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Ranch rodeos and horsemanship

horseback-ridersAudrey at Arizona’s Hidden Meadow Ranch just sent me a note about their upcoming Wild West Rodeo Month, June 1-30. It sounds like a blast.

Wild West Rodeo Month includes all Hidden Meadow Ranch’s normal equine-related activities (trail rides, etc.) plus a whole lot more. Special activities include: thorough saddling/grooming lessons (encouraging a more hands-on approach to the horse experience);  two all-day off-property rides to  Mt. Baldy and Mt. Escadilla (two of the three highest points in Arizona), complete with lunch on the trail;   arena games including the wild horse catch, egg and spoon race, barrel racing, ribbon race, and many more;   horse training demos;   roping demonstrations and lessons; a cattle drive with faux cows; and probably everyone’s favorite, team penning competitions (with rented cattle!).

Nestled on 150 acres of private land in the heart of the White Mountains, Hidden Meadow Ranch is an all-inclusive hideaway replete with 12 rustically-elegant log cabins, unparalleled amenities, exceptional service and cuisine, and year-round family activities such as hiking, fly-fishing, archery, canoeing, leather-making, horseback riding and much more.

More ranches with rodeo and horsemanship clinics and events: Check out Montana’s Runamuk Guest Ranch, outside Billings, for horsemanship clinics, cattle handling clinics, one-on-one instruction, and riding for the advanced. At British Columbia’s Siwash Lake Ranch, they offer horsemanship, wildlife spotting, hiking with naturalists and eco-adventure clinics; says Allyson, “June is the BEST month at Siwash for wildlife-watching and hands-on horsemanship.”

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