I don't feel this little guy really received the proper send off. As many people knew, I was selling Sawyer, but when he did leave I really only talked about it with those who were close to me or asked.
It was the hardest thing I had ever done, I've told Nick more times then I can count "I will never sell a horse ever again." He's come over to me randomly crying at my desk more then once.
I whole heartily made the decision to do what was best for him. He was not getting nearly the amount of love and support that he deserved, he wasn't giving the time and patience needed in the saddle and to me; this guy had all the talent in the world, he just needed the time.
I could not be happier that Nicole saw what I had seen in Sawyer back in New Mexico. I could not be happier with how their partnership is growing, and quiet frankly, Sawyer looks a hell of a lot happier running with her then he ever did with me! I am so happy for my little muffin even if it breaks my heart to not call him mine.
I put my riding dreams on hold to purse my passion and my baby that is Sara Shier Photography. Its been an emotional journey, but I can say I'm loving every minute of it and know that when the time is right, riding will be right where I left it. There are champions born everyday, there are barns all over the country, there are always cans to chase, and you can win the NFR at 68.
I may be putting those dreams on hold, but I'm proud to say I'm pursing the bigger picture.