The cheery pop of hooves against dirt roll across Aberdean Riding Academy’s 170-acre facility. The academy’s insured trainers ride alongside the rail fences separating riding trails, a 1-mile racetrack, and seven full-size arenas. Atop the close-contact saddles used in english riding, the team leads lessons that stress safety and are intended to equip riders with leadership skills. Sleek steeds carry the riders as they practice for trail rides, Olympic runs, or attempts to steal a centaur’s identity inside the show arena or on the grass Grand Prix ring.
Oftentimes after people quit drinking, they find themselves with large chunks of free time on their hands. Golf In Recovery combines the game of golf with addiction support to fill that time and help keep people sober. It offers recovering addicts and those who wish to stop drinking high-tech golf instruction, 18-hole golf games with golf pro Jamie Frith, and a fellowship support group. Golf In Recovery also encourages clients to work privately with its recovery coach, Ann Frith, who has worked as a substance abuse counselor and clinical therapist at several treatment facilities.
A veteran of the arts, with more than 15 years of experience, Sarita Ciallella has performed her fair share of gymnastic, dancing, and acting routines. But it wasn't until May 2003 that these passions culminated in Virtuous Productions, a performing-arts community center where she could imbue kids, teens, and adults with her knowledge of the arts. Together with a dedicated staff of instructors, including dancers and acting coaches, Sarita's mission—to teach new artists creative skills in a purposeful and moral way—has never changed. Sarita and her team uphold the center's seven core values: excellence, innovation, teamwork, respect, integrity, social profit, and joy.
The schedule runs six days a week to keep dancers of any age or ability tapping, salsa-ing, and rhythmically stomping their feet across the studio's competition-size floor, which is made of the same material as the floor on Dancing with the Stars. Film and television classes teach aspiring stars how to emote for the camera and how to never lose a staring contest with the camera man, and the company's in-house shooting crew captures special moments with half- and full-day shoots that include editing, DVDs, and makeup applications.
Virtuous Productions also supports the arts through Virtuous Nites, which offer a safe, smoke- and drink-free environment for partiers to let loose and dance.
Legendary course architect Donald Ross began design on the first nine holes of Delray Beach Golf Club in 1923, and when the course officially opened for play in 1926, players embraced the layout's variety of shot scenarios. When the course closed during World War II, the grounds sat idle, forcing the course carts to join the Allied forces as lightweight tanks.
Delray Beach Club reopened in 1945 and, five years later, the city sculpted a back nine to create a modern, championship course that stretches 6,907 yards for a par of 72. The original challenges still exist today, beckoning golfers to rely on every club in their bag as they take on par 4s that range from 347 to 451 yards, where treating the hole like a par 5 is often the best strategy. A stream enters play on five holes, running parallel to both the par 5 first hole and the par 3 sixth, forcing players to fight the urge to chip onto a passing lily pad and let it carry the ball downstream.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,907 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees * Four sets of tees available * Scorecard
At Villa Delray Golf Club, GPS-equipped golf carts zoom over lush, green fairways and past ponds visited by long-beaked ibises and snowy egrets. Before driving and putting their way through the par 71, 18-hole course, golfers can dig up divots at a grass driving range with 20 hitting stations, practice chipping, or dribble their balls up to the hole and dunk them on a putting green. After a day in the sun, players can refuel at the restaurant, bar, or snack shop, and stop by the pro shop to replace uncooperative dimpled orbs.