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About UsHorsin' AroundMaple Ridge Farm began in 2000 as a blank slate of farmland. That same year, ten acres of cotton fields were seeded with Bermuda grass. In 2001, construction started on the main barn and pastures. The barn was built using trees from the property. The farm owners moved to Maple Ridge Farm from Raleigh in 2003 with their personal horses. The very next year, they opened the doors to their first boarder. During the summer of 2007, a second four-stall barn was built. Additional changes are made throughout the year to continue to improve the farm amenities.

Maple Ridge Farm is home to around 30 equestrians of all ages (from 4 to 60+) and disciplines (working western, horsemanship, trail, reining, hunter/jumper, pleasure/trail riding, & gaming). The atmosphere is fun and laid back, and most equestrians compete in local shows a few times a year. We believe in having fun with our horses while learning correct horsemanship skills at the same time.

The owners, the Gregorski family, live in the main house overlooking the property. Someone is on-site nearly 24/7. The horses receive outstanding care from experienced and knowledgeable horsemen.

 
Manager & TrainerLaura Smith brings over 20 years of well-rounded equine experience to Maple Ridge Farm. Laura grew up riding hunter/jumpers in the Raleigh area, dabbled in dressage, and transitioned to Western and reining horses after moving to the farm. She has trained and shown with numerous respected and world-renown trainers in the horse industry. Laura loves learning, teaching, and sharing her passion of horses and riding with others through her unique boarding, lesson, and training programs. Laura loves helping students reach their goals!

In addition to Laura’s hands-on experience, she is a 2012 valedictorian graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science, and graduated from NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in equine medicine. She and her husband, Nathan Smith, manage a mobile large and small animal veterinary practice (Maple Ridge Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC), in addition to managing the farm and teaching lessons.

Laura

Manager & TrainerNathan Smith developed a passion for horses at an early age and pursued his natural talents with horses while training with Laura. Nate has a natural gift for riding, training, and teaching. He also loves learning and is a perfect fit at Maple Ridge Farm. Everyone loves him, adults and children alike. He is an integral part of our lesson program and business management.

Not only is Nate a talented rider, he is also a very talented designer. After graduating from Wingate University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Marketing, he started his own company, Tradition Clothing Outfitters. He designed the first line of apparel for the farm. He also has a passion for photography, and some of his photos and editing is showcased in the farm's photo albums.

Nate

Laney Watson ...bio coming soon!

Laney
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