Horsemanship was once a vital skill, much like the ability to avoid sailing off the end of the earth or discern which pizza trees were poisonous. Master an ancient art of survival with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a Pony Princess package from Shenanigans Farm (a $120 total value). The package includes:
- Two 30-minute riding lessons (a $45 value each)
- One 30-minute grooming-and-horsemanship lesson (a $30 value)
Owner and head trainer Mary McKiernan shepherds Shenanigans Farms with more than 30 years of equine experience, establishing a haven for horses and their loving enthusiasts. A group lesson on grooming and horsemanship imparts students with knowledge of equestrian care, such as maintaining their manes and determining which movies are too scary for bedtime. After brushing and tacking their horses, students set out to receive individualized training in English-style riding that caters to both newly minted riders and experienced centaur hopefuls. Student and steed can explore the farm’s 62 rolling acres, which include both indoor and outdoor spaces for riding.
Shenanigans Farm’s owner, Mary McKiernan, has more than 30 years of experience working with horses. But she has also tamed an even wilder beast: eighth-grade students. As a middle-school teacher, she learned to work with each student at his or her own pace, a philosophy she transfers to horseback-riding lessons. Joined by assistant head trainer, Ricci Tarockoff, she teaches English-style riding to students of all skill levels.
Set on 62 rolling acres, Shenanigans Farm connects to the Metamora Hunt trail, offering myriad opportunities for scenic trail rides. Its horses graze in expansive pastures and paddocks, waiting for students to saddle them to trot around the large indoor or outdoor arenas. The farm maintains a family-oriented vibe, often hosting summer camps for boys and girls, Halloween parties, and costume contests to see who can dress as the most convincing bale of hay.