Acres of grass paddocks ripple in the wind around the large indoor and outdoor riding arenas at Wild Oak Farm, where owner Renee Lenkart works to help students to improve their riding abilities and develop a bond with equines. As hooves clop out a staccato rhythm against the sun-soaked red soil, Renee calls upon years of experience crafting lessons for both beginner and advanced students. She has also spent time training and showing hunters and jumpers, and many of her students have gone on to participate in national competitions or yelling matches at grocery stores with no-horse policies.
Lifelong horse enthusiast and renowned equestrian Judy Jensen oversees a seasoned crew at Centre Pointe Stables, a year-round facility that provides training, boarding, and lessons on American Saddlebred horses. Judy and the stable’s instructors make sure lessons progress at each student’s desired pace, never pressuring the student to perform beyond his or her capabilities or adopt the horse as a foster child. Geared toward teaching riders of all ages and abilities new skills, the lessons can be taken year-round thanks to a heated indoor arena complete with a fireplace to warm spectators.
Every year, 101 Market opens its fields to share fall fun with other area families. The centerpiece of the fall festival is the harvest corn maze, where this year's design pays homage to the Minnesota's hunting and fishing seasons. After navigating the twisting stalks visitors can explore other farm-themed attractions such as the animal train, corn cannon, cock-a-doodle-zoo, and new jumping pillow.
Families who want to bring the fall-themed fun home can browse 101 Market's wide selection of pumpkins and mums, along with cornstalks and straw bales for decorating yards and houses for the season. Kids and parents can also chomp down on locally grown apples, squash, and potatoes, along with other in-season produce.