Archive for the ‘Family Reunion’ Category

Monday, January 30th, 2017

DSC_3941If you have come down to the ranch to zip-line, hike or climb you may have noticed that there are only a handful of horses roaming around the property.  You might be wondering where the other 50 of them went.  To answer that question, they are on vacation.  Every year when we finish up our guest ranch season we start loading up the horse trailer and hauling the out to their winter pasture where they just relax and graze.  

 

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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!

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.

 

 

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.

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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, August 27th, 2012

So you have thought to yourself, “Would a dude ranch be a good place to hold a family reunion?”.  And of course our answer would be “YES”!  A little bias maybe but here are the reasons we think you should consider it:

1. No planning.  Okay, you do have to plan when you want your reunion and how everyone is going to get here but after that it’s a snap.  The activities are all ready figured out.

Traditional dude ranch activity: Trail riding.

No so traditional dude ranch activity: High adventure – walking the cable bridge.

2. No cooking or meal plans to work out with one another.  That in itself if worth it’s weight in gold.  I say that because when we have had the Johnson Family reunion we all had to take turns making meals for the group.  If your group is large, that is not always easy.  We ended up making pizza by ordering on the phone.  Martha was not too thrilled.

Grandfather, son, grandsons and nephews.

 

3. There is something for everyone.  Horseback riding to rock climbing to canoeing to zip lines to just sitting on the porch enjoying a good book.  It is not uncommon when you get your family together that they all don’t like the same thing.  It’s okay, we have it covered.

Sisters with their granddaughters.

4.  Everything is included in one price.  Other than some souvenirs or snacks from our Trading Company there are no extra charges.

So if you have been wondering if this kind of vacation would make for a good family reunion, again we say “YES!”

Son and Father. It’s a great way to get reconnected with family.