Circle C Equestrian Center

Circle C Equestrian Center is located at the Keyauwee Program Center in Sophia. Circle C offers year-round horseback riding programs for Girl Scouts and individuals. The facility includes an indoor and outdoor riding arena, 14-stall barn and miles of trails with gentle horses. Our knowledgeable staff focus on providing a safe, fun and educational horseback riding experience for everyone who visits!

Contact Us / Directions

Circle C Equestrian Center
2574 Sweetbriar Road
Sophia, NC 27350
336-861-1198, phone
336-861-1188, fax

Meet the Staff

Cathy Thacker, Equine Program Specialist/Instructor

Cathy Thacker has been teaching both mainstream and therapeutic riding for more than 15 years and enjoys helping riders learn and appreciate the many things horses have to offer. She is a graduate of Averett University with a degree in Equine Science. Cathy is currently a CHA and PATH certified instructor.

Stephanie Blaylock, Instructor

Stephanie_BlaylockStephanie Blaylock has been teaching able bodies and therapeutic riding for more than 20 years and enjoys every opportunity to work with children and horses. She spent most of her life riding and showing Arabians. Stephanie has instructed at Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center and has coached the FFA Horse Judging Team for SW Randolph High School.

Stephanie is an animal lover and has a slew of critters… horses, dogs, cats and a goat! She is also a talented equine artist and enjoys painting horse sculptures.



Circle C Equestrian Center accepts gifts of tack, horse equipment and other items as needed. When horse equipment is donated, staff and volunteers evaluate it for use in the program. Items that are not needed or usable within the program are collected throughout the year and sold periodically at tack sales with all proceeds going to purchase needed program equipment.

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Please contact Circle C Equestrian Center directly concerning any additional items for donation

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2 weeks ago

Circle C Equestrian Center

WILDFIRE RESOURCES - SHASTA COUNTY (CA): We are often awed by the modern technology utilized in fighting wildfires. Swooping jet powered air tankers, helicopters with night vision goggles, and the many technological innovations that have been applied to wildland firefighting. Sometimes however, narrow trails in rugged terrain call for old school approaches. Here, the heart and hoofs of mule pack trains get much needed equipment and supplies to the firefighters engaged in forward locations, where the roads don't go, and inversions have grounded air support. Here's an ode to the mules and their handlers, whose spirit and strength of heart do not let us down... even when technology does. <Somewhere in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest> ... See MoreSee Less

Of all the great things the Riding Instructors accomplished this summer, this is my favorite. 29 first time riders had their first horse experience at Circle C. There were some tears and some trepidation, but everyone got off smiling and in love with their horse. Shout out to the Circle C herd and the 2018 Riding Instructors, well done team! ... See MoreSee Less

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Last day of camp! The horses are looking forward to their well deserved break. It's time to start thinking about fall lessons, touch base with your Instructors and let us know what your schedules look like. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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How many of you have models?🐎

Breyer Model Horses
There were so many amazing moments at this year's BreyerFest! Thank you to everyone who joined us and please enjoy some of the highlights!
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