Testimonials

"For the last 4 years, I’ve had the pleasure to observe Mary teaching her students, work with horses, as well as bring horses along for competition. Mary has a clear and easy communication style -- and a real passion to bring out the best in the horse and rider. She, in her own right, is an extremely skilled rider. I’ve encountered many top pro trainers and instructors over the last two decades at my own sporthorse breeding and training facility -- and I must say I consider Mary to be one of Northern Virginia’s best. I would highly recommend her from beginning to advanced instruction."

-Susan Doner, Little Bull Run Farm


"For many years I boarded in a larger stable (17 horses). The best move I ever made was coming to Mary Graham's seven years ago. The care she has given my horses is beyond reproach. She started training my new 9 yr old horse 3 years ago and she has worked wonders with him. At the same time I got serious about lessons and Mary has turned me into a completely different rider than I was before. We work at hunter-jumper, eventing and natural horsemanship disciplines at her farm. At home we do ring work, field work and have an indoor arena. Nearby we have wonderful trails at Manassas National Battlefield Park (5 minutes by trailer or 30 minute hack). Although I'm not interested in showing she takes me to many different venues to practice and play. Mary's vast, in-depth knowledge can benefit both horses and riders at all skill levels. I can't speak highly enough about her or how happy I am to be here."

-Peggy Castrilli


"My 16 year old daughter, Kara began taking horseback lessons with Mary Graham in 2011. Our experience has been nothing short of excellent. Mary's equestrian knowledge was evident from day one as she began teaching my daughter so much more than riding technique. When I asked Kara what she liked best about Mary's teaching, she had this to say: 'I love the way she teaches me to teach the horses and connect with them while riding. Every time I ride, the horse becomes a part of me, and the only disappointing thing is that I can't ride every day!' Mary is a passionate teacher. She is friendly, flexible and an expert in all things equestrian. I would highly recommend her to anyone desiring to learn more about riding a horse because you will come away knowing so much more than you thought you needed to know!"

-Becky Kendall


"My name is Giuliana Macaluso and I am eighteen years old. I have been riding horses for seven years, and have worked and ridden at countless horseback riding facilities. However, I have had more opportunities and have learned more at Bay Creek Farm than I have anywhere else. Mary Graham is not only an experienced instructor and rider, she also gets to know each of her students individually and customizes her lessons to fit them specifically. When I first started riding with Mary, I had countless bad habits that had formed due to years of poor instruction. She noticed my bad habits and was able to fix them in a manner that was easy to understand and so much fun! She also took me to various riding competitions and trained me to be a more experienced competitive horseback rider. I have never had a better riding experience than with Mary, and her horses are trustworthy and extremely sweet! I could not recommend Bay Creek Farm more highly!"

-Giuliana Macaluso


"In the 7 years that I've known Mary, I have seen her grow tremendously--embracing a wide variety of equine disciplines. I have seen her work with problem horses and make them into soft, lovely mounts. You will find no one more dedicated to horses and the horses she cares for."

-Diane Park


"Mary is an excellent and experienced instructor with deep knowledge of proper horsemanship and horse training -- I have become a much better rider because of Mary."

-Elizabeth Shook