We just LOVE this husband and wife team and the ranch they run in the scenic western state of Montana, USA. It’s clear they love everything about their jobs, from the moment they wake to the moment their heads hit the pillows at the end of the day, and they welcome every guest with open arms. Here we find out a bit more about their riding outfit and what you can experience with them in Montana.
How long have you been running your riding outfit in Montana? And what was the background, history, reason for starting?
We (David and June) built our riding outfit in 1993 and opened to guests the following year, 1994. It was a great opportunity for June to get out of the hay field and work with two of the things she loves the most – people and horses. Our lives have truly been enriched with this new endeavor.
How many guest horses do you have?
We have between 35 and 40 guest horses and 8 – 12 guests a week. We like to have the right horse for each guest and allow every horse to have a week off.
Describe your herd of horses in four words:
Forward going, fit, well kept, honest.
What is the philosophy or ethos behind your horse riding experiences?
To show the beauty and tradition of Montana from the best seat in the world – the back of a horse! To do it in style at an authentic Montana cattle ranch with lots of western hospitality thrown in.
What do you love most about your job?
The wranglers of course love riding, but also meeting new people.
What is the most challenging part?
Those who are not totally honest about their riding ability.
Why should globetrotters sign up for this ride?
For the opportunity to ride on a real cattle ranch, to ride with other experienced riders on intermediate and advanced rider weeks, a variety of terrain, cattle work, small number of guests, fit ranch horses, western hospitality, great home cooking, three big meals a day, nice cabins with private bath, new friends, peace and quiet, a place to leave your troubles behind.
A tip that every globetrotter must know before signing up for this ride:
Come prepared for a good time.
Don’t leave home without…
A sense of adventure.
What has been the most memorable or significant moment of your guiding career?
There’s not one moment but a collection of contented, saddle sore, authentic, happy guests.
Keen to join June and David on their ranch in Montana? Click here for further details and departure dates.