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 childrens program available today. This program is designed for kids age 8 – 18. Hands on experiences with their horse is the centerpiece of this program. Before arriving at the ranch, children will receive our ranch’s horsemanship manual to help expand their learning experience. The program starts on Sunday evening 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. They learn horse husbandry skills and equipment care. Every morning they will help prepare their horse for the day’s activities.

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
  • Lunch
  • First riding session – learn basic skills in arena
  • 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 – learn mounted drill team for horse show
  • 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.

Youth Horsemanship Day Camps

This camp is designed for children age 10 – 16 who are not participating in the All-Inclusive Guest Ranch Package. Children will be involved in hands-on experiences with their horse. They will be responsible for their own horse and equipment. They learn horse husbandry skills and equipment care. Every morning they will help catch and saddle their own horse.

Day camp participants will arrive on Monday at 9:30 A.M. and leave the ranch each day at 5:30 pm. Lunch will be provided for participants. The camp will conclude with wagon rides, horse show and a dinner on Thursday night. To make this a great adventure for your child and a relaxing vacation for you, book a cabin for the week here at the ranch.  While your child participates in horse camp you can explore the Sandpoint area, schedule a horseback ride, or just sip coffee and read a good book.

2018 Day Camps
$575.00 per person

2018 Day Camp Dates TBD

Thursday night dinner for parents and other adult guests will be $22.50/person. Children 6-12 are $16.50 and kids 5 and under are free.


  • Jeans for riding, long and short sleeve shirts, jacket, rain coat and swimming suit for Wednesday day ride.
  • Cowboy boots, If you do not have your own please try to borrow a pair.
  • Rain Slicker
  • SEI approved riding Helmet or we will provide one for you.
Child kissing horse
Youth penning cattle