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.
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.
JUST WAIT TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED FOR 2017!!!!!