The FRC Board of Directors

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 2017 FRC Board of Directors:
Jodi Lees, President
Jodi Lees lives in Campobello, SC where she and her husband own and operate a dressage training facility called River’s Edge Farms. Jodi is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medallist. She is also a licensed S dressage judge. She trains and teaches riders of all levels and continues to compete regularly. Jodi feels that everyone should join their local riding club and be a part of the voice of the local equestrian community. She welcomes you to visit her website for more information on her philosophy and her riding history.
Cathy Schwartz, Vice President
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. 
Sue Mullen, Treasurer
Sue Mullen, Treasurer, was Secretary of FRC for 4 years and served on the hospitality committee prior to that. She is a life long horse lover and rider, having done competitive trail for two years and endurance riding for 20 years. She is currently pursuing a new found interest in dressage.
Bri Ambrosic, Secretary
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.
Jillian Woolridge
Jillian Woolridge rode hunters since the age of 8, and began foxhunting while in grad school in 2010. She moved to South Carolina in 2012, and decided to try something new. She and her TB mare "Cappy" started learning dressage together, and rode their first BN Horse Trial at FENCE in 2013. Cappy's true forte is still foxhunting and hunter paces, so the pair make sure to take a break from training to go run around in the woods when they can. In 2016, she and her husband bought 5 acres in Spartanburg, and are slowly turning it into a gentleman farm and 501c3 animal rescue. Jillian joined the Board in 2015 as a voice to help organize, plan, and run events, and to help spread the word about the FRC, since she believes that the more exposure an organization has and the more diverse events people are interested in, the better it can grow and serve its members.
Hatsie Goodrich

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 distinguished myself by going to 5 rallies and having eliminations in 4 of them (usually eliminated on cross country but once in dressage by entering at A and exiting at C!) 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.) Actually we’re still together and after 40 years there was more to it than mucking and an exceptional horse.

After pursuing, unsuccessfully, a horse career in the eventing capital of the nation, Chester County, PA, we returned to Polk County in the late 80’s.  At that time I started River Valley Pony Club.

My own horse life was in a state of decline. I worked horses for other people but didn’t own one (which is a rather blessed state). Then in 2013 a friend persistently asked me to come work her horse. Eventually I did and 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.

Then Eric Dierks came into my life. I asked a good friend who to take lessons from and she suggested Eric. 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!

Kailey Beck
Kailey lives in Landrum and has been in the area (by way of Tryon) 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 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. 
KC Betzel

From a horse-crazy kid to a horse-crazy adult, 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 for the past 3 years. 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.

Stacey Quaranta
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 eight years and from that first lesson she has not looked back. After competing in Eventing up to Novice level, Stacey has recently turned her focus to Dressage. With her First Level requirements fulfilled, Stacey and her Knabstupper mare, Lily B, are currently working on their Bronze metal. Stacey is excited about being on the FRC Board and invites those who are lovers of all things “horse” to join the club as well.
Carrie Knox
I am a life long equestrian & trained horses professionally in my younger days. I started out as a western rider and came up through the 4-H horse program. I was very fortunate to be exposed to Dressage in my early 30s and that is the discipline I have followed ever since. I enjoy riding the lovely trails of Polk County and working with my new horse, Brownie, to bring us forward to the best of our ability. My other horses include Raza, my daughter's retired (for the most part) Pony Club horse and Tango, my husband's big trail horse. I whole-heartedly support the programs and other activities of FRC and have taken advantage of many of them in the last 3 years. I am constantly amazed at the quality and variety of the opportunities that FRC and other groups offer to our area. In my previous life I worked in land conservation and land management for many years in Texas until we moved to North Carolina in 2012.Like many others, we came to beautiful Polk County to enjoy the weather, horse community and lush land. I have been married to Brandon Knox for 34 years. He recently “retired” as a professional farrier, tho he is shoeing a few horses around our area. I have 2 children both living in Nashville, TN and 2 grand kids, also in Nashville. I look forward to showing my grandchildren the trails around my house when they are old enough.
Annette Reals

Education:

B.A. – Elementary Education University of Northern Colorado
M.A. – Reading Specialist University of Colorado

Work:

30 years in public education teaching – Grades 3 through college level
20 years owner and operator of 20+ horse boarding facility (Desert Skye, LLC)

Equestrian Activities and Positions Held:

Competed in dressage through 3rd Level
Competed in eventing through Preliminary Level?
DC of Mountain Meadows Pony Club in Colorado Springs
President of Central Colorado Chapter of Combined Training
Area IX Adult Rider Coordinator?
Volunteer at numerous RMDS events

Penny Sullivan
I have been a volunteer for FRC for a couple of years. It is a great & very important organization in our horse community that I would like to be more involved with. I have been involved with horses practically my whole life. I have not shown personally until a few years ago, but was a show Mom for my daughter for a number of years. My discipline is dressage but I also jump and trail. My greatest passion is horse conditioning, mind and body. I have recently given up my “real job” and started conditioning horses. My business is called Horse Fit. My husband and I moved to Columbus 3 years ago from Cape Cod, MA where we owned 2 businesses. We love it here.
Jane Lynch
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 
President
   Jodi Lees
Vice President
   Cathy Schwartz
Treasurer
   Sue Mullen
Secretary
   Bri Ambrosic


Committee Chairs

Awards
   Bri Ambrosic
Education 
   Kailey Beck
Hospitality
   Annette Reals
   Jane Lynch
Hospitality Co-Chair
   Penny Sullivan
Membership
   Stacey Quaranta
Newsletter
   Janet Stone 
Publicity
   Carrie Knox
Shows
   Cathy Schwartz
Volunteers
   Jillian Woolridge
Website
   KC Betzel