January 15, 2012, Napa Valley, USA~ Lindsay Graham from Napa Valley, California, is looking forward to her first visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. She is one of two invited riders from the US to compete at the annual CEI 3* HH President of the UAE Endurance Ride, this year slated for February 11. Her mount will be Christopher Martin’s 10 year old, Monk.
You might call Lindsay Graham, goal oriented. The 29 year old, from Napa Valley, California, has recently graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (2010) and jumped right into her full – time career as an Equine Veterinarian at Napa Valley Veterinary Hospital. “I like being a veterinarian,” said Graham. “I love being able to make horses feel better…and people to continue their partnership with their horse. As a rider, I can relate and understand.”
So far she is ticking the boxes of her life list. Get good grades in school – check. Compete on her hunter/jumper – check. Lindsay also rode hunter/jumpers on the UC Davis Equestrian Team. And yes, graduate from UC Davis – double check. These three goals the young Lindsay had written in a seventh grade project book.
Looking at family photos, Lindsay’s love of horses is easy to identify. There’s the Arabian race horse that her grandfather owned, and there’s Mother, Susan Graham -Seibert, climbing Cougar Rock on the Tevis Trail on her Arabian, Phoenix Affair. In 2004 with some urging, Lindsay took over competition on Phoenix while Susan recovered from surgery. Lindsay loved the long distance miles and she and Phoenix together added two Tevis Cup Buckles and another 1,300 AERC competition miles to their ride records.
When Lindsay connected with Christopher Martin, who was looking for someone to campaign Monk, his 15.3 H Chestnut Arabian,
for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, it was a perfect match. Monk is also goal oriented, and sure footed, and an unflappable competitor, according to Lindsay. The two took the First and Best Condition at the 100 mile 2009 American Endurance Ride Conference National Championship, then repeated the performance for the 2010 Git R Done Ride. Lindsay and Monk were chosen to compete for the USA Team at the WEG, and most recently put down another First place and BC at the July, Lake Almanor, California, ride.
Monk, a fancy chestnut with a quiet attitude, is “super strong”, according to Graham. “He goes down the trail like a deer with no wasted movement, and watches carefully where he puts his feet. I can go any speed and he doesn’t take a bad step.” Graham thinks perhaps this is due to his life in a pasture and the fact that he travels barefoot. For training and competition, they do use Easyboot gloves and glue-on boots for protection.
This will be Graham’s first trip to the Middle East and she is looking forward to the desert ride. In the immediate future, she will continue to train her new endurance horse, Fleet, and she is looking forward to the upcoming US Selection Trials. She would love to add a completion for the US Team at the 2012 World Endurance Championship at Euston Park to her record.
Graham is engaged to be married to Erick Fisher in the Spring of 2012.