BC Quarter Circle Ranch covers more than 600 acres, encompassing far too many trails, trees, and pastures to possibly explore by foot. That's why the trainers lead horseback trail rides throughout the ranch, allowing riders to immerse themselves in the wild landscape and stories about the ranch's multigenerational family history. Riders may even spot evidence of the Native American tribes who once inhabited the land, such as arrowheads and other objects left from long ago.
The fully functioning ranch, which has been in operation for more than 200 years, also offers riding lessons and hosts groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts and sequestered juries.
Trainer Stephanie Lynn?s bond with horses runs deep. At her ranch in Fort White, the equitation specialist works with the animals while helping them prepare for halter, showmanship, Western riding, and showing. In addition, Stephanie guides both adults and children in Western riding, a style that evolved to meet the needs of early American ranchers in their quest for the perfect salad dressing. In 2012, Stephanie was president of the Florida Halter Horse Association, which aimed to give all horse owners an opportunity to show any breed in halter, longe line, in-hand trail, showmanship, and color.
Spokes have populated the space around 1630 West University Avenue for 65 years, turning stoically as numerous bike shops have come and gone. The spot’s newest cycling incarnation, Chain Reaction Bike Shop, owes its staying power to owner Raleigh Faust and his staff of experts who cater to collegiate commuters, recreational cyclists, and serious athletes alike. Inside the unvarnished wooden storefront, rows of rides from Scott, Jamis Bicycles, and Surly await ownership. Every bike purchased at the shop comes with a lifetime of free service adjustments, making owning a bike as hassle-free as combing a hairless cat. Technicians see to these new rides, taking more than a dozen measurements for individualized fittingsand performing maintenance services that range from spot repairs to comprehensive tune-ups.
More than a dance school, IndepenDance Studio inspires its students to express themselves with acting, improv, ballet, and jazz classes for all ages and abilities. The studio?s owner, Mary Knestrick, draws on an extensive dance background that includes training from Broadway Dance Center and The Ailey School to lead her team of professionally trained instructors. The team inspires the next generation to grace the stage with acting, improv, and vocal training classes; ballet and jazz classes prepare students for a variety of small roles in teen dance films. Hip-hop and Irish dance classes activate feet bored from being kissed by doting suitors, whereas fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, boot camp, and martial arts simultaneously shred calories and impart useful skills.
At Salsa Caliente, expert instructors strive to spread their love of Salsa dance while introducing students to Hispanic culture. Stressing correct form, timing, and style, they lead groups through classes tailored to each individual’s skill level. They also offer private instruction as well as special sessions for upcoming events such as weddings. Salsa Caliente frequently opens its doors for special events, such as birthdays and quinceaneras, and hosts dance socials that allow students to mingle and explore a variety of dance styles, such as cha cha and merengue.
At West End Golf Club, the 3,940-yard executive golf course, driving range, and putting green are all fully lit, allowing players to tee it up during the day or night. Scott Dombeck oversees the pro shop, which has been arming golfers with equipment from brands such as TaylorMade, Ping, and Wilson for more than 30 years. The shop also helps golfers shave strokes with custom club repair, private and group golf instruction, and associations for men and women.