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Kara Creek ranch

10 Days / 7 riding days from £ 1,045

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

Imprimer

UNITED STATES-Kara Creek ranch

10 Days / 7 riding days from 1045£


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

Spend a week on an authentic working ranch in the American state of Wyoming, spending up to 8 hours a day in the saddle. Riding in the company of cowboys, you will learn how to move and sort cattle, lasso and brand and canter after the odd escapee! Experience the practices of a modern cattle ranch and spend a week as a real Wyoming cowboy. A wonderful ranch holiday in vast and diverse landscape on the South Dakota border.

Strengths

- Play an active role in the day-to-day tasks on a ranch riding over varied terrain of more than 12,000 hectares
- Ride alongside the cowboys, moving cattle, sorting and monitoring herds of more than 4000 animals
- Enjoy the freedom of riding in the vast open spaces between Wyoming and South Dakota.
- On your days off the ranch, visit the local sights (Deadwood, Sturgis, Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore)
- Enjoy home-cooked meals every day - including delicious local steak!

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - RAPID CITY -

Accommodation : Howard Johnson Rapid City

Flights from London to Rapid City in South Dakota (not included).

We recommend you spend a night at a hotel in Rapid City. Make the most of the opportunity to rest up and get over your jetlag before the great week ahead of you at the ranch!
If you arrive at the end of the afternoon a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel will be available. If you arrive earlier in the day, you will be able to explore downtown Rapid City - known for its full-scale sculptures of the American presidents.

Please note that this night is not included in the pricelist. You are free to make your own plans or we can add this night to your quotation.

Dinner to your own account.

Day 2 : RAPID CITY - RANCH -

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After a hearty breakfast, one of the wranglers will come to collect you at the hotel at around 10:00am and drive you to the ranch. The ranch is a 2 hour drive from Rapid city, 15 minutes from Sundance in the state of Wyoming.
Once at the ranch, you will have lunch with the team and in the afternoon you will explore the ranch and meet the horses.

IMPORTANT: The following program is provided as an indication, it is by no means exhaustive but reflects all the activities in which you will be asked to participate. Your time at the ranch is dictated by the needs of livestock, as well as your expectations and your previous experience on horseback. Every evening, the wranglers will make themselves available to you so you can organise the following day's program.

Day 3 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After breakfast, the team will provide you with all the equipment necessary for your week's riding.
You will head to the stables with the cowboys were they will allocate your horse - if you are not familiar with western riding, don't worry! The wranglers will use this occasion to train you.
You will then set off to see the vast ranch on horseback. You will have a chance to get to know your mount, an experienced ranch horse, that will help you with your daily tasks on the ranch. You will also be introduced to the proper way to approach and interact with the cattle.
You will head back to the ranch late in the day and enjoy a hearty dinner, prepared by the team and you will all eat together.

Day 4 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

The day's task will be a cattle drive. You will learn how to group the cattle and drive them smoothly in the right direction. Based on your abilities you will be asked to either herd them from the rear or to chivvy the reluctant and bring back in line those making a bid for freedom.
As Kara Creek is an eco ranch, in order to preserve the pastures the cattle have to be moved frequently from one pasture to another. Breeding is also done in the most natural way possible and neither antibiotics nor hormones are given to the herd. If you're interested in the approaches used in eco farming, don't hesitate to ask the ranch's cowboys - they will be happy to explain them to you in more detail.

You will head back to the ranch in the evening to enjoy another home-cooked meal.

Day 5 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After a hearty breakfast, you will be driven 45 minutes from the ranch to herd a group Black Angus cattle that graze on one of the ranch's many grassy plains.

Kara Creek's vast land crosses the Wyoming/ South Dakota border, this will allow you get a sense of the changing landscape from state to state.

Day 6 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After another hearty home-cooked breakfast, you will ride to new a pasture, located at the foot of the Devil's Tower, a 200 metre high monolith that pierces the sky and dominates the horizon.
Covering long distances at a fast pace - trotting and cantering almost all of the day - you will inspect the pasture to check and fix the broken fences. You will also take the opportunity to check if there are any ill or injured cows or calves, maybe you will be on the trail of an escapee or, often, having to return a neighbour's cow to their pasture!
During the spring months, births are plentiful and some nice surprises will be waiting for you in the fields and throughout autumn, sorting the calves from the cows will be the order of the day.
Dinner will be had at the ranch together with all the team.

Day 7 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

A day perhaps spent 'branding' or marking the cattle - if you are out in the spring this is an activity that you may do several times.
To participate in the branding, the wranglers will teach you how to handle the lasso, how to quickly enter the herd and catch calves, how to use the branding iron and how to vaccinate the calves - all before the sun sets on the plains.
Everyone will have a role to play, depending on how capable they feel. Some riders will be responsible for keeping the cattle together in the herd, two others will rope the calves and separate them from the herd. The roped calves' mothers will then have to be identified, as their individual markings will be branded onto their respective calves. Two riders will then hold the calves on the ground while others brand them with a hot iron, tag their ear and vaccinate them.
After a long day, you will return to the camp in the evening and have a dinner with all the staff.

Day 8 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara Creek ranch

After breakfast, you will saddle your horse and head out to work. By now tasks, learned and repeated, will have become second nature. You will be moving the Black Angus herd from one pasture to another.
You will alternate between walking at the back of the herd, pushing them forward, and then working the flank to keep them moving and prevent any reluctant cows from trying to break away.
On your return to the ranch, you will make a detour as the wranglers show you the best views over the ranch.
For your final evening meal, you will enjoy a BBQ with the team and, with a little persuasion, Monte will tell you some of his cowboy stories.

Day 9 : RAPID CITY - LONDON -

After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport to catch your flight back to London (plan a flight after 13.00)

If you wish, it is possible to extend your stay at the ranch or explore the beautiful landscapes of South Dakota; the Black hills, Devil's tower, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore... Ask us for more information!

Day 10 : LONDON -

Arrival in London


Price details

- International flights are not included. The above prices are calculated on a double room basis for a 7 night stay. However, stay length is flexible and you can arrive any day you like. The minimum stay is 3 nights but you can extend it. You will receive a special discount if you choose to stay for 2 weeks. Please contact us for more information!

- The above cost does not include your first night's stay in a hotel in Rapid city. We suggest this as it will give you an opportunity to get over your jetlag so you can fully appreciate your first day on the ranch. However, to avoid the hotel fee in Rapid city, it is possible to arrive a day later and go directly to the ranch

- Return transfers from Rapid city to the ranch are not included and have to be paid for locally. Return transfer costs $150.

- The ranch can host between 5 to 14 (max) international riders at any one time

- There is a discount for children under 12 years old and for groups of 5 or more riders. Please ask us for more information
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking ranch team

Logistics

1 horse equipped with western saddle and bridle per rider

Accommodation

7 nights on the ranch - priced based on a shared room

Meals

Full board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day 9

Additional equipment

Western equipment

Extras

Activities on the ranch
Laundry facilities which are at your disposal

OPTION

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation in Rapid City

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras
If booking your hotel night in Rapid City with us, then dinner on day 1 is not included in the price. You are free to organise it as you wish

Transport

International flights that we can book for you upon request
Return transfers by car from Rapid city to the ranch - see above
Visa fee (ESTA) of approx. £10 ($14) - this must be arranged in advance

Extras

Tips to the local team are compulsory in USA and represent around 15% of the cost of your stay

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

Tips are compulsory in USA. The local team expects to get 15-20% of the cost of your stay.

HORSES

The ranch has more than forty Quarter and Paint horses. They are trained throughout the year by the wranglers and are experienced ranch horses that are used to working with livestock. They spend the year turnd out in the pastures living as a herd.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

A trip for intermediate and experienced riders. To get the most out of this trip, you should be at ease at all three riding speeds. You must be able to trot and canter outside in an independent seat with ease.

Children under 8 can ride inside the ranch. Young riders over the age of 8, accompanied by their parents, are welcome to join in all ranch activities on the condition that they fulfill these minimum riding requirements. Please note that there are no ponies - although the Quarter Horses are generally small in size, we recommend children to be at leat 1m30 / 4ft2 unless they are used to bigger horses and confident riders.

PACE

All 3 riding speeds used, although the majority of interaction with the cattle is done at walking speed to keep them calm. Gently trotting, or 'jogging', is often used for covering long distances.
You will spend between 4-8 hours riding, depending on the ranch activities.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be asked to groom, tack and untack your horse.
You may also be asked to feed and water your horse.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

Experience of Western riding and cattle work is not compulsory for this holiday. You can enjoy it without any previous experience. If you have never experienced working with cattle, it will take you 3-4 days to feel useful. That's completely normal!

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Front saddle bags
Leather straps to fix your jacket to the back of the saddle

COMFORT

Accommodation is either in a private or shared cabin (2 bedrooms) or in a double room in the house.
The main house is a communal space where you will have your meals each day. Here, you can also choose to relax in front of the fire, listen to music or play snooker.
A washing machine and tumble dryer are available for you to use.

CLIMATE

Wyoming's outstanding features are its majestic mountains and high plains. Weather and topography have more contrast than in most other states. Surface elevations range from the summit of Gannett Peak in the Wind River Mountains, at 13,804 feet, to the Belle Fourche River Valley in the state's northeast corner, at 3,125 feet.
Wyoming is located deep within continental North America, far from the moderating influence the oceans. Wyoming, therefore, has some long winters, but also some pleasant summers. A typical Wyoming summer day will start out bright and sunny. Clouds will appear on the western horizon about noon and thunderheads will develop mid-afternoon. Scattered, isolated thundershowers will dot the landscape in late afternoon and early evening.
Autumn in Wyoming is a pure delight. Most places will start to see snow in mid-September, but winter weather won't start to stick until late November. For most of the two months in between, the state enjoys a special season called Indian Summer, with warm days, cool nights and spectacular colors. It's a delightful change-of-season experience.

Meals

You will prepare your breakfast and lunch yourself. All the ingredients will be made available to you every morning in the communal kitchen area.
Dinners are prepared by the staff and are eaten together. The food is typical "cowboy style" with home-raised meat, potatoes, pasta and vegetables.

If you wish to drink alcohol you will have to bring your own as the ranch doesn't have a licence to sell alcohol.

Support Team

Guide and local team

The ranch is supervised by an environmental protection agency. The ranch's pastures and land are managed in an ecological and holistic way. The wranglers and the rest of the team are either employed or volunteers.
The team is very friendly and they do their upmost to ensure you make the most of your time on the ranch. Being cowboys and farm-workers at heart, some are not the most talkative of folks, so take the first step and strike up a conversation!

Packing list

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
- Swimming costume - for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)
- Field glasses
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic Ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- If you prefer travelling in a "light way" please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.


ENTRY FORMALITIES

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the valid visa requirements for entry. We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors for further information.

You'll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. To enter the United States of America, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by Australian, British, Canadian and other EU nationals.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME
Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. Visit the official US website to apply for your ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports require a valid USA entry visa.

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren't valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme; if you're planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card'), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States

Visitors to the USA travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the USA, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. There is a US$14 fee. An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one previously, ensure it's still valid.

When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA. Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS
If you don't qualify for entry under the VWP, and don't have a US Permanent Resident Card, you should apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.

Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a visa.

PLEASE NOTE

Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA
If you are travelling to the USA visa Canada, please remember you also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), mandatory for anyone transiting through Canada. Completing ESTA formalities do not replace your eTA.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
    2, avenue Gabriel
    75008 paris
    Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
    4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
    20007 Washington D.C.
    Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
    Fax :
    info@ambafrance-us.org
  • US Embassy
    24 Grosvenor Square
    W1A 2LQ London
    Tél. : 020 7499-9000
    Fax :

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations required for entering the United States. If you are entering from a yellow fever endemic area (or you have been to one within 7 days of entering the country), you may be required to show proof of immunization. Recommended vaccinations include Tetanus(Lockjaw), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Rabies vaccinations are sometimes recommended for wilderness travel and/or wildlife volunteer projects. Lyme disease is endemic in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest areas and transmitted via blacklegged ticks.

Travel insurance that provides medical coverage is a requirement for visitors to the US. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts for services rendered must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical care in the United States tends to be quite expensive, especially for emergency treatment provided in hospital settings, paid for out of pocket.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The dialling code for the USA is +1

The country stradles a number of different time zones. Eastern Daylight time (eg. New York) is GMT -4. Mountain Daylight time (eg. Montana) is GMT -6. Pacific Daylight time (eg. California) is GMT -7.

BUDGET AND MONEY

The US Dollar, is the national currency of the United States. One dollar consists of 100 cents. Frequently used coins are the penny (1¢), nickel (5¢), dime (10¢) and quarter (25¢). 50¢ and $1 coins also exist, but are rarely used. Frequently used banknotes are the $1, $5, $10 and $20 notes. $2, $50 and $100 notes can also be found, but are rarely used.
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.

Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.

VOLTAGE

120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin

ACTIVITY :Ranches and Cattle Drives

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Spend a week on an authentic working ranch in the American state of Wyoming, spending up to 8 hours a day in the saddle. Riding in the company of cowboys, you will learn how to move and sort cattle, lasso and brand and canter after the odd escapee! Experience the practices of a modern cattle ranch and spend a week as a real Wyoming cowboy. A wonderful ranch holiday in vast and diverse landscape on the South Dakota border.

  • Driving the cattle accross the river
    Cattle drive in USA
  • Experience life on a ranch at Kara Creek in Wyoming
    Horse riding holiday in Wyoming
  • Every rider has a job as you move cattle across the plains
    Wyoming and cattle drive in USA
  • Canter across the vast prairies of Wyoming with the wranglers
    Riding with the cow-boys in USA
  • Cattle drive in Wyoming
    Wyoming and cattle drive
  • Yihaa! Hold on to your hats!
    Ranch holiday at Kara Creek Ranch
  • A working ranch in the purest tradition
    Riders rounding up cattle in the USA
  • Become part of a big rancher family
    Horses and riders in Wyoming
  • Experience the freedom of riding out in the prairies
    Western riding and ranch holiday in Wyoming
  • On horseback in the middle of the cattle
    Cattle and quarter horse in Wyoming
  • Riding out at Kara Creek Ranch, Wyoming
    Riders at Kara Creek ranch
  • A comfortable, authentic ranch experience in Wyoming
    Horseback stay in a ranch in USA
  • Kara Creek Ranch in Wyoming
    Western ranch in USA, Wyoming

STRENGTHS

- Play an active role in the day-to-day tasks on a ranch riding over varied terrain of more than 12,000 hectares
- Ride alongside the cowboys, moving cattle, sorting and monitoring herds of more than 4000 animals
- Enjoy the freedom of riding in the vast open spaces between Wyoming and South Dakota.
- On your days off the ranch, visit the local sights (Deadwood, Sturgis, Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore)
- Enjoy home-cooked meals every day - including delicious local steak!

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - RAPID CITY -

Accommodation : Howard Johnson Rapid City

Flights from London to Rapid City in South Dakota (not included).

We recommend you spend a night at a hotel in Rapid City. Make the most of the opportunity to rest up and get over your jetlag before the great week ahead of you at the ranch!
If you arrive at the end of the afternoon a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel will be available. If you arrive earlier in the day, you will be able to explore downtown Rapid City - known for its full-scale sculptures of the American presidents.

Please note that this night is not included in the pricelist. You are free to make your own plans or we can add this night to your quotation.

Dinner to your own account.

Day 2 : RAPID CITY - RANCH -

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After a hearty breakfast, one of the wranglers will come to collect you at the hotel at around 10:00am and drive you to the ranch. The ranch is a 2 hour drive from Rapid city, 15 minutes from Sundance in the state of Wyoming.
Once at the ranch, you will have lunch with the team and in the afternoon you will explore the ranch and meet the horses.

IMPORTANT: The following program is provided as an indication, it is by no means exhaustive but reflects all the activities in which you will be asked to participate. Your time at the ranch is dictated by the needs of livestock, as well as your expectations and your previous experience on horseback. Every evening, the wranglers will make themselves available to you so you can organise the following day's program.

Day 3 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After breakfast, the team will provide you with all the equipment necessary for your week's riding.
You will head to the stables with the cowboys were they will allocate your horse - if you are not familiar with western riding, don't worry! The wranglers will use this occasion to train you.
You will then set off to see the vast ranch on horseback. You will have a chance to get to know your mount, an experienced ranch horse, that will help you with your daily tasks on the ranch. You will also be introduced to the proper way to approach and interact with the cattle.
You will head back to the ranch late in the day and enjoy a hearty dinner, prepared by the team and you will all eat together.

Day 4 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

The day's task will be a cattle drive. You will learn how to group the cattle and drive them smoothly in the right direction. Based on your abilities you will be asked to either herd them from the rear or to chivvy the reluctant and bring back in line those making a bid for freedom.
As Kara Creek is an eco ranch, in order to preserve the pastures the cattle have to be moved frequently from one pasture to another. Breeding is also done in the most natural way possible and neither antibiotics nor hormones are given to the herd. If you're interested in the approaches used in eco farming, don't hesitate to ask the ranch's cowboys - they will be happy to explain them to you in more detail.

You will head back to the ranch in the evening to enjoy another home-cooked meal.

Day 5 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After a hearty breakfast, you will be driven 45 minutes from the ranch to herd a group Black Angus cattle that graze on one of the ranch's many grassy plains.

Kara Creek's vast land crosses the Wyoming/ South Dakota border, this will allow you get a sense of the changing landscape from state to state.

Day 6 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

After another hearty home-cooked breakfast, you will ride to new a pasture, located at the foot of the Devil's Tower, a 200 metre high monolith that pierces the sky and dominates the horizon.
Covering long distances at a fast pace - trotting and cantering almost all of the day - you will inspect the pasture to check and fix the broken fences. You will also take the opportunity to check if there are any ill or injured cows or calves, maybe you will be on the trail of an escapee or, often, having to return a neighbour's cow to their pasture!
During the spring months, births are plentiful and some nice surprises will be waiting for you in the fields and throughout autumn, sorting the calves from the cows will be the order of the day.
Dinner will be had at the ranch together with all the team.

Day 7 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara creek ranch

A day perhaps spent 'branding' or marking the cattle - if you are out in the spring this is an activity that you may do several times.
To participate in the branding, the wranglers will teach you how to handle the lasso, how to quickly enter the herd and catch calves, how to use the branding iron and how to vaccinate the calves - all before the sun sets on the plains.
Everyone will have a role to play, depending on how capable they feel. Some riders will be responsible for keeping the cattle together in the herd, two others will rope the calves and separate them from the herd. The roped calves' mothers will then have to be identified, as their individual markings will be branded onto their respective calves. Two riders will then hold the calves on the ground while others brand them with a hot iron, tag their ear and vaccinate them.
After a long day, you will return to the camp in the evening and have a dinner with all the staff.

Day 8 : RANCH - 4-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Kara Creek ranch

After breakfast, you will saddle your horse and head out to work. By now tasks, learned and repeated, will have become second nature. You will be moving the Black Angus herd from one pasture to another.
You will alternate between walking at the back of the herd, pushing them forward, and then working the flank to keep them moving and prevent any reluctant cows from trying to break away.
On your return to the ranch, you will make a detour as the wranglers show you the best views over the ranch.
For your final evening meal, you will enjoy a BBQ with the team and, with a little persuasion, Monte will tell you some of his cowboy stories.

Day 9 : RAPID CITY - LONDON -

After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport to catch your flight back to London (plan a flight after 13.00)

If you wish, it is possible to extend your stay at the ranch or explore the beautiful landscapes of South Dakota; the Black hills, Devil's tower, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore... Ask us for more information!

Day 10 : LONDON -

Arrival in London

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