|Cynthia D. Graham was born in 1952 and grew up in
Philadelphia, PA. A love for animals came naturally to her,
when as a little girl she became the animal caretaker of
cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, and birds. Completely horse
crazy, she learned to ride at an early age and always wanted
to own her own horses.
Enrolled in an Agriculture High School, she pursued her
dreams by learning everything that was entailed in owning a
farm and caring for animals. When her family moved out of
the city to a small farm, she was able to get her first
horse which was the foundation of the breeding program she
developed and has today. She continued her agriculture
education at the local technical school.
High school Future Farmers of America and 4-H affiliation
with competitions strengthened Cynthia’s interest and
knowledge of agriculture. 1968 brought a year of change for
FFA when she became the first girl to unofficially compete
in FFA State competition in Public Speaking on “The
Appaloosa Horse” at Penn State University. At this time
girls were not officially able to compete in competitions.
This opportunity opened the door to the charters being
changed to enable girls being recognized on a state level.
As a long time animal caretaker she started with the
childhood cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, birds, fish,
horses, chickens, pigs and ended up with a dairy cattle farm
in Minnesota. She organized and lead a new 4-H club into
competition in its first year. An active horse breeder and
competitor since 1967, grooming became a natural occupation.
Later with two daughters competing in FFA and 4-H on local
and state levels with projects from sheep, dairy cattle,
beef cattle, goats and horses, grooming became a necessity.
Dogs were introduced as projects into both organizations and
American Kennel Club competitions, which led to the opening
of a dog grooming salon.
Her credentials include an Associate of Arts Degree in
Business Administration and a Certification in Dog Grooming
from Vance-Granville Community College, completion of the
Horse protection Officers Short Course and the Animal
Cruelty Investigation Short Course for Horse Management
Evaluation Techniques from North Carolina State University.
Cynthia has owned and operated a grooming salon since 1986
in North Carolina. Coverage of her salon in the area
newspaper was a major feature following a tour of three
grooming establishments in the area. Puppy Love Grooming had
been steadily gaining recognition and was growing into a
well known area service.
Art and writing have been a long time passion and she stays
busy attending regular college semesters for painting and
drawing in addition to online classes. A regular member of
the Kerr Lake Art Society, she competes in area shows
regularly, in both paintings and photography. One again she
received coverage in the area newspaper for a first place
state award in a painting category at a major show.
Using her creative skills she actively designs and maintains
the website www.boundarywatersfarm.com for the family horse
breeding operation and www.bouncingwondersfarm.com for her
oldest daughter’s veterinary service.
Cynthia lives with family, many cats, dogs, horses, one
donkey and a mini horse named Dobby that resides in the
home. Dobby has special needs that have been an ongoing
commitment and his webpage covers his progress. Watch for
his story to come out in a future children’s book.