Beautiful sylvan surroundings and ample training space greet visitors eager to jump in the saddle for Triple Rise Equestrian Center’s hunter/jumper lessons. Owner Rachel Marcotte, an Equestrian Studies graduate of Centenery College, ensures that her grounds and programs stay orderly and ride-ready. This focus on professionalism is what first attracted the University of Oregon Equestrian Team, which now calls the center its home turf. Though fit for highly competitive equestrians, the center also caters to the everyday rider with tailored programs and lessons. Students learn proper technique inside a 70 x 200m indoor arena or in the large outdoor arena, trotting upon footing that’s replaced every six months in order to keep it fresh and cover up any tracks to the platinum horseshoes that are buried in the middle. Youngsters ages 6 to 12 can also make a smooth foray into the sport or brush up on already-acquired skills during five-day summer camps.
The experts at The Eugene Backyard Farmer acknowledge the benefits of living a rural and urban life, and have found a way to combine the two. They deal in products and accessories for urban farming—the practice of applying traditional farming practices to a standard urban property. They supply urban farmers with egg-laying chicks, and specially made chick feed that is free of hormones, steroids, and pesticides. The Eugene Backyard Farmer also carries chicken coops, Kenyan- and Warren-style beehives, and raised garden beds.
Within The Nautilus Tropical Fish's aquariums, vibrant salt- and freshwater fish fan their fins while they await deliverance. Cockatoo cichlids and guinea puffers spend their time happily flitting behind coral rocks to look for food and debate the existence of snorklers. When their saviors’ eyes finally appear through the glass, fish ascend from their tanks and enter into a world of bright lights, spacious tanks, and all the food they can eat—all of which are stocked on The Nautilus Tropical Fish's shelves.