November 2019 - Wish Fulfilled!
Written by photos: courtesy of Lindsey Long, West Palms Event Management
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:35
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Lifelong dream realized thanks to generous Northern California equestrian community.

photos: courtesy of Lindsey Long, West Palms Event Management

The Sacramento International Horse Show and the Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada Chapter of Make-A-Wish® made a young lady’s wish come true during the competition held Oct. 4 at the Murieta Equestrian Center. The Friday before the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento qualifier, Emily was surprised by the California Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team with her very own American Quarter Horse, Maidu.

Emily was born with an incurable heart condition, but that hasn’t stopped her from living life to the fullest. Growing up on her family ranch in Northern California’s Ridgecrest, she was always around horses and wanted one of her own to compete in gymkhana. Yet, when her aunt moved away, their family ranch was without a horse. Now 14, Emily lives with her mom, stepdad and three half-siblings on that same ranch. Ridgecrest is where the massive 6.4, 5.4 and 7.1 earthquakes hit earlier this summer. Like many others in the area, Emily’s home was destroyed.

After finding out about her home and her wish, the Sacramento International Horse Show and Make-A-Wish went to work not only finding her a horse, but also her travel to the Sacramento International Horse Show and everything to go with her new horse.

Dale Harvey, owner of West Palms Event Management and veteran show manager of the Sacramento International Horse Show, helped coordinate the reveal and was there for the surprise: “Partnering with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation to gift Emily with Maidu was an incredible experience,” he said. “Her face lighting up at the sight of him walking into the ring was a highlight of the year for so many involved.”

Emily had no idea that her trip from Ridgecrest would result in her dream becoming a reality, and it could not have come at a better time:”God gave me this heart condition for a reason, I just don’t know why yet,” Emily said, “It’s just the journey I have.”

Several companies and individuals joined with Make A Wish and West Palms Events to make Emily’s wish come true. They include Riding Warehouse, Elk Grove Milling, The Murieta Inn & Spa, Kaley Cuoco and Big Bay City, Murieta Equestrian Center, the West Coast Equine Foundation and Pacific Coast Building Products.

Article provided by West Palms Events. Photos by Lindsey Long.