Twenty acres of rolling, windswept pasture and an expansive covered riding arena greet visitors at Topside Farm, the site of Irvine Training. Head trainer Tyler Irvine runs the show with nearly a lifetime of horsemanship under his belt, starting from the age of 6 and blossoming into a gift for managing horses, especially Arabians. His riding lessons demonstrate proper riding technique to students of all levels in the disciplines of Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat, and Western Pleasure. Riders receive their instruction atop one of the farm’s lineup of friendly lesson horses in the covered arena, allowing lessons to take place throughout the year and in inclement weather, when otherwise horses might get spooked by lightning or a rain cloud shaped like their ex-wives.
Although Stephanie Hartfield has more than seven years of grooming experience, it is her warm demeanor and the fact that she treats every pet as if it were her own that most endears her to human and animal clients. The owner of Kloud-9 Pet Salon and Spa beautifies pups and cats with services that range from simple bathing to all-inclusive grooming with teeth and ear cleaning, nail trimming, and a breed-standard cut or toupee. Puppy packages help ease first-timers into the grooming process with a soothing bath, facial cleansing with tearless solutions, and fluff dry using extra-gentle techniques. The Kloud-9 staff also offers supplemental services including flea, tick, and skunk treatments.
Long waiting times can make any pet owner wary of taking their furry friends to the vet; at Easy Vet Clinic, the staff is committed to making every appointment convenient and time efficient. They do this by offering basic care, referring pets to veterinary hospitals for more intensive treatments. Instead, they treat ailments such as stomach issues, respiratory infections, and cuts and scratches from fighting with their siblings over the remote control. Staff also inoculates pets from disease and helps manage their health, whether it's coming up with a care plan for arthritis or guiding owners in their pets' weight loss.