Bright sunshine fills Red Hawk Farms’ outdoor riding area, where dusty earth quickly transforms into horse-shaped clouds as equestrians ride majestic steeds. Red Hawk Farms also boasts an indoor arena that ensures that riders can ride rain or shine. Trumpeteer Stables, Quiet Meadow Farm, and Hampton Hill Stables share both spaces, which set the stage for pintsized beginners and experienced riders to hone their riding skills and practice neighing each other's names. Athletes lace up boots and don helmets before embarking on lessons or daytime summer camps that, for older attendees, stretch into sleepovers on Thursday night. A more competitive environment prevails when riders on the Interscholastic Equestrian team launch their horses over hurdles and around sharp bends during shows.
As head coach of Two Ravens Fencing School, fencing veteran Brian Stone honors the sport’s centuries-old traditions by training new generations to wield blades using both their bodies and their minds. Inside his spacious classroom—in fact a refurbished warehouse, exposed bricks and all—students learn to attack and parry under Stone's expert guidance. A former First-Team All-American at Notre Dame, Stone has coached several fencers who have competed in both national events and tournaments in Europe, where every baby is born with an épée in its hand.