The echoes of hooves clopping against loose dirt carry across the green pastures of Madison Horse Connection, where equine aficionados bestow their vast knowledge of safe riding techniques upon pupils of all experience levels. Riders hone basic horsemanship and steed-steering skills with the ranch?s varied collection of horses and ponies, whose gentle personalities and built-in air bags make learning safe for first-timers and advanced riders. Veteran instructors can guide students through the ins and outs of various riding disciplines, such as western, hunt, jump, saddle-seat and showmanship. These instructors also lead day- and week-long horse camps all year round. When they aren?t carrying students through lessons, the facility?s horses stop in to make appearances at summer horse camps or pony parties for younger children.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Resting on the northern shore of Swan Lake, the 18 holes of Portage Country Club present players with challenging obstacles formed by the dense forest groves and, on one hole, the lake's own watery expanse. This hole, the third, runs alongside the lake's lapping shores for the entirety of its length, presenting the course's most difficult test and first chance to spot a Swamp Thing in the round. It isn't exactly smooth sailing from there on out, either. Wide fairways may tempt big hitters into swinging for the fences, but varied hole designs and those ever-present tree branches often create headaches for unchecked displays of driver might.
Badger Ridge Farm's head trainer sees to it that the only limit riders have for their horseback-riding career is themselves. She gives lessons in the riding disciplines of hunter and equitation, establishing for students a strong base of skills that will take them as far as they wish—whether that be casual, yet polished riding or national shows at the American Quarter Horse Association level. Her instruction seeks to impart deep understanding of horses both in and out of the saddle, an approach that yields well-rounded riders as opposed to mere passengers.