The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two 30-minute horse-riding lessons at Copper Leaf Stable (a $50 value).
Led by seasoned horse trainer Bert Earehart, Copper Leaf Stable schools students in the equine art of steed guidance within a scenic, 38-acre facility. Held Tuesday–Thursday on evenings and throughout the day on Sundays, lessons encourage saddlers of any experience level to take the reins of docile training mounts and learn horseback skills. Lessons can cover a variety of topics of the client's choosing, including grooming, safety, horsemanship, maintaining a stately trot, and impersonating John Wayne. Copper Leaf Stable requires riders to wear long pants, boots with a heel, and an SEI-approved riding helmet, which students may bring from home, borrow from the stables, or snatch from the back of a passing turtle.
Copper Leaf Stable
Bert Earehart grew up on horse farms alongside his three brothers, learning horsemanship fundamentals by watching his father and sneaking rides on his siblings’ shoulders. He and his brothers honed their craft by working with a wide range of breeds, including morgans, arabians, and ponies.
Today, hoofs beat sharp drumrolls across 38 acres of woods and fenced pastures at Bert’s own operation, Copper Leaf Stable. Bert passes on his keen equine insight to students through lessons on the stable’s half-mile outdoor track or inside the heated indoor arena. Instruction can be geared toward riders with all skill sets and goals, from those aiming to show one day to those searching for outdoor exercise or trying not to disappoint the yearbook writers who named them Most Likely to Become a Train Robber.