Graystone Farm has been in business serving Rockingham and neighboring counties since 1994.
Although our current business began that year, our family’s history on this farm goes all the way back to the late 1800s. The farm was initially a tobacco farm. While some of the land is still used for crops today, its primary purpose is now equine education and events. The farm is currently operated by Denise Bailey and daughter Lori Landreth, who both continue to live here on the farm with their families.
Welcome to our farm!
I grew up here on this farm, working side by side with my parents and brother in the fields. It was hard work but I loved the county life and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to grow up on our family farm. I got my first little Shetland pony when I was 7, a larger pony a few years later and a horse by the time I reached high school. I basically taught myself to ride by reading everything I could get my hands on about horses and by watching other riders at the horse shows we attended. I was eventually able to join in the competition myself! When we were kids, in our free time my brother and I loved to explore the woods and creeks on the farm either by hiking or riding our ponies and horses. The connection with farm life and nature is something that defines who I am and will always be a huge part of my life. I always dreamed of having some type of horse related business one day, but had no idea how that would actually unfold years later.
I received my Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management from Rockingham Community College. For many years I worked as an office manager before returning to the farm in 1994 with my husband Mike, to pursue my dream. We built a small barn and Mike made a little farm sign to hang under our mail box and a lifetime of dreams began to come true. There is a quote that has hung over the computer in my office from the very beginning of the business. It reads: Dreams Come True If You Work While You Dream. That has been my moto. Life on the farm is still not easy, but big dreams require big commitments. Over the years I and my staff have been committed to making Graystone Farm the very best place for kids to experience horses, nature and farm life and to learn the many lessons they afford.
Lori, her husband Jacob and their children live here on the farm. Lori has always played a major role in the business from its very conception. As a young child she was helping around the farm and leading ponies at parties. She got her first pony when she was 8. She later competed in horse shows with her beloved Quarter Horse. Over the years she took on more and more jobs around the farm, assisting with lessons and camps and eventually assuming the position she holds today as our Head Riding Instructor and assistant Farm Manager. Lori graduated from NC State University where she received her degrees in Agribusiness Management and Ag Education. Following college Lori served as a Resident Counselor with Doulos Ministries in Branson MO, working with at-risk teen girls. From there she returned to the farm full time to head up our Equestrian Educational Programs. Lori also serves as Riding Coach at horse shows for our students who compete with their horses.
It was always a dream of mine as a child growing up on the farm to have a horse related business some day. I have a sign that hangs over the computer in my office which has always been my motto. It reads: Dreams Come True If You Work While You Dream.
Yes, dreams really do come true, and I’m living mine!