Riding is a wonderful sport to build poise, confidence, posture and a great attitude about the rest of the world. Our specialty is equitation training for the rider. We have trained many champion junior and amateur riders, some of whom have gone on to be professionals themselves.
For Stone Tree Services owner Cheston Perry, climbing trees isn't just a job––it’s a passion. The experienced arborist spends much of his free time in the branches, climbing and training with other expert climbers. Aside from the sense of tranquility and peace of mind the sport brings, it also affords Cheston a keener understanding of tree health and the types of safety precautions his team of hardhat-wearing employees must take during every trimming and felling service they provide. By eliminating the risks, Cheston's team can better focus on the trees they're tending to, clipping away excess foliage to keep trees healthy and lessen the chance of damage during storms. Pruning also highlights the natural beauty of the trees so homeowners won't have to smear them with lipstick anymore. Beyond shaping and safeguarding tree health, the specialists can also haul away dead wood or diagnose tree diseases and will fully clean up after each job, including stump removal.
Licensed cheese artisan Julie Steil and her husband Rob once crafted cheeses as a part-time hobby, until encouragement from those who had tasted the results prompted them to turn the delectable pastime into a full-time passion. Today, the Steils manage their own herd of goats and cows who lead pampered lives on the couple's 20-acre farm, where a diet of alfalfa, blackberry thickets, and chocolate syrup yield better-tasting milk. The Steils create different cheeses in small batches, ranging from a semihard cheese bathed in raspberry port to a raw milk tomme bathed in Naughty Nellie ale from Pike Brewery. Landing River Valley Cheese on Sunset magazine's list of the Top 100 Cultural Trends Shaping the West, Julie and Rob also share their love of fromage fashioning at hands-on cheese-making classes, where attendees can learn to create their own wheels of fresh and aged cheeses, instead of relying on the questionable quality of the cheeses peddled by door-to-door sales cows.
Cedar Grove Equestrian Center’s experienced instructors corral up to five budding riders for one-hour introductory lessons, held seven days a week. Learn to brush, tack, and ride an equine within the center’s spacious, covered arena, surrounded by lush, verdant scenery and gangs of spying rodeo clowns. Cedar Grove’s friendly steeds help beginners gain confidence and perfect their horse dialect, and the center’s small class sizes allow for personalized feedback. Helmets and boots are provided at no charge.