Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center’s Scott Purdum has felt at home among horses his entire life. His parents recognized his comfort and prodigious skills with the animals when he was extremely young, and bought him his own horse when he was just 3 years old. Unlike many youngsters, who quickly tire of a sport or only participate for the promise of halftime puppy giveaways, Scott’s passion grew, leading him to show in hunter and pleasure by the age of 6 and go on to study equine science at the University of Maryland. Naturally, this level of familiarity with the animals lends him a high degree of authority when helping humans expand their horsemanship knowledge and training for all breeds. He’s even translated his skills into a television series in which he covers common training and riding topics. At Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center, he works with a team of horse experts to lead trail rides and provide training. Scott’s riding instruction extends to the disciplines of both English and Western riding, which he disseminates through lessons, clinics, training DVDs, and several articles.
Twenty years of experience in theater and TV has given photographer Lisa Weaver plenty of opportunities to work with animals. Through Love Your Pet Photography, she's drawn together two of her passions: photography and pets. With candid shots she captures the adorableness of a pup snuggling on the couch, the intensity of a kitten going after a new toy, and the nobility of a horse trotting around the ring. She also enjoys doing posed or vintage-style shots and has the confidence it takes to deal with hyperactive or anxious animals, especially when they insist on going through multiple costume changes.
We are here to meet all your equestrian needs. English, Western, Competition, Show or the trail rider. Mini horses to Draft! Dressage saddles to training aids to camping with your horses. Every kind of Breyer imaginable. We stock the latest grooming products as well as the tried and true.
The trainers at Allimax Farm follow the Pennsylvania Dutch horsemanship tradition, an approach that produces strong, sturdy, and well-trained horses fit for both trail rides and lessons. The Chiques Creek points the way as groups pilot their steeds over the many surrounding trails and fields while an experienced guide supervises to ensure safety and decipher any trail sign that may have been altered by prank-pulling squirrels. The farm’s lessons teach beginning to advanced riders proper technique for Working Western Trail Riding in a family-oriented environment that eschews competition in favor of confidence building and a deep appreciation for all areas of horsemanship. Topics covered might include horse temperament, nutrition, and cantering for beginners; more experienced students may further their horsemanship knowledge through instruction on reining maneuvers and the three methods of riding the trot.
Dan and Susie Yaich, friends to all animals, have helmed Jim Thorpe Pet Center since 1990. The couple offers food, supplies, and advice for all kinds of furry and scaly friends, from the usual suspects, such as cats and dogs, to more adventurous companions, including birds, turtles, and chia seeds. Pet owners can pick up pounds of dry food, cushy pet beds, and accessories for aquariums and the like. Dan and Susie also sponsor low-cost spay or neuter projects and partner with the Carbon County Friends of Animals, a local rescue organization cofounded by Susie.