feel such a sense of admiration and strength as I read your posts heading “Don’t cry because it over, smile because it happened” – Roxy has up until this point made a huge difference to millions of people around the world, and she will continue to do so whilst she watches over everyone from heaven. It really makes me think how special every moment is in our lives and that whilst we are living, that is when we can unknowingly be an inspiration to others, as you and Roxy have done. Thank you Stacy for following your dreams and with such a great attitude.
    Stacy you have helped me to follow my dreams too – Sincerely thank you

     
  186. Anna

    February 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Stacy, I am so sorry to hear about this. I can still remember the day I first watched that famous video of Roxy and you! It brought tears to my eyes, and more than anything they were tears of joy! Thank you to you two for sharing your talent with us, thank you for being such an inspiration. Roxy was an exceptional mare, there are no words that could possibly describe what you two have achieved together! Thinking of you, love from Germany xxx

     
  187. Sharon McCleary

    February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Gregg, Stacy and familes. The loss of a cherished horse is always rough and doubled here. Prayers coming to help ease your sorrow.
    Sharon S. McCleary

     
  188. Cyn

    February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Oh Stacy, I am so sorry, this is so sad. My deepest sympathy to you, your family and Roxy’s.

    Run free at the bridge, Roxy, many of my friends will be there to greet you. Sandy alway has carrots.

     
  189. Alison LaVallee

    February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Stacy, my heart goes out to you, and I am sorry for your loss of Roxy and her foal.

    She was a wonderful mare and gave you everything she had, I’m grateful you were there with her and her loved ones, to give her peace and kindness at the end.

    Blessings to you all,

     
  190. Jmoore

    February 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Sometimes we are Blessed in Life to be given the chance to be Trusted & Loved unconditionally by one of GOD’s most Glorious creatures. How Wonderful that we were allowed the Joy of watching them perform together.
    RIP Roxy!

     
  191. Teena Rossiter

    February 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Oh Stacy…I wish I could say the perfect thing to help your grief. I do want to tell you that it was you and Roxy who inspired me to buy a horse and learn to ride again. Honestly. After seeing your performance on Youtube, I was in awe and wanted to get in the saddle again. Thank you Stacy and Roxy for being my inspiration. My prayers are with you, your family and Greg.

     
  192. Vickye Turner

    February 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    So very sorry for your loss .. She was amazing with you and wormed her way into everyones hearts

     
  193. Nancy Adderley

    February 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I want to send my condolences to the family! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this terrible time! So sorry to Stacy and the rest of Roxy’s family! What a beautiful spirit she was! She will forever live on in our hearts and in the equine world!! RIP ROXY!! <3

     
  194. Janice Hightower

    February 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Stacy, I had a Baby Doll and she will greet her over the rainbow bridge!!! Roxy reminded me of her so much!! I loved all you performances and cried right along with you… My prayers go out to you all about this and know she is in good care at the bridge!!!

     
  195. Sally Leong

    February 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Stacy

    Know that her soul lives on in a new form. I have enjoyed your performances together!

     
  196. Debbie

    February 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    To Stacy and Roxy’s extended family….my heart aches for you as I truly know your pain. My beloved Tres Dee Sol – better known as Sunday was euthanized the day before Roxy. Sunday was born on my farm and his body rests 20 feet from where he entered this world 23 years ago. Selfishly I kept Sunday at home and prevented him from earning the accolades that I know he would have achieved…..a few days after birth he ran his mom until she tied up because she couldn’t catch him….he herded us all into his heart and his love for making Snow Angels will be remembered by many. I’ve cried many tears over his passing but just yesterday I was thinking of Stacy’s memorable performance with Roxy and another loss that Stacy had last year. I had no clue they were faced with what I had 24 hours earlier.

    We’ve shed tears of the loss of our friends and my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. My comfort is knowing that they gallop over fields of green and will greet us once again when we make the same transition to the mansion that my Lord, Jesus Christ has prepared….what a place that will be!

    God Bless!

     
  197. CARLA CURPHY

    February 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Sorry about your loss Stacy.

     
  198. Sherry Graeb

    February 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Stacy, our hearts go out to you. We are so sorry to hear you have lost one that you loved so. Someday you will be reunited and will ride together as one, in a place where there are no fences. Sending warm hugs & loving thoughts, Sherry Graeb

     
  199. Lisa

    February 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Stacy, as I read this I am blown away and left speechless. I can remember seeing the two of you in NC at the Expo years ago and the bound between the two of you was so AWESOME!!!.. The good Lord above definitely got an incredible ride with Roxy.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..

     
  200. Debra Jo Endres-Ard

    February 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I am very sorry and deeply saddened to learn this tragic news. Our animals become members of our family. It is painful to lose them. Roxy was very special. So many around the world enjoyed watching her extraordinary performances. Thank you for sharing her. Please know you and your family are being held close in thought and prayer during this terribly difficult time. Heartfelt condolences and many hugs for each of you.

     
  201. Morgan Spencer

    February 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Stacy. I understand the pain you are feeling, as I lost my fjord gelding April 25th 2011. You may not read this because of all of your other fans but I feel for you. If it wasn’t for you with Roxy, I wouldn’t be so determined, motivated, and excited for my goal with my blue roan filly who my old friend also named Roxy. I am so grateful. Your partner Roxy’s spirit will live on, in the hearts of her offspring. God bless you <3 R.I.P. Roxy <3

     
    • Stacy

      February 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Morgan, Thanks for writing. We (Jesse and I) have read every single one of these…and will continue to. May you enjoy your Roxy as much as I did mine.
      Stacy

       
  202. Dachia

    February 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Oh Stacy… I’m so sorry for your loss. I was blessed to meet you at the Midwest Horse Fair some years ago and watch you from afar. You and Roxy were a joy to watch and I shared your videos often. I know this is heart-wrenching. I am so sorry.

     
  203. jo marie burns

    February 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    So sad for this to happen, my condolences to the entire family and of course the horse world is less one talented horse, I suppose she and her foal were needed in heaven.

     
  204. Marianne

    February 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    geez I,m realy sorry to hear that! praying for you; and yes you both where an inspiration to me too

     
  205. Judy Hoffman

    February 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Both you and Roxy have inspired so many (this feels like an understatement). She was so amazing in the performance that I have watched at least 100 times, usually with a gather of little 4-H girls….that go home and dream of “their day”. It is never easy to say good-bye and see you later to such a partner in life. My only solace is that when we join God in heaven he wants us to have our hearts desire, so on that note, I trust you two will be joined once again. Until then I hope one of those babies will become as great as their dam.

     
  206. Joy

    February 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I am so sad to hear this news. You will never know what an impact you and that beautiful mare had on me, even way down here in Australia. RIP Roxy.

     
  207. carolyn harper

    February 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    You and Roxy’s video always helped me get thru hard times. Thank you for that. Carolyn

     
  208. Remona

    February 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t help but be sad. So sorry for your loss.

     
  209. Shaunacey Borton

    February 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Im so sorry for your loss Stacy! I hope she rests well with her little sorrel stud colt.

     
  210. Tammy

    February 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I have watched that video dozens of times and still get goose bumps. You guys were an amazing team. My thoughts are with you.

     
  211. Marion

    February 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Stacey, I am so sorry for you lost. She is running on green pastures in heaven…praying for you

     
  212. Diana Nawfel

    February 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    To witness the The beauty that was between you, has to be every horse lover’s dearm..In my 50 yrs of owning horses, i have never seen anything that amazing….It brings tears to my eyes, but to my heart it leaves a feeling of entense love….Hats off to at least having the memiories……..

     
  213. stephen & helen haddon

    February 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    all the way from australia our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and the gessner family. roxy had a far reaching fan club that went all round the world.

     
  214. Cindy Snyder

    February 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I also have watched your performance dedicated to your father on this beautiful horse. You may smile because it happened some day, but it is ok to cry because it is over. You two danced beautifully together. My sympathy.

     
  215. Betsy

    February 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I am SO sad to hear this….It is your ride on Roxy that inspired me into horsemanship to begin with. I am praying for you and the pain you are enduring at this sad time. RIP Baby Doll….

     
  216. Jackie

    February 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and the Gressner family. It is always hard to lose such an amazing and integral part of your life

     
  217. Amy Brandt

    February 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Stacy I am so sorry for your loss! You and Roxy are truly an ispiration to me! I hope one day to find a horse as dear to me and become half the rider you are! My prayers are with you!

     
  218. marsha welle

    February 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Our thoughts are with you. The 2 of you had a very evident bond. My heart is heavy tonight so I’m certain yours weighs a ton. And yet I am very happy ‘ it ever was ‘ because watching you 2 gave Michall and me many special memories. Our condolences.

     
  219. Priscilla Baldwin

    February 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Stacy, my heart hurts for you and your family. Roxy will be missed by many. God Bless :(

     
  220. Anita

    February 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Stacy – My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and Greg. What a tragedy (a double one). Horses are such special gifts in our lives and Roxy and you were quite a team! Cherish every memory and know that many are grieving with you . . .

     
  221. Jackie

    February 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    So sorry for your loss. When I lost my mare a few years ago I received a poem, “Don’t Cry for the Horses”. Beautiful poem and it helped ease the pain. Especially the last line, love the ones that are here.

     
  222. Lynn

    February 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    So sorry for your double loss. She was a remarkable mare and her foal would have been so special…… Hugs…..

     
  223. Camille Creepingbear Wagoner

    February 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Oh Stacy, I am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Sending you a big hug and lots of love :-(

     
  224. Jen

    February 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Always cherish the hoof print :) She’s hanging out with Baby and any other special friends that you’ve met along your journey. Blessings and prayers to you and your family.

     
  225. johanna

    February 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    gosh-that’s tough.
    i am sorry for roxy and you and all those who worked with her.
    i didn’t even know her or see her work live, but i can feel the loss to the world.

     
  226. Kim and Faythe

    February 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Roxy was a great horse.

     
  227. patricia

    February 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I dont know you but i can empathize with your loss. my family raised racehorses where eceryone one of them was dear and i have felt the losses you wrote of. so sorry for your loss and the loss of the foal as well :'(

     
  228. Emily

    February 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I’m so sorry, Stacy. Wow.
    I love your title for this post. How beautiful. Roxy was an inspiration to many of us, I’ve watched your tribute ride many times over the years when I needed a pickmeup.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

     
  229. Leanna Pruett Robins

    February 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    So Sorry, Loved watching you and Her.

     
  230. Ginger Tongyai

    February 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    It was a great pleasure to watch you two in the freestyles. I owned Shining Salute, who Rocky Dare showed competed with you in the freestyles at Congress. Salute, at 12 years passed as well about a year ago and I can say it is not easy. Roxy and you inspired many people and showed how great a bond is between you and your horse. All of your fans are extremely grateful to have experienced such a beautiful connection in her fabulous bareback and bridleless freestyles. May Roxy rest in peace and have big grassy endless fields up in heaven!
    Sincerely,
    Ginger Tongyai

     
  231. Janelle

    February 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I’m saddened by your loss having lost my beloved mare and first horse. It was your bareback ride on Roxy that inspired me to push beyond my fear issues and ride my horse bareback.

     
  232. Michelle C. M. Russo

    February 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    OMG Stacy!!! I didn’t expect to read this, I’m soooo very sorry for your loss. I don’t understand why and how freak things happen to horses, No matter how careful we are in taking care of them, it is out of our control. Only the lord knows! Roxy and you gave to us ( the back yard horse people) encouragement, patients, and determination that with trust and love and repetition you can do anything with your best friend. My hat is off to you! I pray you and Gregg & your family find comfort with all the love that your followers and friends can give you at this sad time. My heart breaks for this outstanding horse. Roxy will always be remembered with smiles! God Bless

     
  233. Yvonne

    February 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    So very sorry. I had the privilege of seeing Stacy and Roxy perform live and I will never forget it.

     
  234. Verna Pickin

    February 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful mare and i am sure she will be missed.

     
  235. Cheryl Poirier

    February 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed your videos immensely, Stacy. You and Roxy were amazing together. She will be missed by so many equestrians, world wide, I’m sure. My thoughts and condolences are with you, your family, the owner, and all who had the pleasure of knowing this amazing animal. You will always be a true inspiration.

     
  236. Theresa Coleman

    February 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    So very sorry for your loss Stacy, sending many prayers of strength for you. Thank you for sharing your life with one of the worlds most wonderful, and loved horses. You are an inspiration to all of us.
    Ter!

     
  237. Heather

    February 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    So sorry to hear Stacy loved the performance you both put on, still puts tears in my eyes!

     
  238. Janice

    February 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    This is very sad. I just finished watching a video of you working with her- she was magnificent. Blessings to you and your family.

     
  239. jane day

    February 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Will always remember seeing you and Roxy in Harrisburg

     
  240. Arlene Curtis

    February 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I have never owned a horse & only ridden one once; but I have always admired their beauty & gracefulness. She was a beautiful horse & I know ya’ll are going to miss her but she does leave part of her behind with her 4 offspring. I hope you will put pictures of them on facebook so that we may all see their beauty. Take Care & God Bless!!!!!!!

     
  241. Tamara Dabney

    February 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Stacy, you must be so devastated. Healing thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the people who love Roxy. I’m in tears… I’ve never met Roxy or you, Stacy, but your courage and beauty together impressed me every time I had the opportunity to watch you perform on video. We all dream of riding our horses like you ride Roxy. What a gift for you, Roxy, and really all of us, as your riding inspires us to try new things and find ways to bond with our equine companions in a gentle way that is built on mutual RESPECT and TRUST.

    Many blessings.

     
  242. Carrie Gaumer

    February 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Oooo Stacy, I am so sorry. Roxy was an inspiration to so many … on so many levels. God comforts those who mourn… this I do know to be true. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

     
  243. Diana Barr

    February 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Wow….so sorry to hear this news. I lost a mare 3 weeks before she foaled. It is hard to take the loss of the mare but then there is that baby you have been feeling kicking all that time when you place your hand on the mare. Its tough. And then, Iam a teacher and I couldnt go to work because I cried so much. I took ONE day off of work with my swelled up eyes and a teacher told me when I went back…” some people act as if animals are people.” I just looked at him and walked away. There were no words to cure that ignorance and what I would have said would have been too harsh so I didnt say it. Im an art teacher and he teaches history…I didnt realize we worked together and were worlds apart!
    You, me and everyone else who have lost their precious horses are better for having them in our lives. I guess I never particularly expected mine to ever die at any age. Im so sorry for your loss.
    Diana

     
  244. Chandra Berry

    February 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Roxy! I cried when I watched the video of the 2006 Congress bridleless and bareback freestyle. What a horse and rider!! RIP

     
  245. Chandra Berry

    February 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I’m so sorry for the tragic loss of Roxy! Amazing mare! I cried the first time I saw the video of the 2006 Congress Freestyle! Amazing!! RIP sweet mare!

     
  246. Allison Morris

    February 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss , this is so sad, I love that horse and your rides with her. KNow that she will see you on the other side again one day and you will ride with her again, She is an Angel. RIP Roxy aka Wizards Baby Doll:-(

     
  247. Kelsey

    February 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Stacy, I am really sorry about Roxy she is looking down right at you and saying that you were the best mother she had ever known.. I know this is really hard thing but just remember that she still LOVES you with all her heart and soul and as i watched you video on the computer a couple weeks ago you looked really good on her at congress she was as perty as anything i could magine.. she is a great horse Stacy!!

     
  248. Susan Andersen

    February 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, Stacy … I can’t even imagine what you are going through. There is a whole group of us here in Iowa grieving with you. I was honored to see you on Roxy here a couple of years ago. The relationship between you and Roxy have been an inspiration to more people than you even know. Your honesty in why the bridleless worked with her was so refreshing and your keeping your feet on the ground as you’ve soared to fame and success endears us to you. Know that we are praying for you and your family as you grieve. We love you. She was really awesome and won’t ever be forgotten. Hug

     
  249. Terri Bayless

    February 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Stacey and Greg,
    So sorry to hear this! They are such big animals yet so fragile! She had so much more to give to the horse world. Heartbreaking!

     
  250. JoLinn Hoover

    February 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    No words….just hugs!

     
  251. Missy

    February 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    What a loss to the horse world, and to Stacy. I cried when I saw this :(

     
  252. Karla

    February 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Oh my, so sad ……thinking of you and mourning your loss with you.
    Most of us only dream of owning a horse like Roxy in our lifetime. You have blessed us by sharing your amazing horse and famous “bridleless” ride with us.
    RIP Roxy, you will live on forever in our memories. Here is one more look at the beauty of being “one with your horse”…..

    God Bless you, Stacy

     
  253. Diana Kuhn

    February 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    My words cannot express any more than the words i have already read here on these pages. I agree with them and I feel your loss the same as i felt you and Roxy’s spirit and heart on your videos. My heart, hugs and prayers are with you and yours during this time of loss. May your wonderful memories soon over shadow your pain. Thanks for all your strength and inspiration,Diana

     
  254. yvonne schnell

    February 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    A tremendous loss to all in the horse world, my sincere sympathy and prayers to all those who were touched by this magnificent “Lady”.

     
  255. Sophie

    February 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Extremely devasted to hear this news.

     
  256. Diana Hanson

    February 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Stacy I am so so sorry to hear this news. I pray for comfort to all.

     
  257. Jan

    February 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Heartfelt hugs coming your way, and to her owners. Such a sad time. She brought so much joy to so many people all over the world. Gave so many of us a goal to shoot for. She is very missed.

     
  258. Von Robertson

    February 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your beautiful special horse and of course her foal

     
  259. Donna

    February 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Such sad news…my condolences to all involved.

     
  260. Janice Turner

    February 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    My heart goes out to you.The loss of Roxy is shared by millions of people all over the world.She is loved by all who has had the privilege to see you and her together.The first time I saw you and her I was totally breathless to say the least.I am sending prayers that I hope will help you as you try to deal with the loss..I am so sad for you as I know the pain you must feel.I have been thru this with some of my own horses and I know how much it hurts.God bless you , regards,
    Janice Turner

     
  261. Charity Martinez

    February 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Prayers for your heavy heart, know that she is at peace with God.

     
  262. Diana Kenne

    February 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Stacy. She touched the world and will be missed.

     
  263. Barb Torrey

    February 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Stacy, I had the privilege to see you ride Roxy in Syracuse, NY a couple of years ago. You two were truly an inspiration to a very novice rider! My deepest sympathies to you…I truly believe though in the Rainbow Bridge….you two will reunite! God bless!

     
  264. Sharon Burgess

    February 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Shortly, if she hasn’t already, her spirit will send you a sign…maybe even through another one of your horses, you’ll feel it….when her spirit crosses over into the other world, you will not mistake it for anything else….she’ll be telling you she’s o.k….just as my gelding did when he crossed over…my friend standing near me couldn’t believe it was happening….his last goodbye to me, letting me know his spirit was free…no more pain…if you have that kind of connection with your mare you’ll experience it soon. I also lost a horse to a traumatic injury and it’s never easy, your heart breaks, tears aren’t enough…..you will always have such wonderful memories. My sympathies to you and her owner.

     
  265. Hughes Quarter Horses

    February 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    So Sorry Staci, I was at Valley View on the 4th. Dr Kurt Honeker is a wonderful Vet. I am sure he did everything he could for Roxy and her baby.I am sure he is feeling the pain of the loss also .
    We lost a foal last year that we miss . We send prayers of comfort from Ohio. We live a few miles away from Barkcamp where Roxy had gone trail riding with her owner and friends. Again so sorry Rene’

     
  266. Vicky Robbons

    February 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    The loss of your beloved Roxy will have a profound effect on the entire horse community. But, what you and Roxy taught us and shared with us is forever etched on our hearts. God be with you until you and Roxy meet again. Prayers your way.

     
  267. beth rutter

    February 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This is sad for not only the horse community to hear but all those who were so wowed by Roxy’s amazing abilities which you, Stacy, brought out of her. My greatest sympathies to you and her owners. She was one in a million as I am sure no one knows better than you. Being glad to have had her in your life is her greatest gift which will be with you for ever. Thanks for sharing and cry a bit for what will be missed, but so glad you can continue to smile for having had Roxy as your friend and partner.

     
  268. Gwen Thorne

    February 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I recently had to put down my stud of 19 years and you do all that is humanly possible to save your best horse, but sometimes it is out of our hands. When they are in pain and there is no solution, but to put them out of their agony, we cannot make heroic efforts to keep them going for us. We have to do what is best for them for Im sure she knew your love and it was up to you to take her life gently as I did my horse. It is something that will stay with you and just know I do watch your video and cry each time seeing the bond you and your mare had. thanks for sharing such a good video! Gwen from North Carolina

     
  269. Shelley McCormick

    February 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. To lose our beloved companions is one of lifes hardest things we face – she knows she was loved and is at peace, and will one day meet you at the rainbow bridge.

     
  270. Elizabeth Sprudzans

    February 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    That’s so heartbreaking, RIP ROXY, from Liz Australia

     
  271. Vicky Robbons

    February 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    The loss of your beloved Roxy is a profound sadness to the entire horse community. Thank you for teaching us, and sharing with us, and know many share in your grief of Roxy and her foal. God bless!

     
  272. Dana Bone

    February 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    My deepest condolences to you, Stacy. I loved watching the beauty of one mind between you two, and I share this experience from my past, back in 1997, when I lost my black beautiful qtrhrs and a 10 month inutero foal. I can simply say that was one of the hardest friendships I ever had pass from me.
    I am glad for the memories, and am glad you feel blessed to have gotten some good years with Roxy. Bless you both.

     
  273. Carolyn Lemoine

    February 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss………

     
  274. ChevalNoire

    February 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Very sad news, I have tears rolling down my face. She was such an amazing and stunningly beautiful girl. Sending hugs from Australia. RIP dearest Roxy xx

     
  275. Bob & Norma Stanley

    February 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Stacy, our sympathies to you & Roxy’s family. Nothing was more beautiful than the 2 of you at The Road to The Horse. What a memory for all of us.
    BOB & Norma Stanley
    Jeff Cornelius
    ONEONTA,ALABAMA

     
  276. Jordan

    February 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I am so sorry Stacey Roxy was my idol !!!!! I hope she rests in peace !!! :'(

     
  277. Mellimaus

    February 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. Roxy and Stacy together were so inspiring. Such heartbreaking news :(

     
  278. Marry

    February 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Stacy, prayers be with you, Roxy and your dad are dancing together for you. ;)

     
  279. CandyOinIdaho

    February 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    What a tragic loss – the whole horse world is grieving with you…but what a wonderful life you gave her and what joy she brought everyone!

     
  280. Cherie Neff

    February 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    My heart is sad, she was an AMAZING horse. My condolences go out to you all who loved Roxy….

     
  281. Ann Jamieson

    February 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I’m so sorry! You and Roxy were an inspiration to so many and it was a joy to watch the trust that was so evident between the two of you.

     
  282. Tiffany

    February 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    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!
    -unknown

    She may be gone for now, but never forgotten! Stacy, you and your are in my prayers. From one horse lover to another, I am truly sorry for your loss.

     
  283. Lorri Basara-Beaverdam,VA

    February 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    May the Lord Jesus Give you comfort and Peace Stacy. Loosing your partner is never easy. But He must have needed her more up there in Heaven. God Bless

     
  284. Jean

    February 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    This is a tragedy and such a loss to the equine world, she was an amazing animal and will be missed by so many. She will live on through the youtube videos and still be an inspiration to so many young and old. you are a blessed woman to be a part of her life, as she was with you. So sorry for your loss. rest in peace and green pastures Roxy♥

     
  285. Mary

    February 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I am so so sorry for your loss of Roxy and her foal. You and Roxy inspired me in so many ways. Again I am very sorry!

     
  286. Stacy Livermore

    February 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I am so, so sorry for your double loss of Roxy and her foal. Losing a friend, partner, and family member like her has to be one of the hardest things you’ve gone through. Let your tears fall to honor her, and some day, let another beautiful mare walk into your life to continue her legacy.

     
  287. Susan Ferguson

    February 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I am so sorry – that is a great tragedy for us on earth – but a blessing in heaven.

     
  288. Jen

    February 10, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Oh, my, what a horrible loss for Stacy, Mr. Gessner, and the entire horse world.

    My condolences on the tragic accident.

     
  289. Shannon Spellman

    February 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and all that have been affected by the loss of such an incredible horse. I watch the original video often and still cry buckets every time. Your dance with Roxy has been an incredible inspiration to me and I intend to do that someday on a mare that looks much like her – just to do it.

     
  290. Lauren Nicole

    February 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

    So devastate to hear of Roxy’s passing. That is the first time I have cried upon hearing of the death of an animal that was not mine. She was an amazing mare and her and Stacy just had an unbelievable bond.
    I’m so happy I got to meet Roxy two years ago and had the opportunity to watch Stacy ride her bareback and bridleless. <3

     
  291. Ashley

    February 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I am so sorry to hear this! This is such a sad blow to the whole horse world and especially those close to her. I am genuinely sorry for your loss. She was an incredible mare. I have had the privilege to see her and she truly was great. Stacy and Roxy have been such an inspiration to me. Rest in peace Roxy. You will be sorely missed. <3

     
  292. Briar morris

    February 10, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss I have just recently lost a mare that had a foal I know how u would be feeling :(

     
  293. Siobhan M Foster

    February 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

    The death of this animal hurts my heart as if she were my own………God Bless

     
  294. Susan

    February 10, 2012 at 1:28 am

    So very Sad to hear, what a fine mare she was she will be missed .I lost a mare last year in the exact same way , Heartbreaking .But know she will be waiting at the bridge for those rides again in heaven . big hugs & Many Prayers to get you thru ….

     
  295. nisbetfolk

    February 10, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Loving thoughts come to you from South Africa. You and Roxy were inspirational to all who saw you perform. RIP Roxy

     
  296. Paola

    February 10, 2012 at 2:07 am

    So hard………..

     
  297. Sarah

    February 10, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Stacy,
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Remind yourself that those that we love are never truly gone. They live eternal in our hearts, and Roxy does in all of ours. Roxy was an amazing horse and will continue to inspire as she did during her life. And, don’t worry about that baby, he’s right where he needs to be, with his Mama.
    Take Care.

     
  298. Shirley Stubrich

    February 10, 2012 at 2:14 am

    The pit of my stomach dropped when I heard the news this evening.. Truly saddened. My heart goes out to all..

     
  299. Deb Herber

    February 10, 2012 at 2:17 am

    VERY sorry to hear such sad news….Baby Doll and Staceys’ video was one of my favorites to watch. Will always be “inspirational”!
    Hugs to Dolls’ family….friends….and to all those who loved her….

     
  300. Bridgett

    February 10, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I am so sorry for your loss!! I hated to hear about this. =( It really saddens me. God bless you and Roxy!! Your in my thoughts and prayers!

     
  301. amy smith

    February 10, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Sorry for your loss.

     
  302. amy smith

    February 10, 2012 at 2:28 am

    my daughter has watched countless videos of you on Roxy and has been inspired to try new things. She touched the hearts of many people.

     
  303. Paula Kloecker

    February 10, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Stacey, you and Roxy were an amazing team. I never got to see you two in person, but watched video of y’all at the Congress, your tribute to your Dad. No words can describe how my heart felt. Roxy will come to you in your dreams and you will ride and love on her and it will be your special place to meet. I lost a wonderful mare, Shonie Bars, in 1976, and we meet in my dreams. I am praying for you
    family and friends to find some peace and comfort so your heart can rest. The memories you have with Roxy are so incredible and thank you for sharing yourself and her with the world.

     
  304. Amanda S.

    February 10, 2012 at 3:27 am

    I have to say this is so sad. I understand how hard it is to have to make that kind of a decision, being a horse person my self. But it is sometime the best decision sometimes for them. RIP roxy. I have watched that video and it brought tears to my eyes when iceatched it.

     
  305. Sophie

    February 10, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I understand you may not read all these messages, after receiving so many. Watching the 2006 competition on youtube, the performance dedicated to your dad… I was moved to tears. The incredible trust and ability between yourself and your horse… Brought tears to my eyes. I am in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and with all respect, say that I take my hat off to you both. The two of you have set a precedent of what so many other people can aspire to achieve. I thank you for doing what you do and bringing a horse with so much ability to the public eye. You have given the public something to aspire to achieve, a horse as intelligent and responsive, a bond so prescious between horse and rider. A mare and rider that are incredible in their ability together. Awe inspiring. I thank you and the wonderful mare so much, she was brought here as a gift, not only to her rider, to every spectator as well.

    Thank you xx

     
    • Stacy

      February 10, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Sophie, I am reading ALL of the comments. Thank you for your kind comments. Reading them really does help us (Jesse too) to remember the impact Roxy had on the world. Thanks for taking the time to write. Stacy

       
  306. Tania

    February 10, 2012 at 5:10 am

    u and roxy stunned us all with pride of both your ability,and now u have stunned us all again but in a sad sense,very sorry for your loss and great friend u had there..xx

     
  307. Jennie Di Guiseppe

    February 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I love watching the videos of Roxy. She was a beautiful horse and well trained. I shared two videos of her on my FB page. prayers

     
  308. Christi Wintzer

    February 10, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Watching you two is so inspiring and truly majestic. She is legendary and will always be remembered that way! It brings a heavy heart.

     
  309. Thomas Shull

    February 10, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Very, very sorry to hear this news. My sympathies.

     
  310. Suzanne C-L

    February 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I cry and my heart overwhelms with love everytime I watch your video of your bridleless ride. You and Roxy will forever remain a piece of my happy memories and I am sad for your loss. Suzanne C-L Ontario, Canada.

     
  311. Christen from Auburnlea Farms

    February 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Roxy was an amazing horse. Praying for you! =)

     
  312. Heather

    February 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

    She will be missed

     
  313. Wynette

    February 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Lossing my life long (29 yrs) friend & companion 9/17/11 I can so relate to your lose. Will pray for you guys.

     
  314. Bill Blaylock

    February 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

    So sorry for the loss but a great gain for heaven. My prayers are with you Stacy and Greg

     
  315. Dave Hollenbeck

    February 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I was a law enforcer and saw people die. Tougher than that is having a horse die or have to be put down’
    I am SO sorry for your loss

     
  316. rhdwright

    February 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Roxy. You enjoyed watching the two of you work together so beautifully. You are such a great inspiration and motivation Stacy and Roxy was so very lucky to share her time with you.

     
  317. jesse

    February 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    So sorry for your lost stacey! Prayers go out to you and your family! Such a great horses she will never be forgotten!!!

     
  318. Trish

    February 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

    No words. Just tears.

     
  319. Karla Bockholt

    February 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Loved watching you & Roxy perform. So sorry for the loss of Roxy and for the loss of her great to be foal. She’s grazing on a great Remuda that is for sure.

     
  320. Kelly Engle Thompson

    February 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Stacey and family, words can not convey the saddness of how I feel for you and others connected by this great horse. I was there that night among the many others and we knew how special she was and how that ride impacted the world. Please know that she is running in heavens pastures and is watching over you all. She had a good ride…..sometimes the shorter rides are the most special ones…..Roxy has changed and influenced many lives of the horse world….we were blessed to be able to be a witness to a great one. We will never forget her.

     
  321. Janine

    February 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Having an equine partner of my own and one that isn’t nearly as connected to me as Roxy was to you, my whole heart goes out to you for your loss. If my horse isn’t in heaven when I get there, I’m not staying!

     
  322. Margaret McKee

    February 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Stacy and Greg: Roxy was the perfect horse and we are all better for knowing such a magnificent animal. God only lets us have the perfect ones for a short time and then he takes them back to his perfect world. Greg and i worked together and I feel so bad for both of you, because I know you loved her so. Memories is all we have now.

     
  323. Jill

    February 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    So sorry to hear this sad news.I really enjoy watching the videos of the two of you.You belonged together.Prayers to you and your family.

     
  324. TIM POPPLEWELL

    February 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    NO WORDS can express the sorrow Stacy and the owners must be feeling..not too mention the rest of the entire equine community.. for the loss of such an outstanding mare/friend as ROXY…She was one of a kind and such a joy to everyone who had the privilege of seeing her perform..REST IN PEACE sweet and gentle lady…u will be missed..

     
  325. Terri

    February 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

    What tragic news.I am so sad for you. Maybe she was just too special to remain on this earth and she was needed in Heaven.
    Thank you for showing us what can be acheived.You and Roxy have inspired so many people and taken horesemanship to the next level.

     
  326. Julia Miller

    February 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I’m so sorry for you, on loosing this wonderful mare. With my deepest sympathy & heartfelt regards.

     
  327. Sage Crandall

    February 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Stacey, I have to say that I cried when I heard this. I know what it’s like to lose such a close companion, and it’s never easy. You two had such an amazing bond and have inspired me for the longest time. My deepest condolences,
    Sage

     
    • sue Bronec

      February 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      It’s very rear that a bond between a horse and a person can get so close THANK GOD you got to have yours with such a special horse she will be missed

       
  328. Desirea Herrera

    February 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    While I’m sorry she is gone, I’m glad she had been here with Stacy. I’m glad that together you showed a world of horsemen what is possible. She may be gone but with her, you touched the lives of more horses and people than you will ever know. Thank you Stacy for sharing your relationship with this horse.

     
  329. Megan

    February 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

    So sorry to hear about Roxy and her foal. I used to youtube you two for hours and your performances always brought tears to my eyes. There is nothing as beautiful as the trust between a person and there horse. Prayers to you all as you remember Roxy’s life.

     
  330. Gloria English

    February 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Stacy – I am so sorry for your loss – what a bond you and Roxy shared. I was fortunate to see the 2 of you at the Kentucky Horse Park during the World Equestrian Games. I know the owners are heartbroken as well. I love your quote though – “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.” With all our pets, we have to remember the good times and the love & enjoyment they give us. Prayers for you all at this sad time.

     
  331. Lori Rodgers

    February 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

    My heart goes out to all over the loss of Roxy and her baby boy. Just traggic. She will be missed and always remembered. Stacey and Roxy, what a team! Hugs!

     
  332. Crystal

    February 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

    When we were disheartened and frustrated by our search for our own land after buying and boarding a mustang in 2010, I watched the 2006 Championship video again and again, the dream of having my horse on my own land and building that kind of relationship sustained me through an emotionally and physically grueling journey.

    In the end it was worth it. We’re here in Michigan on our own land, with our mustang, our boys’ pony, and two more mounts in our herd.

    I don’t know how I would have made it through without the powerful inspiration Stacy and Roxy provided.

    As I posted on Facebook, Roxy was the horse every rider dreams of…. My first thought was remembering she was due to foal soon. A double tragedy.

    My condolences to those who have lost such a wonderful gift.

     
  333. Barbara Montanye

    February 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I am so sorry for your loss…and so happy you had that time with her. There’s not much more than can be said about such a sad turn of events.

     
  334. Melanie Herron

    February 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    My heart goes out to you. I still watch your bridleless videos and they are such an inspiration. God bless.

     
  335. Gayle

    February 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

    So sorry for your loss.. You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful partner and friend for a short time in your life..

     
  336. Tracy Klett

    February 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I am so sorry for your loss – she was so beautiful and obviously loved by so many.

     
  337. ljk

    February 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

    From one horse lover to another, my deepest condolences. Not only doe AQHA mourn your loss, I’m sure the whole horse world feels the emptiness.

     
  338. Sheri

    February 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Stacy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I think the fact that you are taking the time to read all of these messages is amazing. You and Roxy as a team were inspiring, showing a level of horsemanship, trust and respect that is so rare and beautiful. I hope you find some comfort in the messages people leave, and always remember the great things that are yours to cherish.horse

     
  339. Kari Pioretta

    February 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Stacey,
    How tragic… My sympathies to you and all who loved this AMAZING mare. She was simply THE most wonderful horse I have ever seen… an unbelievable loss.

     
  340. Barrie Getz

    February 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Stacy…. I don’t think i’ve cried this hard in years. Hearing of Roxy’s passing, not only touched me on an emotional level; but on a level which evokes all of the feelings that we share with our horses. the bond, that is so sacred, and so special…
    Having been able to meet you and Roxy a couple years ago; you inspired me, to become a better horsewoman; and look towards forming a close bond with my own filly, Wyndi. She and I finally reached that point over the weekend at Expo Pomona, and I thought of you and Roxy…. how much you two inspired me, to find that connection, and “ride with faith”.
    My heart goes out to you and your family…. to all of those who lived for, and loved Roxy for who she was — an incredible mare, an incredible friend… and your family.

    Much love to you from both Wyndi and I… I will always think of Roxy whenever we’re in the ring together. You’re in my heart, and my prayers. Take care, and godspeed!

    – Barrie

     
  341. Casey

    February 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    aAnyone who has ever seen you in person with Roxy could see the connection that you to had. Great horses come around only once in a lifetime. This was one of the greats! So sorry for your loss.

     
  342. MaryLynn Johanson

    February 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Ohhhhh Man of man!!! This is so sad!!!!!! Yeah…I’m crying because it is over….but, I will smile…in alittle bit~~

     
  343. mercedesboots

    February 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    You touched our hearts, made us smile and cry at the same time. You gave us all a memory to cherish forever. The two of you were a blessing to watch.

     
  344. Lesleigh Norris

    February 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    So terribly sorry for your loss. I lost my mare and friend of 18 years after she was cast in her stall and received an injury to her front legs. We tried for 3 weeks to save her, but had to euthanize her in the end. She fought hard, but the pain was too great. She was very special. I have grieved for her for over two years, but find some comfort in knowing that others feel the same for their lost friends. I hope those who are reaching out to you are helping with this terrible loss. Knowing you are not alone gives great comfort.

     
  345. Tonya

    February 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I love your quote it holds true to so many blessings in our lives esp the people and animals we hold dear. I lost my horse of 17 yrs along w my mother and father last year and it was a tough time to see through the tears but my mom asked us not to cry… And that everytime we ride to move up in the saddle giving her room to ride along!! Roxy was an amazing animal and touched so many! May God bless you ALL through this difficult time and may you smile thru the tears….

     
  346. Gail

    February 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Very sad day in your barn and the horse world. Roxy and you have touched and inspired so many people.

     
  347. Mary J. Herburger

    February 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    So sorry Stacey. She was a beautiful mare and dearly loved by many. God speed Roxy.

     
  348. TinaM

    February 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Stacey, you and Roxy were the epitome of partnership and grace. The harmony between horse and rider was never more evident than when you rode Roxy. I too lost a very important equine family member one year ago and can tell you that she is near you. You will sense her presence and strength and can call on it when you need it the most. She will be there. My deepest sympathy,
    Tina

     
  349. Nicole Murphy

    February 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Rest in Peace Roxy aka Whizzards Baby Doll. (3/15/01-2/08/12)

    In 2006 I had the great pleasure of seeing Roxy and Stacy Westfall at the MA Equine Affaire.
    Stacy and Roxy’s bond was like no other I had ever witnessed. I will never forget the rush of ‘goosebumps’ I had while watching the pair. The Colosseum housed at least 1000 people, it was completely dark and there was just a simple spot light on this amazing pair. I watched in awe of their relationship. I remember thinking how amazing it was that every time Stacy would stroke Roxy’s mane during their ride (brideless, bareback of course) she would lick and chew. Roxy’s trust in and love for Stacy was so apparent. Rest in peace sweet girl you have made an unforgettable impact on so many. Sending my heart felt condolences to Greg Gessner (Roxy’s owner), Stacy (Roxy’s chosen partner) and the rest of the Westfall family.

    Nicole Murphy
    NLM Performance Horses

     
  350. Carla Andras

    February 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    My heart goes out to both Stacy and Roxy’s owner. Sending my deepest symapthy to all involved.
    She will be missed!

     
  351. Connie Huibregtse

    February 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Many many hugs and sympathies to you and your family Stacy. I was so saddened to read this. I’m certain she is dancing in heaven and will be forever watching over you.

     
  352. Mandi

    February 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I am very sorry for you loss. :-( My prayers are with you and your family.

     
  353. Karen Jackson

    February 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    i just read about Roxy and am in tears with a heavy heart. My husband and I were watching you and Roxy on video last night about following your dreams. As I sat there watching I was thinking about the great partnership you had together and what it takes to get there. All the time and love you put in Roxy showed and I know it makes it even more difficult to loose such a friend. You and Roxy inspired and amazed many and will continue to do so for a long time. Thank God for the gift of the horse.

     
  354. Kathy

    February 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Stacy, My heart is breaking for you right now:( I am a new horse Owner and I can’t even Imagine what pain you must be feeling. Many prayers for you and your family.

     
  355. shanoff

    February 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    “…grief is the price we pay for loving our animals…” owner of Barbaro

     
    • anne cue

      February 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      so very true. i remember that tragidy all to well too. death is part of life, nothing has ever excaped it. try to think of it that way when these things happen. doesn’t always work. i still cry.

       
  356. Matt

    February 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Stacy, sorry for your loss. Roxy was an amazing horse, and I bet one awesome friend. You will be in my prayers.

     
  357. Betsy Faber

    February 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    So sorry, I still watch the two of you and it inspires me.

     
  358. Vonda

    February 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Stacy I am sorry for your loss of Roxy. It is hard to let them go…and sometimes hard to move on…bless her memory by keep showing us how to get that relationship with our four legged friends. The Rainbow Bridge will be crowded with friends waiting for you!

     
  359. anne

    February 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. We got to see you ride her and give a seminar a few years ago. It was for a charity organization somewhere in central Ohio but I can’t remember where… She was a beautiful girl then and I am sure she gave it her all at the end. Please know we will say some prayers for your family, losing a member is never easy ( much less a beautiful new life lost also). Hope you are riding her in your dreams at night.
    Anne

     
  360. Cindy Costanza

    February 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    My heart goes out to you and all that loved such a wonderful mare ..What a gift she was and she lives now where there is no more pain and lots of green grass. God Bless you and your family in this very very hard time.And God Bless Roxie

     
  361. Aleasha

    February 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss of Roxy. The most admirable rider and horse in my eyes.

    “You gave me my magic moments the wind whipped through my hair
    You were the one when i was sad that was always there
    I know you will always be with me as you have been, from the start
    And there will always be your hoof prints left upon my heart.”

     
  362. Diane Winters

    February 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss, and all of our hearts hurt for you. If we all are close to our horses, we all know feel your pain. Prayers and special thoughts of you and your horse.

     
  363. Katrina

    February 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

    awww,,,So Sorry to hear that Stacey…I give my deepest sympathies…She was a great horse and you guys made a great team together..Good always die young…

     
  364. Jeanne Giacalone

    February 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

    The video of you and Roxy has brought me repeated joy and solice. I watch it whenever I need a pick-me-up or am feeling a little down. It lifts my spirits every time. I am so sorry for your loss and feel it deeply too. Haven’t been this choked up for a long time. Roxy was so special, a real gift from God. You were blessed to have found each other. Know God will take good care of her.

     
  365. Nicole Soler

    February 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Im so sorry for your loss. Roxy was a fabulous mare and it was an inspiration to me to watch the two of you ride together. She made a wonderful impression on not only the reining world but the entire world. She was an incredible mare.

     
  366. Cassie Walls

    February 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Roxy, Stacy. You two made an amazing team and from the first time I saw you both, you have become my idol. She will be remembered and missed and always loved. <3

     
  367. Sonny

    February 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I’m sorry Stacy — Ride on!

     
  368. Joyce Painter

    February 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    God must have needed a magical horse in heaven for some little girl.. She will be at the Bridge for you.

     
  369. Marcie

    February 12, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Stacy I am very sorry to hear the loss of your wonderful friend. I watched your video for the first time
    last night and my eyes quickly filled with tears. You and Roxy were one…so much of each other.
    God blessed you with such a wonderful and special relationship. I believe that God gives us the desires of our hearts in heaven….she’s waiting for you there. God Bless You!

     
  370. Greg Gessner

    February 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Words cannot begin to describe how truly blessed I have been to have had the Westfall’s and Roxy in my life. I thank God for the phone call I got from Jesse telling me that Roxy was for sale and that he and Stacy thought she would be a good horse for me. I was excited to think I would someday show her myself. Little did I know that God had a different plan for us and WHAT a plan it was! Thanks to all of Roxy’s fans for your concerns and words of encouragement. It’s amazing how many lives one horse has touched! Thanks Jesse and Stacy, WHAT A RIDE ITS BEEN!!!
    Greg Gessner

     
  371. Laramei Bain

    February 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    so sorry to hear.. when i first heard of you i probably started to watch your videos everyday on the internet.. amazing how she was a good horse… roxy will be blessed god bless you!

     
  372. Kay waide

    February 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend and her colt. Joy’s mom. Kay waide

     
  373. patinacloud

    February 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I know the sense of loss you are feeling. I lost my best horse friend a couple of years ago, but I still think about him and the things we did every day. I assume you have many horses in training, but I think this one will stay with you for life. I think you have already said, “Thanks for our time together.”

     
  374. Joyce Ann

    February 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

    My heart is saddened by the news of Roxy! May God bless you during this time. I love your comment “Don’t cry because it is over, be happy because it happened” What makes a heart full of joy after this sad news is to know there are horses’ in heaven! Jesus has a horse! I believe we will be reunited with our 4 legged family members when its our turn to go “home” with Jesus. What a wonderful day that will be, when my Jesus, I shall see! Roxy is with our Skimper & Easy, just to name a few.

     
    • Stacy

      February 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Have you read ‘Heaven is for Real’ yet? You should…it talks about horses!

       
  375. Donkey Whisperer Farm

    February 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Tears and more tears my face is wet. Life is so darn precious and fragile we just never know when our time is up or our family.

     
  376. Gwen Barnett

    February 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    You don’t know me but just wanted to tell you I’m sorry about the loss of your sweet horse.
    Some horses really aren’t replaceable. May God’s grace get you through whatever you have to go through and give you continued hope. My condolences to the owner as well. With love, Gwen

     
  377. Emalee D

    February 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Stacy, this is such sad news but I know you and your family are strong, keep your talent with horses alive :)

    Emalee D
    Mt.gilead, oh

     
  378. rcf

    February 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    This is the most amazing, true beauty of these great hearted heroes – the spark of love they generate, the strength of spirit they engender in others. You and Roxy shared this love and strength with millions, giving others the impetus to perservere, to struggle on toward their goals despite obstacles in their path. I have witnessed this many times in my life, having been blessed myself with a horse that had this spark, and known other wonderful equines who were wonderful ambassadors for their species. They color our world with beauty and grace, and when they are gone we still see the world differently. Years after my beautiful old man passed I watched you and Roxy in 2006 – it brought tears to my eyes and beauty to my heart. thank you for giving all of us the chance to share in the strength of your unity and the beauty of her spirit. I would like to give you one bit of comfort in knowing the grief slowly fades, but the love grows and grows.

     
  379. Julie Eskoff

    February 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Stacy, I have so many photos of you and Roxy when you came to Texas and I was just at the Burbank Equestrian Center where I got to brag about you to my friend on being on Ellen with Roxy. My chest is tight for sure, but I won’t cry, I just won’t cry cuz it is over, cuz it happened. You and Roxy rolling along barefoot in your DVD’s are so beautiful. I am so glad you had this time with Roxy and I sure wish he did not hurt so much. Blessing dear gal from Texas! We are here for you and I know Roxy will send you the next greatest pony for your amazing self. God Bless Roxy, Greg, you and your family. I just know his heart is a hurtin’

     
  380. Karin

    February 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    No matter what I write it does not describe the emotions felt for such a great loss. One of a kind horse that will never be forgotten as well as the rider- and- horse becoming one. She was lucky to have had you in her life as you were her.

     
  381. taime estrella

    February 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    i like what you said about the whole ordeal. though it was sad. it made more sense than a bird flyin south. heaven knows,give vaquero a big ol hug for us and thank you for being as strong and happy as roxy always has been….taime marie estrella

     
  382. Dawn Ruthruff Baker

    February 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I feel like I’ve been robbed.. I just learned of this horse and rider yesturday only to find that Roxy had past away.. I’m very sad by learning this..I wish the best for all that are hurting over this loss not only for Roxy but the baby that passed with her…

     
  383. Lisa Wood

    February 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I am so sad to read about Roxy passing – may she rest in peace for ever more xxxx Our family love watching the you tube where Stacy rides Roxy in her fathers memory xxx

     
  384. Katie

    February 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Ugh! This is so sad. I’ve watched the video that Stacy did as a tribute to her dad a million times. The bond that she and the horse have is so powerful. I’m am truly saddened at the loss of this horse. I’m praying for you because I know how it feels to loose that best friend. I’m so sorry =,(

     
  385. REBECCA

    March 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

    You BOTH inspire me so much each day. I am very sorry for your loss of such a great friend and companion. You we such an awesome team and such an encouragement to so many of us horse people. I can not express how much you both have inspired me in my life You are really my heroes and although I may never achieve the level of communication and team work you have achieved that is my dream and goal. THANK YOU for all you have done and continue to do I want to be like you :) Sweet meadows with crisp clear streams, warm sunshine, nice shade trees, wildflowers and a nice cool breeze. That is what i heard is where horses go. There is no pain , sorrow, no suffering, just healthy shinny happy horses that forever roam free in endless lush meadows without a worry forever more. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. and thank you for giving my life a light again and goals in which to achieve REALLY thank you BOTH <3

     
  386. Sheri

    March 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. I can’t imagine the sorrow you are all going through. Thank you for sharing all of this with us……it is inspirational, a true love story between horses and humans. God Bless you all. RIP Roxy and baby.

     
  387. Andy june

    March 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Stacy and Rocxys 2006 ride was the best I’ve ever seen the trust that they both had in each other will be hard to do again RIP Roxy

     
  388. Connie Meranda

    March 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I am in a state of shock. I have never seen a pair together as one as you, Stacy and that beautiful black mare. You filled all of us admirers with awe, smiles and real emotion. The YouTube you dedicated to your father was extremely emotional and it showed what a GREAT horsewoman and a trusting, well trained mare can do with the greatest of ease. I have never seen anything quite as touching, nor as beautiful. Just as I choke up and the flood gates flow when I see that video, this was almost too hard to read. I hope Roxy is in Heaven with my Cutting mare, Such. They were both beautiful and kind, but even more, gone too soon. God bless you all in your loss, she was extra special.

     
  389. Mike

    March 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    So sorry for your loss, my loss and all your followers, I am not a horse person but after seeing your tribute to your dad on youtube and the way you and Roxie performed it brought tears to my eyes. I am just lost for words. You worked so well together, if I was a horse and with you I would have the best life ever.

     
  390. william j krauss

    March 3, 2012 at 12:26 am

    You and Roxy, were magical together. You were great ! With love and appreciation ~ Bill

     
  391. Steve "Jake" Jakobowski

    March 3, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I just received the email on Roxy’s passing and I am so saddened that Stacey lost her incredible friend and partner. Till we all meet again on the other side,, Ride On!, jake

     
  392. Kat

    March 3, 2012 at 5:45 am

    My heart goes out to all who loved her.

     
  393. Laura v

    March 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Much love, hugs, & prayers to you and your family Stacy. I know the feeling of losing such a dear companion….. She will surly join my two friends, Harpagon & Zarah, already in equine heaven. With a heavy heart and loving tears, Laura

     
  394. George McConathy

    March 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve watched every video of you and Roxy, and even after dozens of times, I still get tears from how awesome she is/was. She died on my birthday – I’ll never forget her.

     
  395. Liz

    March 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Roxy will be missed. Her legacy will live on her foals and on the internet.

     
  396. Callie

    March 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Stacy, I am so sorry! You and Roxy have both inspired me. I hope that I have half the relationship with a horse that you and Roxy had. My deepest sympathy to you and your family, and will continue to pray. Thank you so much for all that you have done.

     
  397. Tracy Hodgson

    March 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    One in a million horse with a one in a million rider. A match made in heaven and so inspirational. I cried when I saw the bareback, bridleless ride the first time. When I am fearfull, I just have to watch you ride and I think anything is possible. Thank you so much for that, Stacy. Of course, I am crying again, thinking about your loss, but you are right. Think about what you had with Roxy and treasure it.

     
  398. tiss81

    March 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    My heart goes out to all of you. Loosing a horse is tough, loosing a special horse is tougher. Prayers to you all.I love the video of Stacy and Roxy and every time I hear that song on the radeo, I think of her ride and tears come to my eyes.

     
  399. Pam Williams

    March 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Ooh my goodness, my heart weeps for you. Blessed is Mary.

     
  400. Helen Lou Parnell

    March 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I just read about Roxy’s death. That’s so sad. I have seen the video of you riding her bareback and bridleless in a wedding gown. The connection between you and Roxy always leaves me breathless. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Best wishes and be well,
    Helen Lou Parnell, a fan of yours from Maine whom you have never met. I do know some of your family here and I hope that someday I will get to see you ride in person.

     
  401. linda powell

    March 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Truly sad to hear about the worlds loss of such a magical horse. The two of you together are an inspiration for everyone. The bond you shared, the respect and love you had for one another was so moving. I send you and your family and Gregs as well my deepest sympathy. Heaven has gained another angel and the footprint she left in our hearts shall forever remain. She was truly one of a kind. Love to you, Linda

     
  402. Mary Brown, DVM

    March 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    My heart goes out to you.

     
  403. Toni Hofsheier

    March 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Stacy, I’m so Sorry to hear of Roxy’s passing. My heart truly breaks for you. I almost lost my mare on Feb. 5th, but luckily she is recovering. I do want you to now that I met you and Roxy at the Equine Affair in Coloumbus about 5 years ago and again in Raleigh the next year, the 2 of you inspired me and truly changed my equine life. You took time to talk to me, to teach me, and take and interest! In this terrible time, you need to concentrate on how many lifes you and Roxy influenced and changed for the better, mine is certainly one. God Bless you and Roxy, my prayers are with you both!

     
  404. Rebekah

    March 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I am so sorry about her passing. I know what it’s like. But be thankful you have offspring from her. I know she is enjoying her time in heaven. But lot’s of people are sad that she is gone including me. Just look at all those comments!

     
  405. Nicole

    March 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I just got the email about roxy passing, the other day. I’m so sorry, Stacy!! It had to be hard. But, what a wonderful memory and legacy you two had, together!! :)
    -Nicki

     
  406. Ashley

    March 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Oh this is so sad, I also lost my best friend febuary 8th, i have been alittle off touch with the horse world since, you guys where sooo inspiring. I always had your bridless ride stuck in my head when I would hop abroad my reiner. =(
    somewhere is times own space, there is a sweet pastured place
    Where green grass grows, and the creeks sing
    a plaace where horses go
    and by the love that guides my pen i know great horses live again.

     
  407. TAMMYE BARBER

    March 5, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I get chills every time I see that ride. When my mom was dying this past fall and I needed a mental get away- I would visualize that ride or YouTube it so I could watch it.
    God bless and thanks for sharing.

     
  408. M-E

    March 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    God now has a horse!

     
  409. Sarah Plouffe

    March 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Roxy and her foal. It is hard to loose a horse that you have spent so much time with. They are truly great friends and companions! She, I know was a very special horse to you all and an inspiration to many!! Her legacy will live on forever :) I know I will always be in awe of your partnership. It truly inspired me the first time I saw you ride together! I ride mostly for pleasure but always want to improve my and my horses skills… and I dream of riding bareback and bridleless one day thanks to Roxy and you, Stacy. LOVE Sarah and Copper

     
  410. Jan

    March 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I cried each and every time I’ve watched Roxy and Stacy, they gave me a goal to reach for given my own limitations. She left her hoof print on my heart forever.

     
  411. Mike Love

    March 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    It breaks my heart. I’m sorry.

     
  412. Erin/IAm

    March 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Blessed be to All. Stacy, I have to join the many in saying that you & Roxy were not only inspiration, but great hopes in the horse/human world…Thanks for putting yourselves out there to reflect such beauty & Oneness. I’m sure that great joy will come of seeing youth & riders repeat & expand on what you have lit up in life.:) The Baby Doll has left a legacy most humankind only dream of.

    Good Journey!:)

     
  413. Roselee

    March 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Roselee
    March 18,2012

    Hi Stacy, Sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family

     
  414. Ecenith Le Vae

    April 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Belated condolences. I am so sorry to get this news and only today posted a link to your video on my Facebook to inspire my friends. I am grieving for you and everyone that loved Roxy and I too know what it is like to miss a well loved horse. The dreams I have had of mine since she passed tho are amazing and I wish for you the same. It helped me to stop missing her so much and I truly felt she was communicating with me. They were full of magic and beauty- a great comfort.

     
  415. Hanna quesinberry

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Stacy my name is hanna quesinberry
    I am so glad that I am sending u a MSG
    I want to tell I about the horse that I used to have his name was trigger he was the best
    horse I have ever had but when we found
    him he was nothing but skin and bones
    I felt so sorry for him but I don’t have
    him anymore we could not provide what
    he needed horses are my favorite animal I am 11 I have Been riding horses for 10 years
    u are so cool please rift back I will never
    ferget that video ever but I do ride my
    nanny horse his name is dusty he is a
    quater horse trigger was one to I love
    dusty it us like he knows what I am
    feeling and I know what he is feeling
    please right back from
    Hanna lee quesinberry

     
  416. Sherry Traveny

    April 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

    May she run for ever free with Epona

     
  417. Sabrina

    May 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of such a wonderful animal such as Roxy. My condolences, and I am praying for you and your family, Stacy, during this difficult time of grieving.

     
  418. Alyson

    June 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Stacy, Your were (and STILL are) my Idol. when i saw you reining BB and bridal less, i said “I wanna do that!” and i have started trotting on a pony Bare Back!! I’m SO sorry for your loss :( hopefully the stud ur training will do good! ;)

     
  419. Frank Wasinger

    July 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Stacy,
    I had seen the video of you and Roxy at the 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress. Simply amazing. That performance brings a tear to my eye everytime. I’m so happy you were blessed to be able to develope that special bond with her. That will be a memory most people will only dream about.

     
  420. maggie

    August 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Stacy & Jessie
    saw you live at the equine exhibition in truro nova scotia a few years ago…you were/are inspirational, (Psalm 50) Opened my eyes a few years ago…in relation to a horse i’d regretfully sold into a bad stuation.He Knows our pain and loss, as the hairs on our heads! God has chosen you as His ambassadors, your lives are a testament to HIS greatness. As you give credit to the Creator, you continue to let your light shine in this often dark world. thank you. May He continue to Bless you in your all endeavors.What a gift you have!
    maggie

     
  421. william j krauss

    September 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    You will never forget her, and after you have raised your children and there is quiet time you will think of her often and be reminded by hundreds of little things that happen each day ~ Bill

     
  422. roxy club lista facebook

    November 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I have fun with, lead to I discovered exactly what I used to be having a look for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

     
  423. Chimp Robertson

    November 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Stacy, I am so sorry about you losing Roxi. When my good horse, Laddie Boy, passed this summer, this poem sure helped. Maybe you’ve seen it before, but for those who have lost that special horse, I’d like to post it here if you don’t mind.

    Somewhere, somewhere, in times own space,
    There must be some sweet pasture 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.

    Chimp Robertson

     
  424. Chimp Robertson

    November 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Dadgumit, I mean’t Roxy, not Roxi, it’s hard to type with tears in your eyes…
    Chimp

     
  425. Liz

    December 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your wonderful mare Roxy… It brings tears to my eyes, also for the little colt that couldn’t survive. ♥
    What wonderful times you must have had together with Roxy, she will live forever in your heart!
    God bless!

     
  426. Bethany

    April 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Hey Stacy! I just watched your video for the first time last night! It was truly incredible! I started horse-back riding this summer and love it. Your video is so inspiring to me! Roxy and you were such a beautiful team! God truly blessed you with a horse like Roxy! Thanks for your awesome story!
    -Bethany

     
  427. Bethany

    April 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I Love this quote Stacy and I think it is so true through what you have gone through,”Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take but by the moments that take our breathe away.” Roxy, I am sure took your breathe away, and she has taken all of ours too! Love you!

     
  428. Jude Namiotka

    June 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Although this is quite awhile since your Roxy’s passing… sincere regrets! I as well as many others were simply in awe of the chemistry between you and this gifted mare. I have and still do watch your 2006 performance together shedding just as many tears each time… it’s inspiring!! And truly shows the connection a horse and rider can have…. priceless!! Thank you for showing all us horse riders/lovers just what’s possible! God blessyou!!

     

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