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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.

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National Pony Club Rating Aug 12, 2022 - Aug 14, 2022

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Free yoga FENCE is offering free yoga on Fridays at 10:15am in the great room. The yoga classes are taught by local instructor Rhonda Giles. This yoga class is designed for all levels, first time yoga students welcome! Attendees should plan to bring a water bottle, comfortable, flexible clothing, and a yoga mat. Extra yoga mats are available to borrow at FENCE. These classes are made possible by the free community event grant at Polk County Community Foundation. Aug 19, 2022 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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Southern Series Aug 20, 2022 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Schooling Show Aug 23, 2022 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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TROT Volunteer training If you are interested in learning more about TROT and becoming a volunteer or have a horse that can volunteer, please contact Kathleen Watkins at FENCE at 828-859-9021 or email therapeuticriding@fence.org. The program continues to grow, and we are looking forward to the Fall session & will need to add to the dedicated volunteer group we have been depending on! Aug 25, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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TROT volunteers needed! : Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) at FENCE is kicking off the Fall session with its Volunteer Training on Thursday, August 25th and Saturday, August 27th. If you are interested in learning more about TROT and becoming a volunteer or have a horse that can volunteer, please contact Kathleen Watkins at FENCE at 828-859-9021 or email therapeuticriding@fence.org. The program continues to grow, and we are looking forward to the Fall session & will need to add to the dedicated volunteer group we have been depending on Read more…
TROT Instructor needed! : Therapeutic Riding of Tryon at FENCE (TROT) is seeking a part-time PATH Intl instructor. TROT is a premier accredited center. This position will have estimated hours of 15-20 hours per week during session. Responsible for direct instruction and completing appropriate documentation of instruction. Assisting the Program Director with set up and break down of lesson equipment, student and horse evaluations and various projects. Experience with providing equine instruction and knowledge in equine behavior a must. Please send letter of interest, resume, and references to Tracie Hanson, admin@fence.org Read more…
Nature Exploration & play: A new early childhood program at FENCE : The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, FENCE, will offer a new early childhood program that focuses on getting children outdoors to play and explore. The new program, Nature exploration & play, will focus on our youngest learners aged 0-6 years old. Read more…
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