A Culver City Middle School student rode and jumped her way towards a $225 grant for the school's library during a Riding for Reading equestrian event last month.
Margaret Wahlert, a seventh grader at CCMS, placed third in the competition that gave participants a chance to ride for a share of $3,500 in grant money for local school libraries.
"The competition is open to riders up to 12th grade... so placing 3rd out of 15 riders was exciting," Wahlert said. "I am very happy that CCMS will be receiving another library grant based on my riding."
According to organizers of the event, the Riding for Reading competition allows all riders to earn a grant for their school's libraries. Competitors old and young are placed on equal footing during the competition.
In addition to participating in the Riding for Reading competion, Wahlert also rides in the Interscholastic Equestrian League for Culver City Middle School.
The Riding for Reading program is organized by the non-profit Pacific Equestrians organization which is "dedicated to promoting literacy and reading through equestrian sports and activities."