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Learn about the lives of dude ranch owners and equestrian vacation guides from around the world.


Meet Your Host- Swan Mountain Outfitters

December 6, 2014
Swan Mountain Outfitters and Swan Mountain Ranch are located southeast of Kalispell, Whitefish and the famed Flathead Valley of Montana in what's called “glacier country." Recently celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013, this Montana outfitting company leads travelers on horseback pack trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the fifth-largest wilderness in… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Rainbow Trout Ranch in Colorado

November 17, 2014
Meet Doug, Linda, David and Jane, members of the Van Berkum Family that you will meet on your stay at Rainbow Trout Ranch in the Southern Colorado Rockies. This dude ranch has been in their family for over 20 years. Active as team ropers and in raising their own Quarter Horses, the… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Lian Hayes of BlueGreen Adventures

August 7, 2014
BlueGreen Adventures, which leads travelers on adventure vacations through the stunning landscapes of Chile's southern Patagonia, has recently started new riding holidays. Their polo experience stays take riders to some of Argentina and England’s finest private estates and a new ranch ride in Colombia. We corresponded with Lian Hayes, who… Read more »

Meet Your Host- The Haas Family of A Lazy H Outfitters

May 19, 2014
Joseph Haas of A Lazy H Outfitters and his family have been taking horse pack trips into Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness for decades. Back in the 1920’s pack trips often lasted two weeks and many western artists, including 'the cowboy artist' Charlie Russell, joined the family to gain inspiration from the beauty… Read more »

Meet Your Host Clew Bay Trail Ride’s Padraic Foy

May 19, 2014
The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's first long-distance touring route stretching along the dramatic Atlantic coast from West Cork to Donegal, is an increasingly popular place to take a riding vacation. Padraic Foy, whose family has been breeding horses in the Clew Bay area along the Wild Atlantic Way since 1963,… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Mkulu Kei Horse Trails in South Africa

May 4, 2014
Cheryl Giacchetti and Jono Arnott have a job that many would consider a dream job, especially equestrians. They operate horse riding holidays on the Eastern Cape of the Sunshine Coast, "the Adventure Province in South Africa" through Mkulu Kei Horse Trails & Riding Holidays. Recent accolades include being honored with the… Read more »

Meet Your Host - Holiday on Horseback

April 17, 2014
Meet your hosts at Holiday on Horseback, who took the Equitrekking team for a horse ride in beautiful Banff National Park during the filming of the Equitrekking Alberta episode. For the last 50 years, the team at Holiday on Horseback has been upholding the backcountry tradition of riding through the Canadian… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Steve Shaw of Great American Adventures

April 6, 2014
Meet Steve Shaw, the creator of Great American Adventures, offering historic Old West tours on horseback. Guests can ride in the hoofprints of Wyatt Earp, Butch Cassidy, Billy the Kid, George Custer and John Wayne through Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Utah. We interviewed Mr. Shaw to learn more about these… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Connemara Equestrian Escapes in Ireland

March 30, 2014
Cathriona Goaley was born and bred in Connemara, the region through which she now leads riders on equestrian vacations. Learn about Connemara Equestrian Escapes, offering luxury riding tours in Ireland. Horseback riding on the beaches of Connemara. Equitrekking: Your tours take riders through the Connemara region on the famous Wild Atlantic… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Shangrila Guest Ranch in Virginia

January 29, 2014
Meet two horse lovers, Gary and Julie Holmes, who have their dream job as owners of Shangrila Guest Ranch in Virginia and learn about why they decided to start this equestrian retreat. Shangrila Guest Ranch is located in South Boston, Virginia, about an hour North of Raleigh, North Carolina, and… Read more »