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
Due to COPIOUS amounts of rain our Hunter Pace had to be cancelled this year.
The trails for the Hunter Pace at Circle Z Farm are nothing short of impressive, and receive great reviews from competitors. The course is wide, tall and well-marked so teams can ride side by side if they want, which is always more fun on a pace! The trail’s design allows riders to see the farm’s crystal-clear pond from several perspectives and a great view of Hogback Mountain. The trails wind 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. The farm earned the name "Circle Z' because in the spring it is so green and lush that is 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 help clear the trails and make this whole event possible! Foothills Mountain BBQ provids the riders with amazing meals. Many thanks to the Western Carolina Hunter Pace Series for partnering with FRC and helping to promote our Hunter Pace!
2020 Seminar LIneup
Polk County Area Livestock Extension Agent, Noah Henson, will present “All About Hay.” Noah will discuss the various types of hay and their nutrition, sugar levels, forage analysis and sampling - including core analysis and determining moisture levels, and the impact of best cutting practices. Noah graduated from N.C. State with a degree in Agriculture Science and is working towards his Master’s Degree in Reproductive Physiology. Noah lives on a working farm in Haywood County where he runs cattle, sheep, goats, and makes hay. Foothills Riding Club educational seminars take place from 7-8 PM in the FENCE great room. Seminars are free to all but a $5 suggested donation is encouraged of non-members. Evening donations will benefit the Buncombe County 4H Livestock Judging Team.
Come and hear experienced riders share information about our many local equestrian trail systems. Learn about the trails of the Foothills Equestrian Trails Association (FETA), the Collinsville Equestrian Trail Association (CETA), DuPont State Forest, Tsali Recreation Area, the Biltmore Estate, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Cataloochee Horse Camp, and Pisgah National Forest. Foothills Riding Club educational seminars take place from 7-8 PM in the FENCE great room. Seminars are free to all but a $5 suggested donation is encouraged of non-members. Evening donations will benefit Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE).
May 20, 2020
Bret Moore of Blue Ridge Hoofcare will present “On the Right Track,” how to design, build, and implement a Paddock Paradise track system. Bret will discuss the many benefits of incorporating a track system - both for the health of the horse and for the benefit of your pastures. Bret has nineteen years experience as a professional farrier with a practice emphasis on transitioning horses to a barefoot lifestyle and specialized expertise in rehabilitating and preventing pasture laminitis. Foothills Riding Club educational seminars take place from 7-8 PM in the FENCE great room. Seminars are free to all but a $5 suggested donation is encouraged of non-members. Evening donations will benefit Helping Equines Regain Dignity (HERD).
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 Chair Natalie Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Clinic dates and events will be posted here
Anyone want more information? Contact FRC Clinic Chair Rachel Bradley thru FRC at
Clean-up Date Rain Date
May 16, 2020 May 30
September 19, 2020 September 26
November 7, 2020 November 14
FRC Adopt-A-Road Program
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 in 2020
next clean-up day.
Details of times and
where to meet will be
posted here as well as our