Noemi Wilson-Debriano unfortunately couldn't fit her horses into the suitcase when she left to earn her degrees in animal sciences and psychology at Delaware Valley College. To make up for the lack of four-hoofed companions in her life, she traveled from door to door to find horse owners who needed help training and showing their steed, channeling the riding expertise she had honed since age 6. The same tenacity led her to purchase her own farm after graduation, where she and her staff now board and educate equines against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. They recognize that horses have distinct personalities and modes of communication with their riders, helping both human and animal establish strong connections. During lessons, her staff leads beginners and advanced riders alike through tailored routines that outline horse behavior and physiology as well as cover saddle-striding form. They open their farm doors to patrons of all stripes, ranging from those who mean to trot for pleasure to those who aim to unfairly dominate the next season of The Amazing Race.
The farm cultivates a quiet environment of total acceptance and calm, welcoming all breeds to the barn. They customize their boarding services to suit each horse's temperament and training regimen. A team of vets, chiropractors, massage therapists, and nutritionists on the verge of engineering apple-flavored hay tend to hoofed tenants for the duration of their stay.
Racing pigs. Hypnotists. The Marshall Tucker Band. Freedom Fest State Fair NJ is a lot of things, but it's not your average state fair. Besides familiar fair attractions such as roller coasters, ferris wheels, and carousels, this celebration features strange sights and hands-on activities. Or sometime face-on—pie-eating contests every night prove who is the best berry-guzzler. And on Healthy Eating Saturday, the fair hosts herb-tasting alongside gardening shows and farmers' markets. Other can't-miss events include the Eudora Animal Petting Farm, where kids can cuddle with zebras, lemurs, tortoises, and a giraffe. Celebrity hypnotist Catherine Hickland of One Life to Live, Knight Rider, and Law and Order, meanwhile, can convince adults they are cuddling zebras, lemurs, tortoises, and a giraffe. At night, big-name country artists such as Lyndsey Highlander, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Little River Band join forces with local acts such as Kindred Spirit and cover bands such as Tusk, the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Click here to view the complete 2013 schedule.
As the sun rises over Manito Equestrian Center's sprawling farm, horses stir and whinny within their stalls. The steeds blink as they emerge from their stately, centuries-old bank barn to run and jump across 60 acres of land, including indoor and outdoor riding arenas.
A staff of seasoned horsewomen attends these gentle mounts, filling their stalls with fresh straw, feeding them nutritious oats, and reading aloud to them from Black Beauty every night. They also strengthen and expand the equestrian community, teaching students of all ages and experience levels riding techniques and horse-care fundamentals during lessons and camps. These sessions focus on dressage, hunt-seat, Western, and recreational styles, preparing riders for a fun trot through the woods or a career in competitive jumping. The trainers also conduct an innovative equine-assisted learning program that uses horse therapies and exercises to promote resilience and the development of life skills in children and adults recovering from trauma.