It's GALA Time!
Just when you are feeling “down” after all the excitement of the holidays and the New Year, Foothills Riding Club is ready to cure your winter doldrums with Gala 2018.  Those that attended this fun event last year will attest to what a wonderful evening it was!
We guarantee that Gala 2018 will be bigger and better! Not only is the venue much more spacious to include room for dancing, but the location is more central, the food more varied to suit everyone's taste, and the awards are bigger and better than ever! 
We will gather January 13th at Spiegle Farm - at 996 E Frontage Rd, Campobello, SC. This lovely venue will be decked out to celebrate. All we need is you! 
The Gala kicks off at 6:30pm with cocktail time and some short announcements from outgoing FRC president, Jodi Lees, followed by a delicious feast catered by Stone Soup. All you vegetarians need not worry - we have made sure to include plenty of food for you! After dinner, introductions and awards, we will crank up the music and dance. Did you know that dancing is great cross-training for riding?
As for prizes, we've got lots of terrific ones to award!  All 2017 Dressage and Combined Test Series winners through 4th place  will go home with great award prizes. Everyone's Gala entry includes two raffle tickets for chances at three fabulous prizes! And EVERYONE will go home with a special treat. 

You can use club bucks for the event or purchase a ticket for $45. 
Plan to attend the Gala 2018 and start your new year off right. Watch your mail for your personal invitation to this highly anticipated event...be there or be square!

2017 Recap!


FRC Annual Meeting was held on November 29, 2017 at the Landrum Depot on Wednesday night, November 29th. FRC provided the main dish of pasta selections, garlic bread and salads from Sidestreet Pizza in Tryon, NC. Members brought delicious appetizers and desserts - enough to go around twice! We counted 78 people in attendance - a record number for our Annual Meeting.

 

Once everyone had dinner in hand, the meeting began Jodi Lees giving with a recap of the FRC 2017 Year. Those statistics are as follows:

 

Board Members who are leaving the Board this year: Jodi Lees - served 4 years as FRC President Sue Mullen - served for 8 years Annette Reals - served 2 years Stacey Quaranta - served 2 years Carrie Knox - served 2 years Penny Sullivan - served 2 years

Returning Board Members in 2018: Cathy Schwartz - the new FRC President Kc Betzel - VP Bri Ambrosic - Secretary Jillian Woolridge Kailey Beck Jane Lynch Hatsie Goodrich

New Board Members Voted in coming for 2018: Jan Bellows Barbara Clarke Carole Foster Virginia MacClure Jenna Marshman Natalie Schembra

 

The members present at this meeting voted on two charities for FRC to donate $500 each to: The “animal” charity that will receive $500 from FRC is FOOTHILLS HUMANE SOCIETY. The “human” charity that will receive $500 from FRC is TROT.

Other donations and benefits that FRC contributed to this year were: Erik Dierks Fundraiser - $500 ELCR _ Equine Land Conservation Resource - $100 FERA - Foothills Equine Rescue Association - we had three speakers who declined the honorarium and so FRC donated those funds to FERA - $300 July FENCE Benefit Show- $1500

We also approved two scholarships of $250 each to FRC Members Hannah Nagle and Rebecca Drumgool

 

Our Membership in 2017 was a record 331 members - a 13% increase over last year. This broke down to - 220 Individual memberships 62 Family memberships - 41% increase (meaning we really have more than 331 actual members) 49 Business memberships - 17% increase

 

FRC held 6 shows this year - all managed beautifully by Cathy Schwartz. Besides the fact that the shows were well attended and very popular, we did have a few firsts: - All of the Dressage and CT shows at FENCE were full with a waiting list. - We started offering a Training Level Combined Test this year. - We are now offering Year End Awards for Western Dressage. - We offered a Lead Line Class at our last show which we plan on offering in the future.

 

FRC has the MOST AMZING Volunteer base! Many thanks to Board Member, Jillian Woolridge, for her outstanding management of our Volunteer Program! We have used 103 volunteers this year - and had to turn away volunteers at some of our events. This is an envious position for any Non-Profit Organization. We try hard to reward our Volunteers for their time and service to FRC: - Volunteers get Club Bucks for their time - which really translate to money that can be spent on any FRC events including Membership dues. - We throw an Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Party in August where we get to give out our major awards and a lot of small fun awards over a dinner that is free to anyone who has volunteered during the year. Award Winners this year at the Appreciation Dinner were: 1st Place was Jan Bellows 2nd Place was Sea Zordan 3rd Place was Amy Barrington Husband of the Year was Dave Mullen who also was inducted into our FRC Volunteer Hall of Fame - And this year, we initiated a new Volunteer Appreciation Program - recipients to be announced and awarded at the Gala in January. This program is an accumulation of hours over time - so many hours for a polo shirt, so many hours for a vest, so many for a jacket. Once you have received your jacket, the hours begin again. We had a lot of new volunteer faces in 2017 and we give HUGE thanks to our Membership for this help in making us so successful in our endeavors!

 

FRC held 7 Educational Seminars this year, organized by Kailey Beck: - Pasture Management with Laura Backus for Little Man Farm Supply - Rider Rehab with Physical Therapist, Mason Shelton - Animal Welfare Topics with FERA and Attorney Lee Mulligan - Saddle Fit for Happy Horses with Katherine Stancliff - Maximus, the Equine Simulator with Barbro Ask-Upmark - The Role of Massage/Muscle Therapy in Rehabilitating Horses with Martha Kemmer - A presentation by HERD - Helping Equines Regain Dignity

We held three special events: - Dressage judge Jennifer Roth Ride-A-Test Clinic at Motlow Equestrian Center - Equestrians Uncorked: A Wine and Paint Event at Mountain Brook Vineyards - Equine Simulator Dressage/Jumping Clinic at TIEC with Barbro Ask-Upmark

 

Our Hospitality team - Annette Reals and Jane Lynch: - Provided hospitality for 6 shows and 9 Educational events - The food and organizing of the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - The food and organizing of the Annual Meeting Dinner - The details and organization for the Awards gala to be held in January.

 

Other things that FRC did this year: - New FRC T-shirts were designed and are currently for sale. - There is now a fun Photo Booth set up at our shows for pictures to make memories. - FRC joined the Adopt-A-Road program and we now have a stretch of road that we maintain. - FRC is currently involved in donating gravel to Harmon Field where we hold some of our shows.

 

Besides another year full of education and events, we can also look forward to: 1. The FRC Annual Awards Gala to be held January 13th at Spiegel Farm in Landrum, SC.. 120 seats available at $45 per ticket. Guaranteed to be a wonderful evening!!!! 2. FRC will be hosting its first Hunter Pace on the first weekend in February at Sara and Gerry Zordan’s farm in Gowensville, SC. Please keep your eyes open for details coming soon!!! 2017 was a successful year for FRC with gratitude to the dedicated FRC Board Members and with appreciation to the involvement of the membership at large. The meeting was followed by a professional and personal presentation by the HERD organization.

Litter Pick-up Day

Litter pickup gang will be meeting Nov. 18, 10 AM in front of Re-Ride at the intersection of Sandy Plains and Hwy 9. 

It’s a short distance from there to FRC's Road (Moore Road) so transport will be provided as there is not good parking along Moore Rd.

It shouldn't take long and we might divide into 2 groups, start at both ends and meet in the middle. We’ll see how many think that is a fun way to spend a Sat morning
Monthly Educational Meetings

Although the topic changes month to month, there is always a social time prior to the presentation and FRC provides the refreshments. For 2018 the FRC seminars will be held at the Landrum Depot, 211 N. Trade St. in Landrum, SC beginning at 6:30pm for socializing.
Membership in FRC brings many perks...discounts for shows, earn Club Bucks to pay for camps, clinics or show entry fees, eligible for year-end awards, qualifies you to be awarded a scholarship, monthly newsletter, free admittance to educational seminars, social activities and much more!
 
We are offering an EARLY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL... membership fees will go up!
And take advantage of the Business Membership which includes the option to have your business card printed every month in the newsletter!
Join us to achieve your goals or just have fun!  
Non-Members are welcome to join in any, or all, of FRC sponsored events... but you'll save money if you join! :)
 


Entry forms
, prize lists and further information are available here on our website, or check out our Facebook Page.


And The Winners Are.....


To support our community, FRC chooses 2 local non-profits each year to receive cash donations. The selections have been made and the Foothills Riding Club (FRC) 2016 charitable donations have been awarded. FRC is organized for the purpose of promoting equestrian interests for all horse lovers, including dressage and combined training, through sponsorship of educational and recreational activities. To support their mission, FRC chooses 2 local non-profits each year to give cash donations to. 


The 2016 donation for an animal non-profit is awarded to Paws Prayers & Promises based in Landrum, South Carolina. Kelly Vinesette and Yvonnne Bebber operate the “face” of Paws, Prayers & Promises at P3 Consignments in the heart of downtown Landrum.

Foothills Riding Club board member, Carrie Knox, explains, “the entire board of FRC chooses several non-profits for our members to select from. All the non-profits are so deserving and we are glad we can help them. Paws, Prayers and Promises is a wonderful, grass-roots group.” Kelly remarks, “ This has been such a humbling and uplifting experience (creating Paws, Prayers & Promises). The need is so great and the support we are receiving is so heartwarming.”

The profits from the Consignment shop benefit local animal welfare organizations and Paws, Prayers and Promises carries out the mission to care for animals and their people in their service area. P3 serves Polk County, North Carolina and Landrum, Campobello and Gowensville, South Carolina.

“We believe in building bridges for pets and their people in our community through humane education, assistance with special-cases, adoptions, community awareness and fostering of animals for people facing the ends of the their lives until forever homes can be found”, adds Yvonne.

For more information about Paws, Prayers & Promises see their web site at www.pawsprayersand promises.org. 

The 2016 donation for a local non-profit (general) is awarded to Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC), located in Tryon, North Carolina. PAC president, Rebecca Kemp, says, “We are so grateful to FRC for this donation. We depend on community support to carry out our mission. We extend our humble thanks to all the members of FRC for their support.” PAC's mission is to protect and conserve natural resources in the Foothills of North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina, with emphasis on the lands and waterways with scenic, ecologic or agricultural significance in the North Pacolet and Green River watersheds.

Foothills Riding Club board member, Carrie Knox, explains, “the entire board of FRC chooses several non-profits for our members to select from. FRC is very happy to we can help Pacolet Area Conservancy. PAC protects riding trails, hay fields, horse farms and other natural areas that are so important to the equestrian community”.

FRC is organized for the purpose of promoting equestrian interests for all horse lovers, including dressage and combined training, through sponsorship of educational and recreational activities.

For more information about Pacolet Area Conservancy see their web site at www.pacolet.org. 

FRC Rider Scholarships

 

FRC is proud to be able to award four scholarships to riders annually. In order to qualify for an FRC Rider Scholarship, you must be a current FRC member at the time of your application. Additionally, your request must be for a rare educational opportunity or clinic or a championship competition purpose directly related to your riding discipline. In exchange, scholarship recipients must give back to the club in some tangible way.

For further information on FRC Rider Scholarship eligibility, rules and application form, click here for FRC Scholarship

special thanks to Erik Olsen for providing the fabulous images used on FRC's website.. Be sure to visit ErikOlsenPhotography.com to see pictures from all FRC's shows!