Way to go Mia Folk!

My love for horses started when I was 8. I remember going to the County Fair and seeing a girl with her horse who participated in 4-H. After we got home, I wouldn’t stop asking my parents if I could take riding lessons.

Shortly after, my Mom scheduled me for a riding lesson to give it a try, then enrolled me in 4-H. We leased a pony and I found my love for the sport.

I made some of my best friends in 4-H and began participating in local shows as well as with the club for the next three years. Every day after school, I insisted on going to the barn to see my pony. During my second year of riding, my Mom bought my first horse, Jasper. I became fast friends with him, too, and he really took care of me when I didn’t know how to ride well yet.

Now, I’m starting my sixth year of riding, after adding a second horse and changing states. Although we’ve only lived in California for nine months, I’ve already found the best trainer for the discipline I enjoy most: dressage, which is meant to show grace and obedience. I have improved so much since last year, in part because I can control my own schedule with the flexibility of doing my schoolwork through EPIC. I was able to train my new pony and together, we were honored by being named the Southern California Junior Champion for Dressage Seat Equitation.

For me, riding and competing isn’t just a hobby; it became my whole life. I go to the barn every day to take care of our horses, ride and practice for my next shows. Time at the barn flies by, and I put in extra hours working for my trainer to earn additional riding lessons. Horses require a lot of time and commitment. EPIC has really helped me organize my studies around my needs, including the ability to spend hours in the barn, go to shows and compete every month. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and learn in many ways with the help of my EPIC teachers.


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