The melodic clopping of hooves hitting the dirt is a familiar one to Chisholm Trail Rides' instructors, who command their noble animals over the surrounding network of trails during rides and lessons. Under the watchful eye of a guide, students lead their steeds into bouts of walking, trotting, or cantering. As instructors tailor instruction to the skills of each rider, the stable's assortment of breeds includes arabians, half arabians, and quarter horses that accommodate all styles. Though rides and lessons are designed for the trails, riders may remain inside the arena or horse's belly pouch until they feel comfortable emerging into the open expanse.
Touting bronze, silver, and gold medals for her stellar performances in United States Dressage Federation competitions, head trainer and fourth-generation equestrian Lisa Blackmon saddles up alongside students at Black Star Sport Horses' 255-acre facility. During an 18-year trot across the barnyards of Europe, Blackmon focused on international sport horses and trained with top Dressage Masters Harry Bolt and Conrad Schumacher. Her equestrian knowledge permeates the training barn's 50 stalls, putting at ease steeds such as Saint Simon, winner of 3 USEF national titles, and imported gelding Irnas, whose credits include several Grand Prix championships and a trophy case of tail-whipped flies. In addition, the facility boasts a 180'x300' indoor arena with cushioned footing and scenic trails that stretch across fields of tall grass
A zapping haven with historical awareness, the Shenaniganz laser tag arena pits up to 24 players against one another in the gloomy haze and vibrant lighting of a 12th-century Cambodian temple. Players can repurpose ancient temple ruins as opaque bunkers and unload some light on unsuspecting opponents. Safe and well maintained, the laser tag arena warms up trigger fingers for joysticked, button-mashing mayhem in the 7,000-square-foot arcade. Stocked with more than 100 games, the arcade zone is a sanctuary for prize-seeking ticket hoarders and friendly competitors alike. With $35 worth of credits, players might be able to swap jackpots for prizes ranging from candy to a life-sized portrait of Macaulay Culkin. While children go wild in the arcade, parents can relax at the on-site sports bar, with more than 40 flat-screen TVs and two 25-foot hi-definition movie screens. Shenaniganz also has a restaurant and state-of-the-art bowling center. No reservations are required for laser tag, though players can always phone ahead to ensure there's no private party or toddler rave occupying the arena.
Sabine Creek Ranch has long served the area as a working cattle ranch and equestrian center. For the last 30 years, it's also provided a community gathering place to escape the confines of the city and celebrate a shared faith. The Ranch hosts independent, non-denominational Christian summer camps for kids and retreats for men and women. Additionally, it provides family-friendly holiday programming in the form of its Southern Lights show, a combination of decor, holiday treats, and live music set in a constructed wintry village. The village also includes a model train show, hayrides, and Santa's workshop, where the man in red waits to listen to the Christmas wishes of good little children.