A memorial dedicated to 16-year-old Taylor Farley, who died after a horse-riding accident, has been established at Shepparton District Horse and Pony Club.FIONA BROOM February 11, 2013 4:35am
A permanent memorial to 16-year-old Taylor Farley’s skill as a horse rider and her determination now stands at Shepparton and District Horse and Pony Club.
A life-size sculpture representing the Kialla teenager and her horse Jaffa was revealed on Saturday, ahead of the club’s first rally for the year yesterday.
Taylor, a level-one rider and member of Shepparton and District Horse and Pony Club for more than 10 years, died after a horse riding accident near Wangaratta in February last year.
Andrew Whitehead of Scrap Metal Sculptures took about eight months to create the memorial sculpture, sourcing machinery parts and tools to create the intricate and unique piece of art.
Parents Neil and Belinda Farley and sons Brayden, 16, and Mason, 13, wanted to do something to remember Taylor and inspire other young riders to reach their dreams.
Neil said the unveiling was the conclusion of a difficult year.
‘‘The last eight months have been fairly flat-out and emotional,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s one of those parts of life that’s completed now and will be there forever and ever.’’
Belinda said what made the sculpture more personal was incorporating Taylor’s stirrups and spurs.
She said tools belonging to Neil’s late father were also included, and family and friends had donated horseshoes.
About 300 family members, friends and people from the equine community gathered for the unveiling.
Seven horses and ponies that once belonged to Taylor were taken on a lap of honour around the grounds.
‘‘Everyone will see (the sculpture) as they come in (to the club), and to me, it looks like she’s still out enjoying what she did,’’ Belinda said.
‘‘It represents the joy she had. Hopefully people look at it and say, ‘She worked hard and had done all the hard work and she was going pretty well’.’’
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