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.
Rachael moved to the Carolinas in 2011 to manage a riding school and boarding facility after graduating from Michigan state university. She has been working as an equine veterinary technician for the past 7 years after returning to her first love-veterinary medicine. She has two horses of her own; a now retired OTTB named Mister that she competed in hunters and an Irish sport horse named Joe that she now events. Being a member of the FRC board allows her to give back to the foothills community that helped paved her way for her success in the Carolinas
Meet the 2020 Board Members
Foothills Riding Club
Volunteer Chair Carole Foster lives in Fountain Inn, SC with her husband, son 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 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 happy to be on the board in a position where she can meet so many people in the horse community.
Luanne Johnson moved from Illinois to Tryon in 2016. She fell in love with the diversity of equestrian activities and the natural beauty of the area. Luanne became involved with the FRC initially as a volunteer and has enjoyed the opportunity to meet all the wonderful horse people who participate in the FRC events. Luanne doesn’t have a show background, but is interested in continually improving her horsemanship. She appreciates a variety of equestrian disciplines from trail riding to dressage.
Erin, a Greenville, SC native who went away for college is now back to make the SC Upstate her home. She is a long-time horse-crazy girl who works as a real estate agent to help people find their dream home, specializing in equine properties. She is one of the unique people who prefer mares over geldings, her two girls keep her on her toes and sure do make life interesting. Sal, an Arabian/Friesian cross who loves to foxhunt with the Green Creek Hounds. And Prim, an OTTB who is discovering a talent for eventing. Erin was introduced to the Foothills Riding Club when she worked for Cathy Schwartz and fell in love with the group of people who lead, volunteer, and participate in the different shows throughout the year. She is excited to join the FRC board and hopes to bring some new ideas to the table for this amazing group of horse people!
Natalie Bacon lives in Columbus, NC with her husband, 3 small children, 2 Gypsy Vanner horses, and 2 Australian Shepherds. Natalie retired from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General specializing in child welfare law. These days you can find Natalie shuttling children to and from school and activities and riding her gelding Guinness. Natalie loves to trail ride and dabbles in Western Dressage and trail obstacle competitions.