Tod Mountain Ranch brings you the latest news from the Canada guest ranch…
It's official - Spring is finally here! The ski hill is closed, the snow and ice has melted, the robins have returned and the horses have started to shed their winter coats. We're busy with the preparations for reopening the ranch on 1st May and getting ready for our first dude ranch vacation guests of the season. We're really excited about this year – we’re looking forward to meeting our new guests from around the world and also welcoming some past guests back to the ranch. Haven’t booked your dude ranch vacation at Tod Mountain? Contact us soon, as some dates are already full.
What's New At The Ranch for 2012
We know that when it comes to your Guest Ranch vacation, you have a lot of great dude ranches to choose from. So you're probably asking what makes us unique, and why should you choose this guest ranch? Most of our guests come for the opportunity to experience western riding and horsemanship in a stunning location and a calm, peaceful environment that gives them space to think, learn and to just ‘be’.
Tod Mountain’s sole focus is on horseback riding and horsemanship. We do not offer any other organised activities at the ranch so you can be sure that you get to spend as much time as you would like with the horses and the people who care for them.
Total Immersion Experience
Many of our guests want to experience more than the trail rides and we are happy to be able to offer a total immersion experience for those who want to get a more hands-on experience with their horse.
The experience starts on your first morning when we will introduce you to the horse we have assigned you for your stay. We'll tell you all about him as you catch, feed and groom him. We'll explain the tack (saddle, bridle, etc) that we use, and how to tack up your horse so you can get him ready for the day’s ride. After the rides, you will then untack and groom your horse before turning him out to the pasture with his buddies.
On the first day, this will be done under the full supervision of the Tod Mountain wranglers, but once you get the hang of it, then you'll be on your own taking care of your own horse for the duration of your stay. For those guests who just want to experience the trail rides, we are of course very happy to take care of your horse for you.
Wrangler For A Day
New for 2012, we are offering one lucky guest each day the opportunity to be a Wrangler for the day. Working alongside the Tod Mountain Ranch team, you will get the opportunity to live the life of a Wrangler and take part in all the different aspects of the job.
Your day will start with gathering the horses in the morning, checking the herd for injuries or lost shoes and doctoring any injuries or wounds - all before breakfast! After breakfast, you'll assist with the daily barn chores followed by catching, grooming and saddling the horses needed for the days ride. Then at the end of the day, you get to untack and groom the horses again before turn out. After a day in the saddle, there are still more chores to do! Filling water troughs, picking up poop, checking and fixing fence, harrowing pastures are all routine jobs that need to be done before the barn is closed for the day.
If being a Wrangler is your dream job, even for just one day, then let us know and we will be sure to put you on the roster!
Meet The Team
We're delighted to welcome Steve Scott back to the ranch for his third season with us, and to welcome Kelly Goddard & Tammy Holroyd for their first season at Tod Mountain Ranch.
WRANGLER STEVE SCOTT
Originally from the UK, Steve has over 50 years horseback riding experience. After taking several ranch vacations in BC, he finally emigrated to Canada in 2004 and has worked at Guest Ranches in BC every since. Steve joined us in July 2010 and despite his terrible singing out on the trail, guests appreciate his gentle nature when handling and caring for our horses.
WRANGLER KELLY GODDARD
Joining the team in 2012 is Kelly who was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. Kelly has been riding since childhood and is a Graduate of the Agriculture/ Equine programme at Kemptville College, University of Guelph. Kelly is an experienced trail guide and horsewoman with a passion for Western riding and country living. After spending last summer travelling around Europe, she now knows that horses and the ranch way of life is her true calling. Kelly will arrive at the ranch at the end of April and can't wait to spend the summer in BC doing what she loves!
CHEF TAMMY HOLROYD
Tammy, a Red Seal Certified Chef and graduate from the Culinary Management Programme at Fanshawe College, Ontario is passionate about food! She loves to create dishes using locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients to offer the best possible natural flavours in her dishes. Yummy desserts are her speciality! In her free time, Tammy also cooks and bakes for families in need; something that is very close to her heart. We are looking forward to welcoming her to the ranch in May, and to tasting those yummy desserts!
Tod Mountain Spring Specials
Spring is a great time to visit the ranch. Everything is lush and green and the wildlife return to the valley after the long winter. Check out these great dude ranch vacation deals for guests throughout May and June 2012...
3 Night All-Inclusive Ranch Stay - $695 per person
Available on all dates throughout May & June, including weekends, this package is great value for those looking for a short break. This rate includes 3 nights’ accommodation and 2 days horseback riding.
5 Night All-Inclusive Ranch Stay - $1,135 per person
This package includes 5 nights’ accommodation and 4 days’ horseback riding. A great value package that is available at this rate on all dates throughout May & June.
Mother's Day Celebration. $495 per person
Friday 11th May - Sunday 13th May - 3 ROOMS LEFT
This is a special time of year to celebrate Mothers and show our appreciation for all that they do. Arrive in time for dinner on Friday, and spend the weekend riding and relaxing, leaving the ranch after a special Mother's Day lunch on Sunday. Rate includes 2 nights accommodation, horseback riding on Saturday (morning & afternoon) and Sunday morning, all meals snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, use of all ranch facilities during your stay.
Father's Day Weekend. $495 per person
Friday 15th June - Sunday 17th June - 2 ROOMS LEFT
We haven't forgotten the Dads, and have put together a special package for them too! Arrive in time for dinner on Friday, and spend the weekend riding and relaxing, leaving the ranch after a special Father's Day lunch on Sunday. Rate includes 2 nights accommodation, horseback riding on Saturday (morning & afternoon) and Sunday morning, all meals snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, wine & beer with dinner each evening, use of all ranch facilities during your stay.
For more information on Tod Mountain Ranch, view their ranch profile at Top50Ranches.com