Welcome to the Graham Equestrian Center
Located just 2 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway, Graham Equestrian Center is easily accessible to everyone in the Baltimore-DC-Philadelphia corridor. It lies on the edge of Gunpowder Falls State Park and boasts many trails that wind down to the Big Gunpowder Falls, a favorite recreational area for park hikers, bikers, and riders.
For many years, the facility was known as Cub Hill Riding Academy and gave uncounted novice horsemen their first taste of the riding experience. The park is named for Dr. Albert Graham, the original property owner who deeded his farm to the park system with the stipulation that horses remain a part of its activities. In keeping with his bequest, GEC has filled the 22 stall barn and, in conjunction with a management program developed by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, has rehabilitated nearly 20 acres of pasture for the occupants’ grazing pleasure.
Additional improvements include a 215 feet x 100 feet lighted sand arena, a round pen for more intensive training, and replacement of high tensile wire with 3 board oak fencing. In the future, we hope to add an indoor arena to promote year-round activities. At the present time, the Center is home base for the Volunteer Mounted Patrol of GFSP. This organization of trained members and their horses ride throughout the park as eyes and ears of the park rangers and reports any untoward conditions or events to Park headquarters.
The guiding principle of GEC is to become a premier equine educational facility in the state of Maryland. One of the highlights of our educational programs has been the twice-weekly sessions of natural horsemanship classes. Current trainer, Jim McDonald, leads enthusiastic classes in learning to cope with problems by using the horse’s own system of herd dynamics and interaction with the goal of achieving a more rewarding relationship for both the horse and the handler.
Scout troops have taken advantage of another phase of our educational program by attending one-day sessions of basic horsemanship. This is part of our effort to expand the awareness and benefits of equine interaction into the community. Under the tutelage of an experienced horsewoman, the scouts are introduced to the horses and are taught basic skills for its care and safety procedures for avoiding injury.
We welcome any interested groups or individuals to tour our facility and to take advantage of this unique opportunity to use the Center for an equestrian purpose of their own or to partake in some of our present offerings.