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.


What energy do you need to carry to thrive?

In my observation people carry different energy when they compete that seems to help them do well. I can’t quite find mine just yet. Without naming specific people, a few different kinds of ‘energy’ I have noticed at competitions are as follows: Panic/frenzy – the person that is perpetually late, has the wrong equipment or is rushing; Jovial/unfocused – the person that is talking about all things not associated with the class they are about to go in, seemingly not taking things seriously enough; Hyper-focused/sharp – this person is hard on everyone and everything around them. Often yelling, angry, unhappy with anybody’s efforts; Nervous – this person is completely dependent on the people aro

The Brene obsession continues...

More from my Brene Brown obsession…. Top 10 rules for success, as per Evan Carmichael from Brene. To watch: Or I’ll tell you here: Show up – This is who I want to be. If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked I’m not interested in your feedback. Period. Cultivate Authenticity – It’s a practice, we choose it every hour of every day. Set Boundaries – What’s ok and what’s not. BIG – Boundaries need to be in place for me to stain in my Integrity and make the most Generous assumptions about you. Actively practice gratitude – make a gratitude journal or speak everyday about things you are grateful for. Embrace Vulnerability – Vulnerability


With Summer Series underway, the word ‘Braving’ comes to my mind…There is a fantastic author Brene Brown that I have been recently reading everything she wrote, listening to every interview she has done and pretty much obsessing over her theories and research. This said she defines BRAVING as an acronym: B Boundaries R Reliability – do what you say A Accountability – no back channelling V Vault – keep confidences and criticisms in the vault I Integrity – choose courage over comfort N Non-judgement – practice this G Generosity – assume the best How fitting I thought for the coming weeks not only in riding but in the interactions I will have with undoubtedly many people while being seri

Who do I want to be? I want to be an Arthur.

This is a question I constantly ask myself. When I’m faced with a difficult situation or tough interaction I like to ask myself, “Who do you want to be in this situation?” I recently said this to Alex while discussing how to deal with a certain situation in which I wanted to get all righteous and know-it-all-like. We were discussing the various possibilities of how to deal with something together and I found myself thinking and saying, “I want to be an Arthur”… which was met with total silence on the other end of the line, and then a long “Uhhhhhhh whaaat?” You see, I’ve noticed recently that I have never seen Arthur pin his ears back or give a sideways look to anything…ever. Not when anothe

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