After she was born, Alana Henley basically rode a horse out of the hospital. Hyperbole aside, Alana did, in fact, begin riding at the age of 2. She also began competing at the age of 6, and did so for years with great success. Eventually, though, Alana realized she had another talent: dealing with problem horses.
In 2006, she formally opened SunFire Equestrian Training at Fresh Start Stables in Davis. That same year, she crossed paths with a rebellious young thoroughbred named Derby. Not only did Alana transform Derby’s behavior and instill in him the importance of flossing, the two triumphantly completed events across the West Coast. Today, Alana remains a teacher—both to challenging young horses and to students learning how to ride. She pulls double duty at SunFire’s new facility, a sprawling, 40-acre estate in Woodland.
The Oasis Club & Spa is a women-only fitness center and spa—a haven for working out and relaxing in comfortable surroundings accented by sleek hardwood floors and plenty of natural light. Members can head to the gym for cardio and weight training, or for group classes such as Zumba, Body Pump, and cycling. Or, they can saunter to the salon for haircuts, updos, and highlights. The spa's facials, massages, and spray tanning indulge members with enough luxury to make a queen order her personal spa shopper to buy the spa and make it hers, all hers.
The chiropractic doctors of Premier Chiropractic & Pilates blend chiropractic services, Pilates, and HydroMassage to help their patients on the way to optimal health health. During initial visits, patrons can expect an exhaustive consultation, examination, and suite of x-rays, allowing the doctors to best chart a course of treatment. Afterwards, they can partake in the appropriate service, be it corrective exercises, nutritional counseling, or physiotherapy.
Knockoutz Fitness Center ushers exercisers of all backgrounds through its doors, supporting workout newbies, athletes, seniors, and bodybuilders alike with a slew of advanced equipment and a genial atmosphere. Hydraulic and free-motion machines flow alongside free weights in muscle-boosting reps, and a catalogue of cardio gear accommodates pedals, steps, and sprints.
For motivation through fellowship, workout classes in MMA/boxing and full-body boot-camp drills gather participants from a range of age groups. An onsite Max Muscle pro shop rations out supplements, and the gym's certified nutrition coach can dispense dietary tips for differentiating between good, bad, and ugly cholesterol.
Players scramble on wide-open, plain-like swaths of grass at Wild Adventure Paintball. This even terrain would make it easy to spot opponents, except that the sightlines on these four playing fields are interrupted by obstacles. The spoolfield is dotted with giant wire spools and bales of hay, for instance, while the lego field features large building blocks to duck behind or construct a life-size replica of the Starship Enterprise. Between games, you can purchase drinks and snacks to enjoy in the picnic area.
Mountain Valley Golf Center's demanding nine-hole golf course challenges club-wielders alongside an ample 75-tee driving range for practice. Verdant par 3 fairways range from 94 to 203 yards, allowing players to hone their short game and competitive-dashing skills across a pair of nine-hole jaunts. The first hole forces golfers to send dimpled projectiles over a horseshoe pond, leaving little room for error. Before finishing the round, duffers must conquer the imposing ninth hole, a long straightaway that rewards risky shots and sends errant projectiles swimming in the pond protecting the backside of the green.
Today’s Groupon also includes a jumbo bucket of range balls for pre- or postgame practice shots on Mountain Valley's capacious driving range, as well as a frosty beer or soda for irrigating parched palates and arid tee-growing plots. Guests can also sharpen orb-nudges on a chipping green or browse the center's pro shop for supplemental golfing gear.