About us

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!

Denise Bailey

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 Landreth

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.

Our Staff

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At the age of 5, Sara came to the farm with her Sunday school class and rode a pony for the first ti

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Dianna started her riding career at Graystone at the age of 11. Like most of our staff she began by

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Mekensie began her riding career at age 8 in our Pony Club Program and then transitioned into the Le

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Nan began riding here at Graystone at age 12. She attended Rockingham Community College and graduate

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Ashlie’s love of horses began at a young age when she had her 6th Birthday party at Graystone. She

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Sara Andrews

At the age of 5, Sara came to the farm with her Sunday school class and rode a pony for the first time. That first ride was the beginning of a lifelong love of horses and her career here at Graystone. Sara joined our Pony Club Program shortly after that first visit and then transitioned into the lesson program at age 8. She worked first as a young volunteer helping with parties, then became an assistant instructor and eventually one of our senior instructors. She got her first horse when she was 14 and began competing in Western Pleasure. Sara graduated from NC State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. While at NCSU she was also a member of the Western Riding Team. She married her high school sweet heart, Taylor, in 2019 and they currently live in Reidsville. Sara now teaches 5th grade at South End Elementary in Reidsville and was named Beginning Teacher of the Year for the 2018/2019 school year.

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Dianna Winn

Dianna started her riding career at Graystone at the age of 11. Like most of our staff she began by volunteering to help with parties, field trips and camps and worked her way into a junior staff position. During her high school years, Dianna competed in Western Pleasure and moved into a senior instructor position. She attended Patrick Henry Community College where she received her Associate’s Degree with a specialization in the Teacher Prep Program. She is currently enrolled in Old Dominion University, working on her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She plans to then go on to get her Masters. Dianna currently leads our Pony Club program and our Camp Programs. She also serves as our main Hostess for Parties and Events. She lives in Ridgeway, VA.

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Mekensie Wood

Mekensie began her riding career at age 8 in our Pony Club Program and then transitioned into the Lesson Program. Like so many of our instructors, she worked her way up from volunteering at parties and helping with lessons to becoming a senior staff member. Mekensie also competed in shows and now assists Lori as they take the next generation of students to horse shows. She graduated from Rockingham Community College where she received her Applied Science degree and certification as a Surgical Technologist. She currently works at Wesley Long Hospital. Mekensie continues to work at the farm on weekends as the lead instructor for our Pony Club Program. She also assists with and hosts parties and events. Mekensie lives in Ruffin, NC.

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Nan Ketchum

Nan began riding here at Graystone at age 12. She attended Rockingham Community College and graduated from UNCG with a degree in Recreational Therapy. She is currently working on her Certification as a Recreational Therapist. Nan is a member of our Equine Care staff here at Graystone, feeding and providing daily care for our horses and ponies. She also teaches riding lessons - working in our Youth Lesson, Pony Club and Camp Programs. She also assists with parties and events. Nan’s unique set of skills are invaluable to the children she works with here at Graystone. She and her husband Perrin live in Eden.

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Ashlie Julian

Ashlie’s love of horses began at a young age when she had her 6th Birthday party at Graystone. She began lessons in our Pony Club Program and then moved into the Youth Program. She started volunteering at age 11 and later began helping with camps and other activities. Ashlie graduated from NC State University where she received her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Livestock and Poultry Management. She is currently working to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Agriculture Education from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Ashlie currently works on our Equine Care staff as well as teaching in our Lesson, Pony Club and Camp Programs and assisting with parties and events. Ashlie lives in Eden.

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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!