Days 1 to 8
Riding: 3 - 8 hours
This is a working cattle ranch where you will be able to get involved in as much of the ranch work as you wish. You have a great choice of Quarter Horses and they all have different temperaments, most having been bred and broken on the ranch. The goal of the breeding programme here is to produce strong and healthy horses and if they look good as well that's a bonus!
The day begins with a good buffet breakfast: coffee, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, ham, cheese, cookies, eggs, etc. Around the table the cowboys will explain the plan of the day. The cowboys will catch the horses who run free in the pasture and bring them into the corrals, where a horse will be assigned to every guest for the day.
During their vacation every guest will have the chance to try several horses and find the horse that suits them. You will ride for 3-4 hours in the morning, return for lunch and will ride again in the afternoon for another 3-4 hours. The programme may change due to cattle work or ranch activities. When no cattle work is necessary you can just ride for fun, enjoying the beautiful landscape through canyons, forests and endless prairies.
The riding changes seasonally. April-June is calving season so you will be able to ride to the herd to check on the babies every day to be sure that they are thriving. At the end of the calving season there will be a branding which is reminiscent of the old west with horses, ropes, sweat and dust.
July-August is the time to manage the pasture. There will be 1200 head of cattle to sort. The cowboys will explain to the guest the technique used for the cattle drive and the way to move cattle.
In August-October, they will begin their roundup of cattle and choose which ones to keep and which to sell before winter. The cattle they keep will be moved to the winter pasture. This is a time of very hard work and where you might be riding all day.
When you have time you can go into arena and practice team penning, breakaway roping, barrel racing, cutting horses. Or you can just relax in the beautiful lake or in the hot tub. When possible they will take you to visit Devils Tower (First national monument of America), Black Hills National Forest, Deadwood, Badlands National Park etc. There is no strict routine here and you can participate as much as you wish in the ranch activities. The spare time is used for long and interesting horseback rides.
We would recommend a 7 night stay, however you may choose to stay for less time or longer (minimum of 3 nights).
Nightly Rate; Sharing
Weekly Rate (7 nights); Sharing
Child Weekly Rate (aged 10-14 years); Sharing
Children aged under 10 years stay free of charge when sharing a room with their parent/parents.
||Accommodation (in double/twin rooms), all meals, drinks (except alcohol), daily riding, transfers from Rapid City (Weds/Sat only) and taxes.
||Flights, alcoholic drinks, airport transfers on other days of the week, travel insurance, tips and personal expenses.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.