Top trainer, handler and all-around horseman Roy Evans, 73, passed away Nov. 19.
He had a long struggle with cancer, but “he fought until the end of the day,” said close friend Sara Goetz.
Roy liked to start horses western, and was known for his love of western movies and cowboy boots. But he had a versatile approach to all disciplines. Roy was the New Jersey Bred Hunter Association’s handler of the year in 1998 and 2002, and also was best handler of Pennsylvania-bred horses at Devon in 2011, among the many honors he achieved during a long and successful career.
A resident of Gladstone who previously lived in Pottersville, Roy did not want a memorial service. But Sara and another of his friends, Kori Edwards, are hoping to have a plaque installed in his memory at the Devon showgrounds, where he won so many classes over the years.
Those who would like to make a donation in Roy’s memory may contact Steuart@retiredracehorseproject.org. The Retired Racehorse Project gives thoroughbreds a new profession through retraining, which is a perfect reflection of Roy’s way of working with horses.
“His gift was that he was so patient and didn’t rush the horse. He did it on the horse’s terms,” said Sara. “He always worked with the horses in a positive manner and kept going forward.”
Kori called it a privilege to take care of Roy with Sara.
“He was basically family I learned so much from him,” she said. “No matter what happened, he took it in stride.