A word from Greg-click photo for Roxy’s WEG ride

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


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  2. Cindy Saunders on March 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I cannot imagine losing such a tremendous being. I have always wante that kind of a relationship with a horse.To all of you, sincere condolences.

  3. Sigrid Brannan, Ph.D. on March 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I have watched your ride with Roxy so many times, and shown it to others. In fact, my 6 brothers and sisters and I, having just lost our wonderful Mom this past January, watched it one evening during the week we were planning Mom’s funeral. Our Mom was a North Dakota ranch girl who LOVED a good horse and, even more, good cowgirls! Thank you to you and to Roxy for all the inspiration you have provided so many folks, within and outside of your reining world. RIP, Roxy! You were an amazing mare!

    • Stacy on March 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

      It amazes me still how that video was used, and is still being used, to touch people in their time of need.

  4. Olivia on February 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm


    The full story about the author and coming about of this poem is on your contact page. Im not sure if you got it so I thought this might be a more suited place to put it!

    Roxy, A true hero.
    Unbeknown to many,
    but a treasure to some,
    she held her head proud,
    and showed for the crowd.

    Unbeknown to many,
    but a treasure to some,
    she was my true star,
    I had but one.

    Roxy, our hero,
    you showed us the way,
    and lit up our hearts,
    Rest in peace, our superstar.
    Natasha Black

    • Stacy on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thank you 🙂

  5. malissa houseworth on February 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    so very sorry for your loss of this wonderful athlete and friend. her bridle less/bareback performance was just awe inspiring and magical..beautiful to behold. she truly was gifted.

  6. Grace on February 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Dear Stacey,

    I was saddned when I heard the news about Roxy, but also felt tremendously blessed to have been able to follow her and her progress from another side of the world with your blogs and videos. You have done something with her, made something out of her, and that something no-one will ever forget. Thank you both so much for being such an insperation to all. Ever since I first watched Roxy and you do bareback and bridleless it changed my relationship with my horse, Jet, hugely.
    Roxy was truly a star.

  7. Barb Torrey on February 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I don’t know you, Stacy, or Jesse personally, but I was one of the fortunate to have seen Stacy ride Roxy bridleless and bareback. I will never reach the skill level that this requires (I am 58 yrs old!), but it inspires me to continue to work toward the kind of trust relationship with my Morgan mare that Stacy had reached with Roxy, that allowed this to happen. And if it weren’t for you…..Stacy would never have had that opportunity. God Bless You All, for inspiring so many with what you, Stacy, Jesse and Roxy gave to all of us!

  8. Donkey Whisperer Farm on February 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Stacy Westfall is such an inspiration!

  9. Janet on February 14, 2012 at 5:26 am

    God brought the four of you together in an amazing way, and I know Stacy has said this before, but thanks Greg for believing in Jesse and Stacy, and their training methods and a huge thanks for sharing Roxy with us. God bless you it has truely been an honor to wittness the connection between human and horse, in the way the connection was make between Roxy and Stacy.

  10. Sondra Ward on February 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I will never forget Roxy. It is amazing how many lives/hearts she touched in her short life. The video of Stacy riding bareback and bridleless gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. Roxy was a super star and didn’t even know it. R.I.P Roxy; you will be missed.

  11. stephen & helen haddon on February 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched.They must be felt by the heart.To Greg,Stacey and Jess R.I.P Roxy.

  12. Emma on February 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Roxy was a truly AMAZING horse :)! She will be greatly missed by everyone! I’m very sorry for your loss!:(

  13. Haley on February 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Roxy was 1 in a MILLION xxx she is a super star…Roxy & Stacey were just MAGIC to watch toghther,God must have other plans for you Stacey NEVER give up.
    R.I.P ROXY hugs al the way from the Hunter Valley AUSTRALIA to Greg & the WestFall family.

  14. Kristin Gabrielson on February 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I know the feeling I was blessed for a short while with Sally a HYPP horse that my vet recommended not to get but I am a anil person I don’t miss a beat. I love to ride and she was an incredible teacher if I was doing something wrong she would surely let me know. One of my friends asked to ride her in a weekend wsca show Sally won ever class both days halter showmanship english western patterns and trail and Cheryl had never even rode her before they were amazing.I found her down in her stall but couldn’t get her up I had her about 4 years never had a eposide.I stayed with her God blessed me with her presents.I still miss her. Roxy is rompping with Sally in horsey heaven.Thanks for the amazing gift.

  15. Ruth Brinckman on February 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I’ll never forget this horse and Stacy riding bareback and bridleless. Now he is in heaven running among all the other horse souls. RIP Roxy.

  16. Lori Coleman on February 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    She was amazing. <3

  17. Kris on February 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Sorry for the loss of a great horse! She will truely be missed Roxy had an impact on alot of people!

  18. nikki on February 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    always loved this performance as many others. thank you for sharing.

    Big hugs to all of you who have been touched by this beautiful mare. So sorry about your loss.

  19. Merri Sheppard on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

    thanks for the video of her and your performance.. Horses are healers I believe and your and her abilities gave people like me (non rider) a glimpse of something wonderful and brings a smile to my face and happiness to my heart. Being positive is VERY good. Thanks Roxy

    • Patty Dunn on February 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Roxy was right up there with Rugged Lark in my book (: What a super horse she was and that you were blessed to have owned and loved her.

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