Mid-South Ice House sparks heated competition amid icy environs by hosting hockey, curling, and broomball teams. The center also caters to figure skaters with regular freestyle sessions. In addition to athletic endeavors, it supports family-friendly revelry with regular open skates, lessons for ages 2 to adult, and a private party room. Cosmic Skate sessions every Saturday night capture the dazzle of the northern lights, sending a multihued glow over glinting ice.
As the head trainer at Raintree Equestrian Center—and in previous roles—Shannyn Welsh has worked in riding disciplines including Western pleasure, hunter/jumper, and barrel racing with horse breeds ranging from all types of top-bred warmbloods to arabians, andalusians, and tennessee walkers. Equestrians from all over the country and from Europe trust Shannyn’s experience so much that they routinely send her their own horses to help with problem solving, preparation, and training. Students of all riding levels also seek out Shannyn’s expertise to improve their skills. While practicing within the 60-foot round pen or the 100’x200’ lighted arena, or experimenting with a Fosbury flop on the full-jump course, students learn to exhibit the hallmarks of good riding technique, including center balance, soft hands, and firm legs.
Autumn Chase Farm's beautiful, brand-new galloping grounds and stable reside just a short 30-to-40-minute drive from Memphis, Collierville, and Germantown. Nestled in this serene setting, a group of friendly trainers teach lifetime equestrian skills to aspiring mounties of mostly all ages in a safe, welcoming atmosphere. In their half-hour lesson on English riding ($45 for group, $55 for private), they'll teach budding pony passengers the basics of creature-bound commuting and communication. After establishing a rapport with one of their reliable, crime-solving horses, you'll learn how to develop posture and balance, as well as the key signals and aids to control the steed and quell excessive neigh-saying. Each instructor exudes patience and care for each student, helping to build knowledgeable, confident, and exceedingly handsome riders. Call ahead to make a reservation.
A thick wall of trees surrounds the outdoor riding area of Shady Creek Farm, the green foliage dark against the vibrant blue of the sky. Students of all ages bounce into view as they captain their gentle steeds around the ring, guided by instructors who look on and call out encouragement. Indoor riding facilities shelter riders during colder months.
At Funquest, families, couples, leagues, and revelers enjoying a night on the town entertain themselves with hours of bowling on 32 lanes. After hurling bowling balls at rows of awaiting pins, guests regale each other with their bowling exploits over beers at the 11th Frame Bar and Grill, or over burgers and pizza at the snack bar.