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.
At RhythmCycle, exercisers pedal on modern stationary bikes in sync to a soundtrack of dance- and pop-music beats. Riders only sit for approximately 10 percent of the time during classes, with workouts that target the thighs, glutes, and hamstrings and jump-start the metabolism. They can also be adapted to the fitness level of each student, which means the classes are appropriate whether you're ready to complete the Tour de France or struggling to finish your paper route before the writing staff makes up more news.
For 28 years, passionate hoofsters Jeffrey and Amy Wilms and their stable of steady fillies have helped spread equine affection to countless people of all ages. Aspiring saddlers can head to the full-service, scenic riding and training facility for the 45-minute lesson. Lessons are tailored to the abilities, learning desires, and horse-whispering potential of each rider, with potential topics including basic horsemanship, dressage, reining, showmanship, western riding, hunter pleasure riding, trail riding, cutting, or raising the next Mr. Ed.
The instructors lead students through Bikram yoga's 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises in a heated room, which helps purge the body of toxins and allows limbs to sink deeply into stretches. Within a studio heated to more than 100 degrees, students flow through poses that strengthen and stretch muscles, ligaments, and joints. Each posture is designed to work muscle groups needed for the next pose, building a series of interconnected movements. By temporarily decreasing blood flow to specific areas of the body, the poses send in a rush of freshly oxygenated blood to joints, organs, and limbs when yogis unfold from folds and twists, unblocking the tiny traffic jams of hemoglobin. Most yoga classes are 90 minutes long, and most studios offer flexible early morning and evening classes. Visit the individual studios' websites to see their schedules.
Blending the pitch-black void of outer space and the vibrant glow of a jungle that happens to be lit up like a lava lamp, Glow Putt Mini Golf beckons putters into a black-lit fantasy land. Wielding putters designed to glow under the special lights, players take aim at holes amid phosphorescent trees and murals depicting creatures such as tigers, giraffes, and frogs. The indoor course gives guests a chance to test their putting year-round without having to cover their kitchen floor in AstroTurf.