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Champion freestyle reiner Whizzards Baby Doll has been euthanized due to a stall injury

Known as ??Roxy,?g the AQHA mare rose to stardom after winning the Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining championship with Stacy Westfall.


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Stacy Westfall and Roxy
Stacy Westfall and Roxy performed a reining pattern without tack during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo: Leslie Potter
Stacy Westfall announced on her blog today that Whizzards Baby Doll, known to her friends as Roxy, has been euthanized due to a traumatic injury sustained in her stall.

Few horses experience the kind of fame that Roxy gained in her 11 years. Roxy and Westfall were champions in the 2006 Freestyle Reining Championship at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. The now-famous freestyle was performed completely without tack, and the performance was dedicated to Westfall’s father, who had recently passed away.

The video became a viral sensation on YouTube and caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Westfall and Roxy to appear on her daytime talk show. Although the 2006 freestyle made Roxy famous, it wasn’t her first major victory. She was a freestyle champion at the Quarter Horse Congress with Westfall as a four year old in 2005. She had also been reserve champion in the reining futurity the Congress as a three year old with Westfall’s husband, Jesse. The black mare was owned by Greg Gessner and had been in training with the Westfalls since her two-year-old year.

Although retired from competition, Roxy came out to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to perform a bridleless and saddleless reining pattern during the opening ceremonies.

According to Westfall’s blog, Roxy sustained a traumatic injury after she apparently became cast in her stall on Feb. 5. She was treated for two days at Valley View Animal Hospital, but had to be euthanized on Feb. 8. A Caesarean section was performed in an attempt to save Roxy’s unborn colt, which was due in early March, but it was unsuccessful. Roxy has four other offspring, all carried by embryo recipient mares.

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carol    portageville, NY

4/4/2012 12:10:47 PM

I amso very sorry for Stacey's loss and that of the owners they have my deepest sympathy,the first time i saw this video i cryed and every one i showed did.

Hayley    columbus, OH

2/12/2012 6:12:37 PM

did she get hung up in the stall?? what happened???

Deborah    Reno, NV

2/10/2012 10:36:01 PM

My heart dropped to my feet or lower when I heard this. It is very sad. I loved Roxy and Stacy is the best. I am very sorry about the loss of so great a horse and the colt! How sad. I feel like crying for real. SAD. I can not even express what I feel. Very sorry and hope nothing else bad happens to Stacy or family for a long time to come. And if it doesn't have to be anything else bad, don't let it be. Well, this is the sadest news I have heard in a while

Kim    Clarence Creek, ON

2/10/2012 6:42:00 PM

Very sad news!!! RIP Roxy!!!

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