Amazing Coach & Trainer, President
Alexander Grayton is an engineer from the University of Calgary, who applies his analytical thinking and critical reasoning skills in training horses and riders. He is a sought-after coach for his ability to explain concepts, strategize for success and his feeling for horses and courses. His signature is competition preparation and execution.
Alexander emerged on the international show jumping scene in 2006, after riding recreationally as a junior and young adult. Under the tutelage of Frank Selinger, Alexander competed in his first World Cup qualifiers and won his first Grand Prix events. Grayton Farms established in 2008 was seeded from these experiences. Embedded in the farm’s evolution are lessons learned from Kyle King, Ian Millar, and Emile Hendrix, their strength for competition, international experience and business sense have helped Alexander and wife Holly build a business they’re most proud of. Underpinning their horse program is an openness to education, he and Holly continue to seek out intensive training opportunities for show jumping, dressage, and horsemanship and indeed will continue this as lifelong learners.
A testament to Alexander’s training approach, his students have represented Canada in international competitions, including FEI Children’s World Finals, North American Youth Championships, Young Riders Nations Cups, and various CSI events. Horses produced in the Grayton Farms program have gone on to hunter championships, equitation wins, Young Horse national champions, and international Grand Prix winners.
Organizer of Important Things, COO
Holly Grayton is a dedicated athlete and student of the sport of show jumping. She rode recreationally as a junior and now as a serious amateur competitor. She’s been employed by some of the best show jumping and dressage stables in the country.
Her attraction to the sport is full spectrum, through enterprise and resourcefulness she's had unique opportunities to access top tier equestrian sport and operations. Whether through media access on the spectrum from Spruce Meadows to Aachen, interviews for Grayt Times magazine with international stars, local Albertans, course designers, breeders, and wellness experts; Holly’s hallmark is that she confronts this sport personally and in print to understand the technicalities and the artistry of riding, the foundations of training and development, and the medical and psychological perspectives in a constructive way.
Holly is an integral part of the daily operations and organization of Grayton Farms, she is operations officer planning logistics and management, and sometimes as a mentor and advocate for students. She is publisher of a national show jumping magazine Grayt Times, a subsidiary of Grayt Designs a multi-media enterprise established and piloted by Holly. She is also a respected fine art and private equine lifestyle photographer with several unique commissions for studio and sport.