Graham Motion

Graham was born in Cambridge, England and was raised at Newmarket’s Herringswell Manor Stud operated by his parents Michael and Jo.

Michael was an international bloodstock agent and North American representative for Tattersalls, the British bloodstock sales company. Jo rode as an amateur in England and took care of the 1951 (Aintree) Grand National winner Nickel Coin before becoming an assistant trainer in the U.S. Jo now owns a successful tack shop in Middleburg VA.

The family moved to the U.S. in 1980 and Graham completed high school and graduated from Kent in Connecticut.

Graham has two sisters; Claire, a 3rd grade teacher in Middleburg, VA and Pippa, a wholesale gourmet food distributer in the Baltimore/ Washington region. Andrew, Graham’s younger brother, was thoroughbred manager at Lazy Lane Farm for ten years before turning to consultancy work and also obtaining his real estate license.

Graham’s career began with six years working with Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard at which time he travelled extensively with three time eclipse award winning steeplechaser Flatterer. This was followed by time with trainer Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, France.

Sefroua-and-GmWhile in Chantilly Graham met his future wife, Anita who was working at the time for Alain De’Royer Dupre.

Returning to the U.S. in 1990 Graham went to work as assistant to Bernard (Bernie) P. Bond. On Bernie’s death in 1993 two owners left their horses with Graham who took out his license at that time; The stable won 21 races, three of them stakes, in that first year.

Graham and Anita live in Fair Hill, MD with their two children, Jane and Marcus.