Foothills Riding Club

Foothills Riding Club


So many great costumes at yesterday's show! Looking forward to seeing what kind of ideas everyone comes up with next year!! (I wasn't able to get photos of everyone but they were all so well done)
The weather is changing, come in from the wet and cold and continue training through the winter! We have one stall available for full or partial training. Trailer ins welcome.
I have just driven past FENCE and please be aware of the following major tree blockages at: Hunting Country Road @ Morgan Chapel Road Morgan Chapel Road @ Hunting Country Road Hunting Country Road @ Spring Valley Farm Red Barn Road blocked with tree across the road This was mid afternoon on Friday.
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The horse show entry system is a nightmare. The entry form is not live, so you have to copy the form, paste it in a document. then fill it in and copy it again and then paste it into an email. When I did that the info was missing from the form that I pasted to the email. I had to just put in the info at the bottom and you will have to copy and paste each piece of data into the appropriate space on the form. It sucks.
Educational Opportunity! The 2020 NC Novel Tall Fescue Workshop will be held this Thursday in Mt. Ulla, NC. This one-day workshop features a step by step recipe on how to convert endophyte infected tall fescue pastures into novel endophyte pastures. Scholarships are also available for qualified individuals.
anyone with friends coming to town who need a place to stay?
Who has pictures from the Oct 12 Harmon Field Dressage show? I need some for the newsletter!
Excellent presentation last night on Saddle fit+ bitting!! Many thanks to Jill Briggs+Stay Fit Equine and Melissa from The Farm House! If you missed it, you missed a lot of great information! Thanks, FRC!!!

Foothills Riding Club is organized for the purpose of promoting understanding and enjoyment of equestrian activities. No Ads allowed on this page.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns., the Foothills Riding Club is organized for the purpose of promoting understanding and enjoyment of equestrian activities, particularly dressage and combined training, through sponsorship of educational and recreational activities such as presentations, clinics, schooling shows, and other mounted programs. To further these goals, the FRC provides the following to the equestrian community: - Monthly meetings spring and fall with informative and entertaining guest lecturers on topics such as innovations in equine veterinary treatment, farm maintenance, safety equipment, competitions, etc. - Monthly newsletter - Web site containing informative articles, news, calendar of area horse activities - Annual Schooling Combined Test - Annual Schooling Horse Trials - Dressage Schooling Show Series - Occasional clinic: most recently Linda Hoover & Sport Horse Versatility Proceeds from these activities are donated to local area organizations such as FENCE, Foothills Humane Society, Thermal Belt Outreach, PEER, TROT, Red Cross, Polk County Rescue, and others.

Operating as usual

Who is ready for some horse shows?!?!?!?

Our first show is Saturday, March 13th, at FENCE. It will be a CT and Dressage Show. Then a fun XC schooling the next day (we'll give you more info on that soon)!

We have a new registration system created by one of our lovely board members. She also created a video tutorial to help show you how to fill the entry form out.
**Follow this link to the video tutorial
**Follow this link to the entry form-

If you have any questions about the entry form, please email [email protected]. But if you have questions about the show itself, please email [email protected].

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals!

We hope that Santa brings you good health, fun memories, and leaves you with clean stalls!

Because of COVID, we will not be having an in-person FRC Annual meeting this year. But, that does not stop our voting on board members and the annual $1,000 contribution to both a human and an animal charity! Descriptions of each charity are below. Click the link to cast your vote. Be sure to do it before December 31st!

This year we are thankful for all of our wonderful members. This has been a crazy year and everyone has been so supportive of us as we all roll with the punches of 2020. We look forward to gathering and showing with everyone next year. We hope that you and your families all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! #happthanksgiving 🍂🦃🍂

Photo Credit: Deanna Baldwin

Photo Credit: Deanna Baldwin

Our Halloween show was positively SPOOKTACULAR!!! While we didn't have power or water, everyone showed up and showed out! Thank you to the world's best volunteers and competitors for braving the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, we made the best of it all and had loads of fun.
The highlight of the day was the costume class. Lots of creativity from everyone and it was too hard to judge! We are hoping to make this an annual costume class, so start thinking of your costume for next year!
Thanks to Deanna Baldwin, she captured the day beautifully and encourages everyone to go to our page to see all the pictures!

Photos from Foothills Riding Club's post

the little people...


The Littlest Angel

another happy competitor!!

Happy Halloween, the show IS going on!!!

[10/30/20]   Hurricane Zeta did not spare our little hamlet of horse country today. We incurred high winds which shut down the main sub-station that services Landrum. Duke Power hopes to restore power by Friday Midnite. So what does this mean for our horse show Saturday??

Currently FENCE is without power, we cannot guarantee it will be restored by Friday evening or Saturday. In the show office we will break out the abbacus for scoring!

That means if you are camping there MAY NOT be power. If you choose to camp and there is not power your campsite is free and you will be refunded.

The stalls MAY NOT have lights. We suggest you bring flashlights, lanterns & headlamps as there may not be lights in the barns.

The facility MAY NOT have running water. We WILL have water tanks for water for horses & limited bathing.

You will still get to ride your dressage test, jump the jumps, parade your Halloween Costume! If the possibility of "roughing it" is not for you, and you opt to not show on Saturday, we understand and will either give you a credit toward a show in 2021 or refund.

Duke Power Co may quickly get the service restored and all of this "alarmism" will have been for nothing!

We apologize for all of this potential inconvenience..... FRC Show Management

🎃3 Days Till Halloween and 3 Days Till Show Day🎃! Ride Times have been posted. Please follow the link below for show announcements and ride times. Once you are on our website look for the "Ride Times" button, click that and choose your division/class and your times will be listed there. Stabling assignments will be listed there by Friday as well.

**If you do not remember which class or division you are in, please just look through the classes until you see your name.**

Follow this link for show info:

[10/27/20]   We are still looking for volunteers this week!

Thursday: Jump set-up at 2 p.m. @ FENCE

Saturday: AM and PM Runners and Scorers

Please send a message or email [email protected] if you can help. FRC appreciates all you do to makes these shows a success!!!!🐴

We hope everyone is working on their costumes for the costume contest because our Halloween show is FULL and can no longer accept any more entries. Thank you to all who entered early!  If you wish to be put on a waitlist, please email the show secretary at  [email protected]

During a crazy year like 2020, of course, our only clinic of the year was in the middle of a hurricane! But a little rain never hurt anyone, and lots of fun was had!

Massive thank you to Daniela Moguel for weathering the storm and teaching everyone. Everyone went home with more tools in their toolbelt then they came with, and only a little soggy! Having this quality of trainer in the Foothills neighborhood, and as a FRC member is so much fun! Looking forward to working together again for more clinics in the future.

Big thank you to Kia and Michael from Long Shadows Farm & Cross Country. The venue was picture perfect, the footing withstood lots of rain, and the barns were beautiful. We wouldn't have been able to pull this off without their help!

FRC member and a sponsor of Danny's, Science Supplements USA - The Equine Nutrition Specialists joined in on the fun and even gave away a tub of their supplements to one of the riders! Thank you, Ryan and Jenna!

Some of the lovely pictures were captured by the wonderful Morgan Patton. She braved the rain and was able to memorize a fun weekend!

Last but not least. Thank you to FRC board members, Natalie Schembra, Erin Stroud, Rachael Bradley, for making all of this happen. Now, let's get pumped for our CT and Dressage Show Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in just 3 weeks!

We are getting ready for our last show of the year at FENCE and are looking for volunteers! Please pm or email Carole at [email protected] if you are available for any of the following positions. Morning, afternoon or all day shifts are available and lunch plus club bucks will be provided!

Ring Stewards
Warm-up Stewards
Stadium Jump Judge
Stadium timer
Jump Crew
Jump set-up (Thursday, October 29th)

Happy First Day of October🎃🎃🎃

Today is the last day to sign up for our Eventing Clinic with Daniela Moguel! We still have riding and stabling spots available. Message us today and we can get you registered by tonight!

Also, the countdown is on for our CT and Dressage Show on Halloween! Start thinking of your costumes for the costume class, and perfecting your dressage skills for your tests! We still have spots available and are looking forward to seeing everyone at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE).

We have 1 week left to sign up for the Eventing Clinic with Daniela Moguel! All skill levels are welcome. Just started a young horse and want to see how they do in a large riding arena and out on XC? Bring them out! Long Shadows has welcoming and inviting jumps for the greenest of youngsters. Have an old schoolmaster with a young rider that is ready to learn to ropes of eventing? They are welcome. Danny will help grow their confidence and teach them a few things. Have a seasoned event horse looking to fine-tune their scope and skill? This is the perfect event to have a pro like Danny to watch you and make a few suggestions.

Danny is a phenomenal teacher to everyone from Starter to the Upper Levels and Long Shadows Farm has jumps ranging from Starter to Prelim. We still have riding spots and stabling available. Message us today to register!

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Lots of fun things happening at FRC lately!

Firstly, our Oct, 31st, 🎃Halloween🎃, show entries are now open! Go to Blue Horse Entries to sign up, everything is all online (registration and payment). A fun combined test and dressage schooling show, held at the beautiful, horse-friendly Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE). Since this show is on Halloween, we will be offering a Costume Class!!! Open to children, & fun-loving adults....mounted or unmounted! Follow this link,
to sign up. Our shows fill up quickly so register today.

Secondly, we are a month away from our Eventing Clinic with Daniela Moguel! We have also secured stabling at Long Shadows for our out of town riders who would like to ride both days. Stabling will be $25 a night for a dry stall (buckets and shavings NOT included). Spots are still available for stabling and riding. Message us for more details.

Since 2020 is the year of "The New Normal" we here at FRC thought we would jump on the "New Normal" bandwagon.... How's that you ask??? Why, online show entry procedures of course!!!

The FRC Show Committee is excited to announce that starting with our October 31st, 2020 show, we have contracted with Blue Horse Entries and Start Box to utilize their software to improve our horse show management practices, from the entry process through scheduling and scoring (yes, live online scoring results!!!)

Got questions? Email [email protected], any and all questions welcomed and will be answered in a timely fashion!

We hope you are as excited about streamlining the horse show entry process as we are!
This has been a long time coming and much requested! "How Do I Enter an FRC Show?????" Just go to... for all the details!

The summer☀️ season may be winding down, but fall🍂 is in the air, and winter❄️ training season is just around the corner! Get a headstart on learning some new skills before the holidays.

FRC presents an Eventing Clinic with Daniela Moguel at Long Shadows Farm & Cross Country in Campobello, SC on October 10th and 11th. Saturday will be a day of stadium jumping in their large outdoor arena, and Sunday will consist of Cross Country on their beautiful training field. You can sign up for both days or just one. Riders will be placed into small groups of 3 to 4 people of similar skill levels for each day.

Email Rachael Tessmer Bradley at [email protected] for questions or to sign up!
Entry Form & FRC Waiver-
Long Shadows Waiver-

The closing date is 5 PM on October 1st, 2020. Message us today to claim your seat as a clinic with Danny and Eventing Dazull is a hot ticket event!

Friday is the last day to submit your entries for the flat work/dressage position critque! We have a really cool mystery member judge who is nationally known! Submit entries by tomorrow at 5 PM to Social Media Coordinator, Erin Stroud, at [email protected].
Rider identires will remain annoynmous and results will be published in our member newsletter and on our social media sites!

Our First Rider Review has been judged! Annie Lane-Maunder was our guest judge and chose this pair as our winners! Let's hear what Annie had to say about our first rider review...
When I was asked to judge this impressive group of riders on their position over fences, I was prompted to ask myself “What do I consider the perfect position?” I came to the realization that what I admire is a soft, yet effective rider position. A rider who really looks part of the horse, not just a technically correct position. There were several photos of very nice positions, but I personally prefer a less braced leg, that some riders had, so that it can absorb the horse’s movement. When the heel is too far down and the toe turned out, it stiffens and locks the ankle, knee, and sometimes the hip joint. This prevents the joints from being springy and moving with the motion of the horse. In my mind's eye, I envision every joint of the rider complimenting the horse’s joints. I chose this pair decorated in blue going cross country because the rider and horse really appear to be one entity, completely in harmony with each other."

Congrats to this month's winner! Thank you all for submitting entries. Next month's submission looks for your dressage/flat position. Send all entries to Erin at [email protected] by Sept. 4th!

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The August Newsletter is live! We have lots of fun memories and stories from members. You can even check out who was chosen for our first rider review! Our newsletter is pretty awesome, but it wouldn't be nearly as wonderful if it wasn't for this lady, Janet Holimon Stone. Janet has been the newsletter editor for the past few years and does a splendid job of finding stories and news for our members to read about. Today, Janet is undergoing a lengthy surgery to rebuild her lumbar spine, which will keep her out of the saddle for the next year to heal. If you love the newsletter we ask for you to leave a comment so that when Janet comes out of surgery she will see some healing encouragement from everyone!

To read her masterpiece of a newsletter follow this link...

[08/12/20]   Happy to report that our website is back up and up to date!

Happy Saturday Everyone! We are so sorry to inform our members that because of various issues due to the pandemic, we are cancelling our September 5th show. We are hard at work making many changes in order to best serve our competitors in the safest and most efficient way possible! First and foremost, we have the health and safety of our volunteers and competitors in mind, and also we want to be able to offer the quality show and positive experience that our competitors deserve. We are still planning on holding our October 31st (Halloween!) show, and are also excited about looking towards our normal full show series next year that will be better than ever!! We will miss everyone in September, and are sorry that this unprecedented turn of events in 2020 has caused changes and cancellations to the FRC show series. The huge growth that our shows have had over the past few years has been absolutely wonderful,
and we are very excited about the upgrades and improvements that FRC has underway, which will make entering and showing at FRC shows an easier and more streamlined process!
In the meantime, please join us for our exciting online educational seminar series, our entertaining and informative newsletter, and for our fun new feature, rider critiques! These are all posted on our website, Facebook, and in our newsletter, so we hope that we can all stay as connected as possible. We love our equestrian community and truly miss seeing all of your smiling faces! We can’t wait to reconvene and see everyone again soon!!

Remember when you could submit a picture of your position to the Practical Horseman for a chance to be reviewed by George Morris? We all would sit on the edge of our seats to see what he thought about someone's position and eagerly read for whether his comments were nice or not so nice. Does the rider pictured here look familiar? That would be our own FRC president, Cathy Schwartz, who was the lucky recipient of an almost glowing review from George himself!

We have decided to host our own Rider Position Review! One lucky rider will have their position critiqued by a local FRC member trainer to be featured in our next newsletter and social media! All rider identities will remain anonymous and our trainer's name will only be released when the critique is published. Each month we will have a different trainer review a different position. So keep an eye on our newsletter and social media sites to see what kind of position we are requesting.

For this month, we would love to see your Jumping Position over Fences. The fence height will not matter, the judge will review the position for the level shown. Please submit all entries to the Social Media Coordinator, Erin Stroud, at [email protected] by Friday, August 7th.

Great show at FENCE today in the sweltering weather. Awesome group of hardworking volunteers, some super horses and riders. BUT this trio Stole The Show Spotlight!!

Our Story

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Foothills Riding Club is organized for the purpose of promoting equestrian interests for all horse lovers, through sponsorship of educational and recreational activities with presentations, clinics, schooling shows, and more. To further these goals, the FRC provides the following to the equestrian community: - Meetings throughout the year with informative and entertaining guest lecturers on different topics - Monthly newsletter with free ad space for members - Website containing informative articles, news, and a calendar of FRC activities - Schooling Combined Tests - Dressage Schooling Shows - Various Clinics and Educational Seminars Proceeds from these activities are donated to local area organizations such as FENCE, Foothills Humane Society, Thermal Belt Outreach, PEER, TROT, Red Cross, Polk County Rescue, and others.

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