Amber Sawyer travels around Wisconsin with her retired racehorse, Derek Bormac N, promoting her book, Love to Race. It's a picture book about Derek's amazing career, told from the horse's perspective. Derek came all the way from New Zealand and competed in harness racing until an injury sidelined him. Amber and her son Paul adopted him and nursed him back to health, and Derek set off on a comeback tour, eventually becoming one of the oldest winning racehorses in the United States.
Amber and Derek had their first book signing at Goshen Historic Track in New York. They are now touring libraries and schools in their home state (Wisconsin). Amber Sawyer has also been freelance writer for Hoof Beats, the largest Harness Racing magazine in the country, as well as writing for the Wisconsin Horseman’s News and the Wisconsin Harness Horseman’s Association. Derek has been at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison for five or six years in a row, appeared in The Daily Citizen Newspaper, was featured in two issues of Hoof Beats magazine, and appeared on Wisconsin Public Television’s Around the Corner With John McGivern.
Amber will visit the Pine River Library on October 4 at 5:00. She will have her horse Derek join us as long as he is feeling up to it. Amber will read her book out loud and bring horse-shaped cookies for people to decorate and eat.