Thunder Rail Stables’ trainer Jaime Buckner frequently leads her horses to show championships, and she guides riding students with similar care during lessons in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Her facility also hosts a spacious indoor arena, which provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for students to practice riding techniques and equine care without having to worry about horses running off after a wild pegasus. Lessons can be tailored to a variety of riding disciplines, such as saddle seat, English, Western, and dressage. Buckner’s full stable hosts specially trained horses, so riders do not need to lug around their own ponies in their backpacks. In addition to teaching lessons with provided horses, Buckner also specializes in helping owners reconnect with their own hoofed companions and breaking problems in stubborn stallions and miniature ponies.
Passionate equestrians Beth and Kristopher Siemon foster a family-friendly atmosphere at Hillside Stables, where they specialize in starting young horses and teaching humans of all ages how to ride with grace and poise. Inside their recently renovated barn, riders learn the disciplines of horse management, reining, and dressage. They also learn the skills necessary for three-day eventing, a competition composed of three events on three different days—dressage, show jumping, and mane-and-tail decorating. The instructors customize all lesson plans to the needs of the rider, taking into account not only their goals, but also their capabilities and physical limitations.
With its tall pine trees, abundant wildlife, and rushing streams, Enumclaw Golf Course appears as if it were sculpted in the middle of a public park—because that's exactly what it is. The 18-hole layout wends its way through King County's Enumclaw Park in the outskirts of the much larger Mt. Rainier National Park, a scant 30 miles to the south. Though relatively short at 5,561 yards in length, the par 70 layout puts players in a contest with densely wooded surroundings and foothills. Early tee times may also afford glimpses of wildlife such as deer, elk, coyote, and bald eagles, as well as the tadpoles in Boise Creek that will one day turn into loyal caddies.
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Following a strict Leave No Trace philosophy, Backcountry Adventure Guides instills environmental stewardship in each of its participants as they venture on fitness-filled nature jaunts. Whether climbing, skiing, or snowshoeing, the trio of guides—all of whom boast extensive outdoor sports backgrounds—uses each trek as an opportunity to stress the importance of preserving our natural surroundings and refusing to shave Bigfoot no matter how much money he offers.