HOPE is the little voice you hear whisper ‘maybe’ when it seems the entire world is shouting ‘no!’

A girl stood sobbing in front of me at the last horse expo I went to.  Her hands shook as she moved to wipe away the tears. Unable to speak at moments because of the sobs she apologized, smiled and cried. And yet I understood.booth 2

This wasn’t an isolated incident. Three times at this expo, this happened, with three different girls, teens to early twenties. And it has happened before. 

It scared me in the beginning. Why is it happening? How should I handle it? What should I do? 

It doesn’t scare me anymore. I know the answer. 

Once I could see past my fears; can I help these people? I was able to see why they were crying. Able to understand my role. HOPE. 


Hope was the reason they stood crying. 

It was nothing I was doing, standing there in the booth. 

It wasn’t my teaching, my job, my riding… 

I am not the answer. But I am a seed.


  1. Kristen on November 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I think I’d cry too! And I turn 32 in December! Thank you for the hope and inspiration in all of your loyal fans!

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  3. Annie on November 23, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you for planting the seeds of hope!

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  5. Alyssa on November 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    God is blessing you and your faithfulness to Him! Thank you for sharing this story

  6. jduval24 on November 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Stacy, This is beautiful … you are a seed of inspiration and hope to so many, including me. When I meant you at the Springfield MA Equine Affair I myself found myself holding back tears, I had so many questions but yet couldn’t get them to stumble out of my mouth… God bless you, you are amazing

  7. Missie on November 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

    What an awesome way to view that!

  8. Melva Hawkins on November 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with so many beautiful horses.
    I always dreamed of having a horse and at age 50 my Husband bought me a quarter horse ( mare ) she is beautiful but thinks she is the boss. The frist year I got to do a lot of training with her and she did pretty good.
    Then I had back surgery and haven’t been on her for a year. I’m well know been studying your emails and bought your tapes.
    It’s snowing and I have no where to ride her inside.
    I really hope to meet you some day. If yo ever come close to Oklahoma City please let me know . I have to meet you.
    Melva Hawkins
    God Bless

  9. CindyJo on November 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you Stacy for “Hope” you are a blessing in so many ways and you have helped me through my very difficult time. I needed Hope and you sent it to me, know that God is pleased with you and the use of your talents!

  10. delahnydelahny on November 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Few can give this most important gift… what a gift to be able to give.

  11. Maureen Blafas on November 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    There are those in the world who pass through and never realize the profound effect they have on others. You, Stacy, are one of those people.

  12. Jeanine on November 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The world needs more positive role models such as yourself. Not only do you inspire many, but through your kind and genuine persona so many also felt your pain over the last year with the loss if 2 of your very special equine partners. Thank you for opening up a little bit of your world to all of us.

  13. Rose Ott on November 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Nice Quote.

  14. Wendy Russ on November 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Im in the midst of an ongoing family delema which seems impossible and unbearable at times. Often, I turn to you Stacy ( and Jac), to …take me away…
    Your posts do indeed plant many seeds. Imagine my delight at seeing your quote today just as I am needing hope most! You have touched me Stacy…I have grown! Thank you for understanding tears and shareing your seeds ~ for all to grow~ Bless You

  15. Nancy Hall on November 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    You are amazing Stacy! God Bless you.

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