Daily Oklahoman, The
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
September 22, 1990, page 7
BLAKE Stacey Shannon, 45. Stacey met her Lord Sept. 20, 1990, after being involved in a horse riding accident. She was born Aug. 7, 1945, in Wichita, KS. Stacey was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Nichols Hills, where she taught Sunday School and presented a puppet ministry. She was the founder of ""Creative Equest'', a non-profit organization formed to teach therapeutic riding to children who are handicapped, or have learning
disabilities. Stacey graduated from Harding High School, and the University of Oklahoma. She was a certified instructor from Cheff Center Riding for the Handicapped, Michigan. She was a member of the Junior League and Kappa Alpha Theta.
Survivors include her husband, Joe R.; son, Jeff, 18; and daughter, Shannon, 16. Also her mother, Ginger Schraeder; and stepfather, Jack Schraeder, Sun City, AZ; mother-in-law, Ragna E. Blake, Pauls Valley, OK; sister, Kathy Berger, Indianapolis, IN; brother, Doug Shannon, Manhattan Beach, CA; aunts, Mrs. Donald Stewart, Olathe, KS, and Mrs. Sam P. Wallingford, Wichita, KS; and 3 nieces. Tax deductible memorials may be made to ""Creative Equest'' to help the fulfillment of Stacey's dreams to give opportunity to deserving children. 6406 Lenox, OKC, 73116.
Services Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church of Nichols Hills. Directed by Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper.
Burial Rose Hill
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Daily Oklahoman, The
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
September 28, 1990, page 1
Death Ends Horsewoman's Outreach to Children
Early this year, Stacey Blake laid hand puppets aside for
horses as a way to reach out to children.
Stacey, 45, loved to work with children and ride horses, Joe
said from the north Oklahoma City office of his business, Taylor
Although a riding accident ended the north Oklahoma City
resident's life last week, it was not before she had used her
experience with horses to help several children rebuild broken
lives, said her husband, Joe.
So she put aside the puppets she had used for several years in
ministry at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church and began
giving riding lessons to youths in need of therapy, he said.
""Her love was to share herself with children to
develop their inner selves, by sharing her love of horses,'' he
The confidence children gained by learning to control a horse
carried over into their everyday lives, he said. Psychiatrists,
psychologists and special-education teachers referred children
to Stacey Blake for help.
This year, after receiving certification as a riding instructor,
she founded Creative Equests, a non-profit organization formed
to teach therapeutic riding to children who are handicapped or
have learning disabilities.
But her work came to a tragic halt.
On Sept. 18, she was training her 6-year-old saddlebred horse,
King's Image, at the Hallmark Stables near Memorial Road and
Bryant when the bit broke, leaving her without reins, Joe Blake
The spirited, 1,500-pound horse ran out of control toward a
concrete slab. Stacey held on until the horse's shoes struck the
hard concrete. As the horse tried to turn, horse and rider went
Stacey struck her head on the concrete at the equivalent of 60
mph, he said. She was taken to Mercy Health Center, where she
died Sept. 20.
King's Image, who was not injured, will be sold, Joe Blake said.
""She would not have wanted him to be destroyed,'' he
Vivian Adler, the mother of two children who took riding lessons
from Stacey, praised the woman's influence.
Adler said she turned to Stacey to help Stephanie, 10, and Adam,
9, deal with the loss of their father, who died of cancer in
Adler said the children wanted to take riding lessons, and she
thought it would be good therapy. But they didn't have a horse.
So Stacey bought a horse named Sosh for $25 from a boys ranch
for the kids to ride, Adler said.
""Stacey was a very disciplined person. She always
told the kids, "Don't give up.' She was able to combine
determinaton with a lot of love,'' Adler said.
""She was able to take two kids whose self-worth had
been jerked away from them and really help them heal,'' Adler
Stacey Blake's words echo in the Adler children's minds, and
they will continue riding, their mother said.
Stacey was born in Wichita, Kan., and moved to Oklahoma City as
a teen-ager. She graduated from Harding High School in 1963 and
met Joe Blake at the University of Oklahoma. They married in
1968, after he returned from Vietnam. Her survivors include
their son, Jeff, 18, and daughter, Shannon, 16, a Bishop
McGuinness High School junior.
The demands of motherhood kept Stacey from horses until 1982,
her husband said. She then worked at the Peggy Richardson
Stables in Edmond.
At Creative Equests, Stacey toiled for no pay, with volunteer
helpers. One of those volunteers, Robbin Harkey, 19, said she
wants to keep Creative Equest alive.
Joe Blake said he is looking at ways to keep the program going.
""I am going to do my best to sustain it.''
But he said he realizes it will be hard to replace a woman who
worked 11 hours a day six days a week for no pay and gave as
much attention to children as Stacey did.
Donations can be sent to Creative Equest... Oklahoma City 73116.
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