We have an extensive portfolio of tried and tested ranches from the classic USA and Canadian cattle ranches to the traditional Estancias and Fazendas in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico.
The USA and Canada offers iconic landscapes and a way of life upheld for generations where the pioneer spirit still holds strong. Some are intimate working ranches where guests are welcomed as members of the family, others are larger with more facilities for your comfort- children’s programmes and organised entertainment in the evenings for example.
Latin America is Gaucho country, the forerunners of the North American cowboys. The added cultural twist of hot blooded Latin American is a great pull for riders looking for an adventure.
We also offer some exciting ranch riding holidays in Portugal and France offering genuine western riding and the ranch experience closer to home.
You've either never ridden or may have had a few lessons. You may be able to trot or ride out at a walk.
You've mastered the basic aids in walk, trot and canter. You're confident on a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
You're a secure and confident rider on a well-schooled horse at all paces including a fast canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly, have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse in open country and are happy to jump. You have experience of riding a variety of horses.
Does not wish to ride.
Like riding at home, service levels, language, standards and comforts similar to home.
A little different from home, there may be language barriers or different ways of doing things, still quite comfortable, may be unpredictable parts or some rugged terrain.
Different accommodations, attitudes or methods of riding are used to normal riding at home, may have challenging terrain, long days or itinerary changes, may involve camping or not so comfortable accommodation. An appetite for exploration and new experiences required.
Extreme adventure, very challenging terrain and possible extreme or fast changing weather requiring adaptation of the itinerary, must be very flexible, good humoured and fit.
A 15,000 acre self sufficient working ranch in northern Patagonia. Ride out each day where the mighty Andes rise up behind you, or ride into the neighbouring Indian reservation. Look out for wildlife of the area, especially condors.
2017: Season runs from 1 September to 30 April, any day arrival and departure
Trip Length: A stay of seven nights is recommended. There is a minimum stay of three nights
Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 6 hours per day
Meeting point: Chapelco Airport, San Martin de Los Andes (CPC)
Riding Ability Required: All levels catered, experienced riders separated. Minimum age 12.
Group Size: Max 12
Transfer: Included from meeting point. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.
Transfers can be also be arranged from Bariloche; please enquire for cost.
Set at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Canada this small working cattle ranch is the real thing. On 2 week programmes guests will experience cattle work and learn the basic techniques of working cattle and ranch roping.
2017 Ranch stay and short break: 16, 23 Jul; 6, 20, 27 Aug; 3, 10, 17 Sept.
2017 Cattle drives: 28 May (FULL); 13 Aug (1 space remaining); 27 Sept (FULL) (experienced riders only).
2017 Branding Week: 4 June
2017 Cowpuncher: 16 July; 20, 27 Aug
Trip Length: 14 days / 13 nights - cowpuncher
7 days / 6 nights - ranch stay, cattle drives & branding week
5 days / 4 nights - short break
Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 6 hours
Meeting point: Calgary International airport (YYC). Set transfer pickup time is between noon and 6pm on Sundays and the drop off time is between noon and 6pm on Saturdays.
Riding Ability Required: Beginner onwards. For cattle drives riders must be at intermediate level due to the rough terrain and long hours in the saddle. Minimum age 12.
Group Size: 1-10
Transfer: 2017: C$315 return for a single passenger and C$52.50 return for every additional passenger. Payable on site. Approx. transfer time 2 hours.
Alternatively take the Red Arrow bus from Calgary for a total cost of C$90pp.
A cattle ranch in unspoilt countryside with western tuition for intermediate riders onwards. Also varied riding out.
2017: 5 May to 22 October holidays run from Friday to Friday.
Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 5 days riding
Approximate riding time per day: 4-5 hours
Meeting point: Beziers Airport (BZR)
Riding Ability Required: Standard Programme: Intermediate plus.
Learner Programme: Beginners onwards.
Minimum age 16
Group Size: 4-12
Transfer: Beziers - €75 per person return payable on site. Transfer time is approximately 1.5 hours. Flights should be engaged to arrive by 5 pm to Beziers Airport and departure after 14:00 as departure transfer is available after 11am. Transfers from Carcassonne can be arranged if there are no flights to Beziers (€100)
All round fun riding holiday with non dangerous game viewing, tuition in jumping, cross country and cattle work, superb selection of horses. Everyone will enjoy this one!
Flexible - minimum stay 3 nights
2017 High Season: 15 Feb-30 April; 1 July- 9 Nov; 11 Dec- 10 Jan
Low Season all other dates
Camp Davidson: Same price all year around
Trip Length: As desired although a minimum stay of three nights applies throughout the year
Approximate riding time per day: 4 - 6 hours but very flexible
Meeting point: Johannesburg International Airport (O R Tambo Airport), South Africa (JNB)
Riding Ability Required: All levels.
Group Size: 1-12
Transfer: 2017: £88 per person each way at set times. Arrival: 10.30 transfer from JNB. Departure: 14.00 transfer from the ranch
Private transfers can also be arranged for £187 each way per car for 1-12 pax. Transfer time is approximately 3 hours
Three miles from downtown Tombstone, famous for the OK Corral shootout, surrounded by miles of rugged, open country, with views of the Dragoon Mountains this ranch offers a varied riding programme suitable for all levels of riders and families as well as a variety of other activities in the heart of Cochise County.
Open all year round any day arrival, no minimum stay
Trip Length: Any length stay can be booked (Saturday arrival to be 2 nights)
Approximate riding time per day: 1 hr to 5 hrs - depending on experience and ride length.
Meeting point: Tucson, Arizona (TUS)
Riding Ability Required: From complete beginner onwards
Transfer: Not included and needs to be booked prior to arrival, payable on site.