Hi, my name is Lindsay Graham and I am a fourth year veterinary student at UC Davis. I have been competing in endurance since 2004 but began riding as a kid and showed in hunter/jumpers for several years. On the international level, I competed in the 2005 North American Endurance Championships as a Pacific North Squad member on a horse named Phoenix Affair. This horse also took me to a 7th place Tevis Cup finish in 2006. (Photo: Lindsay and her horse, Monk)
At the end of the 2008 endurance season I began riding a horse named Monk, owned by Chris Martin of Grass Valley, CA. Chris needed a jockey to campaign his horse at the international level so I shortly took over the reins.
Monk is a 15.3, leggy Arabian gelding that is very quiet on the ground but means business under saddle. He has proven to be a spectacular athlete with a 100% completion rate, 1st place finish and Best Condition at the 2009 AERC 100 mile National Championships and a recent 2nd place finish and Best Condition at the 100 mile CEI *** Git R Done ride. The talent that this horse possesses is beyond what I have ever experienced I am looking forward to what lies ahead.
Finding time to train Monk has been a challenge as school takes up most of my time. Chris and I have worked out a great system where he does most of the training and hard work and I ride Monk whenever and wherever I can. Monk and I have finished our WEG qualifications, are currently tied for fifth on the national training list and at the moment, are fine-tuning ourselves for the big events ahead.