Aided by more than 40 years of competitive-riding and training experience, Sharon Golesh built East Coast Equestrian Training Center, a full-service training, boarding, and breeding facility. Hidden under an expansive, baby-blue roof are 54 stalls that stay packed all year long with equine boarders and in-house horses ready to run through guided rides and lessons. Students learn the equestrian arts within [facilities] (http://gr.pn/n2lU5n) that include an exterior riding ring and dressage ring complete with mirrors and a pack of paparazzi sheep hounds. East Coast Equestrian Training Center also oversees the birth of future first-place finishers through its extensive breeding operation, which includes a 2,200-square-foot boarders’ lounge and 19 pastures ready to set the scene for equine matchmaking.
When Let’s Go! Pet Care’s team members say they care for each pet “as if it were our own,” they want customers to put their claim to the test. Though they love welcoming canines to the dog wash and telling owners all about their eco-friendly pet products, the team is most passionate about their in-home pet-care services. Upon client request, caretakers arrive to remove waste, taxi pets, or walk dogs on trips tailored for their activity levels. For clients who’d rather not take their furry friends to a kennel, pet sitters trained in animal CPR and first aid are available to drop in on pets up to four times per day. While they’re with pets, caretakers can send owners email updates and help pets set up a Twitter handle so they can tell the world about a squirrel they just saw. Let’s Go! Pet Care operates as a division of Eggleston Services, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing job training and employment opportunities to adults with disabilities.
Communing with an animal isn't something that comes naturally to everyone, but is a necessary part of riding a horse. At Grassfield, the onsite trainer—a Level IV instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association—helps all riders develop a strong foundation in basic horsemanship and safety to lessen the chance of dangerous falls or multiple-horse pileups. From there, lesson programs are tailored to specific needs and skill levels as students narrow their focus on a discipline such as Eventing, Dressage, or Hunter/Jumper techniques. Upon advancement, students can take their shiny new skills out onto the miles of trails that surround the ranch or enroll in a showing event within the covered arena.
Waggy Walkys' canine caretakers exercise and entertain Rovers and Fidos during five 30-minute weekday walks. Background-checked and packing fully stocked first-aid kits, walkers can pick up pooches while their owners are otherwise occupied with work, social engagements, or hand-painting Susan Lucci action figures. And after each excursion, walkers will fill out a report log to document your pet's behavior.
Vivacity owner Ashleigh D. Ward orchestrates a team of to-do-list tacklers who help reduce the workload of overwhelmed people and increase the amount of time they can devote to relaxation and daydreaming. Whether the task at hand involves cleaning, pets, or meal planning, staffers aim to make customers feel that they have partners in facing the minutiae of everyday life. Rather than simply performing their work and hitting the road, they teach clients skills to make maintaining a tidy home or well-stocked pantry simpler and less likely to involve scribbling reminders on the wallpaper.
The dedicated pet counselors at Camp Care-A-Lot nurture furry friends during supervised play dates and classes, as well as an array of pet-pampering services. Drop Fido off for doggy daycare ($11 half-day; $22 day) to allow the pup to socialize with other canine campers as they enjoy two indoor playgrounds, an outdoor yard, and the occasional poetry slam. Overnight boarding ($25–$90 per night) gives four-legged pals full access to the playgrounds before they doze off for the night on a comfy orthopedic bed; felines staying the night ($11–26 per night) get a personal litter box and can enjoy sweet dreams about laser pointers. For a clean and healthy pet, grooming services include an oatmeal shampoo ($5), a nail trim ($10), and teeth brushing ($10) to freshen breath, reduce tartar, boost the dog’s dating life, and aid in the deterrence of periodontal disease.