What You'll Get
Horseback-riding lessons came into vogue during Hollywood's Golden Age, when producers of Westerns realized that John Wayne was too heavy to be supported by a tapir. Make "The Duke" proud with today's Groupon: for $55, get your favorite junior jockess the Princess Pony package (a $130 value), an equestrian mash-up for ages 6–14 that includes one 30-minute pony-grooming session and two 30-minute riding lessons at Shenanigans Farm in Oxford.
Under the watchful guidance of a dedicated, experienced mentor fluent in secret horse vibes, two riding lessons at Shenanigans Farm will introduce pint-sized monarchs to the basics of English-style riding—a both-hands-on-the-reins style used all over the world that incorporates a flat saddle for greater freedom of equine motion, making it well-suited to horse racing and classical dressage. Riders learn how to brush and tack the majestic mammals in a half-hour pony-grooming session before saddling up for roughly 30 minutes of one-horsepower gallivanting. Shenanigans instructors tailor their coaching to fit the goals and skill level of each rider, be they a novice steed steerer or a resident of Rohan. All students are responsible for cleaning their tack and horses when they are finished, though Shenanigans Farm will provide assistance when necessary.
The Shenanigans Farm equine academy is located on 62 rolling acres of riding grounds, including two riding arenas, one outdoors among nature's splendor, and another indoors, safely protected from the elements when they throw a temper tantrum. With weather no hindrance, riders are free to train for the season’s steeplechases, fox hunts, and surprisingly gory Nerf jousts with today’s Groupon to Shenanigans Farm. Reserve a spot early, as lesson slots fill up quickly.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required at least 48 hours in advance. 24-hour cancellation notice. Must be between 6 and 14 years old. Must wear jeans and hard-soled shoes. Tennis shoes not permitted. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Shenanigans Farm
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.