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First Timers: Gareth Graves

Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Gareth Graves was a long way from his humble beginnings in equestrian sport when he stepped into the International Ring at Spruce Meadows for the first time in 2014. Gareth knew from an early age that a career in horses was his calling, but also that it was not something that would come easily to him on many levels. He admits that his introduction to the sport in South Africa at the age of nine was decidedly “unstructured.” “I recognized that my family was never going to be able to financially support my riding, so I knew very early on that in order for this to work, I was going to have to work very hard and really stay focused on the end goal,” he explains. “I was not naturally talented, and had no money, but had an almost blind determination to achieve…

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