Homeplace Ranch Offers New Horseback Programs for 2015

February 06, 2015
Homeplace Ranch, a historic Alberta institution, has announced a trio of exciting, new programs for 2015. From April to November, aspiring cowboys and cowgirls can join Mac MaKenny, one of Alberta’s most notable horsemen, at his ranch in the heart of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to take part in Alberta’s unique western culture.

The ranch, founded as a homestead in 1912, was previously run as a guest ranch and is now reimagining itself as a base for some incredible half or full-day horseback experiences.

HALF DAY RIDE
Experience Level: All Levels
Cost: $125 per person + GST

Get acquainted with your horse before heading for the hills on this three hour guided trail ride. The leisurely-paced ride, enjoyed with a small group (never larger than 6 guests), promises sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains as you ride into Alberta’s high country. Before heading home, enjoy a trailside treat of cowboy coffee cooked over an open fire while you also drink in the natural beauty of hidden vistas that can only be seen from a saddle. For riders ages 18 and over looking for a slightly stronger refreshment, swap the coffee for a local beer or glass of wine for an extra $5 per person on the Wine & Beer Ride.

HORSE AWARENESS PROGRAM
Experience Level: All Levels
Cost: $50 +GST for two people, and $20 for each additional person

Better understand the connection between human and horse with the new, 1-hour Horse Awareness Program. A great introduction to the animals for people who’ve never ridden before, this one-on-one opportunity teaches the very basics on how to interact with a horse and develop the skills to catch, lead and groom the horse.

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
Experience Level: All Levels
Cost: From $150 per person +GST for one lesson or $550 per person +GST for four lessons

Take full advantage of Mac MaKenny’s experience and expertise with private or group horseback riding lessons. Learn all you need to know about horseback riding from an experienced instructor in a magnificent setting in Alberta’s foothills.

For more information, visit www.homeplaceranch.com.

For general information on travelling to Alberta visit www.travelalberta.com

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