The equestrian trainers at Foxtail Farms conduct horseback-riding lessons for riders seeking leisure time atop a steed and for those considering competition. Amid a rural landscape of patchwork crop fields and untamed plains, horses lope, gallop, leap, and waffle on which shoes to wear that day as instructors lead intimate training sessions. Skilled in teaching the ins and out of hunter, jumper, and equitation riding, instructors help to foster horsemanship skills while preparing riders for many situations, including the show ring. Believing that success can only be found when both rider and horse have created a special bond, the trainers also work to create an atmosphere in which that bond can be nurtured and tempered.
The all-volunteer team at Sacramento Inner City Outings organizes fun and educational wilderness adventures for urban youth and adults who might not ordinarily have the opportunity to experience the natural world. Through these outdoor trips – which might include hikes, camping trips, backpacking, or snowshoeing – the organization promotes appreciation and protection of the environment, as well as personal growth and leadership skills among inner city youth. A part of the Sierra Club’s 50-city Inner City Outings network, the Sacramento chapter has organized nearly 30 outdoor trips in the last two years, and looks forward to upcoming excursions to Echo Summit and the Cosumnes River Preserve.
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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.
More than 400 pieces of pottery line Color Me Mine's shelves. The pieces are blank, and they're dreaming of the day an imaginative mind comes along to color them. Mugs, plates, bowls, and figurines will all be hoping it's their turn when you set foot inside the studio. Pick the lucky piece, check out the selection of paints, stamps, stencils, and former Picasso muses, and then get straight to it. Staff members will be available in case you need tips on color selection and technique. After finishing the masterpiece, it's glazed and fired; four or five days later, you can take it home.
Color Me Mine's pottery ventures into party territory, too. A private room accommodates up to 25 painters and features a screen, projector, and laptop for presentations. The staff can also bring the party, complete with all supplies, to the customer's location. In addition, they lead classes for kids and grownups alike.
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.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.