Diana Kimbrough'This is a training facility that really does cater to all levels, whether you’re an adult who has never ridden before or already in competition.'
My name is Diana Kimbrough and I am a veterinary student from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Peggy at Graceland Equestrian Centre allowed me to spend two weeks working here to gain more experience in handling horses and horse husbandry. Bella and Peggy are a wealth of knowledge about horse training and horse care and were very kind to help me learn. What really stood out to me is just how passionate they are about the horses in their care and how much they value having a high standard for welfare in terms of housing and training.
For example, they have a post-op gelding who is unable to work, but Bella has begun clicker training to keep his mind active and engaged while he recovers to prevent him from becoming too bored. As a veterinary student, this type of creative thinking and consideration for welfare really impressed me. It’s clear that each horse is very well loved and looked after.
The facilities themselves are beautiful and very well maintained. I even had the opportunity to take a few riding lessons. As an adult beginner, I felt both a bit nervous and a bit silly, but the trainer Amber quickly made me feel confident and comfortable and gave very clear instructions as to what I should do. This is a training facility that really does cater to all levels, whether you’re an adult who has never ridden before or already in competition.