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2021 Themed Weeks

Sandhill Crane Photography Workshop
March 7 - 12
Join staff photographer Madeline Jorden for a photo workshop to document the spectacular spring migration of over 30,000 Sandhill Cranes across the ranch and San Luis Valley. In addition to capturing the cranes, spend time on the ranch documenting the resident bison herd, historic ranch structures and our daily way of life.
Cost: $2,600 pp includes all meals, activities, instruction, lodging and taxes.

Women, Horses and the West
May 30 - June 6
For the sixth year, Dr. Bonney MacDonald (Professor of Western Literature, West Texas A&M Univ.; Ph.D. Yale Univ.) will lead a literary workshop focusing on horses, conservation, and Western lands. This year’s seminar, “Girls on the Road: New Lands, New Lives,” features non-fiction and historical readings on why the West encouraged and even needed a population on the move in the 19th and 20th centuries.
From wagon trains to Kerouac’s On the Road, just why were so many road songs, stories, and films set west of the 100th meridian? The seminar will also feature a memorable Barbara Kingsolver novel about a young woman’s western road trip, and will close with a showing and in-depth discussion of Ridley Scott’s classic film, Thelma and Louise. Guests ride ranch and mountain trails each morning and enjoy a seminar every afternoon.
Cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, activities, lodging, and taxes.

Ted Floyd Birding Workshop
June 13 - 20
Hone your birding skills with expert birder Ted Floyd. You’ll explore bird habitats including western sagebrush steppe, pinyon juniper woodland, lush cottonwood riparian, grasslands and wetlands, and pine forest. In addition to the ranch, locations include several nearby wildlife and wilderness areas such as John James Canyon, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Blanca Wetlands, Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and Zapata Falls.
Cost: $3,995 pp includes all meals, activities, lodging and taxes.

Ranch + Branding Week
June 20 - 27
This is a hands on, team-oriented experience that puts you in the center of the action with Zapata’s cattle herd. Through the week explore the ranch, ride through our 2,000 head bison herd and the Great Sand Dunes National Park on horseback and end the week with a cattle gather and traditional branding. Also available are interpretive hikes with a naturalist, roping and leather working sessions. At an additional cost, massage, rafting and fly fishing are available.
Cost: $3,150 pp includes all meals, activities, lodging and taxes.


Horsemanship Workshop with Cam Schryver
August 29 – Sept 6 : Beginner
This workshop is meant for beginner to advanced beginner riders who are comfortable on a horse, have some basic horsemanship skills, are comfortable at three paces, and are looking to further further develop their horsemanship skills with expert guidance.

September 6 - 12: Advanced
This workshop is for intermediate to advanced riders who ride regularly, are very comfortable on a horse, have good balance, are very comfortable at three paces, and are capable of long trots and more technical movements.
Cam is two-time World Champion Extreme Cowboy and all those that have had the pleasure of riding with him know that his teaching methods are clear, practical, and above all, fun. By applying working ranch horsemanship and riding by feel, you will leave the week feeling a deeper connection to the horse and will better understand how to communicate, developing a better handle. The days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations and using the landscape as your arena. Spend the evenings around the dinner table discussing the day’s experiences or head to bed after an accomplished day. This is our seventh
year doing this workshop and it’s one of our most popular weeks.
Cost: $3,150 per person per week, includes all meals, accommodation and instruction.


Advanced Painting Horses With Jill Soukup
September 12 - 17
Join renowned artist Jill Soukup for the seventh year of her painting workshop focusing on drawing and painting horses. Long time friend, Jill, among other accolades, was the Featured Artist at Coors Western Art Sale and Best of Show for Cowgirl Up!, Caballeros Western Museum 2017. Discussions and exercises will cover the importance of understanding equine anatomy, what makes a good drawing, composition and color. Activities will include photo opportunities of horses running, horses working under saddle, cowboys and cowgirls riding and studying corralled horses, demonstrations and critiques. Space is limited to 12. Intermediate to advanced skill level is suggested.
Cost: $3,150pp includes all meals, accommodation and instruction.

Writing Workshop with Pam Houston
October 3 – 10
Join the renowned author of “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Deep Creek” for a week of writing inspired by the creatures and setting of the Ranch. Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In
The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.
She teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is Professor of English at UC Davis, and co-founder and creative director of the literary non-profit Writing By Writers. This workshop will be generative, with participants writing new work inspired by the surrounding ranch and using this physical world to help access our emotional world. Pam will guide you in discussing elements of craft and accessing the ranch and all its creatures and components as metaphor.
Cost: $3,150 pp includes all meals, activities, lodging and taxes.

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Bison and Cattle Working Ranch in Colorado
Tour Code: WRCO01
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,765.00
Dates: March-October, custom dates possible with 3+ nights

Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter, Paint
Pace: All paces, riding from 4 to 10 hours a...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: San Luis Valley Regional Airport (ALS)
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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