When it came to her daughter Kayla’s equestrian education, Patty Savage Wooters entrusted the task to the most qualified candidate: herself. Kayla eventually became a two-time World Champion at the Kentucky State Fair and today, both Patty and Kayla channel their expertise into Longview Stables and Riding Academy. Private and group lessons accommodate first timers and horse-show veterans alike in the indoor and outdoor arenas, where instructors expound on fundamentals and bond riders and steeds via improved communication instead of trust falls.
At summer camp, counselors shepherd kids of all ages through daily rides and the basics of horse care, as well as horse-themed crafts. Birthday parties afford opportunities for kids to mount a mini pony named Pottachelli, while the birthday kid bounces atop a fully-grown horse. Nearby, boarded horses enjoy the shelter of stalls or canter like recently animated garden statues around emerald corrals and pastures.
E-470 Public Highway Authority ensures that drivers traversing the 47-mile beltway on the perimeter of the Denver metropolitan area have a reliable and safe commute. After redeeming this Groupon, customers will be shipped a toll transponder to attach to their cars. Like a bridge troll with an MBA, the authority's EXpressToll system automatically senses the transponder and deducts tolls from a driver's account every time he or she uses a toll road. Registered highwaymen and -women receive a 20% discount on tolls on E-470, leaving hard-earned money in wallets for remodeling doghouses or sending children to clown college. Detail-oriented day-trippers should refer to the online toll calculator for an idea of how much certain distances will cost.
The staff at Cisco's Den goes to great lengths to care for dogs both with and without homes. Pups brought to the facility by their loving parents play with attentive caretakers while exploring indoor and outdoor play yards, spacious dog runs, and poker rooms. When not at play, pups rest in large kennels with room to move about and assume yoga poses. Additionally, Cisco's Den offers conveniences such as paperless drop-offs, as well as parking and airport shuttles for customers dropping off their dogs before their vacations.
In a separate center, staff members care for rescue dogs, providing them with homes until loving families can be found. Proceeds from Cisco's Den are donated to DMK Rehoming, a no-kill rescue service and shelter that gives canines a chance to find a permanent home.
No matter the season, the licensed, certified, and vetted technicians at The Weather Changers Heating and Air Conditioning can keep homes feeling comfortable. They can deftly repair HVAC units and attend to other heating services such as inspections, maintenance, and precision tune-ups. Homes chill out in warmer months thanks to The Weather Changers’ air-conditioning installation, replacement, and repair services. They can also start or stop swamp coolers and perform ductwork. Additionally, The Weather Changers install attic insulation, which can help reduce utility costs.
The Plains Conservation Center is an offshoot of the West Arapahoe Conservation District, an organization appointed in 1949 to teach farming and ranching techniques that could help prevent another devastating Dust Bowl. While the PCC's mission has since expanded, the nonprofit organization's main goal remains the same: preserving the health of Colorado's plains. Between its two sites—a main 1,100-acre location in Aurora and more than 10,000 acres spread along West Bijou Creek—the organization maintains several attractions devoted to the history and environmental character of the region. These include more than five miles of hiking trails, a Cheyenne camp from 1837 with four standing tepees, and Wells Crossing, a replica 1887 farm consisting of sod houses, and heirloom gardens. For more modern sites, the Aurora location's visitor center features interactive displays and seasonal events such as Hops for Habitat, an annual fundraiser with beer tastings from local craft brewers.
Davey Jones Fireworks Superstore enhances any celebration with a symphony of light and sound. Since 1977, the shops has helped guests create pyrotechnic displays with their large selection of fountains, sparklers, and firework novelties. Their stock suits all ages and occasions, from the wedding confetti poppers that sprinkle the bride to assortments specially designed for kid's. For larger displays, staff can explain the difference between fountains, cones, and setting your oven on fire with forgotten cookies.