MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Dreams of winning big are on the minds of all riders at the annual Germantown Charity Horse Show this week.
For Melanie Smith Taylor, a Germantown native and former competitive, those dreams paid off big time.
"This [Germantown Charity Horse Show] was my very first horse show when I was, maybe, 5 years old," she said. "It's always been very special to me."
Taylor competed in 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games and helped bring home gold in the show-jumping event. She now travels to shows around the country as a judge and has even commentated for televised Olympic equestrian events.
"My start was right here," Taylor said referring to the Germantown Charity Horse Show. "As a child, you always have dreams, wild dreams of making it to the Olympic team. To me, it was just setting goals and I was lucky enough to make it to the Olympic team."