Thank you for your interest in our special ranch riding weekend. It’s a fabulous program for adult riders of all levels in a wonderful place—take advantage of off-season rates at a premier Colorado guest ranch with luxurious accommodations, plus riding with a world-class clinician for the weekend. Look over the details here then register by calling 970-887-3344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in Granby!
What to Expect
Above all else, expect to have a wonderful weekend getaway in the Rocky Mountain splendor of Colorado. You will find enjoyable guest ranch accommodations, meals and service. Be sure to bring your partner or invite your horsey friends, but you’ll feel comfortable coming on your own and will make plenty of new friends. Check out www.clazyu.com for complete details about the ranch.
This renowned guest ranch, in cooperation with Julie Goodnight, have put together a ranch riding weekend to entice visitors to the ranch during the shoulder seasons. Take advantage of discounted rates at a topnotch guest ranch with riding clinics and ranch activities included.
Spa services are available at the ranch, though not included in the cost of this program. Feel free to participate in as much or as little of the planned program as you want and if you want to schedule some spa treatments or other ranch activities, you should be able to find time. You can schedule spa treatments once you are at the ranch.
Some participants will bring their own horses but most will use one of the many great trail horses at C Lazy U and the awesome "valet" service the CLU wranglers provide; use of a ranch horse is included in the cost. You can bring your own horse if you prefer (see requirements below). Please let the ranch know when you register if you are bringing a horse or need one of the ranch horses.
The clinic sessions with Julie Goodnight and her assistant trainers will be fun and productive with all riders and horses working at their own pace. Julie and her staff are there to make sure you have a good time, stay safe and learn. They are really good at putting everyone at ease and making you feel more confident. This journey is about you and your horse and making what progress you can while you have a good time.
The riding sessions will be divided into smaller groups, and each group will have four sessions per day: a clinic with Julie, trail obstacles, cattle sorting and trail riding. We will break into riding groups the first night to determine who you will ride with; every effort is made to allow you to ride with the folks you would like to ride with if you came to the ranch with a group.
Don’t worry about your stamina or ability level for the riding or ranch activities—be it high or low. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace and level. If you get tired, feel free to sit out a session or end early (or schedule a massage). If there is an activity you are not comfortable with, it’s perfectly fine to skip it. There’s plenty of time for in-depth questions and discussions and personalized attention. You will be learning alongside all sorts of riders—English and Western, beginner and advanced, city and country-- no matter what your level, you’ll advance your skills and knowledge tremendously.
The cattle work in this program is at an introductory level and is focused on good cattle husbandry. We will work on sorting the cattle, learning principles and etiquette. The ranch horses are familiar with cattle and everything is done at low-speed, learning how to move and control cattle, without stress on the herd.
Fall in the Colorado Mountains can be glorious, with vibrant colors, warm sunny days (usually) and cool crisp nights. As always, in the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable but the ranch has a toasty indoor arena when the weather gets blustery. Be prepared with all-weather gear and layers that will make you comfortable in all four seasons.
“Expect to have fun, learn a lot about horses and your riding, enjoy great company and a have a luxurious stay at one of Colorado’s premier guest ranches” –Julie Goodnight, www.juliegoodnight.com
12:30 Lunch buffet
2:00 Orientation ride and trail ride
5:00 Introductions and orientation
6:00 Cocktails and appetizers in the lounge
7:00p Dinner, full course, sit down service
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
7:30 Breakfast begins, open seating
9:00-12:00 Groups rotate through 2 of 4 riding sessions (clinic with Julie, obstacles, trail, cattle)
1:30-4:30 Groups rotate though two more riding sessions
5:00 Evening Discussions with Julie
7:00 Dinner is served
7:30 Breakfast begins, open seating
9:00 Rider's choice: trail ride or clinic with Julie
12:00 Lunch and good byes!
Details and Registration Information: Arrival is between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday (no problem if you arrive later in the day but you may miss some opening activities). Plan to arrive in plenty of time to check in, look around the ranch and settle your horse into a stall or get acquainted with the C Lazy U horses (use of a ranch horse is included in the cost). Departure is after lunch on Monday.
C Lazy U Ranch · 3640 Colorado Hwy 125 · P.O. Box 379 · Granby, CO, 80446
970-887-3344 · email@example.com
Out of state guests usually fly into Denver (DEN), a major hub airport which is serviced by most airlines. It is a 2 hour drive from the airport to the ranch (115 miles). Some guests rent a car and drive; others will hire a car service (a company called “Home James” provides door-to-door service in a private car; other shuttle van services are available). Another option is to fly into Denver a day early, spend the night then take a cab to the train station and go by train to Granby (leaves once per day in the morning; the train often experiences delays in the schedule), where the ranch will pick you up (call Amtrak 1-800-872-7245). Once you are at the ranch, a car should not be needed.
Directions from Denver/DIA to C Lazy U Ranch
Proceed south out of Denver Intl Airport until you reach I-70 West. Take I-70 exit and continue on for approx. 1.25 hours (time varies depending on time of day and traffic flow). You will pass the town of Idaho Springs. 7 miles above Idaho Springs you will come to Exit 232. The sign will say "Rocky Mountain National Park & Winter Park." Take Exit 232 and stay on Highway 40 for approx. one hour. This is a two-lane highway that will take you over Berthoud Pass. You will pass through the towns of Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash and Granby. Once past Granby, continue on Highway 40 for 3 miles and you will come to the junction of Highway 125. Turn right (the only way you can turn) and continue on Highway 125 for 3.5 miles. You will see a large sign over the main Ranch road. Turn right to enter. See the directions on Google Maps here.
Airports and Services
Denver International Airport (DEN): All major airlines serve DEN. For a full listing of times and fares, guests should contact a local travel agent or the individual airline. http://www.flydenver.com/ Kremmling Airport: Non-commercial airport accommodating private jets. Elevation is 7,400', 5,500' paved all-weather, IFR, published VOR approach and GPS. Handles minor repairs, use of hangar for small planes. Fuel available all week (Jet A, 100LL). Contact number is 970-724-0611. Granby Airport: Non-commercial airport accommodating private jets. Elevation is 8,203', 5,115' paved all-weather, VFR, fuel available upon request. Contact number is 970-725-3347.
Traveling with Horses
Private horses are welcomed; please be sure to let the CLU staff know when you register if you are bringing a horse. Your horse will be stalled in outdoor pens with a shed roof. Please bring feed and bedding. Your horse’s stall will be cleaned by the helpful CLU staff.
All horses must be current on vaccinations and de-worming. Horses arriving from out-of-state require a current Health Certificate and Coggins Test to cross state lines. Any horses displaying symptoms of infectious disease will not be stabled.
Colorado state law requires brand inspection (regardless of whether or not your horse is branded) for any horses originating within Colorado and traveling more than 75 miles from their home stable (call 303-294-0895 to locate your local brand inspector). Brand papers are rarely checked and horses that travel frequently can get permanent brand cards.
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