On a ranch in the country, Epona Farms' trainers share the equestrian spirit with newcomers, youth, and champions-to-be in their indoor arenas and outdoor sand area. Triona Watson, an advanced coach since 1975, draws from her international experience to head up the facility's instructional programs. Her riding curriculum centers on three components: dressage, stadium jumps, and cross-country riding. Along with these focuses, her students learn English and Western styles of riding in an indoor arena and outdoor sand area. As spring turns to summer, Epona's horse whisperers expand their lessons into immersive day camps that teach horsemanship and leadership skills to adolescents, and let the children interact with other animals, such as rabbits and sheep. Younger children may be enchanted by PeeWee Pony School, a program that pairs pintsize novices with appropriate-size steeds to help instill a love for horses and riding at a young age. Additionally, the instructors focus on community outreach and work with special-needs children and young adults.
When asked about her stance on skincare products, Jamie Jacob’s answer is simple: “If it doesn’t do something amazing, I don’t carry it.” The veteran aesthetician honed her keen ability to weed out the unworthy contenders through 600 hours of cosmetology schooling, which included extra training with Dermalogica, Eminence, Skin Script, and Tu'el Skin Care lines. Much like beauty-pageant contests, who are judged on personality alone, Jamie’s services span the beauty spectrum with an array of facials, waxing, and microdermabrasion treatments that keep epidermal expanses silky smooth, as well as massages that go hand-to-hand against troublesome aches.
Head coach Simon Gomez had mainly athletes in mind when he created Sports Fitness, but his signature high-intensity workout elicits change in bodies of athletes and nonathletes alike. Through a series of drills, Simon keeps exercisers at the uppermost edge of their athletic abilities throughout the entire workout, which includes training for speed, agility, strength, and the core.
A ninth-degree black belt in karate, Tony Nunez has proudly empowered thousands of women in the eight years since he founded Women Kickin It. As reported on Fox40, "Nunez is giving women something he wishes his mother had." After watching his own mother succumb to the crippling effects of domestic abuse, Nunez made it his life's goal to ensure not only that his students are equipped with survival techniques when faced with an attack, but also that they are building and nurturing their feelings of self-confidence and self-worth.
His classes provide a fun, safe alternative to standard self-defense techniques, such as firing pepper spray or breathing fire, while increasing mobility and body confidence. A low-key, welcoming environment facilitates training for women of all experience levels and body types, whether they sign up for group classes, one-on-one instruction, or sparring sessions with Tony.
For more than two decades, Emerald Lakes Golf Course has challenged golfers of all skill levels with a scenic assortment of hazards, including redwood forests, a host of lakes, and the Delta Breeze. The course features a relatively easy first hole, after which things get much harder at hole #2—a 195-yard par-3 made longer by the prevailing winds. Before heading in for the day, golfers must make a difficult decision at the 362-yard, par-4 dogleg ninth hole. They can aim over the lake in hopes of hitting the green directly, lay up in the center of the fairway, or hit the ball in the opposite direction to approach the hole by crossing the entire globe first.
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