Horses were once considered man’s best friend, but after the invention of the dog, the horse was rebranded as man’s eccentric, oat-obsessed uncle. Take a journey with the kindest of kinsmen with today's Groupon: for $48, you get two 60-minute private horseback-riding lessons at Sonora Creek Farms in Canton (a $120 value). Nestled amid rolling meadows and scenic pastures just 40 miles north of Atlanta, Sonora Creek molds neighing neophytes into established equestrians. Aided by a 22-acre facility featuring a show barn and both indoor and outdoor riding arenas, Sonora Creek's hoofmasters trot the light fantastic with lessons in varied techniques, such as measured dressage, rough and tumble Western, and rhythmic horse tap dancing. Groupon holders get to step onto standard saddles for two private lessons, smoothing out the learning curve with one-on-one instruction and avoiding raised eyebrows when asking trainers where ponies come from.
You don't need to see Mary Frankel's United States Dressage Federation bronze medal to tell she knows her way around a saddle. The owner of Sonora Creek—which opened in 1995—has been riding and showing horses for 40 years, and in that time she's coached locally, regionally, and nationally in both hunter/jumper and dressage. It's fortunate she has so much experience, since she's charged with operating such a sprawling space.
Spanning 22 acres, the facility rolls across hills and pastures and includes an indoor arena, two tack rooms, a regulation-size dressage arena, a 300'x150' outdoor jumping arena, and a 25-stall boarding facility. The scope of the facility's services is just as ambitious; staffers board and train horses, teach riding lessons, and lead a summer camp for kids aged 5–15 who grow weary of brushing and tacking their parents' motorcycles.
1937 Gaddis Rd.
Canton, Georgia 30115Get Directions