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.
Experienced gymnasts twirl and flip at one end of Gymcats Gymnastics’ floor as they train for advanced events. At the other end, toddlers learn introductory rolls and coordination. That’s the studio’s philosophy at a glance: real gymnastics taught in classes designed to suit all students. Kids aged 3–4 learn the basics of tumbling while increasing attention spans, learning social skills, and practicing human pyramids to reach cookie jars. More-seasoned athletes can receive instruction on the vault, bars, balance beam, and floor. After they graduate, students can apply their skills toward other sports or practice to become a part of Gymcats’ competitive teams. The gym also caters to grownups by hosting parents’ nights out on select Fridays and overseeing birthday parties.
Ashley Simmons has teased the locks and sculpted the toenails of canines from across the breed spectrum, from playful little terriers to stately black labradors. The seasoned specialist operates out of a tidy grooming parlor where she treats her canine clients to deep-cleansing baths, manicures, and stylish haircuts. She also administers a variety of luxurious spa-style treatments, including massages, facial scrubs, and oatmeal baths. To combat itchy fleas, the expert technician sprays dogs with a soothing formula and applies a powerful shampoo before coaxing out any remaining pests with a magical wooden flute.
When Abner White opened Abner's Famous Chicken Tenders of Cordova, he had one goal in mind: "we take one thing and try to do it very well." More than twenty years later, his chicken tenders are still igniting cravings, made using the same recipe that he started out with. In addition to serving up individual plates at the store, Abner's takes on all sizes of orders to cater events ranging from graduations and birthdays to get-togethers to watch sports. The tenders are marinated and battered in Abner's homemade batter and served with dipping sauces made from scratch. Try them fried or grilled, served in a salad or wrap, or on their own with garlic bread and slaw.
The consortium of professional instructors at DanceSmiths Ballroom Dance Studio shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Since 2006, the licensed and insured movers of 1st Class Moving Company have deftly maneuvered furniture and domestic contents between abodes. The moving experts also offer a line of packing supplies and a storage warehouse, where furniture and goods can safely reside during limbo periods between leases or when homeowners want to increase the difficulty of indoor games of hide-and-seek.