Tributes are being paid to Monica “Nicky” Graham, who passed away peacefully earlier this month at the age of 90.
Nicky married Pip Graham in London in 1953. Three years later, the young couple emigrated to Canada and bought a ranch in the foothills near Millarville, AB. Graham Ranches would grow to become not only home to their large, loving family, but also one of the most highly respected equestrian stables in Canada.
Nicky was fearless in her approach to equestrian sport, particularly eventing, and she taught, encouraged and mentored many young riders over the years. She was the driving force behind Graham Ranches and its role as the renowned training site for the Canadian Olympic Eventing Team.
“The equestrian world has lost not only a great supporter, but a great presence with Nicky Graham’s passing,” said Meg Krueger, President of EC. “Nicky’s dedication to eventing made Graham Ranches the top destination for everything from local shows to Olympic training. Her passion and initiative will be sorely missed by the Canadian equestrian community.”
Nicky is survived by her children, Juliet, Arifin, Nicholas and Tessa Graham, as well as grandchildren, Annie Bishop, Christopher and India Graham, and Hal Graham-Ozanne.