Lead by 18-year veteran Juan Vendrell, the riding school at Woodlands Equestrian Club focuses on producing quality riders with superior horsemanship skills. During lessons, riders learn the principles of dressage, a method of training that engages both the horse and the rider to build cross-species relations and ready both parties for organized competition. Students will focus on English hunt seat riding, as well as aspects of horse care to ensure they can ride skillfully and responsibly, even if students only long to ride alongside their favorite fast-moving locomotive.
With a staff of experienced instructors and a full suite of practice areas and playing fields, High Performance Baseball has all the tools a baseball or softball player needs to swing for the fences. A total of 10 indoor and outdoor batting cages facilitate practice sessions with turf flooring and L-screens, including Iron Mike pitching machines in the indoor cages. Two lighted fields stand ready for scrimmages at any time, with customizable configurations to host teams of all ages. Other practice areas include dirt and turf pitching mounds, infield practice grounds, and a dugout to hone skills of sunflower-seed spitting. The facility’s team of instructors includes experienced coaches and minor-league players.
Sculpted onto 55 acres of sprawling plains, including 6 acres dedicated solely to paintball, Oil Ranch entertains visiting families with farm activities, play areas, miniature golf, and paintball areas. The working ranch's friendly staff curates a barnyard full of animals, allowing guests to run their hands through a sheep's soft wool or learn how to milk a chicken. The cheery red-and-blue engine of the OIL Express train chugs around Lake Buenas Noches with passengers in tow, while a green John Deere tractor carts around the hayride wagon. Other activities include a summertime swimming pool, catch-and-release fishing in Lake Buenas Noches, mini golf, and a maze.
Also nestled within the ranch's grounds is a full paintball facility, where varied fields pit groups against each other in friendly clashes of chromaticity. On each field, competitors dive behind mobile cover such as large wooden spools, barrels, and crates, enacting countless tactical situations. All participants must sign waivers don masks, and really, really promise to not stare into the barrels of their own markers before entering the field.
Partially fulfill your childhood horse dreams with today’s Groupon: for $30, you’ll get one hour of private horse training and English-riding instruction at Snowdonia Farms, a $65.Secretariat: Sure, he won the Triple Crown, but nobody remembers his greatest accomplishment: being a great dad. Seabiscuit: The Best Horse in America became a symbol of hope during the Great Depression, an innocent time when Americans rallied behind horses, well-baked pies, and anything remotely great that wasn’t a depression. Mr. Ed: At the height of his popularity, this acting horse received more than 1,000 fan letters a week, and ate every single one.
In 1959, a then 25-year-old Gwen Phillips Nix could be found juggling the duties of feeding, cleaning, and grooming the horses at the riding school by herself, all while teaching proper horsemanship skills to 150 students each week. Today, at the Goslin-Nix Training Center, Gwen has employed the talents of daughter Jennifer and Jennifer’s husband Fred to help her care for the horses. As a team, they have coached many students who went on to become national champions, reserve national champions, and regional champions. Students often attribute their highly decorated careers to the center's core philosophy, which is designed to instill confidence, communication with the horse, and patience when teaching horses how to tie their shoelaces.
An active outpost of the South Texas Hunter/Jumper Association, Edgebrook Equestrian Center hosts safe and comfortable riding lessons with the help of its two arenas, grassy pastures, and extensive network of trails. Instructors Suzy Pike and Sayer Townsend use these lush digs to teach the equestrian arts to beginners as young as 5, seasoned experts, and everyone in between. As part of their comprehensive horsemanship education, new riders learn grooming, proper tacking, and basic horse anatomy, enabling them to correctly point out the horse’s mane, tail, and feathers.