When horses are born they often wobble on new legs, building enough strength to trot and canter within a matter of hours. "Their mother doesn't whisper in their ear, 'You're an English horse'," says Dave Konefal, owner of Lone Star Horsemanship, Inc. He trains horses for Western- and English-style riding with a process that he says requires time, patience, and a sense of humor.
Dave often spends weeks with his horses, using conditioned-response training methods to keep them calm and ready for unexpected situations. He excites them gradually and calms them down so that they don't throw riders when scared by something like a backfiring engine or a fluctuating 401(k). He likens the process to pumping a car's brakes on an icy surface, adding, "You have to practice in hazardous situations so you don't wreck." Safety is definitely a priority for the trainer, and it is something that he carries through into riding lessons with his students.
Dave takes on pupils of all ages, and many of them, like the newborn horses, gain confidence rapidly. One rider brought in her great-grandfather, who grew up on a farm but hadn't ridden in decades. The man rode as though he'd never stopped,his wife following close behind andfretting happily at him. The trainer works to keep each lesson within the rider's abilities. "The hardest part about riding is the ground," he says, but he focuses on minimizing the risk of injury by knowing his steeds. Proof of his bond with the equines can be seen on occasions when he is found on his 20-acre ranch, dozing under the stars with a half-ton horse offering its shoulder as a pillow.
A conflation of Bombay (the old name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, Bollywood refers to the Mumbai-based film industry, which draws up the tradition of golden-age musicals, using song and dance as a way for characters to express their emotions. The dance style that has emerged from these films blends traditional and folk dance moves with beats and movements inspired by modern R&B and hip-hop. The ladies of Bollywood Shake showcase dance routines step by step, strengthening their student's sense of timing, spacing, and how to twirl without bodychecking their dance partner. Students twist and turn inside an expansive studio with lightly stained hardwood floors and decorated with gentle colors of orange and dark yellow. Instructors also offer Bollywood Workout classes, which use sped-up dance routines to tighten and tone the body.
Star Pool School’s knowledgeable instructors lead students of all ages and skill levels through the ins and outs of aquatic aptitude in a private, one-on-one setting. Teachers customize each lesson according to students’ abilities, needs, and goals. Budding Olympians plunge into a heated indoor pool to learn water-skimming skills including different swimming styles and how to bribe a starfish into giving up his floaties. Competitive training for more experienced students sharpens stroke techniques, ensuring swimmers can perform proper moves. Before jumping into the water, students can suit up in on-site locker rooms, and the climate-controlled facilities allow paddling practices to continue throughout the year. Lessons can be scheduled during the times listed here.
Texas Star Gymnastics is located in Tomball, Texas and has been serving the needs of Tomball, Magnolia, Waller, Spring and The Woodlands since 1995. Texas Star Gymnastics is a 17,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art air conditioned facility with all the latest trends for the ever growing sport of artistic gymnastics.
At Tomball Golf, baseball and softball players can join putters in practicing their swings with the facility's batting cage and practice infield. The 14'x14'x70' cage's Iron Mike MP 4 commercial pitching machine?a favorite of professional athletes?sends balls hurtling at lefties and righties at 25?85 mph, helping them smack the ball hard enough to crack open the nectar within. Practices can also move to the infield, which is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those who need a later time slot can opt to turn on the infield's lights.
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the industry, the trainers of Legacy Equine Academy strive to instill core values of compassion, patience, and teamwork in each of their students. They lead classes for all ages in both English and Western riding styles, from beginners all the way up to AA show-riders. They dedicate themselves to teaching all aspects of horsemanship, using rainy days as a chance to show students how to clean tack, wrap injuries, entertain horses so they don't get cabin fever. When they're not teaching classes, the instructors lead pony birthday parties, summer camps, and programs for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.