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5 Days Horsemanship and Cowboy Skills Camp in Arizona

Lorill Equestrian Center, N 152nd St, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA

Ranch Vacation in the USA

Are you serious about experiencing life as an American cowboy? Do you want to learn horsemanship skills and ranching techniques for success? Let the Arizona Cowboy College team teach you the ropes. Your dream will come true. You will be a cowboy riding on the range and working with the cattle, spend some time at the world famous Arizona Cowboy College, and learn the methods of real working ranch cowboys. Join your cowboy experience today and experience it with the world-famous Arizona Cowboy College!

Highlights

  • Horsemanship skill course
  • Ranching technique learning
  • Feed and board for the students' horses
  • A chance to use excellent saddles and gear
  • Arizona nice weather to calve the cattle
  • Limited class size to be more focused
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with activities in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

You will spend the first two days at Lorill Equestrian Center. Students will stay in travel trailers or bunkhouses located on the Lorill Equestrian Center grounds. Then, you will spend the next three days at a working cattle ranch in Arizona (the ranch site varies with each session).

Program

Arizona Cowboy College tries to schedule the classes to coincide with round-ups but because of the nice weather, the cattle calve year round. Arizona Cowboy College is a real working ranch and so are the ranchers they help. For this reason, there are no guarantees that you will only gather cattle. You do not stage cattle. You will work the cattle at headquarters but once you arrive at the ranch, you will assist with whatever needs to be done. Arizona Cowboy College limits the class size to six students so you will have a more focused group.

Course session

As featured in People Magazine, "this course is like no other," you will not just "play" cowboy for a week but also you will learn how to "be" a cowboy. The course studies are rigorous and comprehensive:

  • Cow-horse knowledge
  • Roping skills
  • Cattle breeds - beef and sport
  • Ranch operation - cow / calf, fencing
  • Grazing permits and allotments
  • Cattle market
  • Cattle disease and sickness
  • Inoculation and medication
  • Reproduction
  • Chute work
  • Culling
  • Pasture rotation and the environment
  • Farrier knowledge (shoeing)
  • Heard replacement
  • Hauling and tying down cattle
  • Branding, earmarking, and tagging
  • Shipping and transportation

Student information and materials

You will spend the first two days at Lorill Equestrian Center. Students will stay in travel trailers or bunkhouses located on the Lorill Equestrian Center grounds. Then, you will spend the next three days at a working cattle ranch in Arizona (the ranch site varies with each session). At some ranches, you will camp out at a remote line shack. The only way to get to the shack is to ride in and ride out. You need to pack all of the essentials on pack horses, so please pack lightly. You need to plan on 'roughing it'. This will be a very hard work and can be very dangerous to both you and your mount. You must be in good health. If you are inured, a help is very far away. However, Arizona Cowboy College does carry a cellular phone for major emergencies.

Horses and equipment

Arizona Cowboy College has excellent horses, saddles, and gear for all students. They realize, however, that some of the students prefer to use their own horse or their own equipment. This is okay as long as they are safe. Arizona Cowboy College does not want to see anyone hurt because of bad equipment or a bad horse. They will provide feed and board for the students' horses for all five days of the course. The first two days at Lorill Equestrian Center, you will work hard with every horse to get them ready for a round-up camp. If at this time you and the instructors agree that your horse is not going to make it, you will be moved to a school horse.

Weekly schedule

This schedule is to give you an idea of a typical week's activities. Daily schedules may and often do vary from session to session depending on the season and what ranch Arizona Cowboy College is working.

Day one

  • 06:30 Coffee at the Main House
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 In-depth horsemanship clinic geared toward the equine mind, safety, catching, handling, tying, grooming, saddling, and then riding followed by lunch at noon
  • 13:00 Back on horseback to hit the desert for the first time - always looking for cows.
  • 16:30 Introduction to "Roping A Ground Up" lesson on the Cowboy's second most important tool followed by dinner

Day 2

  • 06:30 Coffee at the Main House
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Horseshoeing school followed by lunch at noon
  • 13:00 Out in the desert again for more cows in tougher terrain
  • 16:30 Roping lesson number two with an emphasis on "Slack" and the "Dally" followed by dinner

Day 3

  • 06:30 Coffee at the Main House
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Pack up gear and horses and to move to the ranch you will work until Saturday
  • 10:30 Head out
  • 12:30 Set up "Cow Camp"
  • 14:30 Your work begins followed by dinner in the evening

Day 4

  • Sunrise: Saddle up and do whatever it takes to get the job done for the ranch
  • Sunset: Take care of the horses, eat, and get to your bedrolls

Day 5

  • Sunrise: Pack up the gear and horses for the trail ride back to Lorill Equestrian Center for the graduation, dinner, and the biggest story-telling party you have ever been to

Note: Private sessions may be scheduled for groups of three or more. Arizona Cowboy College will select your requested dates if they are available. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Location

This ranch vacation will take place in Arizona, the USA.

What's included

  • Horsemanship skill course
  • Ranching technique learning
  • Feed and board for the students' horses
  • A chance to use excellent saddles and gear
  • 4 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

  • Take 202 east to 101 north.
  • Exit at Pima / Princess.
  • Be on Pima Road.
  • Take north to Dynamite Road.
  • Turn right heading east.
  • Take to 152nd St.
  • Turn left.
  • Go North to Lorill (on the left just North of Dixileta Dr.)

Note: The driving is about 45 minutes from the airport.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This ranch vacation is available from February 1 to November 30, 2019 with the arrival every Monday. Please select an arrival date below.

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