Emily started riding at the age of seven at a farm close to home in the northern part of Massachusetts's Middlesex County. After several years of lessons, Emily acquired Charlie, a young Quarter Horse gelding. She grew up training, and competing with him at open shows in both english and western events.
Emily graduated from Umass Amherst in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Equine Science and Child Psychology. While living in Amherst, she spent several years playing on the Umass Polo team.
After college Emily obtained her MA riding instructor's license, and spent several years working as a large animal veterinary technician at McGee Equine Clinic in Townsend, MA.