Whispering Winds Training Center’s resident trainer and instructor Debbie Lavallee disseminates her equine expertise and lifelong passion to students through riding lessons. Debbie trained for nearly five years in Germany, where she studied the riding style of dressage, a sport in which the rider guides the horse in performing smooth athletic feats and must refrain from rewarding the animal with cheddarwurst. Though the center specializes in dressage, it can also accommodate western-style riding, since its primary focus is fostering communication between horse and rider, regardless of style.
It's a sad truth that few children realize their dreams of owning a pony. Hacienda 3 M Horse Riding Club makes up for lost wishes by allowing guests to bond with their sociable horses on a sprawling farm. A club membership covers up to six 90-minute visits to the stables per month, where riders can brush and interact with the equines before leading them outdoors to a pen, arena, or open pasture. The staff stands at the ready to provide guidance on grooming and tack techniques, such as saddling your steed without having to drop onto it from the ceiling. They also host small group lessons, where they impart horseback-riding fundamentals to groups of up to six students.
The club's covered porch provides a serene space for parents and friends to watch their loved ones trot by. During birthday parties, though, they might want to join in the fun and compete in games of horseshoes or pin the tail on the donkey. Most parties include food and beverages for the guests, as well as time in the saddle and visits to a small goat petting area.
Understanding that anxiety can be a big deterrent to visiting the dentist, Dr. Alan L. Nix emphasizes gentle care. He and his skilled staff take the time to explain services to patients before performing them, whether it's a standard examination or a complex standardized test. Dr. Nix also specializes in sedation dentistry, which allows him to efficiently embed implants or extract wisdom teeth while the patient remains deeply relaxed. Should clients’ concerns be more cosmetic, he also can place veneers, whiten teeth, or fit mouths with clear Invisalign retainers to fine-tune smiles.
During the Superhero Scramble, racers of all fitness levels tear across arduous terrain littered with body- and mind-challenging obstacles. Participants must wade through mud and, to reach the finish line, persevere through a barrage of Super Slime generously donated by retired Ghostbusters.
Upon completing the race, athletes ride their endorphin high into a party stocked with ice-cold beer. There, they can mingle with other contestants, sway to live music, and see awards doled out to the fastest runners in each age bracket. Male and female Scramble Gamble contestants compete for prizes that can cover the cost of replacing the engines in their sneakers. The benefits of the race extend beyond the Gamble winners, too?the organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
After shedding the extra pounds that came along with hypothyroidism and three pregnancies, Melody Chandler founded Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp to share her weight-loss strategies and support with other women. Her all-female staff of certified personal trainers helps exercisers of all fitness levels shape their bodies during group fitness classes. In an effort to challenge muscle memory, the team shakes up workout regimens by using different techniques and equipment?including kettlebells, resistance bands, and lead sweatpants?each day. Melody?s team also helps exercisers retain their results by supplying nutrition support with meal plans and recipes that use healthy ingredients.