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Area Horse Organizations

Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Association 
Promoting hunter/jumpers in western North Carolina with sponsored shows, The objective of this Association is to create, stimulate and maintain interest in regional horse shows; to promote cooperation between horse shows and exhibitors; to help improve the caliber of regional shows; to maintain proper records in connection with the sport for the use of its members; to arbitrate disputes between management, exhibitors and/or judges; and to assist in the settlement of conflicts of show dates. www.brhja.com


Carolina Mule Association
 The purpose of the Carolina Mule Association is to encourage and promote the mule and donkey industry through education, participation, and fellowship in a family oriented environment. Holly Fisher, 828-894-5783  www.carolinamuleassociation.com

 Carolina Carriage Club 
 An active organization founded to promote carriage driving in western North Carolina and South Carolina. The club hosts several shows and clinics annually. 
​www.carolinacarriageclub.com

Collinsville Area Trail Association  
Private trail system open to Collinsville Area property owners and their guests only. 
www.cetatrails.com  Kem Ketcham, pres.  828-894-3532

Dartmoor Pony Registry of America 
Preserves and promotes the Dartmoor Pony breed in America. Contact: Ned Frybarger, 828-894-5672 dartsec@windstream.net 


FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) 
Non-profit 320 acres with an equestrian center, including stabling for 300 horses, covered arena, 2 lighted show rings, warm up rings, cross country course and home of the Block House Steeplechase. Ron Picarri, Equestrian Director 828-859-9021  www.fence.org


FERA (Foothills Equine Rescue Association
A division of Foothills Humane Society   The equine arm of the Foothills Humane Society. Investigates cases of neglect and abuse. Contact Foothills Humane Society 828-863-4444



FETA  (Foothills Equestrian Trail Association)  
Nonprofit group promotes the responsible use of trails through privately owned land in the Tryon and Landrum area. Yearly memberships by application.  
Contact: Dan Hecht, 828-894-3512  www.fetatrails.org

 Foothills Riding Club (FRC)
Formerly Foothills Dressage and Combined Training Association, FRC sponsors schooling shows for dressage and combined training as well as a spring and fall schooling horse trials and cross country schooling. Monthly meetings with speakers are held at FENCE. Other activities include a Winter Doldrums Party, clinics and the sponsor of the Foothills Equine Directory. Contact Margo Savage 828-863-4924  www.foothillsridingclub.org 


Green Creek Hounds
 Green Creek Hounds  Founded in 1988 by Margaret "Peg" Secor. Her intention was to get back to the grassroots of foxhunting, providing good sport as a natural part of the rural environment. Today, Green Creek Hounds has one of the finest pack of hounds in the country today. Green Creek Hounds starts it's cubbing season in mid-July. The attire is casual during cubbing and the focus is on exciting, safe hunting. Tot encourages members and guests to ride close to him, giving them excellent views of hound work and first hand experience with foxhunting. The pack consists mostly of Crossbreds with some English, American and July hounds. We hunt native red and gray fox, coyote and bobcat. Green Creek's Charter extends through Polk and Cleveland Counties in North Carolina and Greenville and Union Counties in South Carolina. The hunt country is a medley of hills, streams, logging roads, vineyards and narrow wooded trails. For further information call the Hunt Hot Line : 828-863-2753 or one of the Masters:Tot Goodwin..828-863-4250 
Pat Hale..864-895-1126  Tom Jackson.864-468-5087   Roger Smith..828-288-1797
wwww.greencreekhounds.com

Greenville Foothills Pony Club
 Local chapter of the United States Pony Club, serving members from the Greenville, SC area and North Carolina. USPC teaches youth riding skills on the flat and over fences. Club activities include mounted and unmounted meetings. Disciplines include dressage, show jumping, eventing, polocrosse, tetrathalon, fox hunting and mounted games. Carolyn Culbertson, District Commissioner. 
greenvillefoothillspc@gmail.com  www.gfponyclub.org

Hunting Country Equestrian Drill Team 
Organized to give riders an opportunity to increase communication with their horse through synchronized riding patterns. The team performs at equestrian events around the region. Contact: Sheila Veatch, team captain 828-863-4786

PEER (Polk Equine Emergency Rescue) 
Organized to promote the acquisition and maintenance of an equine ambulance along with trained personnel to serve the area’s many horse and riders and effectively address emergency situations. Contact Judy Donlan 828- 894-6524


Pisgah Trailblazers
The Pisgah Trailblazers meet once a month to organize volunteer workdays in Pisgah Ranger District, the DuPont State Forest (in western North Carolina) and Croft State Natural Area (in upstate South Carolina). We do trail work, litter pickups, monthly work weekend campouts & other projects in order to keep our trails open. Our meetings are being held at Binion's Restaurant located on highway 64 east in Hendersonville, N.C. Our monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm to eat & 7:30 pm to meet.
Contact: membership@pisgahtrailblazers.org 

​Polk County Mounted Patrol: 
Organized through the Polk County Sheriff's Dept, the Mounted Patrol serves the citizens through search and rescue, crowd control and security, community outreach. Contact: Lt. Michael Capps, 828-894-3001


River Valley Pony Club
 Serving Polk, Spartanburg and Greenville Counties, RVPC is a local chapter of the United States Pony Club. Mounted and unmounted meetings with instruction focus on riding with a balanced seat and horse management. The club participates in regional clinics and rallies. Robert Williams, District Commissioner,
www.rivervalley.ponyclub.org

Rutherford Outdoor Coalition-Equestrian
The mission of ROC-ED is to develop, preserve & protect equestrian trails in Rutherford County. By doing so, we will promote trail stewardship, encourage the enjoyment of the outdoors, preserve the beauty of our county through land conservation and positively impact the economy of Rutherford County Contact: Kimberly Olson, 828-748-1524,
rocequestrian@gmail.com 
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TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tryon)
A riding program teaching horsemanship skills to adults and children with physical and developmental difficulties in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. TROT is a Premier Accredited Center of the North American Riding For The Handicapped Association. Contact: Ron Picarri, Equestrian Director, FENCE 828-859-9021 www.fence.org


Tryon Foothills PHJA 
Bringing professionals together to solve mutual problems and to protect the professional hunter jumper farms. Contact: Vick Russell, 828-863-4472


Tryon Hounds 
 One of the region's oldest foxhunting clubs, Tryon Hounds was formed in the 20’s under the leadership of Carter Brown as a drag hunt and was recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association in 1935. Since the 1930’s the Hunt has retained professional huntsmen to enhance the quality of the sport. Tryon Hounds, through careful breeding, has built a fine pack. Social activities include the Blessing of the Hounds, Presentation of Colors, the Hunt Ball, sponsor of several horse shows and a hunter pace. Today, the hunt remains active and involved in the overall equestrian community. Contact Honorary Secretary Mrs. Dean McKinney 864 457-5497  www.tryonhounds.com


Tryon Riding and Hunt Club
 Founded in 1925 by the father of Tryon’s equestrian scene, Carter P. Brown, TR&H sponsors several horse shows, recognized horse trials and the Block House Steeplechase. It has served as a mainstay of Tryon social and equestrian life for years. Contact TRHC at 828-859-6109Laura Wiecker, Executive Director
 www.blockhouseraces.com