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Horseback Riding Holidays Pitches and Story Ideas at

Horseback Riding Holidays Pitches and Story Ideas
Top50 Jul 01 2011


FEATURED IN THE Cedar Creek Productions Documentary on Buck Brannanman
Horsemanship Clinic:  Buck Brannaman taught - July 17–July 23 and July 24-30, 2011 Buck Brannaman Private Ranch Clinics. Space is limited sign up as soon as you can or be put on the waiting list. Buck Brannaman holds two private ranch clinics for our guests only here at the ranch. Each week covers both Horsemanship and Cattle Working.  Ride one of our horses or bring your own. They include: Six night stay, Sunday through Saturday, all meals, lodging, three straight days with Buck Brannaman and two days with our experienced horsemen either working on horsemanship, or cattle working, or moving cattle on summer range.  
General:  Hands on horsemanship.  Learn to work cattle:  tracking, sorting, cutting, penning, driving, pushing, and reriding for strays.  Handcrafted saddles.  Very one on one training and attention.
Luxury working ranch.


The RODEO experience.  Learn rodeo skills from top professionals include Rodeo Hall of Famer Darv Averill.  Skills include calf roping, bull dogging, barrel racing, team roping, riding skills. The rodeo clinic is offered as per requested in spring and fall.

Luxury amenities (golf, water sports, gourmet food).  World class fly fishing.

Local pub tour - Lake cruises take place several times each week for sightseeing around the Flathead Lake into town to visit the local nightlife.

For boating enthusiasts:   two historic 51' Q-class racing sloops, the Questa and the Nor 'Easter. Q-boats were built in 1928 & 1929 as prototypes for Americas Cup boats. Sailing staff can takes guests on Flathead Lake for 1-2 hour sails, aboard these majestic sailboats.

The Rodeo Experience: As an adventure week at Flathead Lake Lodge guests will participate in a variety of rodeo events and instructional workshops. You will learn from some the top professionals in the area and from a family and ranch steeped in rodeo history and schools that started in the 1970's! Skills and events include calf roping, bull dogging, barrel racing, team roping and extensive riding skills. The rodeo clinic week is offered per request or in the spring and fall seasons.

Local Pub Tour: The village of Bigfork is known for its local restaurants and nightlife. Gather up a group of friends and take a ride on in the ranch's antique fire trucks or checker stretch limousine to the famous Garden Bar for a night to remember. Or if you prefer the water, hop aboard the ranch's historic chris craft cruiser to the Raven beach bar for live music and great sunsets!

Luxury Amenities: golf, water sports, gourmet ranch style food, massage, lake fishing, world class fly fishing, hiking & mountain biking

For Boating Enthusiast: Sail two historic 51' Q-Class racing sloops the Questa and the Nor 'Easter. These Q-Boats were built in 1928 & 1929 as prototypes for the American Cup boats. Sailing staff can takes guests on Flathead Lake for 1-3 hour sails about these majestic sailboats. Or perhaps some competition is in order? Put together a team and challenge other guests as you crew on of the many Olympic Solings!


Working cattle and bison ranch – ride real cow horses, help round up cattle and bison, herd, sort, move 2000 Bison graze on 50,000 acre pasture.  Ride and summit 14,000 foot peaks that border ranch.  Butchering – meat is frequently butchered at the ranch and 9 out of 10 meals include bison.  Opportunity to cook bison with noted chef.  Luxury meals.
Part of large 103,000 conservatory.

ESTANCIA RANQUILCO – Neuquen/Patagonia, Argentina, South America

Extreme Riding/Guided Packtrips thru the Andes.  7-10 trips in January and February.  Riding on jagged mountain trails, through open meadows, rugged terrain, amid pristine wilderness and wildlife.  Split time between outdoor camping under the stars and nights in Estancia.  Workingranch.

ROWSE’S 1 PLUS 1 RANCH – Burwell, Nebraska

Adults only/real working cattle ranch.  Work side by side with wranglers; submersion into their culture and way of life.  Daily activities varying based on needs, might include: sorting, cutting, pasture gathers, fixing fences, cattle drives, doctoring, penning, sorting, roping, branding (mostly in May). Ride real working horses.  Lessons available but work comes first.  Strong conservation practices.  Lots of saddle time.  Mechanical steer.  No frills working ranch.


Luxury ranch that offers Polo Holidays (October – March) via Prima Polo, personally run by Juan Manuel Pizarro (‘Humi’), an Argentine polo professional who runs Silver Leys polo club in the UK during the summer season.  Offers both stick and ball and practice chukkas.  Luxury aspects.

RANCHO LOS BANOS – Sonora Mexico (ranch picks guests up in Tucson)

Very affordable.  Extreme Hiking on 30,000 acres:  caves, cliffs, slot canyons, boulders, lots of wildlife, ancient Indian artifacts, mountain climbing; natural springs.  Nighttime wildlife safaris using spotlights and infrared lenses.  INSECT DAYS (September) post Monsoon season there are 1000’s of insect to explore, observe, discover.      Rustic, comfortable, working ranch.
ESTANCIA HEUCHAHUE  - Neuquen, Argentina, South America
3 Day Pack Trip across high Andes to Chile.  Ride across mountains thru dense Monkey Puzzle tree forests, bamboo thickets, undiscovered lakes, see snow-capped Volcano Lanin, Campsites.  Or go on a trek done in early 1900’s visiting 3 neighboring estancias.
Daily adventures:  One day ride to Tehuelche Indian Burial Caves and discover petroglyphs (rock drawings) and other artifacts.  Wildlife Ride to mountains cliff face and discover condor and eagle’s nests. See native species including puma, grey foxes and wild cats.   Work cattle and horses side by side with gauchos.  Strong ‘green’ and conservation practices explained.   Hunting/Butchering:  Meats served are from animals raised and then butchered on ranch.   Guests can hunt red deer and wild boar which is then used for meals at the estancia.     Luxury working ranch.


Experience the genuine high country ranch life – work side by side on horseback with ‘stockmen’ as they “Muster” (herd) sheep and cattle in rugged terrain. Guests can choose from either of these experiences or experiences can be customized.

1)High Country Horseback Muster:
A true high country farming experience.    Assist your Guide to saddle up as you prepare to ride out and join the 'mustering team'.  Once there, help with the gathering (herding) of the sheep, or cattle in the high country. Enjoy off-road  back country horseback riding over diverse, hilly terrain. Due to the nature of the activity and the 'untamed natural'' environment,  previous horse riding experience and a good level of fitness is recommended.  Subject to current farm activities.

2)Historic Flecks Hut Horse Ride:
A perfect  way to enjoy the diverse high country scenery of a New Zealand high country sheep station.
Traverse the hills as you make your way to historic Flecks Hut.  Follow a narrow bush track, amid an abundance of ferns and shrubbery, the tall beech trees towering above.  Awaiting you at Flecks Hut is a hearty lunch, along with a bottle of chilled wine.  Here, relax and enjoy the peaceful solitude, amidst the vastness of unspoiled tussock landscape.  In the afternoon, climb toward the peak of Morley Hill, to experience amazing views of the surrounding countryside.  With around 4 hours in the 'saddle', this horse ride is ideal for beginners to experienced riders.  

Contact:  Jody Dahl

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