Emily, an award-winning equestrian, is the youngest daughter of horse breeders Larry and Linda Whitaker of Whitaker Farms in Wyoming and Arkansas. Whitaker Farms was a sponsor of Shane's NCTS #15 Chevrolet Silverado ride in 2004.
In the fall of 2005, Emily was a frequent female companion of Shane's friend, Nextel Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. There was much speculation about their relationship but no indication that it ever progressed beyond their long-time friendship.
- 2005 3-Year-Old Limited Division Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stakes Champion at The All American Quarter Horse Congress
- 2005 Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation (TQHA)
- 2005 Pleasure Driving (GQHA)
- 2004 World Champion in Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation (AQHA)
- 2000 Hunt Seat Equitation Champion (AQHYA)