Beautiful sylvan surroundings and ample training space greet visitors eager to jump in the saddle for Triple Rise Equestrian Center’s hunter/jumper lessons. Owner Rachel Marcotte, an Equestrian Studies graduate of Centenery College, ensures that her grounds and programs stay orderly and ride-ready. This focus on professionalism is what first attracted the University of Oregon Equestrian Team, which now calls the center its home turf. Though fit for highly competitive equestrians, the center also caters to the everyday rider with tailored programs and lessons. Students learn proper technique inside a 70 x 200m indoor arena or in the large outdoor arena, trotting upon footing that’s replaced every six months in order to keep it fresh and cover up any tracks to the platinum horseshoes that are buried in the middle. Youngsters ages 6 to 12 can also make a smooth foray into the sport or brush up on already-acquired skills during five-day summer camps.
Oakhaven Labs prides itself on breeding and training award-winning Labradors. The staff trains these dogs in basic obedience skills and hunting techniques to help them catch pheasants and upland birds. Even though they breed labradors, the experts at Oakhaven love dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. When families go away on vacation, dogs can stay at the on-site kennels, where they receive premium dog food, flea and tick medications, and plenty of room to run and play. All boarded dogs also get the benefit of an education with light obedience and fine dining etiquette training every day of their stay.
The Dog Bark understands that dogs are family members that just happen to be furry. With that in mind, they target their pet-care services to pamper pooches as if they were your children with day care, boarding, and grooming. Daycare and boarding services provide dogs with hours of socialization and supervision while their parents are away, and grooming services ensure their fur is clean and knot-free.
Horseback-riding instructor Nancy White began teaching nearly 40 years ago. More than 30 of those years have been spent at her own Whitewind Farm, where indoor and outdoor arenas and fenced paddocks sprawl across 10.5 acres, providing plenty of ground to train steeds and riders alike. Although Nancy specializes in English-style riding, which primes equestrians for jumping, she tailors her lessons to fit the student, so the content is as flexible as a gymnast left in the sun too long.
The experts at The Eugene Backyard Farmer acknowledge the benefits of living a rural and urban life, and have found a way to combine the two. They deal in products and accessories for urban farming?the practice of applying traditional farming practices to a standard urban property. They supply urban farmers with egg-laying chicks, and specially made chick feed that is free of hormones, steroids, and pesticides. The Eugene Backyard Farmer also carries chicken coops, Kenyan- and Warre-style beehives, and raised garden beds.
Within The Nautilus Tropical Fish's aquariums, vibrant salt- and freshwater fish fan their fins while they await deliverance. Cockatoo cichlids and guinea puffers spend their time happily flitting behind coral rocks to look for food and debate the existence of snorklers. When their saviors’ eyes finally appear through the glass, fish ascend from their tanks and enter into a world of bright lights, spacious tanks, and all the food they can eat—all of which are stocked on The Nautilus Tropical Fish's shelves.