Meet our Board Members

President

Ivey Sumrell

Ivey’s history with Tryon goes way, way back to when she was in college and fox hunted with the Tryon Hounds for 2 seasons. Fast forward to 2004 when she and her husband, Jim, purchased their Collinsville Road farm. She moved here from Weddington, NC (South of the Greater Charlotte area near Waxhaw) where she ran Up and Over, a lesson and boarding barn. When Jim retired in 2009, they moved here full time.

Ivey put her property lines in permanent trail easement the first year she owned her property. She wanted to preserve the magical trail system for many years to come. She loves this area and wanted to keep it open for trail riding forever.

While Ivey no longer foxhunts, she is a VERY active social member of both the Tryon Hounds and Green Creek Hounds. In addition, she supports the new hunt Goodwin Hounds. She is an avid trail rider and would love to invite anyone to join her in exploring our beloved trails she knows so well. CETA was a dream come true for her and she never tires of riding the trails.

“Please embrace our trail system and help us put deeded easements on the rest of the trails so we have a gift for our future!” -Ivey Sumrell

iveysum@gmail.com
704-516-6518

Vice President

Ray Gasperson

Ray and his wife Sue, along with their son Corey own a 42-acre horse farm, Flight Quest Farm, located adjacent to the Green Creek Steeplechase Course. Sue is very active practicing Equine Body Work and teaching horse riding using the Centered Riding Method. Corey is a full-time farrier. Ray wears many hats in the community, and we are very lucky that he finds time to be on the CETA board. Not only is he a Polk County Commissioner (now in his 11th year), he works as a realtor, a General Contractor, he square bales hay for horses, AND he is a very seasoned horse stall cleaner at his 11-stall barn.

Ray and his wife feel extremely fortunate to have all three of their adult children and families living near by in Polk County.

Ray’s dream of moving to this area and establishing a horse farm started in the Fall of 1972, when Sue and he met at UNC Asheville while being students, and he was serving as Student Body President.
They were soon married in the Spring of 1973. Ray is a native of Asheville and Sue a native of New Jersey. Even before moving south, Sue was aware of the vibrant equine community here in the Tryon/Polk County area. They were finally able to make their dream a reality when they purchased their farm in Green Creek in 2001.

“I am grateful to be a member of the CETA Board. My goal has always been one of advocating for the expansion of CETA trails with easements. I’m convinced that this will help guarantee open, green space in our Collinsville area.” -Ray Gasperson

ray4polk@yahoo.com
828-230-1278

Secretary/Treasurer

Suzanne Crawford

Suzanne and her husband Chris retired to Tryon in June of 2017. After a 21+ year career in law enforcement, she was looking for a place to slow down and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer. She rode horses on the Mounted Unit early in her career, but with time/work obligations she couldn’t get back in the saddle until closer to her retirement.

Knowing that she and Chris wanted to have horses again, it made moving to Tryon a no brainer. When she was looking for land, being able to tack up her horse and ride was a MUST, so she was thrilled when they purchased land on Lake Sandy Plains Road…a property with deeded easement for CETA. Suzanne and her husband love to ride the trails and are enjoying this next chapter in their life.

Suzanne is a member of Polk Equine Emergency Rescue (PEER).

suzannegitto@gmail.com
561-386-1126

Membership

Rhonda Lockhart Lewis

She has been nicknamed “The Historian” because anytime we have a question about dealings in times past, Rhonda always knows the answer!

She has been riding in this area just shy of 20 years. She and her husband Chris own Rest-A-Bit farm in the Green Fields subdivision. During a hunter pace event with a friend, she was crossing the creek behind what is now her home and said, “Can you imagine living in such a wonderful place?” Well fast forward a bit, and now this is where she calls home. When asked where she would like to go on vacation, her answer is always Rest-A-Bit farm.

rlockhart@jmsmith.com
864-616-8776

Trails

Rick Millweard

Rick has lived on Collinsville Road for 7 years since he and wife Josie moved here from Charleston. They are both avid trail riders and feel blessed that they live on the CETA trail system. Rick, a retired pharmacist, is a practitioner of natural horsemanship and has helped a number of local folks with their horses. He is a volunteer with HERD, PEER and is on the Polk County Animal Control Board. When not riding his horse or playing with his adopted mustang, you’ll probably find him on the golf course.

rixteroo@aol.com
843-696-6522

Alice Dobbs

In April of 2017 Alice moved here to heaven on earth with her 3 horses and 2 cats. She was wanting a place where her eventing horses would have a nice retirement, as would she. Alice trained two off-the-track thoroughbreds to event (one to Preliminary, the other to Training). At 21 years now, they were ready for something more relaxing, like trail riding! Finding a place where she could see her horses from most rooms AND could ride the CETA trails from her property was a requirement and she was able to find just that. Besides riding horses, Alice thoroughly enjoys West Coast Swing Dancing, traveling, learning about horses, becoming a better person, spirituality, and taking care of her property.

alicedobbs10@gmail.com
660-973-6633

Easements

Ginny Jennings

In 2004 on her way to Florida for vacation from western NY, she and her husband Dennis stopped to visit the area at the suggestion of friends. They loved the area and purchased a small hunt box on Wild Turkey Lane, with the idea of spending winters here and summers in NY. In the fall of 2004, she brought her 3 horses here for the winter. She loved riding the trails, although not many CETA trails were under easement back then. When she returned the next fall, she started looking for a larger horse property and found her current farm on Peniel Rd. They spent that winter building fences, a barn and remodeling the house, while living at Wild Turkey Lane. In the fall of 2006, they moved to the Peniel property, sold the Wild Turkey and NY properties and became full time North Carolina residents. They put CETA easements on both Carolina properties.

Ginny has been in service to CETA since 2007. She started as a member of the trail preservation committee, working on expanding our deeded trails. She was the committee chair on and off from 2008 to 2015. Ginny left the board in 2016, but by 2017 she was back working on trail easements.

Ginny has 3 horses and trail rides as often as possible. Her main ride is Santana, a Tennessee Walker. She and Dennis are both retired. She worked for NY State as an investigator and Dennis owned a Bobcat/New Holland dealership.

djatcamp@aol.com
828-817-2062

Barbara Claussen

Barbara was born and raised on a little island in the North Sea in Germany. She moved to Berlin where she studied economics and later became a realtor. After 13 years, she went to Nova Scotia Canada to brush up on her English and met her husband Tony. Tony spent his childhood in Hendersonville, so in 2013 they decided to move to their Collinsville Road farm named Bray Away Farm. This was no easy move as they had 11 rescue horses and donkeys, 5 dogs and 4 cats…WOW! Barbara has always had a soft spot for animals, rescuing over 120 horses and donkeys in Canada.

Once in Polk County Barbara joined the Foothills Humane Society Board of Directors and helped initiate the voucher program for gelding and euthanizing horses.

Barbara loves being on the CETA board, to bolster her knowledge of everything involved in the trails system. As a realtor, this is a great asset because she can introduce new residents to the beauty of Polk County.

It is understandable that Barbara has limited time to ride, with her realtor career and caring for 22 animals She recently rescued a horse that is now in training to become her new mount.

barbaraclaussen@me.com
828-989-0423

Jean Hamilton

When she joined CETA, she immediately volunteered to be on the committee. Having in the past witnessed the loss of trails when properties changed hands, she is an enthusiastic proponent for permanent equestrian easements, allowing for continued enjoyment of a trail system into the future.

Jean was drawn to our beautiful foothills after living many years in Sarasota, FL. She’d been missing the mountain views of her long-time home in upstate New York, where she’d formerly served as President of a local trail association and was a longtime co-chair of their fall hunter pace.

She and her husband Charlie are the retired former owners of Bay Horse Gazebos & Barns in the Hudson River Valley area of NY, and now enjoy their 2 horses and the CETA trails from their home on Collinsville Rd.

new.octave@gmail.com
941-928-1379

Hounds Liaison

Bonnie Lingerfelt

Bonnie is an equestrian who has had the good fortune to enjoy riding in Tryon horse country for over 35 years. She knows every trail, crossing and bridge…and has enjoyed so many wonderful hours in the saddle. Over the years, she has served on the boards of the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, the Equestrian Advisory Committee at FENCE, and initiated the Foothills Equestrian Trail Association (FETA). Bonnie is an avid foxhunter and has devoted endless hours to the leadership (MFH since 1994) of the Tryon Hounds Hunt, one of the earliest and foremost hunts in America.

In 2000, she joined ReMax Advantage Realty and her focus is on equestrian properties, land, and country homes.

“I sincerely appreciate the beauty of our community and remain committed to preserving our special quality of life, and support Conserving Carolina and the Equine Land Conservation Resource.” – Bonnie Lingerfelt

bonnie@tryonproperties.com
828-817-0166

Once you are an approved member of CETA (honorary or riding member) you may ask to join our private Facebook group:  Collinsville Equestrian Trail Association CETA.  Just make the request to join and the administrator of the page will review your request.  We look forward to staying in contact with you.