In Memoriam : James Geibel

James Geibel James Herman Geibel - age: 61
(October 01, 1949 to October 27, 2010 )
Resident of Wall Township, New Jersey

Visitation Information:
Memorial Service November 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm in the covered arena at
Footlight Farm
64 Lake Drive
Roosevelt, NJ 08555

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to:
James Geibel Memorial Fund
C/O E.H. Thompson, Co., Inc.
PO Box 260
Sea Girt, NJ 08750

James Herman Geibel, 61, of Wall Township, passed away peacefully, surrounded family on October 27. Jim was born October 1, 1949, in Mexico, New York in a loving family of six. From a very young age, Jim lived and breathed his life through horses. After high school, attended SUNY Cobleskill and graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. Jim spent winters in Arizona to train horses until 1975, when he moved to New Jersey, where his sister Jan lived and continued to professionally ride and train horses and riders. In 1980, Jim suffered a spinal cord injury from a diving accident in Pottersville, NJ. After several years of rehabilitation, he was given the opportunity to recreate his life, this time as a quadriplegic. For the past thirty years, Jim inspired and taught scores of riders of all ages and strides. He wrote columns on riding and horse care for The Horse News. He was a jumper course designer and traveled around the state and country for shows. His long life post-accident is attributed to the love and care of many people, in particular his sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Dr. Joe Laszlo, and his mother, Margaret Geibel, with whom he lived for 30 years. Jim was a life-long member of USET and USET. He was deeply loved by more people than most have as friends. Surviving him are two sisters, Jan Laszlo and Suzi Dufek, three brothers, Alan Geibel, Bill Geibel, and John Geibel, their spouses, his daughter Jesse Tripp and granddaughter Kayla Tripp, and scores of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The James Geibel Memorial Fund, c/o E.H. Thomson Co., Inc. P.O. Box 260 Sea Girt, NJ 08750. These dedicated funds will go toward the purchase of a water truck for the East Freehold Park Horse Show Grounds to alleviate one of Jim’s pet peeves: dusty show grounds. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 11 at 12 p.m. in the covered arena at Footlight Farm, 64 Lake Drive, Roosevelt, NJ 08555. To celebrate Jim's life, Flip and Sherry Folds will have an open house at theie home 57 South Jefferson Street Mexico, NY on November 13 at 1 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan,NJ 08736. To send condolences to the family please vsist

Diane Pachoud - October 31, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
Was so sorry to hear Jim has passed away, but so glad he went peacefully....I know he will be sadly missed by everyone. Jim was a remarkable guy & I think he probably touched everyone's life that knew Jim in some way... My thoughts and prayers go out to his special family & friends...

Gretchen Pallotta - October 31, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
I was so sorry to hear of Jim's death. I remember him from high school when he would arrive late often from Miss White's, but what could I do after he gave me that smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Bonnie Boutell - October 31, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
I read Jim's obituary in today's Post Standard and, frankly, was quite surprised. My condolences, warm thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was a talented horseman and motivated his students, even from his wheelchair. He was a wonder to watch. He will be sorely missed.

Lisa Wood - October 31, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
To Harold and Peg's clan: We're thinking of all of you and remembering the fun times we had with Jimmy at shows and clinics. A lot of great years. Affectionately, Had and Joan, Howard and Lisa (Hadcock)

Chris Mathison - October 31, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
I am sad to hear of Jim's passing. I have been kept informed of his life's ups and downs for sometime from others. I am happy to hear of his passion and impact on others. Best wishes and God's blessings to those close to Jim in this time of sorrow..

Susan Dufek - November 2, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
Thank you so much all of you who have reached out to our family. So many wonderful friends throughout the years who have touched us all with your love and support. We are all so truly blessed with our lives.........Harold and Peg sure did a good job of teaching us love, they also taught us to count our blessings and we have so many. Thank you.

Madonna Rusaw - November 3, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Jim's family and friends. I went to school with Jim and from the minute I met him he touched my heart. I loved his smile and joy for life. I left school and married 45 years ago but several years later was able to wriite to Jim with help from a former classmate. Although my husband had never met Jim his thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You will be missed Jim. (My maiden name was Stevens)

Judy and Hugh Greenway - November 3, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jim we remember him. Such a smiling and bright personality.

Bernadine Dzierson - November 6, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
I met Jim while we were attending SUNY Cobleskill. (My maiden name was Neuhaus). We lost track of each other after that. A friend of mine from Syracuse remembered his and my relationship and she called me with the sad news. I knew nothing of his accident, but extremely pleased that he followed his dream and fulfilled his passion for horses. I will always and forever remember his smile and his love of life. I'm so very sorry for your loss and may he rest in peace. I will keep you all in my prayers. With deepest sympathy to Jim's family.

Kathy McAuliffe (Leonard) - November 7, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
We have so many wonderful and funny memories of Jimmy and the entire Geibel family. Our lives together intertwined to a point of swapping kids clothes on Easter to swapping kids on the weekends to Kath and Jimmy swapping spit behind the boathouse! We should all live by Jimmy's example of being happy despite what most might consider a tragedy! We sat stunned when we heard of Jim's passing but were very relieved to know it was peaceful and we truly believe he is in a better place and continuing to spread his joy! We are thinking of you during this time. Love, The Leonards

Jim Perlet - November 10, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
There have been many happy memories and lasting friendships created with Jim and the whole Geibel family through sports of one kind or another. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Doris Klein - November 10, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
Jimmy was a very Special Teacher, Riding Instructor, and cherished Friend to my daughter Margaret....I loved being with Jimmy....watching Margaret Ride, as Judy and Maisie played!....I am honored that he has touched our many beautiful memories!....Love to all, from Doris Klein and Margaret (who is in Veterinary School...)

Judy Frye (Teed) - November 10, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
Jim's strength of character and courage are a testament to is loving family and have always been an encouragement for me, as I'm sure it has been for other people whose lives he touched. My heart and prayers are with the family. We all are blessed to have shared time in our lives with Jim.

Betsy Baker - December 10, 2010Contact this person Contact this person
Wow. I opened up the Chronicle of the Horse today and saw that Jim had died. I am in Arizona and strongly remember that good looking trainer Jim Geibel. Whenever any of us "back in the day" horsemen reminisce, he is always one of the folks we talk about even as recently as our year end show this past November. I am so glad to see that despite being dealt a short hand, Jim took it and made it a winning one. He will always be young and strong and so very handsome in my memories. He is free and from what it sounds like, was surrounded by those who loved him. God Speed Jim.