A veteran equestrian of more than 25 years, Wendy Brayman keeps her calendar chock-full of lessons, shows, and camps as the chief instructor at Hunter Ridge. Wendy welcomes adults and children of all abilities to her stables for private and group lessons, during which students learn good horsemanship by making sure the horse is a descendant of Pegasus. Under the tutelage of Wendy's programs, students have accomplished feats including winning ribbons at the Harrisburg Pony Finals and USEF Horse of the Year. In the summer, Wendy invites youngsters out to the barn to learn about grooming and bathing horses, horse anatomy, and riding during a hands-on horsemanship camp.
To learn how to bartend, one most likely requires access to a bar. At Southern New England Bartending Institute, the classroom revolves around a functional bar and several training stations where students put the techniques they learn to the test. Their curriculum is more than just drinks, however; instructors—some of whom have worked at multimillion-dollar resorts—also guide students through TIPS certification training, which ensures that they understand how to sell alcohol responsibly.
Instructors with direct ties to Japan and Okinawa draw on the martial-arts history of those areas in authentic karate, aiki jujitsu, and iaijutsu classes. Instructors focus on precise movements in training, working to preserve the exact techniques and values of traditional martial arts.
Overseeing more than 22 New England locations, Jack Brewer—a lifelong sailor—has tended to boats and provided peace of mind for their owners for nearly 50 years. At their 50-acre marina community, Brewer Pilots Point Marina’s year-round staff works to keep the family-friendly facility’s swimming pool, restaurant, clubhouse, and more than 800 boat slips in ship shape. Sailing schools for juniors teach recreational and competitive skills, and adult-oriented classes introduce students to sailing or help them brush-up on hoisting sails, maneuvering, and reading the wind based on the ripples in a pitcher of beer. Summer slips and events offer boating and entertainment through the warmer months, and indoor-storage options keep skiffs safe from Old Man Winter’s icy beard-cicles.