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 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
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. PEER team members met every single flight into Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) for escort to the World Equestrian Games at TIEC. Additionally, PEER provided on-call emergency services for any of the horses competing at the WEG with two horse ambulances on the competition grounds at all times. Anita will present some advice on safety in / on your property for all large animals, including information on what to do should you find your horse in an emergency situation. Anita will also bring the horse ambulance so attendees can see the equipment available and how it can be used to assist in a horse emergency. PEER services Polk and surrounding counties in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. A majority of the PEER are volunteers who go through extensive training in the specialized effort of large animal rescue. Additionally, PEER does not charge for their rescue services and relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors in order to operate. 
15-May: Stable and Home Fire Safety with Bobby Arledge, Polk County Emergency Management.

Bobby will present information on precautions to take to prevent fire in your barn, areas you may have overlooked, and other precautions around your property to prevent fire, which includes landscaping. Bobby will also present what to do in the event of a fire, to minimize loss of property and will also information on steps to take in the event of a fire to support first responders.

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. 
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.
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
Saturday June 15, 2019   (closing date June 12)
Location Red Gate Farm, 200 Rabun Run, Columbus NC
Clinician, Annie Maunder
This is a Jumping Test Clinic, Riders will be in a group of 3 or 4 for approximately 1-hour sessions. Each rider will ride the courese and get feedback on the jumping of the course, then they will ride the test again. After all riders have completed their 2-course jumping session they will jump the couse again for a final "test" and get their placing.
A special session is offered for Working Equitation Riders that want to lean to do the Working Equitation Jumping portion of the WE test. Horse and/or rider will be instructed on basic jumping techniques.
Drinks & lunch/snacks included for all riders and auditors
FRC Club Bucks can be used for up to 50% of entry fees
UPDATED Information & Entry Form & Release CLICK HERE