Here's an excerpt from her email. It is a feast of deceit, sent Aug 19 of this year:
"I thought I would contact you and let you know some sad news. I don't know if I should contact the previous owner or not of Pilot [Regal Sal], so will leave that up to you. But this morning when the guys went out to feed Pilot he had passed away. We had the vet out to look him over real quick and I was called too. He passed away in his sleep. Laid down and never got back up. No struggle of any kind. He had a wonderful life and was very well cared for. Everyone misses him and it's very sad but we are happy to know he wasn't in any pain and didn't struggle but passed in his sleep. ... [He] adored the little girls at summer camp this summer."
Last night, three months after that e-mail was sent, we found Regal Sal standing in a pen at auction. Clearly the story of Regal Sal's death had been greatly exaggerated! Identified by his tattoo and markings, this old man was most certainly in danger of purchase by the local kill buyer due to his advanced age and arthritic knees but there he was, listed as nameless "Hip 273." Luckily for Regal Sal, we rarely miss an auction and our Facebook followers are right there with us. Once he was posted and we were contacted by Sarah, we quickly made plans to get Regal Sal to safety and that is where he is today.
Why? Why the lies? A work of fiction about a horse dying months ago, but instead was brought direct to auction from a "lesson program" in the exact area where this trainer had kept Regal Sal aka "Pilot".
Researching this fable-telling individual, we've discovered she goes by a number of aliases, and has betrayed the trust of many with their beloved horses.
So, as a public service, especially as this individual is known to frequent the many Thoroughbred listings throughout this state, we are posting her name(s):
And has operated under a host of hunter/jumper training barn names:
Derby Stride Farms
Ms. Biear/Bier has operated from Oregon to Northern California. If you are looking to re-home a Thoroughbred and this "woman's" name comes up, we advise you to take your horse and do not walk, GALLOP away.
And Regal Sal....congratulations. You are truly a lucky man, still very much alive with what we hope will be many years of great care and love ahead of you.