Sarah and Krista, the lead trainers at Elite Equine Group, help students develop confident horseback-riding skills during lessons and nurture comfortable relationships between humans and horses. The teaching duo takes into account each rider’s variables⎯including experience, age, abilities, and hat gallon number⎯as they teach students within the two indoor rings or one outdoor arena.
With a focus on safety, the instructors typically start young riders out in 30-minute lessons, while older students partaking in hour-long lessons that teach grooming, tacking, and groundwork.
Linda’s testimonials page is growing steadily with a variety of stories about helping dogs. By taking a calm leadership role, Linda urges dogs to stop their unwanted behavior and become the peaceful, nondestructive animals their owners want them to be. The canine expert has studied a number of training approaches and has mastered the methods she thinks achieve the swiftest and most satisfying results, forming a program based on positive reinforcement of good behaviors and calm rejection of bad ones. Beyond in-depth dog-whispering sessions, Linda also specializes in structured walks that ease dogs’ stress with strolls free of marking, sniffing, or suggestive whistles at nearby poodles.
Spring Valley Equestrian Center has been family owned for four decades. Current owners Marie Cotton and Chuck McWhirter spearhead instruction in both English and Western horseback-riding techniques on the scenic ranch, which abuts the Appalachian Trail Ridge. A large indoor arena complements the center's three riding rings, allowing horses to gallop comfortably throughout the year and eliminating the need for them to fly south for the winter. Spring Valley’s saddle shop allows equines to suit up onsite. In addition to group and private lessons, the center hosts summer horsemanship camps that include a week of lessons and conclude with a student horse show.
Staffed by a team of practiced pooch paladins and offering an array of durable pet products, Wipe Your Paws Inc. bathes, briefs, and bedecks canines in an immaculate, friendly atmosphere. The grooming salon's coat-coddling services range from a simple sudsing to a comprehensive glamorizing session, leaving pups with glossy coats and pristine paws. Wipe Your Paws’ affable staff will keep pets satisfied and patient as they clip nails, clean ears, condition fur, and finish with a beautifying blow dry. An array of specialty treatments is available, including nail-polish application, blueberry facials, teeth brushing, and custom shampoo choices. While retrieving canine companions, pet owners can also stock up on retail items including dog treats, toys, leashes, and beds, ensuring tail waggers’ continued devotion.