Promoting the enjoyment of horses in North & South Carolina

Show Dates


March 19 Dressage & CT @ FENCE

March 13 XC Schooling CANCELLED

May 21 Dressage & CT @ FENCE

July 16 Dressage only @ FENCE

September 3 Dressage & CT @ FENCE

September 4 XC Schooling @ FENCE

November 5 Dressage & CT @ FENCE

Foothills Riding Club


 New Stuff
Saddle Fit for your Equine Partner
Yoga Specifically for Riders
SEPTEMBER 2020   ONLINE!   EquiZen for Horses 
OCTOBER 2020    ONLINE!     How to Pull A Shoe!
NOVEMBER 2020 ONLINE!     EquiZen & Seasonal Allergies
Yoga at The Treehouse with Lori Corda   :
Registered Yoga Teacher, IM=X Pilates, AFAA, AIFE   
YouTube link for a 30 minute yoga class with Lori @ Yoga at The Treehouse
We hope you will enjoy this online Yoga class SPECIFICALLY FOR RIDERS, whether your interests are Trail Riding, Dressage, H/J, Western or simply “armchair coaching”.
EquiZen Holistic Horse Therapies
Learn how the modalities of Acupressure & Massage Therapy work to relieve pain, prevent illness 
and maintain your horse's comfort by watching Nicole's twelve minute Educational video... 
                    For an appointment with Nicole,
                    Phone 864-276-8536
Nicole Watts, CAAMT, CVT
An Internationally Renowned Expert in the field of Holistic Animal Wellness and Natural Performance Enhancement Therapies, Nicole is a Certified Animal Acupressure & Massage Therapist offering  acupressure and massage therapy for horses.  
How to Pull A Shoe....your horse's not your own!
Creased Nail Pullers (left)
Pull Offs (rt)
Click here for a downloadable membership form to mail in or bring to your favorite board member !
You can always go to our Membership page and join online!
FRC'sComing Announcements ...
Our Education Seminar Coordinator is Sarah Tweed 
If you have a topic that you would like to see explored, please contact
Sarah at   so she can explore that idea!
Jill Briggs Blitzer of Stay Fit Equine, LLC, demonstrates the basics of saddle fitting in this online saddle fitting seminar. 
Dental  Work for your horse!
see below for information on our activities of 2022 
Clinics are Beginning!!!!!

Educational Seminars

Curious how your horse's head looks under all that skin and hair? Just how all those teeth grow and what to watch for when things seem wrong?
Dr. Miller Thornbury, of Hunt Country Equine, explains equine dentistry with a first hand look into a routine tooth exam and float.
Follow this link to our Channel....
Subscribe and watch out for  new videos! 
A lifelong horsewoman, Jill has Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology from Purdue University, and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina. She is a graduate of the School of Saddle Fitting and Flocking, and the School of Equine Massage/Muscle Therapy where she studied under Master Saddle Fitter and Equine Massage Therapist, Mike Scott. Jill is contracted by Saddlery Dresch to fit, service, and design their bespoke saddles.
A ack.......We have all had that sick feeling in the pit of our tummies of going to get our trusty steed from their pasture or stall and notice that they have smeared one of their shoes sideways on the hoof, often times with the clip shoved into the white line. 
WHAT TO DO!!!  Of course we want our farrier or vet to magically appear before our eyes, but the reality is they are tied up on previous appointments and cannot drop everything to come to our rescue.
The Solution????  Master Farrier Sean Gaul and his assistant Chaise Cantrell have put together a quick informative video detailing how to pull a shoe and the tools you will need!
Stuff We've Done
Review all the changes to the 2022 USEA Eventing Dressage Tests Starter - Training with "r" judge  Valerie Swygert of Aiken SC.
Valerie joined a Live Zoom Webinar on FRC Facebook to review the changes to the USEA Eventing tests. Questions were submitted and answered and many more insights shared! Be sure to watch this!!!
Advances in Hoof Care with Tyler Raymer
June 9, 2022    7 pm @ Tryon Interational Equestrian Center
Come learn about advances in hoof care 
Building Rider Conficence with Nicole Watts
New 2022 USEA Dressage Tests Webinar
JUST IN TIME FOR SHOW SEASON......Not discipline specific, Nicole Watts presents her new service about building rider confidence. Nicole worked with FRC's digital services team to put together a presentation.
View the video interview CLICK HERE  and go to Nicole's website for more information!

Goodbye blankets !  Hello Fly Sheets !!!
3rd Annual Hunter Pace @ Circle Z Farm
Sunday March 20, 2022 the Foothills Riding Club welcomed 110 riders to our third hunter pace at beautiful Circle Z Farm in Landrum SC!   The weather was picture perfect spring day, and riders encountered impeccibly groomed wooded trails, with
some fields, and some steep grades, most trails are wide and open, with some bridge crossings, and one water crossing, jumps optional.  Mountain View BBQ provided sustenance. For photos go to

A nd Show Season is Underway! Be sure to review the updated Show Rules found under the Shows Page and be sure to watch our Video on being a good show citizen BEFORE YOU ENTER THE NEXT SHOW!  .... there are lots of helpful tips!   

 Watch this helpful SHORT VIDEO CLICK HERE

Dressage Ride A Test  With ""S" Judge  Jodi Lees


Some of the fundamental components of Jodi's philosophy of training and teaching are as follows:

All horses can benefit from well-ridden dressage
Correct dressage training will improve the balance, strength, and confidence of the horse
Riders of all ages and levels of experience can continue to improve their riding skills with knowledgeable and sensitive instruction
Education is necessary and should be pursued by all trainers and riders alike with an insatiable appetite
Every horse offers an opportunity to learn
A variety of exercises and experiences enhance the training and attitude of the horse and rider alike
Concentration, dedication, and perseverance are necessary to reach challenging goals.
Patience, love of horses, and enjoying the process are necessary for true success.
Jodi Lees is an accomplished Dressage professional. She currently continues to compete, train horses, train riders, teach clinics across the nation, and judge shows as an “S” judge across the country and as a guest in other countries as well.




Special thanks to Jodi Lees for donating her time and expertise, and to Kathryn Pfaff for the use of her facility at Cross Creek Farm.

About Caitilin Oikemus.......Caitlin is a rider, trainer, coach, and frequent FRC judge who has stepped in to help at the last minute on many occasions. She is recuperating from a brain aneurysm that she sustained in March while competing in Aiken, SC. So many people know Caitlin; she grew up in North Carolina and has been in the horse community for decades now. She's worked at multiple barns, been to horse shows all over the country, coached many students, trained and marketed many horses, and has been a friend and supporter to so many of us. Help us support this incredible horsewoman during this time of recovery.


May is flying by with the FRC event calendar filling up.  We are just one weekaway from our second show of the seaon, two weeks away from the Jump A Round clinic with Beth Perkins and super exciting we will have our first IN PERSON educational seminar since the pandemic! See below for details!
Dressage Trainers, Instructors & Rides.... Know the Movements! 
Rivers Edge Farms / Jodi Lees will be hositing a three part REMOTE (by ZOOM) USDF Educational Series called
"Know The Movements"
Each session is about one hour. Jodi Lees will be the Instructor speaker for all three sessions.
Each session is $25 for any auditor and $35 for L Graduate CE since there sill be a quiz afterwards for those participants wanting CE credit.
Emails will be sent out to confirm payment and send the link for the remote session.
June 7 - Session 1 - Training and First Levels
June 28 - Session 2 - Second Level
July 19 - Session 3 - Third and Fourth Levels
ALL SESSIONS   8:00 pm Eastern Time Zone and LIVE only
The following is the description from USDF:
• L Graduates who complete all three sessions and pass a quiz will receive three hours of L Graduate CE. The quiz will be sent out from the USDF office from the roster sent in by the organizer after the last session.
• Auditors will earn 1 university credit for completing all three sessions.
Covered for each level: - Purpose of the level - Movements required at the level
The below is covered for each movement:
Directives from the Score Sheet
Why do it- Gymnastic effect?
What could go wrong?
Review of the important aspects of the level
This a great program for all interested in getting a more in depth look at the individual movements at each level.