The certified instructors at Fox Hollow Farm wield more than 25 years of equine experience and broadcast that hard-earned knowledge during riding lessons in hunt seat, jumping, and dressage. Each instructor aims to foster a supportive environment of structured learning, helping their students build confidence and skills not only when in the saddle but also when caring for a horse in the stable or dressing up as a centaur on Halloween. Beginning students start out with private instruction on the longe line to develop balance and correct position atop the farm's school horses, and may advance to group lessons after they've learned to walk, trot, and canter with control.
Ten-year-old John refused to wear socks. His Asperger’s made him hypersensitive to touch and unpredictably violent with siblings and classmates. Four years on medication weren’t bringing the results his parents were hoping for, so they enrolled him at Brain Balance Achievement Centers, a network of therapeutic facilities aiming to assuage the symptoms of kids’ behavioral disorders without the use of pharmaceuticals. Within three months of starting his program, John’s tantrums lessened significantly, he became a member of the Boy Scouts, and his doctor approved eliminating his medication.
John’s journey is just one of many success stories shared by Brain Balance. Their programs strive to remedy the adverse effects of functional disconnection, a miscommunication between the two hemispheres of the brain, which they believe to be the root of conditions such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD.
After an assessment of a child's physical and cognitive ability, a team of professionals designs a custom program of academic exercises, sensory-motor activities, and nutritional changes that can improve brain function. Along the way, continual feedback keeps families notified of the child’s progress. To achieve further awareness of developments in children’s neuroscience, Brain Balance partners with various research facilities such as New York’s F. R. Carrick Institute and the Children’s Autism Hope Project.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a half day, bilingual preschool taught by a former elementary school teacher and college professor.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide all necessary materials.
Instructors teach at a private shooting range only open to classes or for competitive events.
Practical Arms offers rental packages with guns, holsters, magazine pouches, and all of the other required gear for each of their classes.
At a Glance
A person buys a gun, stores it away, and then never learns how to use it. That scenario perplexes Practical Arms founder and director Mark Williams, because knowing how to safely store and operate a firearm requires ongoing training and practice. That's why he and his fellow instructors draw upon their wealth of expertise to train novice and experienced marksmen. Boasting multiple training certifications from organizations such as the North Carolina Department of Justice—plus experience training law-enforcement personnel from agencies such as the FBI and ATF—Mark oversees classes that adhere to NRA curricula, such as the NRA basic pistol-shooting course and home-defense classes. In addition to instructing students in the safe use of firearms, Mark and his team maintain a welcoming, nonthreatening atmosphere.
There's no room for idle hands at Sign and Doodle. That's because the early-learning center focuses on age-appropriate sign language and art classes for kids aged 3 months to 8 years that keep brains and bodies active. Kids of all abilities learn hundreds of signs during American Sign Language classes, which include storytelling, songs, and spelling. For budding Picassos, the center offers art classes that make use of many mediums and always kick off with a creative circle in which pupils sing and dance to the week's theme.
Founded by back-to-back stock-car champion Buck Baker, Seat Time American Racing School strives to provide clients with authentic racing training. To that end, students get one-on-one attention during lessons in stock cars previously raced in the Nationwide Series and Cup. As drivers progress, the classes scale up in seat time and speed: 5, 10, 20, then 50 laps. Eventually, riders graduate to an advanced program where they practice slingshot maneuvers and other edge-of-your-seat techniques with a second car, which is more exciting than driving a rickety antique stagecoach up and down your driveway.