Jackie Marshall uses her calming voice, behavior modification, neuro-linguistic programming, and desensitization to help clients overcome obstacles in life. During her hypnotherapy sessions, she helps people tap into their subconscious to help themselves stop bad habits such as biting their nails, or biting their partner’s nails. Jackie has additional certifications to help clients manage with ADHD, sports performance and enhancement needs, smoking cessation, EFT, and pain management issues— helping individuals build self-confidence and overcome their phobias.
The equine enthusiasts at Twin L Performance Horses conduct lessons to impart the fundamentals of horseback riding, including ground handling and mounting. Every activity is done, as their site says, "for the love of the horse." The woman behind this mantra, Linda Leslie, cultivated her passion for horses by beginning her professional training in 1985. Today, she brings her expertise to Twin L Performance Horses, an Arabian horse facility focused on using compassion and gentle discipline to turn out well-behaved show steeds.
Majestic horses prance around the arena at Forward Motion Horsemanship, proudly displaying show ribbons and safely supporting students of all ages. Trainers lead lessons in basic horsemanship and riding, focusing on english and western riding for beginners through advanced students. They also host horse camps, birthday parties, and local horse shows.
Arabian and Saddlebred show horses are the stars at the Pirate Performance ranch, where trainers specialize in showing styles ranging from halter to driving. A sandy, outdoor arena––including a round pen and plenty of turnouts––sets the stage for lessons in Western, English, sidesaddle, and Dudley Do-Right riding styles, and all training is tailored to ensure a healthy riding relationship between driver and steed.
The staff at Cocomo Joe’s characterize the restaurant as a “pause button” from the ringing phones and stressful traffic of reality. Here, the melody of lively music, roar of televised sports games, and chatter of friends permeate the restaurant’s festively decorated space. Strings of lights dangle from the ceiling of the colorful, island-themed dining room, illuminating pool tables and flat-screen televisions. Bartenders dart about beneath a straw-thatched canopy, doling out tiki glasses of margaritas and frozen drinks. Servers emerge from the kitchen, bearing platters of spicy tacos, juicy burgers, and the hot wings lauded by reporters from Dine Out Phoenix. Teams assemble on Tuesday nights for trivia. Come Friday, the joint booms with the beats of live music from local bands. During Wednesday and Sunday-night karaoke, it’s the guests who take the stage to belt out favorite pop songs, beloved oldies, and meaningful hot-dog commercial jingles.
Amid the saguaro cactus and abundant foliage, Michelle McVey operates the Desert Palms Equestrian Center facility with a deep passion for horseback riding, a hobby and career that began when she was five years old. Michelle and her team specialize in showing every level of rider proper saddle technique, as she?s coached students ranging from first-timers to Triple Crown winners. Inside two large outdoor arenas, private lessons focus on the student?s goals, whether that?s to have vigorous exercise or to simply learn the basics. Additionally, the center holds camps throughout the year, allowing kids to get a more in-depth experience with horse riding. During these camps, students ride twice daily, and receive education on horse care, tack components, and equine physiology.