Born into a family of equestrians, Jesslynn Saxton spent her summers on a horse farm, learning to ride at an early age. At 15, after having had some success in riding competitions, she took a job as a stable apprentice and dreamed of opening her own riding school. Today, as the founder of Saxton Equestrian, Jesslynn is an accomplished rider, trainer, and stable manager with more than 20 years of experience. Harboring an innate passion for teaching, she holds lessons and training sessions and volunteers with Project R.I.D.E., a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding instruction for persons with disabilities.
Jesslynn’s horse sanctuary, Clay Station Ranch, sits on 23 acres of green pastures, upon which five barns house 40 stalls. The ranch’s two outdoor arenas allow riders to sharpen their skills under blue skies, and a lighted indoor arena features all-weather felt footing, irrigated grass turnouts, wash racks with hot water, viewing areas, and a riders’ lounge, where equestrians can kick back and relax after going on an exhausting ride or failing to teach the horses how to neigh in a British accent.
The all-volunteer team at Sacramento Inner City Outings organizes fun and educational wilderness adventures for urban youth and adults who might not ordinarily have the opportunity to experience the natural world. Through these outdoor trips – which might include hikes, camping trips, backpacking, or snowshoeing – the organization promotes appreciation and protection of the environment, as well as personal growth and leadership skills among inner city youth. A part of the Sierra Club’s 50-city Inner City Outings network, the Sacramento chapter has organized nearly 30 outdoor trips in the last two years, and looks forward to upcoming excursions to Echo Summit and the Cosumnes River Preserve.
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Laguna's Awesome Party Palace immerses kids into a world more vibrant than their imaginations. Here, five colorful, themed bounce houses host sessions of sock-clad cavorting. Beloved cartoon characters, including Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and Tweety, decorate the inflatable houses, alongside a bouncy slide and a train. A selection of family-friendly arcade games fosters bouts of friendly competition throughout the playroom, which is also home to a variety of toys.
During private parties, parents can kick back and leave the planning to the staff, as invitations, snacks, and setup and cleanup are just a few of the perks included in Laguna's party packages.
Since 1995, Best in Class Education Center's instructors have aided students of all ages—from pre-K tots to high school seniors—in their academic journeys. They calibrate small-group and private math and English lessons that push each student at an individualized pace, helping struggling students catch up to speed or edifying advanced pupils seeking more of a challenge. The tutors give homework assignments for the kids to work on throughout the week, as well as administer weekly tests to assess their progress.
In addition to boosting success in current classes, the staff helps older students ready themselves for post-secondary schooling with SAT prep classes and college admission workshops, which help applicants decide on the right place, craft an impressive personal statement, and shimmy into their dream school's mascot costume before campus visits.
Since 1978, Nighthorse Farm has invited guests to its paradise of pastureland at Brookside Equestrian Park, where they can learn horseback-riding skills amid 20 acres filled with six outdoor arenas, multiple barns, and open fields. As a lifelong rider and US representative to the 1982 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, Debbie Stone has been the head trainer at Nighthorse since 1998 and oversees a staff of horse whisperers who teach lessons in the riding disciplines of hunter, jumper, and equitation. Whether they are beginners or have their sights set on showing at the local, state, and regional level, students are encouraged to develop teamwork with the horse that comes in handy when avoiding the highway police during high-speed chases.