John Craven


We are extremely sad to share the news that John Craven, the first Executive Director of The Southlands Foundation, has passed away.

His legacy, like Mrs. Dows, is carried forward through our mission in all that we do. His infectious spirit has always been felt at Southlands and will continue to be through all of its days.

He will be so missed- but how lucky we were to know him and to be influenced by his incredible character.

Obituary Below:

John Craven died peacefully at home June 9th, 2017 with his husband Kim and his sister Barbara by his side. John fulfilled a boyhood dream of becoming an accomplished rider and horseman. He was known in the equestrian world for his natural ability to train and teach both horse and rider using positive reinforcement along with a great sense of humor. He has touched the lives of hundreds of people and was a beloved figure both in his equestrian world and beyond.

John requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Southlands, either by mailing a check to: The Southlands Foundation, 5771 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572  or by following this secure link to may your donation online:

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.