The term “horsepower” comes from the chant that horses used to shout at engineers working on the newfangled railway system. Befriend trailblazing stallions and mares with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a 30-minute private horseback-riding lesson at Great Lakes Equestrian Center in Holland (a $45 total value, including the school's $5 enrollment fee).
Trainers pass along more than 15 years of international equestrian experience to riders during Great Lakes Equestrian Center’s private horseback-riding lessons. Students arrive 30 minutes prior to the class to be paired with one of the center’s trained horses based on stature and ability to harmonize while singing their theme song. Pupils then prep their mounts before trotting out to learn the reign-wielding ropes. The galloping guru instructs burgeoning gauchos on the basics of positioning, balance, and communication before moving on to more advanced techniques. Petersen’s extensive experience allows her to tutor jockeys of all levels, and the private lesson provides one-on-one interactions that can leave novice riders galloping smoothly. Great Lakes' facilities include an outdoor jumping stadium and a 70' x 200' indoor riding arena.
6165 140th Ave.
Holland, Michigan 49423