PEC Parelli Play Day

Check our Facebook Events page for information about the upcoming Parelli Play Day on Saturday November 22. Free to come watch!

Challenges: Can You touch it, circle it, move it etc.? Will your horse go over, around, up on, under….It’s all about the relationship.

PEC Open House and Horse Show


Thanks, everyone, for coming out to the Open House on Saturday!  We enjoyed fellowship with all of our new friends!  Unfortunately, the weather dictated that we postpone the Horse Show  until Sunday, which offered a much more favorable temperature.





PEC would like to thank the following people for helping to make Horse Show a success: Angela Annas (judging), Kay Driver (announcing), Sherrie Hodge (registration), Steve Driver (serving refreshments). For setting up and cleaning up and doing any number of chores throughout the day, all of the above and: Austen Burdette, Troy Smart, Rascal Annas, Don Garvey. Thanks to everyone who came out to watch and to ask questions and to support us. And thanks to Kristin Kirby for creating our first Natural Horsemanship Show!

Patterson School Foundation Board Members would also like to thank all the other volunteers (in addition to those who have already been mentioned) who went above and beyond the call of duty, to help make the Open House and Horse Show a success for Patterson Equestrian Center and Riding Club: Chad Gibson, Jack Hubbert, David Sciabarasi, Bryan Elliot, Angie Annas, Jerry Foster, and all the 4-Hers and their wonderfully supportive parents. We would also like to thank Evelyn and Kristin for their coordination, leadership and hard work!



4-H Club Caldwell County Fair Theme

Barn renovation for 4H projectPatterson Equestrian Center will be featured in a Caldwell County Fair Booth by one of our local 4-H Club groups, Giddy On Up. The theme of this year’s Caldwell County Fair is “Growing Greatness in Caldwell County”. The Giddy On Up Group, led by Evelyn Garvey and Sherry Hodge,  will feature the re-emergence of the Patterson Equestrian Center, and they have worked countless hours to help renovate this historic Caldwell County treasure! Their booth has won a blue ribbon for their past 4 years at the fair. Please go by to take a look at their booth, and thank them for their hard work, and support of Patterson Equestrian Center.

Horse Show announcing Equestrian Center and Riding Club Opening





Patterson School Foundation will reintroduce the Patterson Equestrian Center to Happy Valley by hosting its first Open Horse Show on Saturday November 1st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The event offers an opportunity for riders of all ages, 5 years through adult, and all skill levels to participate in traditional and non-traditional games.  Additionally, it will showcase some of the exciting, emerging programs and services available including boarding, hiking and riding clubs.

The Patterson Equestrian Center provides a picturesque setting for riders and is the first physical, agricultural manifestation of the Patterson School Foundation’s vision for renewal and abundance on the beautiful and historic, 1400-acre campus.   Participants, sponsors, vendors and volunteers are welcome and will come together for this inaugural event.

Contact:  Evelyn Garvey
Tel:      828-493-4089
(click on the Equestrian link for class list, entry form, and information.)

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“There is life at Patterson again, positive, restorative, regenerative energy, that is reclaiming the past and passionately pursuing its’ future potential,” said Board Chair Kitty Rosati, “Our sights are set on being a gift to the community, an educational and healing center for fun, friendship and food!”


The former Patterson School, now Patterson School Foundation is nestled in Happy Valley, 9 miles north of Lenoir and 20 miles south of Boone and Blowing Rock.  Resting on the former Palmyra Plantation once belonging to Samuel Legerwood Patterson, it was established as an agricultural school for boys in 1909, later becoming a coed, college prep school for 100 years.


For more information or to schedule an interview with Board Chair Kitty Rosati, please call her directly at 919-971-1348 or email at






Christmas Social/Surprise Birthday Party

Given by Patterson School Foundation on The Patterson School Campus,  in Hickory Hall Dining Room, at 5:30 pm, on Dec. 12, Campus tenants, old friends, & family gathered for  a pot-luck Christmas Dinner to surprise Jim Hogan on his 82nd birthday. The Dining Hall was decorated with a Christmas tree, colorful holiday table linens, a Nativity, and a special berry & greenery centerpiece by Liza Plaster.


Jim Hogan and Family
Janet Spoon, Kitty Rosati

Jim & Janet with cake, Liza's arrangement & Janet Wilson in background

Jim Hogan and Janet Spoon

The PSF Board presented Jim with a special framed print of the School’s old dinner bell, more recently known as “The Victory Bell.”  A brass inscription was attached:

“In loving honor of Jim Hogan In cherished memory of Marie Hogan For 30 years of service, faith and leadership 1983 – 2013 Countless lives touched for good & for Christ Well done, thou good & faithful servants”

Alex Bernhardt & Jim

Alex Bernhardt and Jim Hogan

Jim joined The Patterson School Board of Trustees in 1983, thus beginning his and his wife Marie’s service to the School.  When the Episcopal Church decided to close and sell the School at auction in 1994, the Hogans, other locals, & Betty Patterson Medlin (Great Niece of Samuel L. Patterson) & her husband George, committed to saving the property and legacy for our community’s future generations.  The group was legally advised to establish Patterson School Foundation, Inc. for the purpose of purchasing and protecting the property.  The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to preserving the Campus for educational, agricultural, and historic purposes.

The School reopened in 1995 and continued to operate through May 2009, the School’s Centennial year.  We are grateful that Jim has recently been able to enjoy a renewal of agricultural activities and educational ventures on this treasured property.

A descendant of  General William Lenoir, Jim was born in the house where he still lives, He spent many years operating his father’s business, Appalachian Outdoor Advertising before selling the business to Lamar.  He continues to own & operate Joyceton Waterworks in Whitnel.  He also continues to be the primary manager and caretaker for The Patterson School Campus, now the location of Patterson Science Center, Patterson Reborn Community Church, and Moravian Prep.

In the 1990s, the School established an annual award known as “The Jim Hogan Dedication Award.”  It was well-named, and recipients had to show great love for the Campus through hard and steady work.

His children are James Hogan and wife Janis of Lenoir, and John Hogan and wife Margaret of Raleigh, NC.  His grandsons are Clay and Paul Hogan of Lenoir, and his granddaughters are Cameron and Parker Hogan of Raleigh.

Jim is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, and a graduate of Davidson College and McCallie School.  He was born on December 12, 1931, in Lenoir, NC.

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