Roy Markegard

Roy Markegard of Hettinger, ND passed away September 13, 2015 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. He was born October 15, 1943 to Lyle and Beth Markegard of Hettinger.

1Roy loved horses. His childhood was filled with rodeos and cattle-drives. At age 8, Roy started training and selling ponies. He later broke and trained horses for area ranchers.

After graduating high school, Roy worked for a veterinarian and as a farrier while attending vet school in Northern California. In 1966, Roy purchased land near Half Moon Bay, CA and built Roy Markegard Training Stables, which he owned and operated for four decades.

There he trained hundreds of cutting horses and riders including celebrities such as Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles), Carrie Snodgress (Marcus Welby, Eight Seconds, Diary of a Mad Housewife, etc.) and supplied horses for Buddy Ebson (Barnaby Jones, Beverly Hillbillies, etc.), Joe Montana and many others. He bred and trained numerous world champions and made countless friends in several countries.

He competed multiple times in the open NCHA futurity and was published in several magazines such as Western Horseman. Roy was known as the Pied Piper of cutting because he introduced many people to the sport and inspired many others to train cutting horses and compete including many of today’s world class trainers. In 2006, he retired to the Hettinger area, where he has been ranching since.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents Lyle and Beth and his brother Larry. He is survived by his wife Mary of Hettinger, his son Glen and his wife Marie of Minneapolis, MN, his daughter Lorinda of San Diego, CA, his daughter Jennifer and her husband Tryston of Ennis, MT, his two grandsons Carter and Dane of Minneapolis, MN and his sisters and their husbands Kay and Mel of Dickinson, Carol and Pete of Minot and Cindy and Jay of Hettinger.

We will provide notice of a celebration of Roy’s life in weeks to come at his farm. Memorials to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge 411 2nd St. NW Rochester, MN 55401

Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome. com.