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.
Kailey lives in Landrum and has been in the area since moving from Ohio in 2012. She is a lifetime equestrian--competing thoughout her childhood in a variety of disciplines but evetually settling on eventing. She competed on both the Hunt Seat and Eventing Equestrian Teams at Otterbein University before focusing her efforts on bringing along her home-bred, soulhorse "Better Than Chococlate". She is a high school English Teacher at the Spartanburg County Alternative School as well as a GED teacher at the Spartanburg County Detention Center. In order to prioritize career achievements, riding has become mostly a hobby and, with the addition of a new horse for husband, hunter paces and trail rides seem to have become more frequent than rated competition. Kailey still loves the training process and the outlet it provides, so she enjoys participating in the FRC shows. Showing transitioned to volunteering, now showing and volunteering have turned into a leadership position. She looks forward to being able to give back to the equestrian community that has become such an important part of her life.
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.
Mother was a lifelong horsewoman and put my sister and me on some form of equine by age 3. She and a friend started the now defunct Western North Carolina Pony Club when I was 13. I LOVED Pony Club and got my B rating.
Horses were not a part of my life after college until I married an aspiring professional event rider who had 17 horses and no help. I know what his interest in me was (plus I had “the big horse” which would advance his career) and we’re still together and after 40 years.
After pursuing a horse career in the eventing capital of the nation, Chester County, PA, we returned to Polk County in the late 80’s and I started River Valley Pony Club.
I worked horses for other people but didn’t own one, then in 2013 a friend persistently asked me to come work her horse and I met one of the loves of my life: Crusader. I call him an imported North Dakota Warmblood because he was a premarin mare rescue who is very talented. The LAST thing I wanted at that stage of life was to own a horse but he was too special not to buy.
WhenI asked a good friend who to take lessons from and she suggested Eric Dierks. He is slowly, patiently transforming me and my horse. I’m actively eventing again and LOVING it. I was thrilled to compete at Novice level at the KY Horse Park in Oct.
I also took on a yearling who had been raised an orphan when his mom was needed as a milk mare on a TB breeding farm, leaving him essentially unwanted. He’s a good “old lady’s yearling” because as a ½ Quarter ½ TB he’s very sensible yet well built and athletic.
So after years of decline in my horse life, I’m now deeply involved – and eager to be part of FRC whom I credit with my being able to overcome my absolute terror at the sight of a dressage ring thanks to all the schooling shows. That’s my horse life in a nutshell!
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.
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.
Jenna has been living in North Carolina since 2003, when she moved here to attend Warren Wilson College. Jenna teaches Biology at Community High School and has also taught Sustainable Agriculture, Horticulture, and Animal Science. She earned a BS in Sustainable Agriculture and eventually a MS in Agriculture Education from NC A & T State University.
Growing up in the Alpharetta, Georgia area, she trained under Peggy Weldon and Amber DeSantis. In 1999, she found her heart-horse, an off-track Thoroughbred, JC King Kennedy. Over the years they competed in Jumpers, Eventing, and Dressage. Kennedy is now about 25 years old and has been with Jenna for nearly a decade! Jenna took some time off from competing during college, but was so excited when her friend told her about these, “really fun and low-key dressage shows,” that she would love. Jenna found a wonderful community in the Foothills Riding Club and is excited to serve on the Board and give back to such a wonderful organization. Her horse, Kennedy, is now semi-retired and really enjoys his newest career, teaching Jenna’s young daughter to ride. Jenna’s passions include Centered Riding, saddle fit, and pasture management.
Meet the 2018 Board Members
Foothills Riding Club
Stacey came to riding later in life as an outlet to a stressful job. Her first lesson snowballed to a lease and within two years she was purchasing her first event horse. Riding has been a whirlwind romance over the last ten years and from that first lesson she has not looked back. After competing in Eventing up to Novice level, Stacey turned her full focus to Dressage. With only two scores to go to satisfy her Bronze metal scores, Stacey and her Knabstupper mare, Lily B, are currently working hard at Third level and look forward to competing this year. Stacey is excited about being on the FRC Board again this year. Even though a job recently moved her from her beloved NC Mountains to Durham, NC, she is very excited to still participate on the FRC Board and FRC activities.
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!