We thought you might be interested to know who is running FRC behind the scenes to make all of these great events happen each year! So, here are some brief bios for the 2018 Board of Directors...
Show Entries go to:
Cathy Schwartz, Show Secretary
810 Greenwood Rd.
Landrum SC 29356
Cathy lives in Landrum, SC where she owns and runs Smokey Hollow Farm. She grew up in Ohio, then lived in Asheville for 7 years before purchasing Smokey Hollow Farm in 2007. She focuses on the training, showing, & selling dressage, event, and hunter/jumper horses. Cathy enjoys the FRC board for incredible members and it's involvement in so many aspects of the equestrian community.
KC rediscovered riding after a long hiatus thru high school and college. After discovering eventing and the value of giving back to your sport, she volunteered as the Secretary for Silk Purse Ranch 3-Day Event & Horse Trials and later helped form LVEE (Las Vegas Equestrian Events) and organized Horse Trials. Upon moving to Landrum in 2006 she served on the board of FRC for 2 years and has been secretary for FENCE Horse Trials. On a more personal note, although an event rider at heart, she has turned her focus to dressage. On her daughter’s ex-event/Pony Club mount – a registered Mustang - KC has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and is half way toward the Gold medal. With kids no longer the central focus of daily life it is time to once again become more involved in the horse community we call home.
Bri Ambrosic lives in Asheville where she has a small boarding & lesson facility for hunt seat, eventing, and dressage called Blackberry Stables. She started showing hunt seat as a college student on the BGSU Equestrian team. Following college, she decided to branch out to dressage and eventing by taking a working student job with Cathy Schwartz. Shortly after heading out on her own, she began running and building a successful lesson program and training business. Currently, Bri has the honor of coaching the UNC Asheville equestrian team and teaching lessons to her own students as well as showing both training and personal horses. To find out more about Bri, her farm, and horses visit BlackberryStables.com
Natalie lives on a small farm in Gowensville, SC. She grew up on Hilton Head Island, SC and came to the upstate by way of UNC Chapel Hill to work as a tax accountant in Public Accounting. Although not intending to buy a farm at the time, her heart horse, Paris, needed her own farm, bringing Natalie to the most wonderful neighborhood. Now retired, Paris supervises her new little OTTB brother, Preston, who Natalie is working to bring along in eventing. Natalie is looking forward to being a part of the FRC Board and getting more involved in this great community.
A relatively new resident in Columbus, my husband, Terry, and I moved here from Cincinnati in September of 2014, and we love it here. We are trail riders and have no show experience though our older daughter evented. I was a dentist for 33 years and am now retired. We have 2 married daughters and a new granddaughter. I have been helping with hospitality at the FRC horse shows and really enjoy meeting and serving our volunteers.
I am newly relocated to Tryon and am still learning back roads, local names and where are the best places for the best of everything. I joined the FRC to meet new people and be involved in the horse community. I am originally from the Chicago suburbs where I finely tuned my dry wit and developed a thick skin as an eternally disappointed Cubs fan. I moved to Raleigh area to pursue better weather, where I met my husband James. James' employer eventually moved us, my two children Eric and Lisa and assorted animals/horses to: Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), Sydney (New South Wales, Australia), and north Dallas (Texas, United State of Texas), where I was on the board of the Dallas Dressage Club for four (4) years. We left the kids in Texas to be adults, then took ourselves and our horses to Stockholm (Sweden) for three years and finally returned to the US in Tryon. We discovered the Foothills area after hearing about this beautiful community via a Chronicle of the Horse article about TIEC. My husband had some old family ties to the pumpkin farm in Rutherfordton and had extensive knowledge of the local whitewater rivers - which effectively "sealed the deal." Between my husband and I, we have six children (four of whom are in a 3 1/2 hour radius) and eight (8) grandchildren. We have dogs, a cat (who thinks he's a dog) and 2 1/2 horses on our small property in Tryon. My mother is currently living in an assisted living facility in Columbus and is a big part of my daily responsibility. She is 93! I am a dressage rider and promoter of Educational opportunities. We enjoy live music and art exhibition. We also like to travel and hope to take a couple grandchildren to New York city in the spring. I will work hard for the board and for all the riders of all disciplines to continue the inclusive and welcoming culture that is the Foothills Riding Club. My tag line, which I firmly believe is: Chocolate is a Vegetable.
Meet the 2019 Board Members
Foothills Riding Club
Carole lives in Fountain Inn, SC with her husband and two dogs on a hobby farm. She began riding and competing in hunters at the age of 8 in Blythewood, SC. For 10 years she trained and taught beginner riding lessons, migrating to the Greenville area during this time. She now enjoys being an amateur and has plans to further her education in Dressage with her 3 year old Oldenburg gelding, Hoover. Carole discovered FRC when she had the need to introduce an OTTB to the show scene for the first time. The FRC shows are an excellent atmosphere for both riders and horses and she is excited to be joining the board.
Virginia is a resident of Gowensville, aka heaven on earth for now! Married for 33 years to the same man, they have 4 horses and 5 dogs. A long time FRC member, Virg is a former food truck and restaurant owner.....now a returning board member, although a little less gray matter and more gray hair!