Without horses, cowboys would be forced to whisper to wild Ferraris or hitch their stagecoaches to members of the Denver Broncos. Embrace equine transportation with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get to take five group horseback-riding lessons at Nova Quarter Horses in Mokena (a $165 value).
Nova Quarter Horses' expert instructors saddle up excited equestrians for lessons on 10 acres of farmland. Group lessons accommodate a maximum of 15 students, ensuring that tutors can individually trot new riders through confidence-building exercises in English or Western styles, as well as help experienced riders prepare for freelance stunt work on public-access television shows. A variety of classes for students 6 and older take place six days a week, and Nova Quarter Horses adds new lessons to the schedule when classes fill up. Pupils can canter across sprawling pastures lined with wooden fences or find shade in the 16,000-square-foot indoor ring so horses' hard-earned tans don't become sunburns.
Riders should wear blue jeans and hard-soled shoes or boots, and Nova Quarter Horses provides all students with helmets to complete equestrian outfits and provide temporary homes to pet fish.
Nova Quarter Horses
A heated indoor riding arena and lighted outdoor arena form twin centerpieces for the 10 acres of sprawling farmland named Nova Quarter Horses. The contemporary digs host a spectrum of beginning to advanced riders for one-on-one instruction with the stable’s experienced on-staff riders. Each instructor welcomes riders into an encouraging, supportive environment for Western or English riding lessons, with the goal of instilling the confidence to continue on with training and the self-esteem to not casually accept a horse’s silent treatment. As such, each rider is encouraged to participate in the grooming, feeding, and saddling aspects of the sport—necessary skills for any serious rider.