Horseback-riding lessons came into vogue during Hollywood's Golden Age, when producers of westerns realized John Wayne was too heavy to be supported by a tapir. Make The Duke proud with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a pack of three semiprivate, one-hour horse-riding lessons at Heaven's Gate Farm in Pipersville (a $105 value).
Beverly and Mike Flynn of Heaven's Gate Farm have taught students of all levels about horses and riding for more than 25 years through their equine-whispering lessons (a $35/hour value). Along the lovely and meticulously maintained hoofing grounds, burgeoning buckaroos can conquer their irrational stirrup fears while gaining the skills and courage to mount and bond with their long-faced accomplice. Many disciplines are covered, including jumping, hunt seat, dressage, and postmodern saddleism. Each rider’s head is sheathed with a snazzy GPA–certified helmet, which is both photogenic and concussion-resistant.
With years of riding experience and championship titles under their belts, the trainers at Heaven's Gate Farms provide clear and gentle guidance to students, resulting in strong, confident riders with proper seat and hand skills. A spacious outdoor ring is watered daily for dust-free riding, and the large indoor arena ensures year-round riding safe from torrential thundersnow and lightning rainbows.