Typically when a famous horse sells, it is often a stud who most likely does not have a deep and emotional connection with its owner, or at least the type of bond that Kristen Galyean had with Vital Signs Are Good over the past seven years. In the wake of one of the biggest horse sales in recent time of one of the greatest horses ever, many emotions are involved on both the buying and selling side. For the Moran Family (Joe, Karen, Theresa, Kelly and Shelby), this is undoubtedly an extremely happy time. Kristen took time to reflect on the array of emotions she is going through. As she explains to GoHorseShow.com, her heart is filled with both sadness and joy.
"The GoHorseShow.com story on Lucy was so awesome. Thanks for setting all the rumors straight. It is by far and away the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, because Lucy is like my family. We’ve been together so long we knew each other's every move. I will miss her so much, but I know she will be as special to Theresa as she is to me and I will be their biggest fan.
I was planning on retiring her after the World Show because she and I together had nothing left to prove, but I know there is a lot of horse still left that would just sit in my pasture. So, I’m excited that she has the opportunity to go on and win with Highpoint. I know they will take excellent care of her and love her as much as I do.
She is her happiest in the middle of the show pen. She knows when those arena lights hit her, it’s time to shine. She loves the attention, and loves to show so I know she will love her new home, but she will be missed. I will continue to show her babies, and will visit her all the time. And even though she has new owners, she and I will never forget the time we spent together, she was a ride of a lifetime.
I would have never sold her if it weren’t to a terrific home and if I thought she was tired of showing. But I know that she still loves her job and I’ve worked hard to keep it fun for her for all these years and I know they will do the same. I also know that Charlie and Jason will take great care of her. So yes, I’m very sad and when I walk in my barn and see her stall front empty, I breakdown, but at the end of the day I know she is happy.
It’s going to be extremely hard to see her at the World show and I’m sure everyone will see me cry, but it’s a good cry. It's just hard to let go of something I love so much."
Kristin congratulations on all your accomplishments with Lucy. I am not sure if anyone could paint a better picture of the perfect pleasure ride other than you and Lucy.....
Good luck to you and Lucy's offspring.
Congratulations and thank you for giving all of us the pleasure of watching you and Lucy in the show pen all these years. Yes, you will cry when you see her again. I sold my boy last summer to an awesome home and the first time I saw him at a show and he nuzzled my face, I burst into tears. Some of these horses just get into our hearts and stay there forever.
Kristin, I can only imagine how hard letting Lucy go to a new home could be. I can't even imagine. It must be awesome for you to think of everything you two accomplished and how happy that made you and to know that you'd be passing that on to someone else! Good luck with her offspring I'm sure they'll have her perfection passed onto them.
You were a pair of a lifetime and many followed your lives. It will be hard for you to move on but know that we all loved watching you and will contue watching her babies. By the way I always loved An Awesome Mister and had a couple of his babies here in Ontario, Canada
Thank you so much for all the wonderful rides we all have been so blessed to see. I think for many years to come all pleasure riders will strive to have what you and Lucy had, knowing that we will never come close to the perfection you and Lucy had in the ring. You two have inspired us all.
I just want to thank everyone who have followed and supported Lucy and I. My parents have always been our #1 fans, and without them I would have never had the opportunity to have a horse like her. She changed my life, she made me a stronger person, and made me realize as long as I worked hard enough at whatever I do, I can do anything. And now she can pass on that blessing to Theresa. I also want to thank my husband for always supporting me in whatever I do, and to Leigh and Leonard Berryhill for always being there for us. But most of all I want to thank the industry for loving Lucy as much as I do, she truly is special and there will never be another VSAG. For those of us who are close to Lucy, she is the horse of a lifetime.
I am actually sorry to hear of this sale. I always hoped that she would get to retire with you as her caregiver in her later years. I have soooo enjoyed watching the 2 of you - simply perfection. I hope the Moran's are successful with her - but noone will ever come close to that perfect match. Good luck to all.
I remember like it was yesturday the roan 2 yr old Keith Whistle was ridding- I couldn't believe her smooth elegant way of moving..It was like no other- and it just stayed the same over the years!!! Good luck Theresa!!