Metro riders saddle up to honor deceased Oak Grove teen who loved horses

LONE JACK, Mo. -- It has been nearly one week since a metro girl lost her life in a car crash. On Sunday, friends and family remembered 17-year-old Peyton Farley by doing something she loved: riding horses.

Nearly 40 people met at Blue and Gray Park in Lone Jack, Mo. to ride nearly eight miles in her memory.

"We were just trying to think of what the best way to honor Peyton would be. She was an aspiring horse trainer and wanted to give riding lessons, ultimately with disabled kids, and I think this is the most appropriate way to honor her for the day," said organizer Vanessa Schmalz.

Schmalz said Farley interned with her for several months last winter to gain more experience about the horse industry.

"We spent six to eight hours every day on a horse together and in that time it is pretty intimate, you get to know a person really well," said Schmalz.

Police say Farley was driving 60 miles an hour on a rural road when she lost control and hit a tree.

"No parent can imagine losing a child and I think getting all these people together just shows her parents that they have support right now and that their daughter was loved and was a great person," said Schmalz.

Wolf Creek Ranch plans to have an online auction next week. All the money will go directly to Peyton's family.

Find out more information at the event's Facebook page.

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