Meet Our Interns

My name is Mikayla Farris. I am from Belleville, Michigan and have been involved with horses for over 15 years. I am currently pursuing a degree in Western Equestrian Studies and Equine Business Management at the University of Findlay. While at Bolender Horse Park, I hope to gain experience in multiple areas of the horse industry to expand my knowledge of training and maintaining a barn. In the future I hope to have my own training business with an emphasis on ranch riding, reining and cutting

My name is Alisa Fichtner. I am from Germany and have been involved with horses for 17 years. I will be doing an apprenticeship in a bank where I will be learning how to be an insurance clerk at home. Being here I hope to improve my riding skills and learn how to maintain a barn. This is my first-time doing Mountain Trail and I hope to learn more about the discipline and bring what I have learned back home with me.

My name is Lauren Newlin. I am from Wake Forest, North Carolina and have been riding for 9 years in the Hunter/Jumper discipline. I will be graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho in December with a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis on Animal Nutrition. I hope to improve my skills under saddle and in hand and how to understand a horse’s body language. In the future I hope to work for a feed company as a Nutritionist for cattle and horses.

My name is Malina Fichtner. I am from Germany and I have been involved with horses for 20 years. I currently work as an industrial clerk in Germany. I hope to learn more about Mark and Lees horse training techniques to improve my own riding skills. I want to take what I learn here to train my horse at home to be competitive in the sport of Mountain Trail.

My name is Kim Thibert and I’m from Oakland, Maine. I’ve been riding horses for about 8 years. I graduated high school last fall and came to Bolender Horse Park to help me figure out what I wanted to do next and expand my riding skills. I arrived here in the beginning of September and I plan to leave sometime this summer to go back to school. I will be going to Keiser University in Florida this fall to study Radiologic Technology. I have learned a lot during my time here and have gained many skills that I will be able to use in whatever comes next.

 Past Interns

Past Summer Interns