Sadie's Final Exit

Being primarily a sports shooter, I jump at the chance to shoot an assignment like this one. "Sadie" the horse towed fallen soldiers' carriages at Arlington National Cemetery, was a member of the Virginia Beach Police force and for the last decade, she's been a therapy horse at the EquiKids Therapeutic Riding Program in Pungo. You can read more about Sadie here.

As always, thanks for looking!

Susan Watkins walks "Sadie" out of the EquiKids barn one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. "Sadie" is retiring after an impressive career of public service including the towing of caskets for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery as well as serving on the Virginia Beach Police force before going on to help veterans at a therapeutic riding center. She'll retire with the officer for whom she patrolled with. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Susan Watkins walks "Sadie" out of the EquiKids barn one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. "Sadie" is retiring after an impressive career of public service including the towing of caskets for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery as well as serving on the Virginia Beach Police force before going on to help veterans at a therapeutic riding center. She'll retire with the officer for whom she patrolled with. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Roni DeCrescentis, a volunteer at EquiKids, braids Sadie's mane one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Roni DeCrescentis, a volunteer at EquiKids, braids Sadie's mane one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Roni DeCrescentis, left, and Susan Watkins spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Roni DeCrescentis, left, and Susan Watkins spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

EquiKids staff members Candyce Boykin, left, Karen Barbour, right, and volunteer Roni DeCrescentis spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

EquiKids staff members Candyce Boykin, left, Karen Barbour, right, and volunteer Roni DeCrescentis spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Karen Barbour says a final farewell, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. 

Karen Barbour says a final farewell, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. 

EquiKids staff members load "Sadie" onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

EquiKids staff members load "Sadie" onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

"Sadie" helps herself to hay after being loaded onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. 

"Sadie" helps herself to hay after being loaded onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.