Reining Champion and Viral Video Star 'Roxy' Euthanized

Trainer Stacy Westfall’s longtime reining partner Whizards Baby Doll, aka “Roxy,” was euthanized on Feb. 8 after sustaining severe soft-tissue injuries to her flank and stifle areas in a stall accident. Greg Gessner of Strasburg, Ohio, owned the mare.

According to Westfall’s blog, 10-month pregnant Roxy apparently got cast in her stall the night of Feb. 5 and injured herself in a struggle to stand. Veterinarians at Valley View Animal Hospital in Dover, Ohio, made an effort to save her premature foal, which they delivered via cesarean section. The chestnut colt received oxygen support but did not respond to treatment. 

Roxy, a 2001 Quarter Horse mare, is best known for her freestyle reining win at the 2006 American Quarter Horse Congress, in which Westfall rode without a saddle or bridle to the song “Live Like You Were Dying” by country artist Tim McGraw. A video of the championship run gained international attention on YouTube, landing Roxy and Westfall as guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
While this was her first pregnancy, Roxy previously produced four foals via embryo-transfer recipient mares. 

About the Author

Michelle N. Anderson, Digital Managing Editor

Michelle Anderson serves as The Horse's digital managing editor. In her role, she produces content for our web site and hosts our live events, including Ask the Vet Live. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She's a Washington State University graduate (Go Cougs!) and holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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