Children’s Programs

dude ranch childrens program

Kids staying with family at the ranch on our All Inclusive Package have the opportunity to be involved in one of the most educational and fun dude ranch children’s programs available. This program is designed for kids age 8 – 18. Hands on experiences with their horse is the centerpiece of this program. Upon arriving at the ranch, children will receive our ranch’s horsemanship manual to help expand their learning experience. The program starts on Monday morning and is concluded on Thursday evening with a horse show, complete with trophies and ribbons. Children will be responsible for their own horse and equipment for the week. They learn horse husbandry skills and equipment care each day building on what they learned the day before. Every morning they will help prepare their horse for the day’s activities. Each day is a new horseback adventure! Children will be able to unplug from technology and connect with nature as they learn about and bond with their horse. Their horse will become a doorway to experiences and achievements in the great outdoors.

The following is a tentative weekly schedule for Western Pleasure Guest Ranch’s Dude Ranch Childrens Program

  • Arrival & Check in
  • Dinner and take a stroll to the meadow to meet the horses
Flag Race
  • Breakfast Orientation and basic Horsemanship
  • Horse and tack assignments
  • First riding session – learn basic skills in arena
  • Lunch
  • Free time Second riding session – continue skills lesson and go on short trail ride.
  • Dinner
  • Camp fire
Children learning on horseback
  • Breakfast
  • Third riding session – practice events for horse show
  • Lunch
  • Fourth riding session – Trail Ride
  • Dinner
  • Archery practice
Children entering outdoor arena
  • Breakfast
  • Prepare for day ride to Grouse Creek Falls
  • Lunch at the falls
  • Ride back to Ranch
  • Dinner
  • Campfire
Crossing a creek on horseback
  • Breakfast
  • Cattle Sorting
  • Lunch
  • Crafts
  • Horse drawn wagon rides
  • Horse show
  • Dinner


Participate in ranch activities with adults.

Child kissing horse
Youth penning cattle