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.

Cassidy McCollum, InstructorCassie_and_Presley

Cassidy is from Kernersville and has been coming to Keyauwee since 2004 as a camper, moving her way up through the Riding Instructor in Training (RIIT) program. She has been riding since 2007 and teaching since 2010. Cassidy enjoys working at camp, teaching all she knows about horses and the joys they bring.




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

Facebook Posts

Horse Day Camp is over and we will miss all the excitement and enthusiasm. Today we trail rode out and visited the Feed Bag Fairies, learned how to weigh and measure the horses, learned all about manure management and finished up with an award ceremony for the horses. Each girl designed ribbon awards for their favorite horses. It was a great week! ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us for our Riding Instructor In Training orientation, a leadership program for girls 13 and turning 13 this year to 18. No experience required, just a love of horses and a willingness to work hard. Throughout​ the school year RIITs volunteer on the weekends at Circle C, help with troop programs and other special events. RIITs trade their volunteer hours for riding time. ... See MoreSee Less

Riding Instructor In Training Orientation

August 19, 2017, 7:00am - August 19, 2017, 12:00pm

Join us for our Riding Instructor In Training orientation, a leadership program for girls 13 and turning 13 this year to 18. No experience required, just a love of horses and a willingness to work har...

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Thanks everyone for filling out the survey! Our biggest surprise was all the people who selected other for the question about who encouraged you to ride. Parents were at the top with 37% but 22% of you wrote in that you yourselves we're the instigator and often in a family of non-horse people. There has to be a horse gene! ... See MoreSee Less

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