2016 Awards Gala....

     What's not to like when you open a door and see large tables laden with beautifully presented, enticing awards?? Festive decorations are all around with elegantly decorated tables welcoming beautifully attired folks to sit and visit. And throughout the room old friends and new are mingling and enjoying the ambiance, music and libations. What a delightful way to start the evening!

            The second annual FRC Awards Gala provided an unforgettable evening full of fun and surprises. From the special awards to the sumptuous dinner, our biggest event of the year delighted the sold out crowd in every way.

            FRC president Jodi Lees discussed all the great things that FRC accomplished in 2016 then introduced the 2017 board members. Both new and returning board members were honored by the crowd. Then the awards began. And what prizes they were! Lovey leather halters and lead ropes, embroidered saddle pads, horse treats, mugs and more were awarded to a large group of riders who competed in the 2016 FRC Show Series.

            And if that was not enough – three lucky raffle winners received bridles, gift certificates and a muck bucket full of goodies. The raffle winners were: Catherine Gillet, Susan Shelton  and Erik Dierks. Everyone attending the Gala received a chance to win. Congratulations to you lucky winners!

            The 2016 FRC Show Series winners were as follows.

            Introductory Dressage: 1- Courtney Abrams 2- Ellen Lowry 3- Cathy Schwartz

4- Amy Washburn-Cooke.

            Beginner Novice Dressage Only: 1- Marissa Griffin 2- Emma Daughtry  3- Barrie Coffin

4- Lauren Bergrud

            Novice Dressage Only: 1- Hatsie Goodrich 2- Amy Nichols 3- Beth Perkins 4- Reiss McKinney

            Training Level Dressage: 1- Sandra Bailey 2- Carolyn West 3- Elizabeth McCorvey 4- Jennifer Simpson

            First Level Dressage: 1- Susan Shelton 2- Johanna Fowler 3- Susan Shelton 4- Trayce Doubek

            Second Level Dressage and above: 1- Sue Mullen 2- Stephanie Gibson 3- Lisa Brown

4- Elaine Sweet

            Novice Level Combined Test: 1- Jillian Woolridge 2- Hatsie Goodrich 3- Juston Hull

4- Meredith Wyte

            Beginner Novice Level Combined Test: 1- Sandra Bailey 2- Bri Ambrosic 3- Erik Dierks

4- Rachel Wood

            Intro Level Combined Test: 1- Gabrielle Miller 2- Cannon Honbarrier 3- Marissa Griffin

4- Jasmin Fischer. Great work everyone! Good luck in 2017.

            Many folks in attendance were so impressed by the 2016 Show Series awards that they vowed to compete in 2017. So get your horses ready and sign up for the first show in our series set for March 4, 2017 at FENCE in Tryon, NC. The 4th is a Dressage and Combined Test show and on the 5th there will be a chance to school the FENCE cross country course.

What did FRC accomplish in 2016?

The Foothills Riding Club was designed to be a resource for equestrians of all disciplines.  The members of the Board worked hard in 2016 to offer FRC members a variety of diverse opportunities.   Not only do members get a monthly newsletter but the following is a synopsis of some of the accomplishments and opportunities that FRC offered to the horse community this year.


FRC Membership in 2016:  

-We reached a record high for FRC membership with almost 300 members.

- This was a 25% increase over last year - and we still feel that we have barely tapped the number of horse lovers that would benefit from joining FRC.

- 34 of our members are Business Memberships - a new program in 2016.

- 43 are family memberships, the remainder are individual.


FRC Educational Programs offered in 2016:

FRC held 8 Educational Seminars covering the following topics: 

Blanketing 101 with EquiDress/Shauna Williams

Demystify TIEC with Molly Oakman

Natural Horsemanship with Ray Berta

Skin Issues with TEH's Dr. Emilie Setlakwe

Panel of Experts with Beth Perkins / Eventing, Jeanne Smith / Hunter-Jumper, Jennifer Roth / Dressage

Horse Photography with Erik Olsen

Horse's Hooves with Dr. Bibi Freer

The Tevis Cup Experience with Sue Mullen


FRC also offered three diverse Mounted Clinics in 2016: 

Natural Horsemanship - Ray Berta Clinic in conjunction with Jodi Lees.

Carriage Driving Clinic in conjunction with Carolina Carriage Club.

Stadium Jumping Clinic with Ashley Conkle.


FRC Horse Shows in 2016:

FRC held SEVEN horse shows in 2016 - all under the new horse show management run by Cathy Schwartz.

EVERY show had higher entries than seen in the past few years.

Two of those shows had a record high number of entries ever recorded for FRC shows with 135 rides (the limit).

The Cross Country schooling that FRC offered at FENCE in March had a record high number of riders.


FRC Hospitality:

Provided food and drinks for 

-  8 educational seminars

-  7 horse shows

  • Food and decorations for the Volunteer Appreciation dinner.
  • HUGE effort towards our Awards GALA held on January 14th.



We had over 80 people volunteer at our shows and activities this year.  And, of course, most of those people volunteered multiple times!



We gave out 36 Rider Awards at our Gala, plus one Appreciation Award and one Recognition Award.

We gave out 5 top volunteer awards and numerous Recognition Awards at our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.


Other FRC Accomplishments and Activities:

We had a new FRC logo sign installed on the show horse trailer. 

We have a new FRC Banner.

We procured new computers and software to accommodate our FRC shows.

We finalized the creation of a new FRC brochure.

We approved and provided two educational Scholarships.

We increased the number of and value of FRC Volunteer Awards this year.

We increased the number and value of the Rider Awards at the 2016 Recognition Gala. 


FRC’s Contribution to the Community:

FRC gifted new Stall Card Plates and supplied a team to replace them throughout the entire barn complex at FENCE.

For the first time, FRC ran an FRC Hospitality Stall at the Steeplechase. 

FRC also hosted a Hospitality Stall at the FENCE Horse Trials. 

FRC donated $100 to Equine Land Conservation Partnership.

FRC donated $500 to EAF in Carol Addison’s name.

FRC donated the proceeds from our July show to benefit FENCE - we do this every year.

At the Annual Meeting, members voted on two charities that received $500 each from FRC - one went to Paws, Prayers and Promises and the  other to Pacolet Area Conservancy.

FRC rose to the occasion and many members responded to a call for help with hurricane evacuated horses at FENCE.


We did all of this with a Board that was not full (two empty spots the entire year) and of which half of the Board members were brand new.   




Pasture Management....
       The 1st Educational Seminar of 2017!

FRC welcomed Laura Backus to kick off our Educational Seminars for 2017, and it was standing room only!  Laura is the owner of Little Mountain Farm Supply in Green Creek, NC and she is our resident expert in all things grass for horses. 

Membership in FRC brings many perks...discounts for shows, earn Club Bucks to pay for camps, clinics or show entry fees, eligible for year-end awards, qualifies you to be awarded a scholarship, monthly newsletter, free admittance to educational seminars, social activities and much more!
We are offering an EARLY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL... membership fees will go up!
And take advantage of the Business Membership which includes the option to have your business card printed every month in the newsletter!
Join us to achieve your goals or just have fun!  
Non-Members are welcome to join in any, or all, of FRC sponsored events... but you'll save money if you join! :)

Entry forms
, prize lists and further information are available here on our website, or check out our Facebook Page.

And The Winners Are.....

To support our community, FRC chooses 2 local non-profits each year to receive cash donations. The selections have been made and the Foothills Riding Club (FRC) 2016 charitable donations have been awarded. FRC is organized for the purpose of promoting equestrian interests for all horse lovers, including dressage and combined training, through sponsorship of educational and recreational activities. To support their mission, FRC chooses 2 local non-profits each year to give cash donations to. 

The 2016 donation for an animal non-profit is awarded to Paws Prayers & Promises based in Landrum, South Carolina. Kelly Vinesette and Yvonnne Bebber operate the “face” of Paws, Prayers & Promises at P3 Consignments in the heart of downtown Landrum.

Foothills Riding Club board member, Carrie Knox, explains, “the entire board of FRC chooses several non-profits for our members to select from. All the non-profits are so deserving and we are glad we can help them. Paws, Prayers and Promises is a wonderful, grass-roots group.” Kelly remarks, “ This has been such a humbling and uplifting experience (creating Paws, Prayers & Promises). The need is so great and the support we are receiving is so heartwarming.”

The profits from the Consignment shop benefit local animal welfare organizations and Paws, Prayers and Promises carries out the mission to care for animals and their people in their service area. P3 serves Polk County, North Carolina and Landrum, Campobello and Gowensville, South Carolina.

“We believe in building bridges for pets and their people in our community through humane education, assistance with special-cases, adoptions, community awareness and fostering of animals for people facing the ends of the their lives until forever homes can be found”, adds Yvonne.

For more information about Paws, Prayers & Promises see their web site at www.pawsprayersand promises.org. 

The 2016 donation for a local non-profit (general) is awarded to Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC), located in Tryon, North Carolina. PAC president, Rebecca Kemp, says, “We are so grateful to FRC for this donation. We depend on community support to carry out our mission. We extend our humble thanks to all the members of FRC for their support.” PAC's mission is to protect and conserve natural resources in the Foothills of North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina, with emphasis on the lands and waterways with scenic, ecologic or agricultural significance in the North Pacolet and Green River watersheds.

Foothills Riding Club board member, Carrie Knox, explains, “the entire board of FRC chooses several non-profits for our members to select from. FRC is very happy to we can help Pacolet Area Conservancy. PAC protects riding trails, hay fields, horse farms and other natural areas that are so important to the equestrian community”.

FRC is organized for the purpose of promoting equestrian interests for all horse lovers, including dressage and combined training, through sponsorship of educational and recreational activities.

For more information about Pacolet Area Conservancy see their web site at www.pacolet.org. 

FRC Rider Scholarships


FRC is proud to be able to award four scholarships to riders annually. In order to qualify for an FRC Rider Scholarship, you must be a current FRC member at the time of your application. Additionally, your request must be for a rare educational opportunity or clinic or a championship competition purpose directly related to your riding discipline. In exchange, scholarship recipients must give back to the club in some tangible way.

For further information on FRC Rider Scholarship eligibility, rules and application form, click here for FRC Scholarship

special thanks to Erik Olsen for providing the fabulous images used on FRC's website.. Be sure to visit ErikOlsenPhotography.com to see pictures from all FRC's shows!