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Like the birds, we are always careful to build a stong nest and we are looking for the best materials to build our nest with. nest.jpgThat's why we appreciate donations year around. You don't have to wait for a special holiday, we will always carefully nurture and protect your investment in FENCE so it will continue to grow and serve its mission now and into the future. Thank You!


FENCE Nature Center

FENCE offers 384 acres of hardwood forest, meadow, and wetland for hikers, birdwatchers, gardeners, astronomers. Our entire property is protected by a conservation easement, so it will always be available for future generations. During the school year, some eight thousand elementary and junior high school students join our Project FENCE natural history curriculum.

FENCE TROT Program

FENCE is proud to offer TROT, a therapeutic riding program teaching horsemanship skills to adults and children with physical, developmental and cognitive challenges in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

FENCE Equestrian Center

The FENCE Equestrian Center has gained a reputation as one of the finest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. With permanent stabling for over 300 horses in eleven barns, all-weather footing in three lighted showrings (including a covered arena), on-site parking and spectator seating, the Equestrian Center hosts events in all disciplines year-round.

Upcoming Events
TROT Horse Show Therapeutic Riding of Tryon will host its Annual Student Horse Show. The purpose of this horse show is to give all 25 students the opportunity to showcase their skills and accomplishments – and to have fun doing it! Barbara DiPalma will judge this year’s competition and each student will participate in two classes, equitation and trail. Ribbons will be awarded in each class. Ring B at FENCE will be the competition arena unless there is bad weather. In case of rain, the competition will be moved to the covered arena. Nov 17, 2018 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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FENCE Hunter Pace - Rescheduled For the safety of the horses and humans, FENCE has opted to reschedule the Hunter Pace. Our fields and trails are too wet with a lot more rain to come! We hope to see everyone in February for the rain date. Nov 18, 2018 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

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Family Concert with The Treblemakers Following the performance refreshments will be served. Genre bending and blending, The Treblemakers take familiar tunes and serve them up with a twist. Take a musical journey, from Bossa Nova to Celtic to Baroque to Rock 'n Roll to New Age, all without leaving your seat. Nov 18, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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FENCE Closed for Thanksgiving Nov 22, 2018 - Nov 23, 2018

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Roastin on the Ridge (Oyster roast) Take a break from the turkey leftovers and enjoy an afternoon of oysters, stew, beer and wine on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are available at www.FENCE.org, (828) 859-9021 or info@fence.org Tickets are $45 each Nov 24, 2018 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Roastin on the Ridge : FENCE invites everyone to take a break from the turkey leftovers and enjoy an afternoon of all-you-can-eat oysters, stew, beer and wine on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $45, which must be purchased in advance, are available at www.FENCE.org, or (828) 859-9021 or email info@fence.org. Roastin’ on the Ridge is a fun way to delight in a taste of the “Low Country” with friends and neighbors before the holiday season gets underway. The event, which will be located the FENCE Center overlooking Hawk’s Ridge, will feature live music by local musician, Matt Hardigree, and plenty of beer thanks to sponsor Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. A special thank you to our other sponsors Tryon Builders and Diamond Engeries! Read more…
FENCE Thanks PCCF for Trail Maintenance : The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center would like to thank the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for funding the maintenance and beautification of our trail system. This trail system is open to the public every day of the year from dawn to dusk and it is because of PCCF that we are able to sustain it. Read more…
FENCE Thanks the Kirby Endowment Fund : On behalf of the board and staff of Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, we would like to thank the Kirby Endowment Fund managed by the Polk County Community Foundation for their continued support. Dave Kirby’s legacy lives on through the generous monetary gift that enables our organization to enrich the lives of community members of all ages through free family outings, outdoor educational events and summer day camps. Read more…
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