August Educational Seminar!

Have you ever wanted the opportunity to ride a true schoolmaster? What would it be like to ride the movements of a grand prix dressage horse or take an upper-level event horse for a cross country ride? This is your opportunity!


FRC will be sponsoring a 2-day clinic August 26th & 27th with Barbro Ask-Upmark and TIEC’s Equine Simulator “Maximus” for a drastically reduced price of $75 per 45-min ride (normally $140)  and unlimited auditing.


Native of Sweden, Barbro is a GP rider, USDF Gold - Silver and  Bronze - medalist, and a 5 star rated rider at She has taken numerous horses and students to FEI Level, both in Europe and the US, and is using the world’s most advanced Equine Simulator in her daily training program at TIEC.


Barbro worked at the Mounted Police in Sweden for 15 years, training the Police horses in all kind of situations. She won many Police jumping competitions as well as showed her Police horse to GP Dressage.


Barbro moved from CA last December to work full time as the Education Manager at TIEC.


The Event Simulator is the latest and most advanced Simulator in the world. Jumping programs allows the rider to do everything from an infinity of jumps, practicing position and balance, to a show jumping course of jumps up to 1.20 showing on 3 big screens.


The computer registers balance and rein pressure over each jump for a read out after the course is finished.


Cross Country course offers a challenging ride on different heights.


Strides can be adjusted and the simulator is reacting just like a real horse, except for doing anything by itself.


The Dressage "horse "can do anything that the rider can do. Sensors for balance, legs and hands shows on a screen for instant feedback.


Ride in the dressage arena and work on basics, GP movements and anything in between.


Barbro stands next to you with instructions in all gaits and situations.


What makes training on the simulator so beneficial is:


-          instant feedback,

-          physical touch from the instructor to get a feel or correct wrong muscle memory,

-          not to have to train the horse while working on specific movements,

-          being able to repeat movements or jumps over and over without tiring a horse,

-          being perfectly safe in all situations.


You don’t want to miss this opportunity!



FRC puts on seminars throughout the year to educate all equestrians from trail riders to dressage riders and much more. Although the topic changes month to month, there is always a social time prior to the presentation and FRC provides the refreshments. For 2017 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 

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 

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

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