On the 15-acre parcel of countryside dubbed Winding Hill Riding Club & Show Stables, head instructor and trainer Christy Alexander-Van Eron coaches both horses and humans to become safe and successful competitors. She uses the facilities––including more than 40 paddocks, a pair of outdoor rings, and a large indoor arena renovated with new footing––to accomplish this task, which, in a way, has always been her life's work. Currently a Red Cross- and Horsemanship Safety Association-certified instructor, she's been riding since the age of five and has long been competing at a high level, including showing with hunters and jumpers throughout college. Over her career, she whittled instruction down to three key necessities to producing successful riders: riding for pleasure, competition, or sugar cubes.
The Priceless Parrot Preserve sounds like a jungle. The calls and conversations of more than 100 birds from 29 species form a symphony that strengthens social bonds. Well-behaved members of the flock greet visitors and play with toys hanging from the ceiling, whereas animals with behavioral issues—often the products of abuse or neglect—hang back, working with volunteers and founders Gene and Marietta Avery to grow and recover. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Gene provides medical care to the often malnourished birds and ensures that they receive a rich diet of nuts and fruit.
Gene and Marietta Avery founded The Priceless Parrot Preserve to care for neglected and abandoned exotic birds. Their goal is twofold: to educate the public about the birds both as pets and wild creatures, and to give a permanent home to mistreated and unwanted birds. The couple originally adopted the birds out of their own pockets, but formed their own preserve when confronted with the sheer number of birds in need. Today, they specialize in taking in larger birds such as macaws and cockatoos that demand more attention and other birds that might be considered unadoptable.
Signature service: Tom Mooney
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Shampoo
Pro Tip: The earlier you bring dog in for grooming the quicker it can be picked up.
NY Kennel Club ensures the well-being of canines of all breeds and backgrounds, from visitors stopping by for a bath and a haircut to rescue puppies looking for a new home. Along with grooming services, which range from simple nail trims to complete makeovers, the cage-free kennel houses its guests in spacious pens, giving the dogs plenty of room to romp. Each pup up for adoption has been thoroughly checked by a local veterinarian, and expert trainers can aid new owners in tasks such as housebreaking—the technical term for when a pet gets a little too excited with a sledgehammer.
Judith Ripka Jewelry intertwines the rich glaze of gemstones with signature beading and rope twists of exclusively alloyed gold and sterling silver. Fingers searching for natural elegance can snuggle up into the ambrosia stack ring, a sterling-silver affair that decorates the pink crystal of an oval stone with double hearts of white sapphire, symbolizing that the heart is not only unbreakable, but has a backup if needed ($175). The linked silver heart charm bracelet with signature lobster claw coddles a canary crystal heart charm ($195), and the small eclipse earrings entice the ears and frame the face with the dark, rich tones of tastefully shaped black onyx stones ($200).
Passage East Kennels is devoted to all things pooch, so much so that John Travolta and Robin Williams filmed parts of their 2009 movie Old Dogs on its grounds. The family-owned business has provided dog care since 1967, and today, it offers pet owners flexible boarding options, doggy daycare, and full-service grooming. Passage East also donates its time and profits to helping homeless dogs find loving families, procuring new homes for more than 150 pups over the last decade.