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!
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 FRC purchased
a load of gravel to be
spread in front of the
show office. FRC Board
Member Hatsie Goodrich
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.
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 May 12 for our
next clean-up day.
We will meet at 10 a.m. at
Re-Ride Used Tack Store
6431 NC-9 Suite 5
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
20-February: Jennifer Kotylo will present “Bodywork for Riders”
20-March: Saddle, bit and bridle fitting with Jill Briggs and Melissa Van Doren
17-April: PEER (Polk Equine Emergency Rescue) lecture with Anita Williamson
15-May: Stable and Home Fire Safety with Bobby Arledge
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, email@example.com