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Love riding? Love yoga? Love dude ranch vacations? Then you'll love the riding and yoga retreat put together by C Lazy U Ranch and Julie Goodnight! Taking place at the Colorado guest ranch on May 18-21, 2012, the women's riding and yoga clinic will allow you to take advantage of discounted rates for world-class accommodations with programming, riding, and yoga included. You can either bring your own horse to work with, or use one of the great ranch horses at C Lazy U. (Board or use of a ranch horse is included in the cost. Please let the ranch know if you are bringing a horse or need one of the ranch horses.)

The clinic sessions are fun and productive, with all riders and horses working at their own pace. Julie is there to make sure you have a good time, stay safe and learn something. Julie will put you at ease and make you feel more confident. From Julie’s point of view, she is there for you—not the other way around. It’s not about egos or impressing people, it’s about you and your horse, and making what progress you can while you have a good time. Above all else, expect to have a luxurious weekend getaway in the Rocky Mountain splendor of Colorado, where you can expect five-star accommodations, meals and service. Be sure to invite your cowgirl friends, but you’ll feel comfortable coming on your own, too, with a support group of like-minded women. You'll be free to participate in as much or as little of the planned program as you want, meaning you can take full advantage of the spa treatments on offer should you be willing to cut the other activities a little short.

The yoga sessions are oriented toward all levels of students, from never-evers through to advanced practitioners. Bring a yoga mat, a blanket and a water bottle, and remember to wear comfortable, stretchy clothes. Don’t worry about your stamina or ability level for the riding or the yoga, be it high or low, as everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace. If you get tired, you're more than welcome to sit out a session or end early; and if there is an exercise you are not comfortable with, it’s perfectly fine to skip it. Plus, there'll be plenty of time for in-depth questions and discussions, and personalized attention! You will be learning alongside all sorts of riders - English and Western, beginner and advanced - so no matter what your level, you’ll advance your skills and knowledge tremendously.

Spring and fall in the Colorado Mountains can be glorious, with vibrant colors, warm sunny days (usually) and cool, crisp nights. As always in the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable, but C Lazy U has a toasty indoor arena when the weather gets blustery. Be prepared with all-weather gear and layers that will make you comfortable in all four seasons.

“Expect to have fun, learn a lot about your horse, enjoy great company and a have a luxurious stay at one of Colorado’s premier guest ranches!” says Julie.

Things to know and bring

  • Bring your horse or ride one at the ranch! Either way you'll have a fabulous time.
  • Bring clothing for all seasons.
  • Remember your swimsuit for the hot tub (that has a waterfall in it, did we forget to mention?)
  • Bring gear for riding, and a change of clothing for dinner and yoga!

For more information on C Lazy U, visit

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