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 2021 Board of Directors...
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.
Meet the 2021 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.
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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.
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!
Sue grew up in Montana, but after high school moved frequently and lived in many areas of the country until the late 90's when she, husband Dave, two kids, and the horses settled in the foothills area. Sue got her first horse when she was 9, her first saddle when she was 23, and had her first real riding lesson in her early 60's with FRC President Cathy Schwartz. She did several years of competitive trail riding on her Arabian, then 20 years of endurance competition, achieving a lifelong dream of completing the Tevis endurance ride in 2012. Sue has moved onto dressage and is currently having a blast and getting an education with her Irish Sport horse mare, Adhara. She joined FRC when she moved to this area because of the inclusion of all disciplines and the diverse membership, from serious competitors to proud owners of pasture ornaments, all united by the love of all things horse. Sue previously served on the Board in several capacities and is excited to be rejoining after a couple year break.
In 1998 after many years of working in Chicago in the Sears corporate world, Margo Savage and husband Terry Savage decided to retire to a quiet life in the country with their horses. The following spring, she began volunteering at the horse shows for what is now the Foothills Riding Club (FRC). “I made some suggestions for how things could be done differently at the horse shows, so I was asked if I wanted to work in the office and make those kinds of changes.” From working in the office, she morphed into eventually running the FRC shows for about 14 years.” She has also served FRC as secretary, treasurer, president and newsletter editor.
In 2016 Margo’s was asked to be the dressage steward for the area’s biggest equestrian competition to date, the American Eventing Championships held at Tryon International Equestrian Center. With Cathy Berlin as second in command, the pair was responsible for set up, recruiting and organizing more than 100 dressage volunteers, and doing the necessary paperwork for 600+ riders on 700+ horses over three days of dressage tests. They did it again the next year for an even larger field of competitors.
That was just a trial run for the biggest challenge yet—the World Equestrian Games! Margo took on the challenge of the Eventing Dressage phase and was pleased that it was part of the total success of the Eventing Division that ran without a hitch!
Now Margo is now ready for retirement as she lost both her horses recently. She has leased her barn out to Laine Muir-French so she can visit horses any time she wants without the work keeping horses entails. She is still on the FRC Board as membership chair---a job she can do inside!
Bette is an avid eventer who competes at the Novice level with her horse Chimi Chonga. She grew up outside of Charlotte and has been riding since she was a small child when her mom, Ivey Sumrell, put her on a horse. Bette was an active member of Cardinal II Pony Club and eventually received her C-3 Riding and HA Horse Management rating. She attended North Carolina State University from 2003-2007 and majored in Agriculture Education with a concentration in Animal Science. While she was at NC State she was a member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team and enjoyed being able to continue riding and showing. After graduation Bette took off to Europe with a Student Working Visa and was able to work and travel abroad in London, England, and Galway Ireland. In 2011 she moved to Greenville and started participating in FRC activities. Currently she lives on a farm in Tryon with her husband, pack of rescue dogs, cats, and herd of horses.