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 Anita Williamson
15-May: Stable and Home Fire Safety with Bobby Arledge
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     
  **Note: Entry Deadline is 18-April-2019**
Location: Red Gate Farm, 200 Rabun Run,Columbus, NC 28722
Costs: FRC Members: $60, Non-Members: $75 per horse/rider combination. Auditors welcome: $20 per person, Club Bucks can be used. Checks made payable to FRC,  Club Bucks accepted!     
Entry Form:   Click Here to download  entry form and FRC Release
Send Entries to:  Jan Bellows, 5 Amber Knoll Ct. ,  Weaverville, NC 28787
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.