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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
One of our highlights of the year is when the LA Center for the Blind come to horseback ride & rock climb in the fall. Thanks Morgan for putting together this video of their experience.
I hope you and your families all wintered well. The weather is turning warmer and the horses are feeling good and starting to walk on fresh iron. I think I even saw a hint of green when the snow melted…We have stayed busy this past fall and winter and have added a few new activities for 2011. The eastside Via Ferrata for starters is world class fun and includes a caving section and a single cable bridge across a 60ft span of bluff…spooky!
We are offering a late spring discount you may want to take advantage of…I know the kiddos are still in school until the end of May, but if you can get here we are taking 20% off the spring rates from April 25th thru May 29th. The summer is filling nicely, and the rates are still holding at 2009 levels. Remember as a returning guest you get an additional discount as well.
If you are in the facebook world and haven’t added us as a friend or “liked” us, please do. You can keep in touch with us and find out about new stuff or last minute deals. We also love to see your pics from the Ranch.
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We would love to see you back this year and will do everything we can to ensure you have a wonderful time and one the children will talk about the entire year…
Have a great day!
Barry, Amy, kids, and all the