Leanne Krick—the head trainer and manager at Flying Change Performance Horses & Ponies—has been destined for equine excellence ever since the second grade. At that young age, Krick acquired her first pony, which quickly kick-started her love for horses and the whole of the animal kingdom.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Leanne constantly competed at both the local and state levels. Nowadays, she helps others do the same with private and group lessons in a number of divisions, including hunters, jumpers, and Western pleasure. For more casual riders, Leanne's training corps leads guided trail rides across hundreds of acres of York County countryside. And for more seasoned competitors, the crew offers traditional horse training for those who need their animal to be more cooperative on the trail or the runway of the next horses-only fashion show.
For 30 years, Woodhall Wine Cellars has functioned as a small, family-run boutique winery in the rolling hills of Parkton, where its winemakers have perfected the food-friendly art of table wines. These award-winning varietals are all crafted from Maryland-grown grapes, which are pressed, strained, and eventually transformed into a dry, oaked chardonnay or a rich, dessert-friendly ice wine from late harvest. Inside the rustic tasting room, you can line up along the bar to sample these wines, try a whole glass, or grab a bottle to smash at a yacht-christening party.
After spending his formative years helping his father to operate multiple golf facilities, John Invernizzi decided to dedicate his adult life to spreading the gospel of the game. The PGA pro opened Hereford Golf Center in 1995 with the aim of creating a pressure-free space for golfers of all stripes to hone their swings, learn to appreciate the game, and debate about which club would be the most useful to ward off feral caddies. In the ensuing 17 years, clubbers have been hitting practice balls at the center’s 36-stall driving range, replete with eight target greens that range from 50 to 260 yards.
The adjacent Lost Falls Miniature Golf Course takes friendly competitors careening past two ponds, a large stream, and a mysterious cave as they steer golf balls toward pintsize flagsticks. True to his mission of making golf fun and accessible for everyone, John and the staff at Hereford Golf Center provide clubs free of charge, sparing clubless players from hastily purchasing one or digging in their backyard for a conveniently shaped mastodon bone.
Established in 1986, Basignani Winery cultivates and bottles hand-crafted red and white wines using a traditional cellar method and techniques perfected over several years. Owners Bert and Lynne Basignani have named some of their favorite wines after their four children, such as the dry Elena, a white seyval blend aged in oak, or the Lorenzino Reserve, a rich blend of cabernet sauvignon and franc melded with fruity merlot. Wednesday?Sunday, the winery holds half-hour tastings of its creations and encourages?weather and Dionysus?s mood permitting? self guided tours of the vineyard. A 20-minute drive north of Baltimore, the winery boasts rows of plump green and burgundy grapes hanging off vines as the winery?s resident border collies run and play in the fields. In spring, vibrant fuchsia petals burst from branches and delicate blush blooms droop low to the ground to provide cover for a romantic meal or microfiche exchange among visitors.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
All In Stride Equestrian Center is open year-round with horse-related activities surrounded by more than 100 acres of picturesque countryside in Parkton, Maryland. Owners Barry and Wendy Kraus have put together a staff of dedicated instructors. All in Stride provides riding lessons, trail rides, and boarding services, as well as birthday-party packages for children. Lessons range from learning the basics for beginning equestrians, such as how to properly tack a horse, to more advanced concepts such as showing horses on a national level. Often, All in Stride takes advantage of its prime countryside spot by following trails into the nearby Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park.