The equestrian trainers at Foxtail Farms conduct horseback-riding lessons for riders seeking leisure time atop a steed and for those considering competition. Amid a rural landscape of patchwork crop fields and untamed plains, horses lope, gallop, leap, and waffle on which shoes to wear that day as instructors lead intimate training sessions. Skilled in teaching the ins and out of hunter, jumper, and equitation riding, instructors help to foster horsemanship skills while preparing riders for many situations, including the show ring. Believing that success can only be found when both rider and horse have created a special bond, the trainers also work to create an atmosphere in which that bond can be nurtured and tempered.
Carol Wright’s Melodic Farms sprawls across 20 acres of farmland, a bucolic expanse that allows her to hold training programs for student equestrians. A lifelong rider with numerous title belts earned on the junior and grand-prix circuits, Carol oversees a facility that comprises indoor and outdoor jumping arenas as well as a large riding field complete with a bank and a ditch, which aid in games of horseback hide-and-seek. She and her staff use the grounds as the setting for their lessons, which aim to impart fundamentals starting with walking and trotting and moving up to jumping.
Every October, the quiet vegetables fields at Bastiao Farms come alive with the laughter and shrieks of the annual Halloween festival. On one side of the grounds, a motor-powered train makes its way through the haunted corn maze, a massive, growing labyrinth supplemented by three additional corn and hay-bale mazes plus a Halloween-themed pumpkin patch. In other areas of the grounds, children and adults alike can navigate historically engaging sights that include a one-room schoolhouse and a scaled-down Wild West town featuring wooden saloons, storefronts, inns, and a covered wagon that secretly dreams of becoming a hardtop.
Since 1974, Leone Equestrians has saddled students upon gentle steeds amid the six arenas, pastures, and professional all-weather footing of its show stable. Drawing from years of international horse-show experience, professional instructors guide students of all experience levels through hunter and jumper techniques, providing students with an alternative travel method to mule-pulled shopping carts. Students learn to groom, saddle, and care for their horses, and may linger in the stable outside of class times to witness staff members exercising the noble beasts. Students should prepare for lessons with helmets, long pants, and heeled boots, and abstain from wearing loose jewelry or cumbersome chain-mail veils.
The landscapers at each Weed Man location honor the company’s four decades in the lawn care business through a wide range of yard-beautifying services, from weed control and aeration to pest control and organic topdressings. Each one aims to reveal vibrant, healthy lawns that might currently be strangled by crabgrass or covered by a big, ugly blanket. After tests to determine soil pH level and identify any presence of disease, the team concocts tailored programs for each individual lawn to help cure its health issues and render it usable by homeowners.
You can learn a lot in a quarter-century, and the landscape professionals of Custom Agronomic Solutions have spent more than 25 years gaining knowledge about Californian plants, lawns, and landscapes. Their chemical and mechanical solutions help to control and eliminate noxious weeds, and they rejuvenate existing turf with fresh sod and aeration services. Trees also get a health boost from the specialists' pest-shooing sprays and injections. In addition to solving greenery-related problems, Custom Agronomic Solutions also provides noxious weed services for any situation, including roadsides, large open lands, landscape beds and more.