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Ranch Trends and Story Ideas
Top50 Apr 01 2011

RANCH STORY IDEAS/TRENDS

Notable Cowboy Dates:
National Day of the Cowboy/July 23, 2011 (sixth year) dedicated to celebrating the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage. Top50 Ranches will have special events (from rodeos, scavenger hunts, old west dinners and square dances to fireworks, contests and cowboy entertainment – songs, poetry, music, storytelling). Contests and giveaways with Langston’s Western Wear.

Birthdays: Roy Rogers 100th Birthday November 5; John Wayne May 26;
Annie Oakley August 13; Gene Autry September 29.

True Grit DVD Release: June 2011 Cowboys + Aliens Theatrical Release: July 2011

Real Riding Programs – Avoid boring nose to tail guided rides. Select ranch by terrain, riding itineraries, wrangler bios, horse care opportunities, types of horses, rodeo training, family rides, kids’ programs.

Authentic Cowboy Activities – True working ranches have guests doing chores, moving cattle/sheep, learning horse care, overnight pack trips, campfire cooking lessons, real ‘fence’ mending, bonding with wranglers and ranch owners. Ideal for TYPE A Personalities.

Senior, Macho, Girlfriends, Family, Teens, Executive retreats, Escape from technology/routine life – specialized ranch programs target these groups & more. Ranch buyouts.

Budget Travel – ranches are all inclusive and self-contained so there are no surprises charges. Food and activities are in abundance.

Ranch chefs – More than just beans and grits. Raise/Butcher meat; locally grown; wine cellars; gourmet; special diets; traditional family recipes; gourmet twists on ranch foods.

Top50 Founder Profile – Top50’s Jody Dahl – Smart, savvy. Raised on a ranch, raising her 3 children on a Montana ranch. Breaks the ranch owner stereotype. Personal mission to promote healthy ranch life and western hospitality.

Learn a Skill/Great Outdoors – horseback riding, fly fishing, shooting/hunting, rodeo tricks; polo; ATV; mountain climbing.

Romance – Cowboys are sexy; riding off into the sunset is hot; Ranch weddings with incredible natural settings and unique features – bride arrives on horseback or in wagon; cowboy ceremonies; events under the stars. Honeymoons cabins; private spas; wilderness picnics and moonlight dinners.

Ranch Spas – Specialty massages and treatments for tired muscles, saddle sores, “boot” feet. Soaking tubs. Yoga on the range. Guided hikes.

Slow Travel/ Life Changing– Newest travel trend where travelers stay in one place and truly explores the destination. Many ranches have local towns; are near National Parks and with thousands of acres so no two days are the same.

TOP50RANCHES.COM media kit with History of the American Cowboy; History of Dude Ranches; Cowboy Facts; Cowboy Lexicon; Dude or Cowboy Quiz; Cowboy Wardrobe

Ranches are an ideal vacation solution - the last great American adventure - and stories can be targeted to your magazine's demo

Ecofriendly: self-sustainable, organic, conservation practices

Activities: for all ages and for all personalities types

All-inclusive Pricing: from exclusive to affordable to working/volunteer

Styles: from small family ranches to sprawling working ranches to five-star resort ranches

Locations: West, Canada, International - nature, outdoors, flora, wildlife, rivers, mountains, national parks / landmarks

Healthy: spas, yoga, fresh air, working with hands, animals, exercise

Relaxing: no pressure, no airs, friendly western hospitality; comfort food and drink
Authenticity: 2011 Key travel trend

Holidays:
National Day of the Cowboy/July 23, 2011 (sixth year) dedicated to celebrating the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage. Top50 Ranches will have special events (from rodeos, scavenger hunts, old west dinners and square dances to fireworks, contests and cowboy entertainment – songs, poetry, music, storytelling). Contests and giveaways with Langston’s Western Wear.
Roy Rogers 100th Birthday November 5, 2011

www.TOP50RANCHES.COM is a new travel website featuring a collection of the world's best riding and authentic western ranches with detailed information on each ranch and an easy to use search function to help consumers find the ideal ranch to fit their needs, and budget. Savvy Jody Dahl - breaks the ranch owner stereotype - she created Top50 and she is on a mission to promote the healthy ranch life and genuine western hospitality often lost in today's tech-happy world.

Additional and detailed story ideas available.

Journalist visits available.
 

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