Ideas for the website

We are inventing ways to make the site more user friendly and more interesting. I have all sorts of ideas as to what that might mean and I’m setting aside writing time to fill in the pages. But it occurs to me that our readers might have even better ideas than I… What information about classical riding would you like to be able to find on the Foundation’s website? If you have an idea, email me by using the form below. Riding and teaching and building websites– they’re always better as a collaboration. Thanks in advance for your help! ~Mary Anne   Name(required) State or province and country where I live Email(required)...

Auspicious beginnings

Today we launch the website for the Foundation …and with this launch the Foundation really takes its first step into the wider world. While the Foundation for the Equestrian Arts is very much Craig Stevens’ inspiration, it is not “his” or any other person’s– it truly belongs to the horses, and to any rider who is reaching out for a better way to interact with them. SO many questions arise when we talk about horse training! Let’s just look at one… “With all our understanding of biomechanics and ethics, isn’t modern riding more evolved than earlier forms? There were people, once, who depended on horses for their lives. They did not “mess about” with training that didn’t work. Stressed, ulcer ridden, arthritic and short-lived horses by definition were not a workable partner. Horses are and were expensive– even if a person didn’t have a heart connection that had them want the horse to live a long and healthy life, resources were scarce and they certainly had a financial one. Consider this…”Wonder Bread” is modern bread, “Velveeta” is modern cheese…. and they certainly have all the benefits of science behind them! And they use all that science to answer only one question… “let’s consider shelf life“. Modern disciplines are asking a very limited question, “what wins in competition?” It is fairly easy to see, when you begin to know the alternatives, that not all modernization is an improvement. The team that put this together includes Craig Stevens and Mary Anne Campbell, we’re married and more or less joined at the hip in this endeavor. But as the vision began to...