The Grayt Adventure - Holly Grayton's Blog

In my life I am all-consumed with horses: reading about them, watching videos, what exercises we are going to work on etc... but more and more I find myself growing and learning through my experiences with them. And so here it will be, my everyday meanderings about life through horses and sport.

Enjoy:)

May 3, 2020

This past winter when I was starting to ride with the team at John Madden Sales I was taking in a lot of different and new information, that was also delivered in a different way. I found it a bit overwhelming, but something my husband said to me really made sense. He...

April 13, 2020

One thing I heard over and over at John Madden Sales this winter is that the secret is: “There is no secret!” I really thought of this phrase many times in many different circumstances while riding with them this winter. I believe what John intended was that in trainin...

March 31, 2020

This past winter I got the rare and amazing opportunity to ride with John Madden Sales. I learned a lot, and although it was through simple exercises that couldn’t be seen as rocket science, my horse jumped better than ever and I was riding as well as I ever had. On my...

September 16, 2019

You may not be aware of this yet, but I have been known for idolizing Beezie Madden from time to time. And those of you that know me know that what I just said is likely the biggest understatement of the year.

I got to spend some time with her and her husband John this...

July 22, 2019

Recently while competing it really occurred to me how focused I need to be. In the past I have envied those who look so relaxed and carefree, and I have tried to embody a more ‘laissez-faire’ sort of attitude, however for me I seem to ride worse and make more silly err...

April 21, 2019

Lately I’ve been feeling pretty good, things have been going well for me at the shows, like I have a plan, so I think this is the best time to give my future self some advice.

Dear Holly,

When you are feeling down, here are a few things to remember:

  1. This feeling won’t...

February 22, 2019

I was invited to a friend’s pool the other day and while I was getting ready I was noticing all the things I don’t like about my body. I won’t list them here but I know everyone has a list for themselves. And then like magic my favourite song came on - ‘Everyone is fre...

February 6, 2019

Heading into the next show season, I always get feeling a little nervous. But this year was a little extra.

I got questioning my abilities a lot and it dawned on me, confidence doesn’t just come to you when you need it. Confidence always starts with a choice.

So I went t...

January 25, 2019

When you lose a loved one no matter how expected it always seems too soon…this is how I felt when we recently lost my grandmother. Although she was old and not doing well it still came as a shock to me…but then to lose another member of our family so suddenly only a we...

November 27, 2018

We have all heard the old saying, “You lose more than you win”.

American rider Kent Farrington has recently been #1 in the world and even he estimates he only wins about 10% of the time.

So we must choose, as in wedding vows, to be here in the good times and the bad – we...

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