Meet Your Host

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

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- 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 - Banff Trail Riders

April 17, 2014
Meet your hosts at Banff Trail Riders, formerly known as Holiday on Horseback and Warner Guiding, 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… 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 »

Meet Your Host- Sicily on Horseback

January 22, 2014
Ever wanted to take an island horseback riding vacation? Sicily is a fascinating place to saddle up and explore a variety of terrain, villages, traditions and customs. Equestrian photojournalist Franco Barbagallo and longtime horseman Paolo Cricchio run Sicily on Horseback, a company that takes riders from around the world on… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Elk Mountain Ranch
 in Colorado

November 18, 2013
Elk Mountain Ranch is indeed located in a very special location. As Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9,600 feet elevation, the ranch boasts the largest collection of peaks over 14,000 feet in the lower 48 states. Riding here, you are in for some spectacular views and family-friendly fun. Owners Tom… Read more »

Meet Your Hosts- Wise Mountain Retreat, Dominican Republic Horse Tours

September 22, 2013
Located in Veragua in the Dominican Republic, Wise Mountain Retreat, formerly Rancho Montana, is a guest ranch that offers Western style trail riding through the lush rain forests, rivers, mountains, canyons and Dominican pueblos. Owners Leslie Hawkins and Gerald Baker were looking for a pre-retirement job when they came across the… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Colorado

August 26, 2013
Learn about a Colorado guest ranch that's been serving up Western hospitality since 1946 in an interview with the owner, Susan Jessup. Located west of Loveland, Colorado, about an hour north of Denver and 15 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is a longtime family owned horse… Read more »