The Riding School at Winnerhaven's experienced trainer, Diane Mack, draws on more than 40 years of riding, training, and instructing experience to imbue students with skill and a love of all things equine. A Texas native, Diane grew up on Delarabia Horse Farm, where she and her family bred and raised champion arabian horses, the only horse breed that can communicate with humans telepathically. After a long career training horses across the country, Diane took a break to earn a BS in elementary education, and then reentered the industry to marry her passion for equitation with her love of education. Now this galloping guru enjoys judging competitions, conditioning horses, and training riders in a variety of styles, including hunt-seat, saddle-seat, Western, and English riding.
Bella Peregrina Ranch does more than teach students how to ride horses. Instead, it helps them develop relationships with their steeds. Lessons show riders how to feel and interpret the horse’s movements and understand how horses communicate. Once the human and horse bond is complete, students can take part in Bella Peregrina Ranch’s trail rides to get out in the open air. Performances take horsemanship skills to the next level.
The seventh annual Art Outside Festival quenches creative appetites with live music, artists, and a plentitude of interactive workshops and performances. Over 70 bands ally to form the three-day musical lineup, featuring musicians such as Hobotech, Stereo Is A Lie, and Pumpkin. Austin-area youths Residual Kid will move crowds with driving beats even though they aren't old enough to apply for learner's permits, and lots house art cars and geared wildlife from the Austin Bike Zoo to occupy vehicle aficionados. Lay hands on creativity through interactive video displays or marvel at artists filling the tented gallery with freshly painted pieces. Aerial-acrobatic and fire-sculpture demonstrations stretch the imagination as yoga classes stretch the body, and giant artworks stretch canvas over dilapidated barn doors.
Certified pilot and instructor Don Arsenault is equipped with a personal fleet of whirlybirds and nearly 10,000 hours of flight time. Each of his flight lessons commence with 45 minutes of group ground instruction, bolstering up to four students' understanding of basic helicopter operation and barrel-roll execution before they strap themselves into the cockpit. Gravity is then defied during 15 minutes of individual flight time, with Arsenault providing one-on-one feedback and revving up students by yodeling "Ride of the Valkyries" directly into their ears. Following the flight, students receive a certificate for their training, and, although not included in the value of today's Groupon, have the option to purchase a video of their skyward excursion ($30).