Two years ago I sold Auke to this wonderful young woman. She came out to California from Nebraska with her trainer to try him. They arrived on a hot day in October and went to the barn where Auke was in training. He never did well in the heat. He didn't do well for her that afternoon. My trainer called me and said she was sure that the girl, Sarah, was going to decline.
But they came back the next morning. They wanted to meet me and Sarah wanted to try riding Auke again, in the cool of the morning. I was impressed with Sarah. She was a tall, serious teenager with a good seat. She had YR dreams and she wanted Auke to be her partner. He was good for her that morning and a few weeks later I put Auke on a trailer bound for Nebraska. She had stocked up on A & W Rootbeer, pending his arrival.
They spent the first year getting to know each other. Auke is a very talented horse but he is a difficult ride. I prayed that she would figure him out. At shows, he had trouble keeping all four feet on the ground. But, she persevered. She has a good trainer and she takes him to clinics. She's worked very hard and she hasn't given up.
A few days ago, she sent me a message on FaceBook:
I am so happy, so relieved, so proud.