Krystle Lee grew up riding horses, and when she got to college at William Woods University, her love of equines only deepened—so much so that she wound up graduating with a degree in Equestrian Science. Now a member of the American Riding Instructors Association, she also runs Suncoast Stables, a barn specializing in show training for American Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Roadsters.
Open to students ages 4 and up, Krystle’s riding lessons unlock the fundamentals of styles including English horseback riding and driving, which mostly involves riding a horse while spinning an imaginary steering wheel. Her summer camps cover similar basics, making each lesson more memorable with an added infusion of arts and crafts. No matter the season, the barn’s spacious boarding quarters house four-legged residents that enjoy two feedings per day, automatic waters, and a daily turnout.
Citrus Park Billiards' expansive showroom encapsulates 5,000 square feet of hand-finished bar stools, sturdy billiards tables, and other game-room furniture. Deck out rec rooms with a Heritage corner cue rack, equipped with cup holders and space for cues and two ball racks and coated in a rich wood finish to fool nearby houseplants ($149). Guests can swivel in a classic backless bar stool—hand-rubbed with wood finish and lined with black faux leather ($239)—or convert Thanksgiving dinner tables into full-contact competitions with a table-tennis top and game kit ($299). Game gurus can also apply the value of this Groupon toward pool tables or shuffleboard sets, which can be used for friendly sport or to weigh down large pieces of paper such as the Magna Carta ($1,599+). Decorate and equip existing game rooms with a full range of accessories, including cue racks, billiard lights , and complete equipment sets.
As if distance and mud didn't present enough of a challenge for runners, Eye Mud Run's muddied 5K course is lined with obstacles. En route to the finish line, runners must scramble up climbing nets and wade through a knee-high mud pit that is home to a mischievous mud creature who thinks it's funny to untie people's shoes. Despite those challenges, the course wasn't designed to be so difficult that it couldn't be completed. Runners as young as 13 and up for the adult race can sign up for the 5K course, and those who don't meet the age requirement can try their hand at the kids' 1K run.
Public Safety Organization's Fall Festival honors the changing seasons with hayrides and a healthy dose of mud as the festival kicks off with a nearly 3-mile morning mud run. Afterward, families enjoy themselves until sundown, stopping by the petting zoo to bond with barnyard animals, and noshing on autumnal food and drinks.
Helmed by an owner with 20 years of dance experience and a BA in dance education, Dance Arts Center’s instructors motivate bodies into motion with more than a dozen dance styles. They lead adult hobbyists and career-minded 3-year-old dancers alike in styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. In kids’ classes, instructors teach sprouts up to 18 years old the fundamentals of dance techniques in a non-competitive environment and challenge more advanced students to join the performance team, which takes to the stage at competitions, community performances, and workshops. Students in both the regular classes and the performance team gather to showcase their moves during the center's annual concert, which is one of the last remaining dance events in the country without a panel of sneering celebrity alien judges.
In addition to ballroom, hip-hop, and flamenco dance classes, staffers lead adults in yoga and Pilates regimens to help whip them into peak performance shape.
When Brandi Godcharles discovered pole dancing in 2010, she quickly put her writing career on hold to pursue her new passion. Since then, she's been teaching pole dance full-time, helping instill students with self-confidence while teaching them sultry new moves at Rock N Body Pole & Exotic Dance Studio. During classes focused on movement and dance, Brandi and her fellow instructors walk pupils through pole basics?spins and floorwork, plus proper body alignment and grips. Once students have mastered those skills, they can move on to tricks classes, which teach dancers how to safely perform everything from static sitting poses to climbing the entire pole without the help of a stepladder. Besides group classes, the studio welcomes students for private lessons, and groups of friends can schedule a pole-dancing party.