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.
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 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, 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
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.
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.
What’s the Foundation up to these days…. and how can you become involved?