Perfectly picturesque with white wooden fencing, a bright red barn, and lush, green pastures, Grandview Farm's storybook surroundings provide a welcoming setting for riders to hone their horsemanship skills. Once awakened from their standing slumber inside the 16-stall facility, Grandview equine employees and their certified human handlers teach students saddle seat, hunt seat, and Western riding styles in both private and group lessons.
Divine Yoga tunes minds and bodies to more serene frequencies with a variety of yoga classes fit for all ages and abilities and instructed by a bevy of experienced stretching shepherds. Heat-seeking muscle bundles can twist, bend, and cosmic watusi in the purging heat of a hot-yoga class, and room-temperature benders can practice their poses in a mellow yoga class, which uses seated postures and slow movements to flexify hips and shoulders and ease the pain of recent oil-wrestling injuries. Check the schedule for class times and dates.
Fifteen minutes outside of Providence, the bustle of city streets evaporates, leaving a silent, verdant landscape ideal for leisurely horseback rides. There stands Edinger Farm, which is open for riding until 9:30 p.m. throughout the year, providing riders with access to friendly farm-owned horses. Once situated upon steeds, beginners can explore the 80'x180' indoor ring while more seasoned riders leap obstacles. Or, visitors can take to the massive 180'x200' outdoor sand ring to trot gallantly and recharge their horse’s solar panels.
Licensed trainer Judy Mastalerz splits time between Sundae Stables in Attleboro and Hobby Horse Farm in Rehoboth overseeing students as they transform from nervous beginners to confident, established riders. In addition to youth horse camps held three times a year, she leads lessons in huntseat and Western disciplines that span the entire spectrum of horsemanship, from grooming to tacking the horse.
Named as one of New England’s top five public gardens in Yankee magazine, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum spans 33 acres of lawns, gardens, trees, and historic stone structures. Through October 3, Blithewold is celebrating the seasonal color scheme with Autumn Splendor, a festival that includes access to colorful grounds (daily) and the more than a century-old mansion (Wednesday–Sunday), plus free children’s story time for children to read encyclopedia entries to each other (Friday at 11 a.m.).
An idyllic farm nestled along the Westport River 5 miles from Horseneck Beach, Driftway Meadows carefully sows and harvests show horses and riders. The facility, which has racked up a great reputation in the Morgan horse-show scene, staffs experienced, state-licensed instructors who are fluent in hunt seat, saddle seat, and dressage. During a pair of private lessons, riders yearning to become one with their mounts can climb aboard a merry school horse and enjoy some pretend jousting while appreciating the stable's abundant greenery and bucolic atmosphere.