Briarstone Riding Academy’s Jena Larsen went “horse crazy,” as she puts it, around age 10—when she took her first horseback-riding lesson. She quickly developed her riding skill, competing in shows and eventually even training other riders. Now at Briarstone, which she opened nearly a decade ago, she brings that expertise to horseback-riding lessons, focusing not only on flawless showmanship, but also responsible horsemanship, sportsmanship, and fun.
The perfect place to practice your swing is at River Lakes Golf Course in Columbia.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this course promises the perfect dish for you.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
_Adventure Valley is the closest 10-zipline tour to St. Louis, just 30 minutes from downtown, and only 20 minutes from South and West County. We also have a paintball park (opening soon) with two more ziplines over a field for scenario play—the only one of its kind in the country! _
What is the experience customers can expect?
_Start your experience with a thrilling dune buggy ride up a 180 foot high ridge, where you will begin the zipline tour on a "baby zip" to get you started. Then advance to the faster lines in the trees. Cross a 20-ft high plank bridge to line 9, where you will zip down at up to 50 mph! _
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
_We are a family of 4 who love paintball and the outdoors. We fell in love with this beautiful 90-acre farm that boasts a natural spring. Our zipline tour and paintball park preserve its natural beauty while giving guests a unique outdoor adventure. _
What do you love most about your job?
_We love the fun that Adventure Valley brings to our guests. Watching their faces as they zip through the trees is a blast. No one leaves without abundant smiles. (And we like to sneak out and ride the lines ourselves from time to time). _
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