Riding a horse is a sure-fire way to land on the cover of a romance novel, much like sporting long blond hair or growing a second pair of biceps on your forehead. Gallop into the hearts of America with today’s Groupon: for $79, you get two 60-minute private horseback-riding lessons at Royalty Friesian in Richmond (a $160 value). The lessons can be split between two individuals or used on different dates by the same person.
Born from esteemed Dutch bloodlines, Royalty Friesian’s stable of regal friesian horses gallops saddle sitters into the great wide open during 60-minute private lessons led by expert instructors. Students learn to groom, saddle, and adjust the radio presets on their steeds at the outset of each session before perching atop one of the ranch’s ebony trotters for a 30-minute riding tutorial. Sessions conclude with practical cooldown instructions. The lessons provide an ideal introduction to equine culture for beginners, as well as a refresher course for a cowboy used to handling his foreign-made Pegasus.
A decidedly pastoral sight surrounds Royalty Friesian’s stable: from a carpet of high emerald grass rise the powerful legs of regal friesian horses, whose jet-black coats and long, glossy manes do nothing but stand out against the green backdrop. These well-tempered steeds, bred from esteemed Dutch bloodlines, are ideal for the private lessons at Royalty Friesian and impressive exits after tossing a sheriff’s badge in the dust. Approved by the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA), the stable’s expert staff breeds friesians and has produced world-champion show horses. The staff also helps others prepare their horses for review by FHANA, as well as the Friesian Registry System.