“I first met Emily this summer, under less than ideal conditions. It was in the wash rack at the 2018 Hermitage Classic CDE on marathon day. On that steamy Kentucky August day, horses were coming in from the marathon with dangerously high temps and needed immediate attention.
It wasn’t until a photographer approached her and started asking her questions that I noticed her. When she replied to the photographer that she was so impressed with how folks were stepping up to help the horses, (several of them included herself working on horses that weren’t even their responsibility), that she wanted to cry. I thought to myself in that moment, this is the type of person who has her priorities in order.
She went on to say she wanted to step back and take a picture of what was happening, but getting temps back down was more important. I knew at that moment that I wanted to meet Emily, and eventually I did. I have had the pleasure of seeing Emily at several CDE’s since then.
Her ability to do about anything, and her positive attitude make her a joy to be around. Her willingness to jump in and help anyone, as I saw demonstrated again at Katydid CDE is another reason why I look forward to seeing her at events. Emily is a wonderful example of everything that is right and good about the horse world. A generous spirit with her priorities in order, who wears her passion on her sleeve, and who uses her actions to demonstrate who she really is. I consider myself lucky that our paths crossed in that Kentucky field this past summer!”
~ Terry Shaw