by LINDA FRABL | photo by Soul of Photography

Equestrian Success

This Rancho Santa Fe resident, Grady Lyman, has been obsessed with equine pursuits all of her life. Grady recalled, “I was introduced to horses at a very young age when a family friend let me tag along to watch a lesson. At just 18 months old, I sat on a horse for the first time and
was hooked!”

f_student-lyman-001Now Grady is a competitive horse rider finishing up her senior year at The Grauer School in Encinitas. Grady is extremely grateful that Grauer has been so tolerant with regard to her labor-intensive equestrian commitments. She explained, “My favorite part about Grauer is how supportive it has been in allowing me to pursue my riding passion. The staff understands how demanding my schedule can be and has never hesitated with giving me the opportunity to compete.”


Name: Grady Lyman
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
School: The Grauer School
Hobbies & Interests: Riding, surfing, music
Favorite Places in Rancho Santa Fe: Seaside Market, Sambazon, The Pony Room


Asked how she has been able to balance her rigorous competitive riding schedule with her educational responsibilities, Grady admitted it has been a challenge. She commented, “Because I travel so much, it is difficult to stay on track with my schoolwork. I somehow always make it happen by setting aside certain hours of the day just for academics. I stay motivated because I know that in the long run, it will all pay off.”


“I am excited to experience a new city, meet new people, and be a part of a team.”


Grady was right, because she was recently awarded a scholarship to be on the horse riding team at the University of South Carolina. Eager for that chapter of her life to begin, Grady exclaimed, “Not only do I get to attend an amazing school but I also get to continue doing what I love most, riding. I am excited to experience a new city, meet new people, and be a part of a team. From the second I walked on the campus, I felt at home.”

With plans to study criminology and criminal justice in college, Grady intends to go to law school after completing her undergraduate degree. She is also hoping to one day ride horses for the US Olympic team. This horse rider extraordinaire definitely has the determination and the time management skills to make all of her horse riding dreams come true.