Meet Your Host

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


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 »

Meet Your Host- Jimmy Smith of Horses Landing in Utah

June 10, 2013
Horseman, trainer and clinician Jimmy Smith of Horses Landing offers horsemanship clinics to teach skills and techniques to improve safety, build mutual respect, and foster an enjoyable relationship between you and your horse. Located in and around Zion National Park, these Utah horsemanship vacations offer confidence building and learning sessions… Read more »

Meet Your Host- The Ranch at Emerald Valley

April 15, 2013
Learn about a new Colorado guest ranch created by The Broadmoor… a true wilderness experience with Five Star flair. Eight miles into the Pike National Forest from The Broadmoor Resort Colorado Springs, Colorado, lies a brand new guest ranch-- The Ranch at Emerald Valley. This wilderness enclave offers a chance… Read more »

Meet Your Host- The Red Rock Ranch, Wyoming

March 5, 2013
Owned by David and Deborah MacKenzie since 1974, The Red Rock Ranch is a longtime Jackson Hole dude ranch that has been offering dude ranch family vacations for over 34 years. Located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the ranch offers mountain trail riding through streambeds, alpine meadows and to mountaintops with stunning views… Read more »

Meet Your Host- Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in California

February 9, 2013
Meet David Lautensack, the general manager of Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, a Solvang, California resort and guest ranch that's been welcoming guests since 1946. Located on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, Alisal's giant sycamores, rolling hillsides and grazing cattle make for a peaceful setting. It's this setting that has… Read more »