Skip to content

Tony Ray Passes Away

Tony Ray, pictured with fiancee Laura Fulton, passed away March 12 at the age of 37

Tony Ray, owner and trainer of Stone Ridge Stables and son of Hall of Fame trainer Junior Ray, passed away yesterday, March 12, at the age of 37.

He will be most remembered in the show ring for his success with the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Mare World’s Champion Steel In Love, but outside the ring, he was even more unforgettable. Anyone who met him will remember the ever-present smile on his face and the twinkle in his eye, as he rarely missed an opportunity to brighten someone’s day.

Services will be held Monday, March 17. There will be a visitation from 9-11AM followed by a funeral mass and home going service at St. Paul MB Church, 1404 Briggs Street, Joliet, Ill.

Following that will be a luncheon and repass at 2 PM at Dick and Jeanette Durant’s Bell View Acres, 13278 Bell Road, Homer Glen, Ill.

Friends of the family have asked if people wish to contribute towards the funeral expenses to direct your checks to Jeanette Durant and she will see that Junior and Louise Ray, Tony's parents, receive the funds.

For out of town guests:
30 rooms have been blocked at the Empress Hotel 2200 Empress Drive, Joliet IL at a rate of $49 per night. Guests must call by Saturday to reserve room. (815) 744-9400.

15 Rooms have been blocked at the Fairfield Inn 1501 Riverboat Center Dr, Joliet, IL at a rate of $85 per night. Guests must call by Saturday to reserve room. 815-741-3499.

25 Rooms have been blocked at the Holiday Inn Joliet 411 South Larkin Ave, Joliet, IL  at a rate of $79 per night. Guests must call by Saturday to reserve room. 815-729-2000.

More Stories

  • Unsung Heroes of the Industry

    Saddle Horse Report Salutes The Industry’s Unsung Heroes! Read More
  • ASHBA Select Series Improving and Expanding for 2021

    The ASHBA National Select Series, is expanding and improving for the 2021 show season! This program debuted to much excitement and success during a very challenging 2020 competition season. 1000 American Saddlebreds and members had an increased opportunity to compete for additional recognition and enjoyment last year. Read More
  • ASAC Honors 2020 Award Winners

    Out of an abundance of caution, the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas (ASAC) canceled its 42nd awards banquet and in-person general membership meeting scheduled for February 6, 2021. The annual membership meeting was held virtually and the following officers and board members were elected... Read More
  • American Saddlebred Museum Elects New Board of Trustees

    The American Saddlebred Museum was pleased to announce a new Board of Trustees during the Museum’s Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, February 19 via Zoom... Read More
  • TSHSA Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

    TriState Horse Shows Association is proud to announce the 2021 scholarship winners. The award honors excellence in academics, community involvement and participation in the show industry. Each winner was awarded a scholarship of $1250. Read More
  • Robertson Equine Spring Sale Changes Dates

    Dates have changed for the RES Spring Sale. Originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 26-27th, the sale will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, June 9-10, during Rock Creek Horse Show held in Louisville.  Read More
  • River Ridge Closes

    It has been said that all good things must come to an end, and that has come true today... Read More
  • American Saddlebred Museum’s Ticket to Ride Raffle Drawing is March 15

    Time is running out to purchase a Ticket to Ride Raffle Ticket!  Purchase a $50 raffle ticket for a chance to win your Custom Ordered 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands with standard powertrain and standard equipment or $30,000 cash.   Read More
  • Amateur Exhibitor Auction and Competition Fundraiser

    The AHHS and AHHS National Futurity committee are organizing a fundraiser. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise money for the Futurity, while creating a fun interactive way to include owners and trainers, encourage people to show, and create new interest in the Futurity. Read More
  • 2021 LBS Stallion List

    Members, the 2021 Limited Breeder’s Sweepstakes Stallion Service Auction is being held online this year.  We are excited to announce the online auction website will open for bids next week! Read More