Mia knew from an early age that she wanted to work with animals, specifically horses! She was drawn to the level of connection and communication you could gain with these powerful and beautiful creatures.
Coming from a non-horsey family made things trickier, but Mia was determined to learn and spend as much time as she could with horses. She was lucky enough to find Parelli Natural Horsemanship very early on at 13 years old and dedicated her teenage years to figuring out how to learn as much as she could and progress as quickly as possible.
She got some great results using the home study program and at 17 she attended her first Parelli clinic with her young Irish Sports Horse, Solo, which solidified her desire to become a Parelli Professional.
After finishing school, Mia spent two years as a working student for Liz and Sean Coleman. Here she obtained her Level 4 with Solo and had the opportunity to learn from other great professionals in the industry such as Rick and Tik Mayanrd, Mike Bridges, Rachael Shawyer, Russell Higgins, Lyla Cansfield, Marion Oesch, Sam Caporn, and many more.
At 21 years old she was granted a full scholarship to complete her externship and became a licensed Parelli Professional after spending 6 months directly with Pat and Linda Parelli in the USA.
Since then Mia has developed herself, her horses and her business. She launched The Heart of Horsemanship and teamed up with Classical Dressage Master Peter Maddison-Greenwell of El Caballo de Espana, focusing on horse training and teaching as well as expanding and refurbishing the facility to a high standard.
Now Mia has a small private yard where she cares for and develops her own personal horses, as well as taking in a small number of training horses. She has a very high demand for teaching in Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire as well as travelling the country to East Yorkshire and Norfolk.
In the last two years Mia has found her passion for performance, liberty and classical dressage and this is what she specializes in alongside her horse training and teaching. She particularly likes working with stallions due to their dignity, true spirit and the need to have a high level of skill, focus and intent. She has more recently spent a great deal of time with Ben Atkinson and continues to train and perform alongside Atkinson Action Horses.
Watch Mia’s demonstration ‘Liberty; The Mental Connection’ in Arena 1
To find out more about Mia, visit www.theheartofhorsemanship.co.uk