Cara was raised on a 130-acre Quarter Horse breeding farm in Bellevue, Idaho where she discovered her passion of horseback riding. She won her first competition at the age of seven and continued on to eventually become an international Grand Prix competitor. As a certified, Level 1 Professional by the United States Hunter & Jumper Association (USHJA), Cara has trained top riders and horses. These riders and horses have succeeded in Federation Equestrian International rated horse shows, International Hunter Derbies, Maclay Finals, USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals, USEF Talent Search Finals, WIHS Medal Finals, Pony Finals, Young Riders, as well as NCAA and South Eastern Conference Championships. Cara currently serves as Vice Chair of the USHJA’s Zone 9 Jumper Committee, the Jumper representative for the WSHJA, and is a member of the USHJA’s National Equitation Taskforce as well as the North American Young Riders Championship (NAYRC) Taskforce. 


Head Trainer at Potcreek Meadow Farm (1990-Present)

  • Represented the United States in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the 2011 Nations Cup Final

  • Coached a silver medal finalist at the Young Riders Competition in Colorado

  • Coached and trained seven students from the Short-Stirrup to the Grand-Prix level

  • Coached two student that were recruited by NCAA equestrian teams, received scholarships, and went on to win National Championships

  • Had ten students place tenth or better at the USET Talent Search West Coast Final

  • Had two riders place in the top 10 at USEF Pessoa Finals and the ASPCA Medal Finals

  • Coached six students to qualify for the Prix de States Finals held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Assistant Trainer at G&G Farms (1984-1989)

Worked for Rob Gage (1985 Rider of the Year) along with Cindy Grossman at their 50 Horse Show stable at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Trained at Flintridge with Jimmy Williams & Susie Hutchinson (1983-1984)

Competed on the West Coast show circuit and assisted in the schooling of Jimmy Williams' young horses.

Trained by George H. Morris at Hunterdon Stables (1977-1980)

Represented the United States on the European Junior Nations Cup team.  Won reserve in the AHSA Maclay finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.


Kristina Gratton

Kristina was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and discovered her passion for horses as a young child.  She first learned to ride on her father's Quarter Horses and transitioned to ponies at age 4, moving up the ranks from ponies through junior hunters, jumpers, and equitation.  Kristina first joined the Potcreek team while in college, and credits her experience at Potcreek with many of her equestrian-focused opportunities to date.  During nearly 15 years on the East Coast and California, Kristina expanded her horsemanship and riding skills, and recently returned to Potcreek to re-establish her professional career in the PNW.

Kristina enjoys teaching a range of riders from novice to advanced, with a focus on horsemanship and maximizing potential through positive instruction and solid fundamentals.  She seeks to facilitate effective communication between rider and horse to maximize the skills and performance of horse and rider alike.

Kristina attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science.  During this time she ran NCAA Division II Cross Country and was a working student at Over the Hill Farm in Sanford, FL, during the school year focusing on developing ponies and young horses. Kristina then moved to Washington, DC, where she attended Georgetown University for graduate school, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MA in International Relations, which lead to a ten year career in the U.S. government focused on Foreign Policy and National Security.  During this time, Kristina continued to pursue her passion of horses, riding a broad range of horses, from ponies to Grand Prix jumpers and sale horses, at Rolling Acres Show Stables in Brookeville, MD, and McIntosh Stables in Menlo Park, CA.  Kristina enjoys combining her experience both inside and outside the arena to develop horses and riders to their full potential.

Lynnly Nealon

Lynnly has played an integral part in Potcreek's success since it's opening in 1990. With years of knowledge in the saddle and coaching, Lynnly has proven to be one of the best trainers in the North West. Her sound fundamentals and passion for the horse have given her the tools necessary for success both in and out of the competition arena. Lynnly assists Cara in teaching lessons both at the stable in Redmond, as well as at local competitions. 

Lynnly’s love of animals lead her to begin riding lessons at Double A Farm, a beautiful 60 acre farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania when she was 8 y.o. Dude Allegucci was and still is the owner and trainer that specialized in off the track Thoroughbred (OTTB) training and green prospects for hunters and jumpers. He taught a natural quiet feel and classic horsemanship which was the key to her success riding and showing local B and C shows on her first OTTB. In 1980, to continue her riding education, she began commuting to Horseheads, NY to train with Robert Crandall for hunt seat equitation lessons. She was very successful on her new OTTB competing in the hunters and equitation in NY, NJ, and PA on the A and B show circuit. She sold her horse after high school and bought another OTTB 3 year old prospect,   training and showing through college and early 20’s as an amateur. In 1992, she moved to Seattle Wa and became a working student for Potcreek Meadow Farm. Learning the other side of the business, she began riding different horses, learning how to teach, grooming for shows, horse health care and veterinary care, farm management,  and showing her 3 yo OTTB under Cara for 7 years. She took time off to raise her 2 sons and daughter but continued to ride her horse for pleasure. As her kids got older she returned part time riding and teaching for PMF. Her daughter shared her love of horses and now Lynnly works full time and her daughter rides in the Pony Hunter and Pony Equitation Division. She thanks her husband and children for all of their support and is grateful for everything she has learned and continues to learn working under Cara. She enjoys teaching her lesson clients and feels she has another family here at Potcreek.