Hunters Pointe Farm takes advantage of its 20 acres of picturesque farmland, using it as the backdrop for teaching proper horse riding. The farm is helmed by Robin Lawrence, a trainer with 35 years of experience who?s in the process of receiving an official United States Equestrian Federation judge?s card. Here, equestrians of all experiences and backgrounds can learn more about the sport on multiple trails, two jumping field, or inside an indoor arena. Lessons range from introductory sessions that go over the equine basics to more advanced elements of horsemanship, such how to neigh a top 40 single. If you?re interested in jumping into the world of horse ownership, the farm has a number of animals available for sale at any given time.
More than 17 acres of lush pasture skirt the facilities at Sterling Shields Stables and Riding Academy, a horseback riding school aimed at beginner to intermediate riders. The school?s instructors place an emphasis on proper form, starting pupils out in the English saddle to learn balance and fundamentals. From there, students progress at their own pace in disciplines such as English riding, hunter/jumper, Western pleasure, and dressage.
Sterling Shields' facilities are carefully designed to ensure comfort year-round. During each lesson, parents can watch their child's progress on monitors in a viewing room that also doubles as a coffee bar. A warm, insulated barn keeps riders toasty as they prepare their mounts in winter. During the summer, the academy hosts horse camps for all levels of experience, during which participants attend daily lessons, learn proper horsemanship, and study the parts of a horse to gain a knowledge base for future veterinary careers and Jeopardy rounds.
When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments ? 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over a meal at The Covered Wagon, which overlooks the course.
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The instructors at New Day Yoga Studio strive to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere for students of all ages and experience levels. With an emphasis on the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, they encourage each person to go at their own pace, so that the body feels light and relaxed at the end of class. Bamboo floors, soft lighting, and calming music welcome visitors to sessions in two spacious yoga rooms, where they practice poses in various styles, such as ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, and New Day's signature gentle hot yoga.
The staff at T3 Cycling & Triathlon knows that a bicycle's fit is crucial to performance and comfort?and so, rather than eyeball how a road or triathlon bike meshes with its prospective owner, they rely on a more precise system. Aided by the Ret?l system, which uses motion-capture video with 3D LED tracking to measure body angles and movements, they precision-fit customers to their own bike or to a bike make and model of their choice. Chances are they'll have that bike in-house: the store carries recreational and competition road and triathlon bikes from brands such as Felt, Guru, Quintana Roo, Cervelo, BMC, and LOOK. The house mechanics' steady hands also repair bikes during tune-ups or can perform a complete overhaul with cable and bearing replacements.
While it takes millions of years for Mother Nature to form mountains, the scalable walls at Hoosier Heights in Indianapolis change much more frequently. As Indiana's largest rock-climbing facility?and the second largest climbing gym in the midwest?staffers frequently change the layout of their bouldering and top rope routes, which tower 35?45 feet. Luckily, the team also teaches classes to help climbers navigate those manmade peaks. Some classes take a traditional rock-climbing approach, while others add in fitness disciplines such as yoga, which help students build the balance, focus, and flexibility essential to rock climbing or surviving an out-of-service escalator.