Mounted police opt for equine transportation so they don’t have to deal with the squad car’s wailing thirst for gas and justice. Avoid similar automotive appetites with today’s Groupon to Ascot Farm. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get one 45-minute private horseback-riding lesson (a $60 value).
- For $99, you get four 45-minute private horseback-riding lessons (a $220 value).<p>
For almost four decades, Ascot Farm has run under the dedicated command of Donna Mole, equestrienne and globe trotter. Instructors tailor each 45-minute lesson to the rider’s experience and learning curve, teaching basic skills such as mounting and dismounting, and more advanced abilities such as directing a steed through a course of jumps while writing a letter. Riders as young as 2 settle on ponies’ backs as adults mount well-trained horses, including some championship winners. All necessary equipment is provided, and those unacquainted with equines can don comfortable helmets and medieval gorgets.
For 20 years, Donna Mole woke up at 4 a.m. to get her horses ready for a full day of riding, managing up to 50 horses at once as she trained jockeys and groomed thoroughbreds for racing. After that, she switched gears, choosing instead to watch the sun rise in such places as Kenya, France, Ireland, and Australia as she taught students who desired to see the world from the saddle. Headquartered in Florida at her own ranch, At Ascot Farm, Donna—along with her right-hand equestrians Carissa Baskett and Charlotte Harris—works with both adults and children as young as two, tailoring to the needs and personal goals of each student as they learn to develop proper riding to avoid a fall.