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Quest for equestrian success at Featherdown Farm, where you'll learn healthy horseplay and care such as grooming, brushing, and hoof picking, in addition to the finer points of riding. Each two-hour lesson ($45 per hour) is led by one of Featherdown's expert instructors, who will provide riders with comprehensive breakdowns and horses with enough affection to turn any night mare into a daydreaming, rainbow-sneezing unicorn. Lessons are English style, not Western style, and are tailored to all experience levels.

16301 Cedar Grove Road
Sparks Glencoe,
MD
US

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.

16426 W Liberty Rd.
Stewartstown,
PA
US

You might see "Motown" or "80s" on the schedule, but InSync Cycle Studio is not a dance venue. These events still involve plenty of legwork, though—students pedal aboard stationary bikes as invigorating music blares all the while. During these sessions, they'll surmount imaginary hills with real resistance, or zoom through long straightaways at high speeds. Some might be marathoners, and others might be first-timers. It doesn't matter to the instructor at the head of the class, who makes sure that everyone's workout is suited to their experience.

Typically, these instructors are the ones in charge of the music. Most classes aren't themed, but follow a mix of tunes that mesh with the teacher's taste. Some will even time the rhythm of their inclines and sprints to match the song, which is why "Flight of the Bumblebee" has been banned forever. Regardless of the soundtrack, each low-impact lesson helps to tone muscle and build endurance in a communal, encouraging space.

11121 York Rd
Hunt Valley,
MD
US

It's hard to be bored at the MAC. With three locations and a host of unique fitness programs, the fitness center has something for even the most indecisive of exercisers. Want to swim in the saltwater lap pools? Play squash on one of the courts? Take part in a MAC training camp? Or start a specialty regimen in the Kinesis, TRX, or Pilates Reformer studio? Committed to a comprehensive wellness program, staffers offer complimentary consultations for new members, as well as nutritional programs. The trainers at MAC Wellness help guests reach their fitness goals while having fun. Athletes looking to restore pre-injury prowess can also dip into one of the therapy pools or whirlpools with a personal trainer.

11212 McCormick Rd
Hunt Valley,
MD
US

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.

17110 York Rd
Parkton,
MD
US