Any coach will tell you that teaching absolute beginners requires patience. As luck would have it, Marissa Theobald of Marissa's Bit O' Luck Stable has patience in spades. She needed it to complete her equine industries degree at the University of Massachusetts?Amherst, earn a license as a riding instructor and trainer, and work with problem horses, especially when they would ask, "Are we there yet?" from the trailer. Novice riders enjoy her calm, levelheaded approach as they learn the German method of riding, which emphasizes a balanced seat and developing a relationship with the horse?core tenets at any experience level. As riders advance, they can continue their education in dressage, jumping, and eventing under Marissa's tutelage, occasionally sneaking off to enjoy the miles of trails that abut the 9-acre ranch.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Antique toys, trains, dolls, and 1690 house
Recommended Age Group: All ages
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Wenham Museum is a family-friendly museum that's perfect for young visitors. The museum?s collections and most popular attractions inlclude 10 model-train layouts, a world-renowned doll collection, vintage dollhouses, a costume and textile collection, antique toys, historic photographs, and the National Historic Register Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House. The museum?s changing exhibits and programming celebrate childhood, connect generations, and honor local heritage.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our museum educators are great with young children (and big kids too). We have family-friendly programming, and [our] rotating exhibits are designed to bring our collection and exhibits to life. Our museum offers many hands-on activities.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Read about our exhibits and collections before you visit. Our welcome desk can also give you tips for a successful visit. Check out [the] website for directions and hours at http://www.wenhammuseum.org/visit.html.
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