Grateful Pine Farm is the dream of life-long equestrian and horse-care professional, Kelly Munro and her amazing and supportive husband Dan Munro.
After years working both in the horse boarding/training industry and in our “regular” marketing and engineering jobs, we purchased our first farm of our own, a 3 story log cabin on 5 acres, in July of 2011 and took up residence with our herd just days after our wedding on August 6th.
After several fabulous years at our rustic mountain ranch, we had the wonderful opportunity to do something even bigger…
As a long time veteran of the horse boarding business, a passionate horse health advocate, and certified in equine nutrition, green horsekeeping and equine facility design, Kelly was grateful to for the opportunity to expand her services to additional boarders with a new 25 stall barn and covered arena.
We absolutely adore our equine family, from our life-long partners to our visiting fjords for breeding or training and our extended family of boarders’ horses.
At the head of the family is the incomparable Kelli Pony, a magnificent welsh pony who raised, educated, and protected Kelly her whole life from when she was 8 years old. Pony crossed the rainbow bridge in November of 2014, but she shaped our lives and will always be with us as we move forward.
In college Kelly bought Annabella, an Andalusian-Thoroughbred cross, as a yearling. Annabella is a once-in-a-lifetime horse, a true and loving partner, and a spirited and delightful individual to spend our days with.
Having always loved fjords I researched breeders and settled on Olivia Farm.
Dan and Solveig Watanabe, who own Olivia Farm, took us under their wing, graciously sharing their extensive fjord knowledge with us.
Our philosophy is to lovingly raise and gently train our horses to make amazing companions that are athletic enough to excel as competitive athletes, yet have the temperaments to do anything fun under the sun!
Kelly is a dressage rider with over 20 years of experience showing multiple disciplines and starting young horses. After 9+ years as a riding and horsemanship instructor, both privately and for City of Redmond Parks and Recreation programs, Kelly now holds the position of president at Lighthoof Equine Mud Management, in addition to continuing to fulfill her dreams caring for horses as a stable owner, breeder, and dressage rider.
As a dressage-based trainer of young horses, competing horses, and companion horses, Kelly values the great outdoors as much as the show ring and likes to let horses “be themselves” as much as possible. Her gentle and intuitive approach aims to develop each equine’s balance, strength, and understanding such that any style or level of riding can be easy and enjoyable for both partners.
If you have any questions about boarding your horse with us, our breeding program, our horses, or fjords in general, please Contact Us. We’d love to hear from you!