Riding Instructors

Each person who collaborates with FCS brings a unique talent that strengthens the goal of encouraging harmony.

Full Circle Stables instructors embrace the concepts of creating harmony and wellness with our equine partners. From treatment and care, to ground work and under saddle training, we strive to keep the horse’s gentle forgiving nature intact.

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Kim Anaston-Karas, Head Instructor and Manager

Graduate, Morven Park International Equestrian InstituteInstructors Degree (1978) studying under Major John Lynch*. Kim has trained and competed under top national and international trainers. Experiences include eventing, managing private hunters, jumpers and foxhunting farms in Virginia, Maryland and Colorado, and training young Thoroughbreds and Racing Quarterhorses. Kim’s focus of recent years is primarily dressage, while she aspires to compete at the FEI level.

Studying under Major John Lynch, Kim has trained and competed under top national and international trainers.

In addition to her love for horses, she was an international sailing competitor (resulting in a gold medal at the 1992 IYRU Women’s World Championships in Livorno Italy), served in the national conservation field as director of an environmental education school, a senior educator for National Audubon Society’s Florida field office and directing satellite offices for National Parks Conservation Association and the Ocean Conservancy.

Happily ‘retired’ from advocacy, running Full Circle Stables has incorporated all aspects of this eclectic career to enable her to dedicate all her energy to her first love and profession. “I suppose my passion is contagious” says Kim, “which makes it really gratifying to be hosting training events, clinics, and sometimes even wine and cheese celebrations at FCS. I look forward to meeting new visitors and helping young and older owners alike reach new goals with their horses.” Image of Kim with Landano, her 11+ year old Danish Warmblood.

Amanda Scullin, Assistant Manager

A native Floridian, Amanda earned a BS degree from the respected Equine Industries and Agribusiness programs at the University of Florida, Gainesville while working her way through school and achieving Dean’s list honors. Her focus on nutrition and maintaining healthy horses through optimal feeding programs and optimal habits continues today.

Amanda’s well-rounded education was complimented with such activities as coordinating team roping, and participating in the national Horse Tales Literacy Project which teaches children to read in an equine setting. Her generous and kind nature is inherent in all she does, including her work with horses and people. Amanda, who constantly recommits to learning and sharing, feels a strong connection to horses, people and the natural world.

Joining FCS in 2010, she draws upon experience with stallion handling, weanling groundwork, and expertise in equine nutrition, forage sciences, and range management. She applies her knowledge and understanding to enhance our comprehensive program, and offers her services to help other equine facilities as well.

Dickcey Boutelle Gibson, Guest Trainer

Dickcey’s horse farm in Middletown, MD is known throughout the region. A lifelong equestrian and champion jumper, she is a graduate of The Royal Swedish Riding School (Stockholm, Sweden), and winner of the 1984 Olympic 3-Day Eventing Trials. Dickcey excels at training and buying/selling young horses, and problem solving. She is available to travel for private lessons at Full Circle Stables, in the central Maryland area, and elsewhere.

* As memorialized in The Maryland Horse, Sept. 1968 – “Major [John] Lynch, coach of the U.S. Equestrian Three Day Event Team which will compete in the 1968 Olympics, has been named Chief Instructor…He is the former coach of the Irish Olympic Equestrian Team, and for the [prior] five years has been instructor of the Northern Ireland Show Jumping Association. Major Lynch, who comes from a family of riding masters, earned international recognition when, at the age of 17, he was named Instructor of the British Army Equitation School for his riding excellence after having completed half of its difficult course.” (At the time, Brigadier Richard W. Hobson (Director of MPIEI) reported there were 700 applicants for the first class)