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Kathy Nebel, President

Kathy Nebel is a retired corporate project manager who has served as FETA president since 2018.  Kathy began coming to the Tryon area decades ago for horse shows and, along with her husband, Jeff Schmitt, bought a farm on the trails in 2010.  Trails bordering her previous farm near Charlotte closed, making trail preservation, happy Trail Owners and conscientious trail riders a priority.   Kathy rides Connemara ponies who have carried her in the hunt field, dressage shows, over fences and on many miles of trails.   


Kathleen Douglas, Vice President & Trail Owner Relations

Kathleen Douglas lives with her husband Ben in the Hunting Country.  Ben grew up riding here in Tryon and introduced Kathleen to riding later in life.  Kathleen worked as a Master’s level Social Worker in Mental Health Counseling and is now enjoying time with family and animals.  On the FETA Board Kathleen leads the effort working with owners of FETA trails.


Steve Herbert, Nominations & Committees Chair

Steve Herbert and his wife are landowners in Hunting Woods and is serving his second term with FETA.  He is in charge of the nomination committee and works on the Trails team. He brings his experience of communications and thoughtfulness to handling FETA issues throughout the year.  Steve and his wife care for the FETA trails in Chinquapin, Blockhouse and Mockingbird Hill area. 
Jean Wright, Treasurer 

Jean Wright is a long-time resident of Hunting Country, and owns a portion of the Green Gait trail.  Jean has ridden the FETA trails since its inception 30 years ago. Although no longer riding, she enjoys driving her mini donkey Admiral.  Jean has been active with many local non-profit organizations and currently serves as FETA’s Treasurer.  
Tracey Evans, Secretary

Tracey Evans is the President and Master EAL Instructor of Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre in Tryon. Bringing together her horse sense and over 15 years of experience leading high performing teams, she left her successful marketing career in 2012 to pursue her passion and provide a unique approach to leadership, team building and personal development. Hailing from Canada and now making Polk County her home, Tracy is an avid equestrian who enjoys dressage, jumping and trail riding, Tracey shares 3 step-sons, 4 horses, 3 dogs, 1 cat and a donkey with her husband Dirk at their new farm on the N. Peniel FETA trails. 

Dan McFerrin,  Trail Master

Dan McFerrin and his wife, Brenda, are 20-year residents of The Traces, most of those years as FETA members.  Dan’s work has taken him far from Landrum for 15 of those years, but his dream to retire, contribute to the community and ride the trails is finally here.  Dan has whipped in for Green Creek Hounds and looks forward to supporting the FETA trail system. 


Lynne Driscoll, Membership  Chair

Lynne Driscoll loves to ride her horses, loves FETA and is a former endurance rider.  You can hear her riding with the jing-a-ling of her horses' bells out on the trail with either the older Arabian mare Twigs or the new gelding Beau (haflinger paint cross). She and her husband Rob moved here from the Indianapolis, Indiana area and haven't looked back. As a retired Mergers and Acquisitions executive from Big Tech, she now spends her time playing with her grandson, watching her drummer husband in his rock band, and helping our FETA members - new and old - stay connected with this precious asset we have in Polk County.   

Rhonda King, Events Coordinator

Rhonda King serves as FETA Events chair. Rhonda is an endurance riding enthusiast and raises Arabians.  She and husband Ben own the Pony Track trails and are the trail representatives to Hunting Country.  Rhonda and Ben recently and generously placed their property under conservation with Conserving Carolina to help protect the legacy of Hunting Country. 

Bergen Jorgenson Price, Events and Newsletter

Bergen Jorgenson Price began riding the FETA trails at the age of ten when her family bought a summer home in Columbus. Two years later, they bought a farm with immediate access to the trails and became permanent residents. She graduated from Polk County High School then attended Appalachian State University followed by Clemson University where she obtained her MBA. Last year, she and her husband returned to Polk County to be closer to their families. Both enjoy trail riding. Bergen’s mom served on the FETA board for 15 years, and Bergen is following in her footsteps, handling the newsletter and assisting with events.

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Allison Rhyne, Insurance Coordinator

Allison Rhyne grew up in Greenville, SC where she first took riding lessons at a stable near Furman University.  She begged, borrowed or stole rides all through her high school years.  It was not until her mid-30s that she bought her first horse.  Her adult life was spent working in the insurance and risk management industry.  She and husband, Jack, retired to the area in 2016.  After “retirement,” Allison served as the Program Director for Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) for four years and still volunteers there.  In addition, she serves as president of the FENCE board of directors.  Allison currently serves on the FETA board handling the organization’s insurance needs. 
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Larry Roselle, Trail and Easements

Larry Roselle is a trail owner on the Hooper Creek trail. He is a retired banker and was the founding CEO of Sunrise Bank in Cocoa Beach, FL. He has over 30 years of community involvement, serving as chairman of numerous nonprofit service organizations and property owners associations. Larry and his wife Tracy moved from Florida to Tryon in 2020 with their horses specifically due to the FETA trail system and both serve as trail maintenance volunteers. Larry and Tracy love the beauty of nature and enjoy trail riding, hiking, gardening and exploring all that WNC has to offer.
In addition to the board members we would like to thank and recognize:
 Don Cash, Trail Maintenance

The FETA Board wants to recognize Don Cash as our hidden "super power" for maintaining our trails with proficiency, skill and reliability.  You can see Don out on the FETA mule with the chainsaws and other maintenance equipment in tow.  Including bringing along some of our great trail volunteers.  Thank you Don for all that you do!