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

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We have the results for our January Circle C Student Challenge!
At the Walk:
1st place goes to Karrington and Cady
2nd place goes to Janie and Boaz
3rd place goes to Berkley and Cady
At the Trot:
1st place goes to Anna Kate and Presley
2nd place goes to Trista and AJ
3rd place goes to Hailey and Presley

Congratulations everyone!
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In an effort to use our resources more wisely, reduce our waste and improve the horses air quality, Circle C is giving diy recycled shredded paper bedding a trial. Shaq, Buddy and Presley will be our test subjects, the two messiest and the tidiest stalls in the barn. Please bring your old newspapers (no shiny inserts please) and telephone books with you to the barn for the next few weeks, we will have a collection and shredding area set up. Before too long we should have great compost for everyone's gardens! Stay tuned, as we experiment with this process, there will be pictures and updates. ... See MoreSee Less

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Want to try your hand at some pastel painting? Artist medallions are a great way! These were designed and cast by equine artist Laura Behning. Join us Sunday, Feb 26 at the Keyauwee Dining Hall 2-4. $35 includes everything you need and all proceeds will go to the Circle C Equestrian Center! Please RSVP to reserve your medallion. ... See MoreSee Less

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