About Our Team

The Foundation's Board

Mary Anne Campbell

Our treasurer, Board member Mary Anne Campbell has been studying classical methods for more than a decade. Mary Anne has a degree in Fine Art, is a published author, and has raised two children, all of which informs her work with horses and students alike. She runs the conservatory and the school, teaches both privately and in clinics, trains the school horses, keeps up with the website, and is Craig’s wife.  

 

Dr. Kelli Taylor, DVM

Dr. Kelli Taylor has served as the veterinarian for the school’s horses for several years, and was a natural to ask to join the board. She provides not only veterinary medical care, but equine chiropractic, acupuncture and preventative care medicine for small animals as well as horses.  Exemplifying the classical passion for life long learning, Dr. Taylor is now studying to become the first Certified Equine Rehabilitation Therapist in Washington State. Dr. Taylor owns the classically trained thoroughbred “Flash”, and rides and trains and gives talks for the students at the Foundation’s home barn.  

Craig Stevens

Our board chairman is a recognized classical master. Craig has been training, teaching, and studying the French classical tradition since the early ’70s. He learned to read French in order to study the old masters in their original words, and has a large network of students not only in the states, but all over Europe who are finding works on classical equitation and material on the Latin school in other languages as well. The Foundation is Craig’s life-long dream, and his scholarship, passion for learning, and love of the horse are the cornerstones of this world-wide community.

Kathy Richardson

Kathy owns the remarkable little horse “Trinket”, who might have become a back yard pony, but instead, through the work they do together in Classical training, is a master of charismatic haute ecole. Kathy is a professional business consultant, and a very supportive member of the Foundation’s team.

Christie Fisher

Christie Fisher, board member and Secretary of the Foundation, has loved horses since childhood. She studied at the National School of Academic Equitation for several years, where she has developed a strong partnership with the ‘da Vinci’, her very own equine artist in residence at the Foundation.  With a Bachelor’s Degree in music and a Master of Business Administration, Christie brings both a strong organizational mindset and artistic passion to the Foundation and the Board.  When she is not managing complex projects in the tech industry, Christie continues her studies while teaching and training at the home barn in Snohomish.

“It’s simple… but it’s not easy.”

Recent Blog Posts

 

The Living Art of Dressage

Dressage should not be a dead thing. It is not a matter of worshiping at the mausoleum of dressage. Correctness should not a be grave you dig and throw the horse in and yet… Dressage means training. And all over the world, in every training discipline, the horse and the rider both are sacrificed to what is believed to be correct. Why is correctness seen as being so important? One reason is that it is a very human way to hold people to a dressage which controls not just the horse but the student. Always there is a fear that without dressage rules and dressage instructors you and the horse are doomed. That fear of ruining your horse is a sword hanging over your head. Yet, the seeking and forcing of correctness is the path to doing exactly that; ruining the horse. And destroying the instinctive, feeling brilliance of the rider as well. But there is a correctness that is kind, forgiving, curious, and alive. Correct dressage is not the imposition of an outside force to “make” the horse take on an appearance. Rather, correctness is a guideline to gently lead a horse to find mechanical efficiency and comfort in its work. Correctness is the awakening of an inner force which leads to happiness and comfort. The result of correctness is increased sanity and durability made over whatever time a horse needs to take to find its own best position. The point of educated riding is to gently lead the horse and trainer in the discovery of the joy of the relationship. Correctness is not a visual appearance though...

Simple, but not Easy

Sometimes working as co-director of the school here along with Craig Stevens can be a bit daunting. I’m good at what I do, but I’m not Craig, and it’s hard not to feel shaky sometimes. One of the most powerful things he’s taught us is to learn where to read what is real, to learn how to authenticate the work. Here’s thoughts from me as a wife on the topic of being both irritated at the intransigence, and astonished at the beauty of my husband’s mind, and finding balance with the work. Learning to measure myself in the reality of the outcomes with horses, students, and my own growth as a rider day by day.

Inside out not outside in

Distracted by the flash and glamour of competitive dressage, we seek refuge in an objectivity which few can afford. We seek outer solutions for our inner problems and hold the horse hostage to our existential crisis.

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