Summer Glen Stables helps riders of all levels advance equine aptitude, be it through lessons or horse-focused camps and birthday parties. Situated on 10 idyllic, forested acres, the stable's fully enclosed arena allows natural light to rain down through the 30-foot ceilings, setting a cheery stage for both riding lessons and driving lessons. An instructor with more than 25 years of experience tailors riding instruction to each individual, covering the basics of horse care for beginners and guiding more advanced riders through their choice of disciplines, including dressage and showmanship. Summer Glens Stables offers students the use of its safe and skilled school horses, but charges no additional haul-in fee should riders want to bring their own, preventing untended steeds from throwing parties with keg-size salt licks.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The senior horses at The Horse Sense Riding School non-profit organization all arrive as rescues or unwanted steeds in need of a home. The indoor stable's positive, welcoming environment is a direct reflection of instructor Kat Barrett, whose unconditional love for equines began when she started riding at the age of 9. Since then, her passion has evolved into a career teaching the English and Western disciplines of horseback riding. Though proper technique is a focus of Kat's lessons, the true values she passes along are far less tangible, ranging from teamwork and communication skills to compassion—something she clearly has in spades.
U.S. World Class Taekwondo employs award-winning instructors to teach students martial arts and self-defense skills. During kids? martial arts classes, instructors split their time between bolstering tots? motor skills and increasing their self-respect and discipline. The adult classes combine combat techniques, self-defense moves, exercise, meditation, and, on occasion, dodgeball.
At Natural High Rafting, they lead guided rafting and fishing trips on more than 12 of Oregon’s scenic and coastal rivers, including the Deschutes and Clackamas. The fishing trips also seek out fish by species, often encountering monsters such as steelhead, trout, and coho and chinook salmon.