Mike Taylor Fundraiser Brings in More Than $41,000

The longtime Intermountain region horseman was injured in a highway accident in June.

Q-Racing Journal

A benefit held at Wyoming Downs for longtime horseman Mike Taylor raised more than $41,000. Donations to the fund can still be made.

Last Sunday's live and silent auction for longtime Intermountain region horseman Mike Taylor raised more than $41,000.

The event, held at Wyoming Downs Racetrack, was spearheaded by Brande Koltiska, coordinator or pari-mutuel wagering and licensing for the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission.

"I can't thank everyone enough for the love, friendship and support shown to Mike Taylor," Koltiska said on a Facebook page she set up for the event. "I know Mike and his family are overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown by Wyoming Downs as host of the event.

"Huge thanks to (track owner) Eric Nelson and his staff, including Joan Ramos and Judy Horton, and to auctioneer Don Wheeler for donating his awesome skills," she added. "And, thanks to all the participants -- both donors and buyers -- and all the friends and fellow horsemen who showed such amazing support for one of their own."

Koltiska added that cash donations to the Mike Taylor Fund can still be made. To make a donation, send a check (made payable to "Mike Taylor Benefit") to Brande Koltiska, 334 Amoretti Street, Lander, WY 82520.

Taylor was severely injured in a highway accident in Idaho on June 10.

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