If you’ve been looking for a real hands-on working ranch vacation, the Wickens Ranch is the place for you. Established in 1912 the Wickens family was one of the first to stake their claim in Central Montana and four generations later they are still carrying on the traditions started with that original homestead.
This is not your typical dude ranch. They take pride in offering a true working ranch experience with no head to tail riding or strict schedules to stick to. While at the ranch you will have the opportunity take part in the everyday workings of a real cattle ranch. Each day there will be new riding opportunities as well as cattle work and daily chores. The week will be spent riding alongside experienced cowboys gathering and trailing cattle to new pasture, sorting and branding calves, scattering bulls and even fixing some fence. You will have plenty of freedom with your mount while also receiving guidance about proper horsemanship and cattle handling techniques.
A maximum of six guests at a time is allowed so there is no shortage of personal attention or opportunities in which to get involved.
Your accomodations will be a roomy new lodge built in 2007 with all the amenities of home, including 3 generous meals a day. Free airport shuttle will be provided.
Please Call or Email Globetrotter Travel for pricing details and available dates.
5 Day Horse Ride…”Man from SnowyRiver” & Heritage Ride
• High country horse ride in the 'Man from SnowyRiver' country • Quality overnight accommodation • Authentic pioneer homestead experience • Local gourmet cuisine • Spectacular scenery and Australian wildlife • Private guides
Day 1: Arrive at at our high country farming property that's been in the Watson family for many generations. After saddling up, we set off on our 'Man from SnowyRiver' experience on horseback. We ride up to spectacular 360 degree views and along the way, watch out for wildlife that often takes a look at us, including kangaroos, wallabies and Australia's largest bird of flight, the wedge tail eagle. We stop at 'Dungeon Hut' for lunch enjoying a gourmet hamper and then in the afternoon we traverse the bridle tracks through quiet valleys and points of rich historical interest. We arrive at the celebrated 'Riverhouse at Howqua Dale' a magnificent country house hotel on the banks of the HowquaRiver. The 6 double rooms with ensuites all have beautiful views of the garden or countryside. Enjoy a relaxing hot shower before a riverside BBQ dinner in one of Victoria's prettiest valleys. Day 2: Next morning we enjoy an early hearty country breakfast and start our journey up the majestic HowquaRiver along the high track towards “Stockyard Creek”. It is a challenging days riding with spectacular views over the river, tree fern gullies and long cantering sections. We stop for a pack lunch on the river bank surrounded by just mountains. After lunch we ride through Wares Flat, Whisky Flat and Tobacco Flat and into Stockyard Creek to the Stoney families Pioneering Homestead. Here we are greeted with a cool drink and warm hospitality by Wendy Jubb Stoney. Enjoy a sumptuous traditional Australian dinner at the homestead with all the trimmings and then retire to your room furnished with original pioneer relics and sun kissed sheets. Day 3: A relaxing sleep in then an indulgent breakfast awaits. This is a day of relaxation where we explore the historic Howqua Hills area including ‘Picture Point’, ‘The Chinese Gold Diggings’, ‘Mad Professors Hut’, ‘Fred Frys Hut’ and ‘Tunnel Bend’. Tonight’s dinner is a special affair at “Greenstone” the Stoney family house where we will enjoy a 5 course meal. Day 4: Again an early rise and sumptuous breakfast. Today we climb out of the Howqua Hills and onto Timbertop Saddle and enjoy panoramic views as we make our way along the ridgeline before dropping down into Pinnacle Valley Resort for our chalet accommodation for the evening. Here we are surrounded by wildlife particularly kangaroos. Day 5: Next morning we enjoy a hearty country breakfast that gives you a big energy boost before we set off for “KateCameronsPeak” where we see the perilously steep hill where the famous jump scene from the movie was filmed. We wind our way back down to the farmhouse for lunch to complete our ride.
Included in price:
We supply all equipment including helmets, boots, oilskin coats, saddle bag and digital camera.
What to bring:
Riding: Strong heeled boots, gloves, pantyhose (to help prevent leg rubbing) Personal Requirements: Camera, Torch, Sunscreen, Insect repellant, Sun glasses, Toiletries, Book if you enjoy reading, as we do have time to relax Bedding: We supply everything.
Other customized rides, including 4WD and wine tours may be available depending on the time of year.
The Emerald Isle makes an ideal destination for horseback riding.The charm of the countryside with its stone walls, green fields and rolling hills is a wonderful place to explore with a good horse.Gallop along the miles of open beaches, climb the mountains and enjoy the local color.The country’s rich history dates back to the very early times of St. Patrick, ancient castles, monuments and magical places.
This ride takes place in the part of Ireland immortalized by the poet, W.B. Yeats. It is a fine opportunity to fulfill your dreams by riding in mountains, valleys, pine forests and on the beaches of this romantic island. Visits to historical sites and places of interest are also included. You stay in a modern hotel in the heart of the lively old town of Sligo. An upgrade to one night at Markree Castle is available
Sunday to Sunday, weekly April 29 - Sept. 30, no trails on July 8, 15 and 22.
Was $1,575, now reduced to $1,450
1 night upgrade to Markree: $170
does not include dinners and all but 2 lunches
Non-rider price: Was $900, now $830.
Ride price is set, guaranteed and final at the time deposit is paid.
includes transfers from the Sligo airport, bus or train station
Special offer: For the trails April/May and end of August through September a free transfer from and to the Dublin airport is included (12 PM pickup on first day) and the single supplement is waived for those weeks.
Horseback Riding in BELIZE
Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America (it used to be British Honduras) and it is an ideal destination for American travelers. Its glorious beaches are well known, but the hill country in the interior is an excellent place for horseback riding. The scenery is lovely, the magnificent bird life is abundant and fascinating Mayan ruins are everywhere.
The Belize airport is only a two-hour flight from the southern United States and yet it is like entering a world as different as Africa. It is the home of rare and beautiful birds, gorgeous wild orchids and huge butterflies. It is not just the natural beauty of the land which makes this ride so special; it is the abundant traces of Mayan civilization which you will see during the course of your ride.
Mayan Jungle and Tikal Ride
Saturday: Arrive at the BelizeInternationalAirport. Clients are met no later than and are transferred approximately two hours. Riders see various types of terrain on the drive from the flat marshlands of the Belize City peninsula to the pine Savannah's of the BelizeRiver valley. As the road climbs into the MayaMountain foothills, the vegetation changes to a denser tropical rainforest. Receive a welcome from the hosts with time to relax before dinner.
Sunday: After breakfast receive an orientation and an introduction to the horses and tack. The first full day's ride takes riders to the Big Rock Waterfalls. A picnic lunch and swimming are on the agenda for the next couple of hours. Enjoy riding through vibrantly rich tropical forests. Some areas of the trail are better suited for walking and others are perfect for an exhilarating canter through the woods. Return via a different route for refreshments prior to the evening meal.
Monday: Today's destination is the cave at Barton Creek known as Nohoch Sayab. This spectacular river cave combines underground streams into a confluence, then sends them out as one river. Watch the untouched colorful limestone formations as you float by them at least a mile into the cave. Equally interesting is the actual ride. Travel through the Barton Creek Mennonite Community and observe their primitive farming methods. In order to respect the wishes of the Mennonites please refrain from taking their pictures.
Tuesday: The ride today is to the captivating Vega, a secluded limestone sink-hole valley. Explore the shady creeks and see a lovely small waterfall. Enjoy inspiring vistas of the sunken valley from the top of an un-excavated Mayan burial ruin. This is a superb bird watching location. A delicious lunch at the Cantina is waiting upon return from the ride. After lunch change into shorts for a vehicle tour of Cahal Pech, a mystical Mayan ceremonial center. Afterwards enjoy shopping in San Ignacio.
Wednesday: Ride to Swallow Cave and explore the cave. Relax and enjoy the scenery while having a picnic lunch. Enjoy a relaxing swim at ButterflyFalls. This is a beautiful ride with plenty of opportunities for cantering.
Thursday: Early morning departure for a full day vehicle tour to Tikal, driving time about two hours. Tikal is unquestionably important in the Maya World because of extensive renovations and its significant contributions to the knowledge of the Mayan people since it was discovered in 1848. Nestled in the jungle, Tikal also offers the ultimate experience for the birdwatchers. Lunch is served on the grounds. Leave Tikal around to be back at MET for dinner.
Friday: Half day ride to the Mayan ruins of Pacbitun. Enjoy the last picnic lunch of this ride atop an ancient Mayan lookout with views of the upper BelizeRiverValley and the MayanCities of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich. Continue to a Mayan burial cave and return to MET by 2 PM. Wind down with an unscheduled afternoon. Enjoy the sounds of this magical tropical paradise. If you have not done so, discover another world after dark during a Night walk.
Saturday:After breakfast depart for the BelizeCityInternationalAirport and return flights home. Visit the Belize Zoo on your way to the airport. The Zoo is unique in it's presentation and environmental message so don't miss out.
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE. CHANGES MAY OCCUR DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER
Pricing and Dates
Length of Ride
8 days, 7 nights and 3 full and 2 half days days riding.
Saturday – Saturday, same weeks as the Mayan Jungle Ride
Jan 14-21, Jan 28-Feb 4, Feb 11-18, Feb 25-Mar 3, Mar 10-17, Mar 17-24, Mar 24-31, Apr 7-14, Apr 21-28, May 5-12, May 19-26, June 2-9, June 16-23, June 30-Jul 7, July 14-21, July 28-Aug 4, Aug 11-18, Aug 18-25, Sep 8-15, Sep 22-29, Oct 6-13, Oct 20-27, Nov 3-10, Nov 17-24, Dec 1-8, Dec 15-22, Dec 22-29, Dec 29-Jan 5, 2013
Low Season: May 1-Dec 14, 2012 $1,845 Single $1,695 Double $1,350 Triple
High Season: Dec 15, 2011-April 30, 2012 and Dec 15-31, 2012 $2,200 Single $1,730 Double $1,510 Triple
Ride price is set, guaranteed and final at the time deposit is paid.
Land packages include: accommodations, most meals, guides, horses and tack.
Passports Required. Air flights sold separately.
Travel Insurance is strongly recommended and can be purchased through Globetrotter Travel.
Check Payment only…..No credit cards.
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