It’s often hard to get siblings to agree on anything, but for more than 30 years, Peter and Susan Witte have been united by a powerful bond: their shared passion for horses. During that time, Peter has trained and shown national and regional champion steeds, while Susan—who began riding at the age of three—serves as a licensed United States Equestrian Foundation judge in the Arabian horses division. As the co-owners and head trainers of Witte Stables, the Wittes pass on their horseback-riding experience with the help of several amateur equestrians. In an outdoor Scottsdale riding arena, the staff trains riders of all experience levels in both the saddle- and hunt-seat disciplines, pairing lessons in riding technique with an emphasis on proper care and handling. Though beginners learn to sit upright and communicate with the horses’ secretaries, more advanced students hone their showmanship skills for high-level competition.
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.
When Jeff Barnes acquired a health-food store in 1980 called Yogurt and Things, he decided within a year to ditch the "things" and focus on the "yogurt." His goal was to create a healthier, more appealing frozen dessert than what was available at the time, which led to the birth of Golden Spoon in 1983. Barnes strove through the years to perfect the company's promise of being the "ice cream lover's frozen yogurt" by translating various flavors. Eventually, Golden Spoon had compiled a list of more than 50 custom varieties such as pumpkin pie, chocolate malt, and simply tart. The low-calorie frozen treat, a natural source of protein and calcium, also contains probiotics and has been known to combat ice-cream-headache epidemics. All flavors are made with real fruit and milk and are available in nonfat and low-fat options.
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Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
Stone and Vine's kitchen crew culls robust flavors and techniques from the traditional sculleries of southern Italy, adorning each classic dish found on the menu with a soupçon of modern flair. A crispy quartet of bruschetta crowned with a selection of savory dates and goat cheese, smoked salmon, or grilled eggplant ($12 for four) forges a toothsome preamble for palates craving the prosciutto panini’s melty mélange of fresh mozzarella, tomato, baby arugula, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil ($10).