Horsemanship + Working Ranch Experience (Camp Based)
May 5 - 10, Ranchlands Camp at Chico Basin Ranch
A natural horsemanship experience with Ranchlands friend and renowned horseman, Cameron Schryver. 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. Days are spent with one-on-one horsemanship instruction, educational demonstrations, moving and working cattle on the ranch in accordance to the grazing plan. Spend the evenings in camp around the fire or dinner table on the prairie discussing the day’s experiences.
Branding Camp – Chico Basin Ranch
May 12 - 17, Ranchlands Camp at Chico Basin Ranch
Chico Basin Ranch is home to Ranchlands’ largest herd of cattle. This is a busy time of year for the ranch crew: branding, processing and gathering cattle on a daily basis. Join the crew each day and become part of the working team: be part of the weekly plan, saddle your own horse, enjoy the long trot out at dark to see the sunrise over the prairie on your way to gather cattle. You’ll be given responsibilities to gather, check fence and water throughout the week, be part of the branding crew that will hold the herd, assist with vaccinations, and ear notching. You’ll work closely with your team to ensure one of the biggest events on the ranch calendar goes smoothly and get to experience what ranching looked like 100 years ago. Intermediate to experienced riding level required. At the end of the day, relax in camp with dinner on the prairie, practice roping or head down to the lake for a swim.
Sorting + Weaning Cattle Works with Cam Schryver
September 29 – October 05 Ranchlands Camp at Chico Basin Ranch
By Fall each year, our calves are branded and grown and it’s time for them to be weaned. Become a part of the ranch crew through this busy time of gathering, sorting and working cattle in the corrals. Use your horse to help sort cattle or maybe help run gates and sorting pens. This is an intimate opportunity to take part in a fundamental element of the ranch operation, with plenty of riding and corral work. Be prepared for early mornings, sometimes beginning in the dark, and long fulfilling days. When there’s a chance, relax by or go fishing in one of the ranches 5 spring fed lakes. Prepare your own breakfast and lunch with food supplied and then enjoy dinner with the ranch crew. Bunk style lodging and bath.