Becoming a Top50 Ranch!

BY Jody Dahl | Wed 27 Oct, 2010

Top50 Ranches - It's not what we do, It's Who we are.

Top50Ranches is a brand dedicated to showcasing some of the most breathtaking, authentic and luxurious dude ranch vacations, guest ranch vacations, working ranch vacations and riding holidays in the world and is a resource for travellers seeking authentic dude ranch and riding holidays. Each ranch meets established criteria. Top50 researches only those who are unique, authentic and who offer excellent hospitality – putting the guest first.

Top50 provides dude ranch vacation and riding holiday guests with the premier ranches in the world who offer distinctive riding, authentic service, knowledge and experience that define and support our distinctive Rural lifestyle. We invite our guests to share a way of life that expresses a deep appreciation for the ranching and country lifestyle with a submersion into each ranch’s unique culture.

Riding...

The most important decision in choosing a Top50 ranch is distinctive riding opportunities. After all, that’s what the western lifestyle is most famous for, and what guests looking for an authentic western experience most want to tackle. Foremost, each Top50 ranch must offer something distinctive to the guest through their riding opportunities and program.

Each Top50 Ranch offers excellent opportunities within their area of expertise - from exquisite beauty in natural surroundings, to active participation in unique activities – such as rodeos, cattle drives, camp-outs and tours. Top50 ranch horseback riding ranges from awe-inspiring natural landscapes, to unrivalled horsemanship programs, to unguided horseback trail rides, cattle drives, wildlife safaris, pack trips and more. Top50 ranch horses must be well-trained and respond well to the rider – whatever their age, ability and horseback riding experience. Each Top50 ranch places key emphasis on matching the level of rider with the correct horse, as well as considering personalities of horse and rider.

Hospitality...

Personality goes a long way in becoming a Top50 ranch – an ability to know how to extend a welcome so that each guest feels special from the moment they step foot on the ranch. Top50 looks for hosts – that includes owners, wranglers and all other staff – who are committed to meeting ranch guest’s needs enthusiastically, promptly and graciously throughout their stay. A Top50 Ranch must be friendly, but also professional and knowledgeable in their given field – whether they are wranglers or general ranch staff. Ranch hosts’ attention to detail and personable attitude will make a guest rancher’s stay memorable and enjoyable. Good service is key when it comes to being one of the best western ranches in the world. Top50 and each represented ranch wants to make every guest feel important during their dude ranch vacation, guest ranch vacation, and working ranch vacation. Each ranch is detail-oriented and service-driven.

Accommodations...

Travel, yet feel as comfortable and welcome as you do at home. The third criteria that all Top50 ranches are required to meet is the accommodations itself. During your Top50 ranch vacation, your stay will range from in-house living with the ranch family to staying in 5-star luxurious dude ranch resorts. Each Top50 ranch provides a place to which you can look forward to retreating following a day of ranch activities and horseback riding. The accommodations and general meeting area offer a welcoming blend of the ranch’s personality, comfort and charm, and maintain inherent cleanliness. Each Top50 ranch accurately represents their accommodations and facilities, so you know exactly what to expect from your chosen western ranch vacation.

Meals & Dining...

As with any great vacation, great food is fundamental. As a guest, you will not only experience a variety of dining settings with some of the most amazing vistas that can be found, you’ll also encounter a varied style of meals – from traditional western ranch fare to gourmet cuisine. Whether meals are prepared by ranch owners or gourmet chefs, they all one thing in common – quality, care and individual attention to each meal served at the ranch table. Each Top50 ranch knows that your western dining experience is an influential aspect in creating a memorable ranch experience. Each ranch’s fare is distinctive, with the personality of the ranch shining through.

Top50 Ranch Vacation Overview...

With a Top50 ranch, you'll enjoy western horseback riding and traditional western ranch activities with quality ranch horses and amicable wranglers. You'll be greeted and served by experienced and personable ranch staff and hosts. What’s more, you'll relax in comfortable accommodations amidst an ambience of natural settings in some of the most spectacular landscapes you'll ever visit.

Top50 places high importance on each ranch accurately representing their dude ranch, guest ranch, and working ranch and riding holiday experience to ensure that each guest is placed at the appropriate ranch based on his or her expectations. This guarantees guest satisfaction every time when it comes to what they want from their dude ranch vacation and riding holiday.

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