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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Arena Ride

2015 was an exciting year for Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.  We have had a marriage, travel, an engagement, a new Hoover baby and even a successful back surgery.  Not to mention, the joy of seeing returned guests and getting to know the new ones. It’s always bittersweet at the end of the season watching staff go and taking the horses out to winter pasture but we love to see our employees have success in their endeavors and look forward to seeing the ones that return for another year in the spring.

Adventure guide Morgan & Wrangler Tember got engaged.

Adventure guide Morgan & Wrangler Tember got engaged.

Wrangler Scott and Jennifer welcomed Boone Howard Hoover to their crew.

Wrangler Scott and Jennifer welcomed Boone Howard Hoover to their crew.

Wrangler Emmi Lou got married.

Wrangler Emmi Lou got married.

Adventure guide Tucker got his back fixed.

Adventure guide Tucker got his back fixed.

Wrangler Cameron returned from his two year LDS mission in France. So with the family complete the entire Johnson Crew went to Thailand on vacation.

Wrangler Cameron returned from his two year LDS mission in France, so with the family complete the entire Johnson Crew went to Thailand on vacation.

2016 brings a new chef, Levi Hill. He is a super guy and an amazing talent in the kitchen.  He is very enthusiastic about sharing his wonderful dishes with you.

Levi and his lovely family.

Levi and his lovely family.

The Lodge is undergoing a pretty extensive remodel, a new kitchen, new roof and all the logs replaced.  It’s a lot of work, but it will be beautiful and we can’t wait to for you all to see it when it is finished. It will now match our remodeled pool area we did last May.

HCR lodge getting a face lift.

HCR lodge getting a face lift.

The process of purchasing some new trail horses is an annual event during January and February. We have been fortunate to come across some pretty neat new prospects. Hopefully they will all work out and be added to our trail string sometime this year. At the end of last season we retired good old Buster, who was 28 years old and gave him to a very happy 5 year old cowboy. We will miss the old man, he leaves a big saddle to be filled.

Good ol Buster.

Good ol Buster.

Horses enjoying some r & r on winter pasture.

Horses enjoying some R & R on winter pasture.

We are truly blessed to do what we do and we are grateful for the people we work with and come in contact with. We are appreciative of you and your families that make our jobs so rewarding.  We are continuing to learn and grow in the wonderful world of family outdoor recreation and we hope you join us for what is going to be an awesome 2016!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

 

The fall foliage is on it’s way and the Ozark region is one of the best places to take in the magnificent color.  With the cooler temps and changing leaves autumn can be one of the best times to experience Horseshoe Canyon.  Horseback riding, cook-outs, riding the zip-line and rock climbing are an example of what you can do doing your stay.  Give Jaime a call and make your reservation. 1-800-480-9635

Peek color happens near the end of Oct - the 1st part of Nov.

Peek color happens near the end of Oct – the 1st part of Nov.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

With our 2014 season coming to an end we have hauled all but a few horses to winter pasture for some well deserved r & r.  Shoes off and an abundance of green grass, what more could a horse ask for on their winter break?

Timon enjoying  all that grass.

Timon enjoying all that grass.

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Yellow Snow.

Yellow Snow.

Sling Blade exploring his new surroundings.

Sling Blade exploring his new surroundings.

 

 

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

We would like to thank all of our guests that came and shared the ranch with us for our 2014 summer season.  We had great summer meeting new families and reuniting with return guests.  We can hardly believe that summer is all ready over.  If you missed out, no worries, our fall  guest ranch season is fast approaching.  October is a wonderful time to come and enjoy the cooler temps and enjoy our autumn colors.  Give us a call today and book, it’s never to early!  800-480-9635

Fall colors

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

 

From left to right: Scott, Bryan, Shannon, Emily, Cameron and Chadwich

From left to right: Scott, Bryan, Shannon, Emily, Cameron and Chadwick

The summer season has come to a close and with that, it’s time to say goodbye to some of our wranglers who are headed back to the “real world”.  Tember (left earlier in the season), Bryan, Shannon, Emily and Chadwick all headed off to college. We would like to give them a big THANK YOU for their great attitudes and hard work.  Some days they would be up before the sun and going to bed way after it had set but always had a smile on their face.  We hope you all have a great school year and will return to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch for the 2014 season, if we could only be so lucky.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

One of the wranglers job is fitting the rider to a horse.

One of the wranglers job is fitting the rider to a horse.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

Being a wrangler sometimes is more than just trail riding.

Being a wrangler sometimes is more than just trail riding.

They are there to help with a smile.

Wait? What?  Sleeping on the job.  :)

Wait? What? Sleeping on the job. 🙂

Horseshoe Canyon Guest Ranch Wranglers

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

Bryan riding Phred and getting him ready to be put in the dude string.

Bryan riding Phred and getting him ready to be put in the dude string.

Horseshoe Canyon Dude Ranch Wranglers

Wranglers at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Watching Scott work a new horse in the round pen.

Watching Scott work a new horse in the round pen.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

Tember guiding a ride to a cookout.

Tember guiding a ride to a cookout.

Being able to swing up on a horse is not a requirement, but it's fun to try.

Being able to swing up on a horse is not a requirement, but it’s fun to try.

Everyday the wranglers saddle and unsaddle between 15 to 40 head of horses.

Everyday the wranglers saddle and unsaddle between 15 to 40 head of horses.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

 

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Dude Ranch

HAPPY TRAILS! And best of luck you you all in your next adventure.

HAPPY TRAILS! And best of luck you you all in your next adventure.

 

 

 

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Cameron Johnson: Son, Wrangler & Office Staff

Cameron Johnson: Son, Wrangler & Office Staff

 

When five of your staff members (one being your son) graduate on the same night it makes things a little tricky back at the ranch.  Especially when the rest of the staff wants to come and support everyone.  Thanks to Jennifer, Scott, Sara and Bryan for staying back and tending to the 50 guests that evening.  Congratulations to Cameron, Marissa, Laura, Lynzi and Kennedy !  Enjoy life as it comes and good luck in your next chapter.

Laura: Kitchen Staff & Past Wrangler

Laura: Kitchen Staff & Past Wrangler

Marissa: Office & Kitchen Staff

Marissa: Office & Kitchen Staff

Lynzi: Kitchen Staff

Lynzi: Kitchen Staff

Kennedy: Office & Kitchen Staff

Kennedy: Office & Kitchen Staff

Cameron with his Grandparents: Martha and Jerry Johnson.

Cameron with his Grandparents: Martha and Jerry Johnson.

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Morgan supporting Cameron.  lol

Morgan supporting Cameron. lol

Marissa, Cameron & Laura

Marissa, Cameron & Laura

A lot of the staff came to support the graduates.  I guess you could say we are like family.

A lot of the staff came to support the graduates. I guess you could say we are like family.

 

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Grab your scarf, pull out the leaf rake and put some hot water on the stove for a cup of hot chocolate.  Fall has arrived.  It’s that wonderful time of year when the air becomes crisp, the sky has a different hue of blue and the leaves change into the most beautiful colors.   We were a little worried about the Ozark color because of the dry summer season but low and behold mother nature still gave us a work of art.  A canvas of reds, oranges and yellows scattered across the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch valley.

 

Oct. 15 – The color is starting to really show.

 

October 20 – More color.

 

October 20 – One of my favorite ways to look at the fall colors is horseback.

 

October 20 – Fall means breeding season for the goats. This is one of our bucks (male) enjoying the fall sun with a doe (female).

 

October 24 – more change in the color.

 

October 24 – The horses after a day of work.

 

October 24 – A beautiful fall evening.

 

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October 24 – The color on the hills makes me think of a big patchwork quilt.

 

October 25 – The day the color is predicted to peak.

 

October 25 – Peak day for color. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see the breakfast cookout riders.

 

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

The 2011 season is over for the most part (there is still one more chance to book a ranch vacation this year – the week of Thanksgiving!) and we decided a staff trail ride on the Buffalo National River  would be fun.

All loaded up and ready to go.

When I said we "all" thought it would be fun, well Morgan (climbing guide) might not have thought it would be fun. But he was a good sport and came. Cody Johnson, also might not have thought it would be fun but trail riding meant missing school.

The plan was for everyone to go to the other side of the river and take a group photo. If you notice the wet pant legs on Cody and Barry... the rest decided not to follow.

Just imagine 6 other riders on that rock bank and how cool it would have looked. 🙂

Time to come back. The water wasn't too bad but the weather was not exactly swimming temps.

Oops, found an even deeper spot.

The Peanut Gallery.

Barry's turn to make his way back across.

Getting ready to get his legs wet, again.

We stopped at a place that is called The Suck Hole to eat snacks, and for some of us, dry off. This location got it's name because there is place under the bluff where the water is "sucked" under the rock and comes out further down the river on the other side.

Morgan climbing. He almost was the third person to get wet in the river when he couldn't find any holds to climb back up. Fortunately he finally found his way.

Missing two family members. Creed is a little two young for this length of a ride and Cameron is a responsible child and didn't want to miss school due to homework load.

Jason getting some R & R before we finish out last two miles.

Thank you to our 2011 staff for such a great year!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Front gate at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Fall is one of our favorite seasons.  To us it means cooler weather, beautiful leaves, apple cider, pumpkins, and a time for family and friends to reunite.  What more could you ask for?

This year in the Dallas Morning News were listed as one of the 5 best places to see “autumn’s glory” in the U.S. . We were a little concerned with the extra hot weather and the lack of rain that all the leaves might just dry up, turn brown and fall off.  Fortunately this was not the case. Usually the best time to see the leaves at peak is the end of October. There is still some good color after that but then they start to fall off.

 

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Horseback riding is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think, “dude ranch”.  Saddling up and heading down the trail, listening to the horses feet hit the ground, can be very therapeutic. It’s good for the soul.

Typical Monday Morning Trail Rides – “Get to know your horse.” 

Waiting...

Scooby is one of our kid's horse that has been her for about 10 years.

The Ozark rocks make for a scenic ride.

"Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys..." 🙂

Ookii (Anatolian Shepherd) decided to take a rest and hang out with me while I took photos.

You will ride past or through the herd of goats probably more than once.

Rusty has been her for the past 8 years. We purchased him at an auction from an Amish boy.

Tember riding one of her favorite horses on the ranch, Ricky Bobby.