Head instructor Toney Massinople owns the Equestrian Arts Institute, a safety-oriented riding school where he and his team of talented instructors specialize in eventing and dressage. Massinople graduated from Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, one of the top schools in the U.S., and brings his expertise to riding lessons for any level from beginner to advanced, broken up according to a grade-level structure. During private or group lessons, pupils learn to tack, ride, untack, and groom horses to look like the steeds of cartoon superheroes, while more advanced riders can hone their jumping, eventing, and dressage skills. The classes help students meet individual goals with a roster of horses, each possessing gentle, kind dispositions. The aspiring riders hone their abilities in a top-notch facility replete with a 10-stall barn, a large dressage area, an indoor riding hall, and a stadium arena. In addition to regular lessons, Equestrian Arts Institute also trains and boards horses.
Founded by sports enthusiast and former adolescent Rick Hart, Jump Start Sports works to enrich pupils' childhoods by developing useful life skills through athletics. Qualified counselors employ their wealth of experience working with children to help campers learn teamwork and fair play as well as the fundamentals of fielding baseballs, scoring soccer goals, or synchronizing pom-pom work. A course structure built around age-appropriate activities, group play, and free electives ensures that students never get bored, and an 8:1 pupil-teacher ratio enables one-on-one assistance to young champions as they practice the graceful art of pitching or the scheming intrigue of free-agent contract negotiation.
At MidsouthmotoX, professional dirt-bike instructors with more than 20 years of experience teach introductory bike-handling skills before turning riders loose on a private practice track or a kid-friendly small track. Lesson packages can be fine-tuned for beginning or intermediate riders and may include bike rental, equipment rental, and track fees for the day. Variable terrain keeps both safety and challenge in balance, and track and instructors are available for all-day private rentals for birthdays, graduations, or the anniversary of Washington popping a wheelie over the Delaware.
The seasoned tour guides at the Conservators’ Center in Burlington, North Carolina have had their fair share of animal adventures. It is these that help them provide guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences with exotic wildlife, with more than 30 lions, tigers, and leopards.
Tours bring customers unique experiences, such as eye-to-eye experiences with tigers, and an "oofing", the Center's description for the earth-shaking lion's roar when they call to one another. On every tour, guides will "oof" to the lions, who often respond. Visitors will also get to observe wolves romping through the woods, and the discovery of lesser-known species such as servals and binturongs.
Being true to their mission of wildlife education, conservation, and rescue, the nonprofit Conservators' Center houses animal residents who were in need of a new home. They all live comfortable lives in this haven for wild animals.
A member track of the American Speed Association (ASA), Ace Speedway has been entertaining admirers of amped-up autos since 1956. Updated and expanded as the racing sport sprouted, Ace Speedway now boasts a 4/10-mile oval track with 12-degree banking. Guests can wash away the work week with a sensory shower of speeding sights and rumbling sounds at the Friday–night racing series. Those who show up early will catch warm-ups and qualifying heats before taking in divisions such as Late Model, Grand American Modifieds, Mini Stock, and Souped-up Soccer Mom Vans. Flathead Fords, Southern Ground Pounders, and other exhibition classes sanctioned by ASA visit the track throughout the season, and a number of touring divisions, such as PASS All Stars, compete at Ace Speedway on occasion. To stop taste buds from complaining about missing the action, visitors can savor a hot dog with a 20-ounce drink.