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.


June 3, 2020

The simplest and hardest exercise I think we did all winter.

Just two poles set 27 ft. apart.

Should ride a normal 2 strides. The goal will be to do 1,2, and 3 strides in between.

Things to remember

-Always release over the pole. This is for two reasons; to give them the f...

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...

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