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 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.
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February Maximus Clinic CANCELLED
Barbaro and Maximus are enjoying the Florida sunshine and will not be back in Tryon untill the end of March. The clinic with Maximus WILL BE RESCHEDULED, we will share details and dates as we know them.
February Hoof Health & Laminitis Seminar
Dr. Bibi Freer and farrier Jeff Pauley will share information on horse and hoof care on February 21 including laminitis prevention. Dr Freer and Mr Pauley will discuss how to evaluate a healthy foot and how to recognize problems in horse's hooves early, in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. Laminitis can be devastating emotionally and expensive to manage. Come join a discussion with a veterinarian and farrier to learn how to avoid this condition.
About Dr Freer:
Dr. Freer graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After working at a large referral equine hospital in Apex North Carolina for almost 2 years, Dr Freer moved to Polk County to run her own solo ambulatory equine practice. Dr. Freer has a passion for a positive and enthusiastic working relationship with farriers to better serve her patients and clients.
About Jeff Pauley:
Jeff Pauley’s education includes both an Associates degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering. Jeff worked at Rockwell International for 14 years. In 1989 Jeff Pauley attended Alvin Richardson’s Horseshoeing School for 10 weeks while working his day job at Rockwell. In 1991, he took a leave of absence from Rockwell to enroll in a six week course at Kentucky Horseshoeing School. Jeff started out shoeing part-time and finally took the plunge shoeing full time in 2001. Jeff is a competitor with the World Championship Blacksmith group as well as the American Farriers Association. In addition, Jeff has recently taken and passed the United Kingdom’s AWCF test. Jeff strongly believes in giving back to the industry that he loves and has served as an AFA Board of Director as well as an AFA tester. He has also been the USA Team Farrier for the World Equestrian Games in both 2006 and 2010. He was the USA Team Farrier for World Endurance Championships in 2008."