FRC puts on many varied events during the year, from shows, to clnics, seminars, clinics, community service, hunter pace and more. On this page we want to showcase all we do!

Educational Seminars


Hunter Pace @ Circle Z Farm

On Saturday February 3, 2018 Foothills Riding Club partnered with the Western North Carolina Hunter Pace Series to host their inaugural Hunter Pace at Circle Z Farm in Landrum, South Carolina. There were just over 60 riders in attendance, traveling from as far as Charlotte, NC and Greenwood , SC. Riders were ready to go at 9:00 am and groups continued to arrive steadily throughout the day. No one let the chilly weather get in their way.

The trails for the Hunter Pace at Circle Z Farm were nothing short of impressive, and received great reviews from competitors. The course was wide, tall and well-marked so teams could ride side by side if they wanted, which is always more fun on a pace! The trail’s design allowed riders to see the farm’s crystal-clear pond from several perspectives and a great view of Hogback Mountain. The trails wound around the property, through the woods bordering  Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, by the old cross country field, ending  with a fun water-crossing over the South Pacolet River before finishing the course. Participants 

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hacked paths lined with native rhododendron and mountain laurel, passed multiple waterfalls, and even got to visit with a friendly pair of Boer goats on their way.  

The farm earned the name, ‘Circle Z,’ because in the spring it is so green and lush that it resembles the Emerald City of Oz.  Besides beautiful views, the trails also have a rich history behind them.  As the story goes, Hogback Mountain, which is west of the pond at Circle Z Farm, was once used as a practice target for artillery troops during WW1.  There were bunkers constructed into the side of the hills on Circle Z Farm, from which soldiers practiced shooting before they left for war.  When the bunkers were filled in after the war, they became riding trails for local fox hunts and hunter paces. 

The FRC is excited to continue this tradition and we look forward to the next Hunter Pace at Circle Z Farm.  A huge shout out and thank-you to our hosts, the Zordans, and our wonderful volunteers who helped clear the trails and make this whole event possible!  Foothills Mountain BBQ provided the riders with amazing meals. Many thanks to the Western Carolina Hunter Pace Series for partnering with FRC and helping to promote our inaugural Hunter Pace, without whom the day could not have been such a success.  Congratulations to the winning teams in each division: Marcia Hedrick & Richard Neal placed first in the Field Hunt division, and Boots Plyler & Cheryl Thorpe won the Trail Rider Division.

FRC Sponsors Harmon Field Gravel

If you have ever shown at, or volunteered at, or spectated at Harmon Field and it has been raining, then you are familiar with The Swamp aka The Lake in front of the show office.....well, NO MORE!

This March of 2018 FRC
purchased a load of gravel
to be spread in front of the
show office. FRC Board
Member Hatsie Goodrich
coordinated efforts
between Lewis Pack of
Harmon Field and Hyder
Construction to get the
ground in front of the 
show office graded & the
gravel spread.   This exemplifies yet another way the Foothills Riding club reaches out to help make improvements within our community.  

FRC Adopts-A-Road

Foothills Riding Club has adopted Moore Road in the Green Creek area as another way for the club to give back to the community.
Join us on September 14
for our
next clean-up day.
We will meet at 10 a.m. at
Re-Ride Used Tack Store
6431 NC-9 Suite 5
Columbus, NC
We will carpool to Moore Rd
a short distance away.
2019 Seminar LIneup 
16-February 2019: USDF L Graduate Continuing Education Program at FENCE, 08:00-16:30, FENCE house, contact Barbara Clarke for details.
20-February: Jennifer Kotylo will present “Bodywork for Riders”
20-March: Saddle, bit and bridle fitting with Jill Briggs & Melissa Van Doren
17-April: PEER (Polk Equine Emergency Rescue) lecture with Executive director Anita Williamson, will cover Equine Emergencies and Rescue. 
15-May: Stable and Home Fire Safety with Bobby Arledge, Polk County Emergency Management.
19-June: Everything the Horse Owner Should Know! Dr Miller Thornbury and Dr Grace Buchanan will join Dr Bibi Freer to present “everything” a horse owner should know - as well as all those vital measurements that you should have when you call the vet. We will even have a “demo” pony on hand to help us learn how to pull a shoe and how to wrap a hoof. 
18-September-2019 will be presenter Christina Reynolds, Triple Crown. Christina will address the Equine GI Tract, it's anatomy and disorders such as ulcers, leaky gut syndrome and the nutiritional support of those disorders. She will discuss the nutrition analysis on commercial feed tags and how to think critically when making purchasing decisions, including the addition of supplements to your horses diet.
16-October-2019 will be presenter Sara Hufstader, Equithink. Sara will  address methods for re-calibrating anxiety and fear. Focus will be on equestrian-specific challenges including fear after a fall, competition nerves, improving horse/human relationships whether in training or competition. Methods incorporate visualization, guided imagery, utilizing breath to influence and/or control physicality of emotion. Transforming negativity into useful energy.
About Sara: Sara is a Certified Clinical Hypnotheraist (CCHt), Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), also a NLP Life Coach, certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy I & II, and holds an Instructor's Certification, Morven Park International Equestrian Institute.  
20-November-2019 is the FRC Annual Meeting along with Educatnal Seminar. The Annual Meeting is a potluck, election of board members, voting on final charities for the coming year, and the final educatinal seminar of 2019 with "Horse Holidays: Combining a Love of Horses with Your Sense of Adventure" 
This meeting will start at 6:15. FRC will provide pizza and beverages. If your last name begins A-L bring dessert. If your last name begins M-Z bring an appetizer.
More seminars to be added throughout the year.
All seminars are held at the FENCE House, 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon NC 28782. Anyone wanting more information can contact FRC Educational Co-chair Barbara Clarke,
Intro to Working Equitation with Megan Malan
Date:  Sunday 28 April, 2019     
Location: Red Gate Farm, 200 Rabun Run,Columbus, NC 28722
Costs: FRC Members: $60, Non-Members: $75 per horse/rider 
About our clinician: Megan Malan is an Advanced PATH, Intl. instructor in addition to her skills in Working Equitation. She takes instruction from Carlos Carneiro, Vera Munderloh, and Yvonne Brookes, among others. In 2006 Megan founded QUEST Horsemanship, a small riding school which grew from 2 to 36 weekly horsemanship students, serving hundreds of individuals yearly, during her time directing the organization. Megan holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Theory from Furman University in Greenville, SC. 

FRC Benefit for Brandon Knox - ALL proceeds go towards Brandon's medical expenses
It was a picture-perfect day for a jumping clinic. The weather was perfect, the jumps were freshly painted and the course layout looked challenging but not daunting. Margo Savage opened up Red Gate Farm for an FRC benefit clinic for Brandon Knox and spent many hours getting the jumps in tip top shape. Amy Barrington designed the course under the watchful eye of instructor Annie Maunder who pronounced it “absolutely smashing”. At the start of each session Annie spoke to the riders giving them advice on what to look for as they walked the course. Volunteers/grooms held the horses while the riders walked the course and made their plan on how to ride the course. Riders mounted up and then the first rider rode the course to encouraging comments from Annie. At the conclusion of their first trip they got a critique of their ride and then they rode it again hopefully correcting any mistakes. The second rider then rode and then the third rider rode, etc. After all riders had completed their two rides they all rode it one last time to apply all they had learned and observed to put in a “picture perfect” final round!

Volunteers Judy Heinrich, Terry Keynton, Zoey Kharpetian, Patti Lovelace, Cathy Berlin, Martha Lott and Margo Savage quickly changed the course for the next level and the process repeated itself for Beginner Novice and then the Tadpole riders.
The riders all appeared to enjoy themselves as they and their horses improved and gathered tips from the day.
A special highlight of the day was when Carrie Knox (Brandon’s wife) rode her own horse in the clinic. At the conclusion of the morning’s activities a special lunch was served that was prepared and donated by Margo’s boarders---Sharon Cargill (who set up the lovely presentation), Cathy Berlin and Martha Lott.

Many thanks to everyone who participated and volunteered to make the day a huge success gathering $1020 for Brandon. We all wish Brandon a speedy recovery!

 Jennifer Kotylo Biomechanics Clinic CANCELLED

October 25-27 2019 - CANCELLED