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FENCE Horse Trials  

April 12-13, 2014

USEA Recognized Event!



Thank you so much to EVERYONE who came to FENCE this weekend....whether you were a rider, a supporter (family - groom - friend) a volunteer, sponsor or spectator.....ALL OF YOU contributed to help make this a very successful event. We couldn't do it without you!
USEA Collegiate Team Challenge
FENCE would like to thank the following Universities for coming to AREA III and FENCE Horse Trials!  
Clemson University
University of Georgia
Univ of Georgia Alums
University of Kentucky
University of Virginia
University of Transylvannia
Univ or South Carolina Aiken

We love hosting y'all in College Town!
Attached is a pdf of complete Collegiate Team Championship results.  CLICK HERE PDF
Here is a BRIEF summary:
1st Place:
Clemson Stripes
2nd Place:
USC Aiken
3rd Place:
UVA/Univ Trans Scramble Team
4th Place:
Clemson Orange
5th Place:
Clemson Purple
6th Place:
Clemson White
7th Place:
UKY White
8th place:
UKY Blue
9th Place:

In a Class of Their Own:
UGA Alum "Dawgs On Top"

Bright’s Creek Trots Out for FENCE Horse Trials


MILL SPRING, N.C. (April 16, 2014) Bright’s Creek, a residential and sporting club community located in Mill Spring, North Carolina, proudly sponsored the FENCE Horse Trials this past weekend on April 12-13, bringing equestrians from six colleges to compete in the areas of dressage, eventing, and stadium jumping.


Representing Clemson University’s “Clemson Stripes” team, Caroline Andrews, Leigh Casaceli, Julia Gates and Christina Kearse placed first in the horse trials, with help from their horses, Will You Be Mine, Power Punch, Book of John and Hope for Moor. The University of South Carolina Aiken team finished in second place and the combined team of riders from the University of Virginia and Transylvania University finished in third place. The University of Georgia and University of Kentucky teams were also spirited contenders in the competition.


Omar Botero, a passionate horseman and developer of Bright’s Creek, joined Bright’s Creek Equestrian Trainer, Samantha Chody, as well as Director of Sales, Kate Brantly, in presenting the winning riders with a trophy and a complimentary stay at the property.


“I was thrilled that Bright’s Creek decided to become involved with FENCE, as the organization has been a longtime passion of mine,” said Martha Love, a Bright’s Creek resident who coordinated the partnership. “I’m pleased that the new developers, including Omar Botero, have truly made an effort to support local community organizations and the interests of Bright’s Creek residents.”  


“FENCE is very appreciative of Bright’s Creek’s sponsorship of the Horse Trials,” said Pat Salomon, executive director of FENCE. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Bright’s Creek in the years to come.”

Spanning 4,700 pristine acres surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and centered on a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Bright’s Creek offers a family-friendly enclave where residents of all ages can enjoy a world-class equestrian center, championship golf, traditional lodge and club house, and amenities that include a future premier gun club. A beautiful, post-and-beam barn is the visual centerpiece of the Bright's Creek equestrian center, with acres of prime pasture and a large jumping arena. Horse enthusiasts will discover mile after mile of well-groomed trails, as well as expert instruction from Samantha Chody.


Bright’s Creek is just a short drive from charming mountain towns including Lake Lure, Hendersonville, Asheville, and Tryon, as well as farmer’s markets, local artisans, historic sites and seasonal festivals. Ideally located in close proximity to major transportation hubs including Asheville Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport and Rutherford Private Airport, Bright’s Creek is easily accessible for long weekend getaways. Other nearby area attractions include Asheville’s Biltmore estate, the Green River, and Carowinds Theme Park for plenty of family fun. Bright’s Creek is located at 2222 Palmer Road. To schedule a personal preview with a luxury home specialist, or for more information call (828) 620-2552 or visit


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About Bright’s Creek

Nestled among the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, Bright’s Creek is an exclusive 4,700 + acre property, featuring home sites with breathtaking views of a Tom Fazio’ designed world class-designed golf course and scenic mountain ranges. Offering a refined, luxurious, and family-friendly lifestyle, Bright’s Creek boasts an equestrian center, fifteen miles of riding trails, a members’ lodge, and lush hiking trails. Acquired at a below market value by Miami-based real estate developer Alianza Trinity Holdings in August 2013, Bright’s Creek features nearly $100 million worth of infrastructure already in place, proving to be an excellent buying opportunity for future owners, with a selection of prime lots currently available. Bright’s Creek amenities will be reinvigorated and expanded upon to create a new interpretation of luxury mountain home living that will be the premier recreational and sporting club destination in the region. New features will include a social clubhouse,, swim and fitness center, expanded equestrian center, premier gun club, kid’s activity center, tipi village, tree houses and a wine tasting room. For more information, please visit

Scratch Team Challenge

We had several teams in the Scratch Team Challenge this year. The top placing team from each division received awards. Below is a brief summary of the division placings. For a complete recapCLICK HERE FOR PDF of Scratch Team Challenge summary.
Prelim Division:
Boy Toy
Training Division:
In Training
Novice Division:
Sea Island Seahorses
Starter Division:
Smiling Horse Farm Starts
Who was the photographer this past weekend???
Liz Crawley Photography 864-415-3018
How Can I be assured of getting my Stall Deposit back???
Good Question, your horse's stall must be stripped. That means all shavings and manure must be removed from your horse's stall....think broom!

Services Offered.....

Braiding, Cleaning stalls & more

UNC Asheville Equestrian Club

will once again be offering services in an effort to raise money for our club so that our members can continue taking lessons and participating in fun equine activities.

Our services include:
- Grooming: $10
- Braiding: $30
- Cleaning Tack: $5 per piece, $10 for set
- Cleaning Stalls: $25 per stall

And of course all donations are welcomed and appreciated! We are really looking forward to watching the trials and seeing all the amazing horses and riders compete!

If you are interested in our services and want to go ahead and contact us ahead of time, please email me at so we can work out any details. The club will also have a table set up at the trials if you would like to sign up for any services (or just chat) at that time.

We are looking forward to the trials! Good luck to everyone!

USEA New Rules for 2014

Beginner Novice Riders:All Beginner Novice Riders must have a USEA ID number. ID numbers do not require membership and can be created by going to the USEA home page and clicking on Online Services. Click "New User?" to create profile.

Beginner Novice Horses: All horses competing at the Beginner Novice level must be registered with at least a restricted status. There is no cost to register a horse with restricted status, but the owner or rider must have a USEA ID number to register the horse.

Beginner Novice Competitors: Do you want your competition results to count for the year-end leaderboard and be saved on your record? Do you want to qualify for the AEC? If so, then register with the USEA before your next competition. In 2014, the USEA will extend a 14-day grace period for Beginner Novice level riders to join the USEA, renew their memberships or to register their horse. Note: This applies to the Beginner Novice level only.   
Novice and above Horses and Riders: USEA mandates that all riders and horse competing in USEA recognized competitions at the Novice Level and above must have a valid competing USEA horse registration and USEA Membership. ALL Foreign competitors including Canada and Mexico must have a valid USEA membership and horse registration to compete.
 It Takes A Village!!!
Sign up to volunteer and give your support to help make the FENCE 2014 Horse Trials a huge success! 
Contact Pat Salomon for volunteer opportunities  
       828-863-2422  or