Since 1978, Nighthorse Farm has invited guests to its paradise of pastureland at Brookside Equestrian Park, where they can learn horseback-riding skills amid 20 acres filled with six outdoor arenas, multiple barns, and open fields. As a lifelong rider and US representative to the 1982 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, Debbie Stone has been the head trainer at Nighthorse since 1998 and oversees a staff of horse whisperers who teach lessons in the riding disciplines of hunter, jumper, and equitation. Whether they are beginners or have their sights set on showing at the local, state, and regional level, students are encouraged to develop teamwork with the horse that comes in handy when avoiding the highway police during high-speed chases.
Hoofbeats Equestrian's veteran trainer draws from 25 years of experience working with top equestrians and breeds such as appaloosas, percherons, warmbloods, and mini stallions to teach dressage, hunter, and jumper techniques amid verdant pastures and stables. In addition to helming shows and competitions, the full-service facility's crew proffers equine wisdom during lessons that forge trust between rider and steed to ensure safety and a guaranteed euchre partner. Hoofbeats Equestrian extends its passion for horsemanship with Hoofbeats Second Chance, a rescue program that rehabilitates and finds homes for neglected horses.
In 1948, Lester and Velma king took 10,000 square feet of property in Elk Grove and turned it into a place where friction has no control and people can coast in circles for hours on end. Today, the King family still runs the King's Skate Country roller rink. Here, visitors strap on classic roller skates or inline skates and coast across the floor, only stopping for a bite to eat or a soda at the snack bar. In addition to open skate sessions, the rink hosts birthday parties and events, including after-school sessions where kids can skate in ovals to fulfill a geometry requirement.
Sugar Ditch Stables welcomes horseback riders onto its family friendly atmosphere. Riders young and old and of any experience level can look to the stable's instructors for help developing their command in the saddle and establishing the basics of good horsemanship.