(From left) Nadine Samycia, Executive Director, CASA Foundation; Stephanie Taylor, Emily Taylor Legacy Project; Rick Taylor, Emily Taylor Legacy Project; Dr. Lynn Davis, CASA Program Manager; and Renee Strong, CASA Program Manager.

Hosted by Stephanie and Rick Taylor – the driving forces behind the Annual Emily’s Memorial Ride for Mental Health Awareness – the 2019 Emily’s Memorial Fun Horse Show was a hit.

The July 20th event at Affinity Stables, northwest of Camrose, is the second annual fundraiser launched by the Taylors as part of the Emily Taylor Legacy Project.

The Taylors have been raising funds for CASA since their 17-yearold daughter Emily took her own life in 2013, following a battle with depression. Emily had been a resident at CASA House in Sherwood Park. Emily’s Memorial Fun Horse Show raised close to $10,000, and included ribbons for the top six places, a pancake breakfast, lunch, t-shirts and other fun activities.

An appearance by Emily’s pony Lily was a key highlight, with Emily’s 13-year-old cousin Lina at the reins. Participants learned that Emily carefully saved up her funds for a year and a half to buy Lily.

Among other things, she bred a sow and sold the piglets to raise the money. When Lina learned about the event, she was determined to bring Lily. Clearly, Lina has a big heart – and some serious horse sense!

Some of the many young riders who participated in the inaugural Emily’s Memorial Fun Horse Show.

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