6 Days Horse Lover Camp and Ranch Vacation in Otto, New York

Fun New York Ranch Vacation

If you are longing for the country life and also looking for a ranch holiday perfect for you and your family, then come to R&R Dude Ranch and join this Horse Lover camp in New York, USA! This vacation package is big savings for those of you that plan on riding a lot during this adventure only found here at the ranch, which is a perfect place to share a real horse experience on a working horse ranch. Make new lifelong friends and become part of this ranch family!

Meet the instructors

Gina
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Highlights

  • 6-day horse riding
  • Lessons and moonlight ride
  • Fun experiences of working ranch
  • Drill team / survival / graduation ceremony
  • Exciting horse lover programs
  • Daily delicious breakfast
  • 5 nights' lodging

Styles


5 days with activities in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

R&R Dude Ranch provides several types of accommodation that you can choose. Housekeeping is provided upon request and all linens are provided. The common rooms are an entrance porch with its sofa bed and comfy couch, big screen TV living room with over 300 videos and DVD's that can be borrowed by all, bumper pool / card table / dining room area, divided kitchens, and guest divided / shared bathroom. R&R'S game rooms are the coolest place to hang out, offering ping pong, foosball, billiards, and big screen Wii. A full public bathroom are available for guests, campers, riders, and boarders.

Shack

R&R Dude Ranch's Shack offer board games, movie library, horse related magazines and sleeps two singles downstairs and one full upstairs. It is also facilitated with refrigerator, microwave, and direct TV / VHS / DVD.

Loft Apartment

Loft Apartment is up the stairs to a large deck / entrance stepping into a huge living space filled with three futons, a single bed, satellite TV / VHS / DVD, Wi-Fi. A separate alcove bedroom with yet another two fulls makes this unit sleep four to eleven guests comfortably. The adjacent private full bathroom could be considered a sitting room / kitchenette with its microwave, refrigerator, and kitchen-sized sink, plus another deck for that early morning coffee that overlooks the horse pastures.

Bunk House

A handicap ramp leads up to a private deck with wide french doors opening into a small living room with a gas fireplace, satellite TV / VHS / DVD, wireless internet access, and a brand new full galley kitchen that opens into the main manger of the barn with ping pong, foosball, and Wii on the big screen. There is also a spacious handicapped bathroom leading into a beautiful queen-sized bedroom adjacent to the bunk bedroom with four singles. This suite of five separate rooms sleeps from two to eight persons comfortably in a natural woodsy environment.

Fire Fly Suite

Found on the second floor is this wonderfully huge suite of rooms with its two queen beds, two single beds, and a cozy artificial fireplace. Sleeping anywhere from two to six guest, it's perfect for any family, especially with its satellite TV / VHS and wireless highspeed internet access. The private full bathroom has a separate dressing area before entering the bedroom which hosts a refrigerator and microwave. This second-floor suite has a private wrap-around deck overlooking a view of the creek and meadow.

Country Suite

This cozy suite with its queen-sized bed and gorgeous puff quilt can sleep two to four guests with the two adjacent singles. WIth colored television with direct TV / VHS / DVD access to the library of over 300 movies, high-speed wireless internet (Wi-Fi), refrigerator and microwave, you'll be too comfy to ever want to leave. The adjacent full bathroom with bathtub and shower affords you all the privacy you could wish.

Log Cabin (12 x 24)

This cabin overlooks the South Branch of the Cattaraugus Creek with views from the loft bedroom as well as the fully stocked kitchen. A gas burning fireplace keeps the cabin toasty in the winter, whereas, the large windows open in the summer for a wonderful cross breeze. A small full bathroom is directly across from the fireplace and adjacent to the kitchen and living space. The up stairs (watch your head going up) is a cozy beautifully quilted queen bedroom with a spectacular view of the creek. This is a loft that overlooks the living room.

The Shack (13.5 x 24)

  • This latest addidtion is especially designed for larger group gatherings, excellent for snowmobilers, Girl Scouts, reunions, birthday
  • parties with its seating for 16+ and 32-inch direct TV flatscreen as well as VHS / DVD and Wi-Fi. The bedroom is built in couch / twin beds and loft.

5th Wheel Trailer

Off on its own private driveway and deck overlooking the Cattaraugus Creek sits the beautiful fully furnished trailer. The living room has TV / VHS / DVD and two chairs with an extra long couch / bed. The lovely kitchen is equipped with a large refrigerator microwave / oven / stove, table, and bench / bed. A full bath is equipped with tub, toliet, and two sinks. These all lead up to the private queen bedroom. All these rooms are with fabulous views from loads of windows in every direction.

Program

Horse camp

R&R Dude Ranch has you show up on Sunday evening then sleep over till the following Friday evening, staying right here in their own bed and breakfast Dude Ranch. You then have a graduation ceremony followed by a barbecue for you and your loved ones. During the week, you have lessons in English, Western trail riding, drill team, and survival. You go on a moonlight ride, an all-day ride, have bonfires at night, and go tubing in the creek where you may even get to swim your horse.

This camp is for all ages who love horses. This horse camp gives you a chance to have your own horse for one week. R&R Dude Ranch teaches you to care and maintenance to groom and tack and leave with the ability to mount and dismount safely. Walk, trot, canter, centering, and emergency dismount are what you are going to learn here. Trail ride every day, go on a moonlight ride, and even go on an all-day ride through a fabulous pine ladened forest! You develop your own "drill team presentation" for graduation.

The horses

Here at R&R Dude Ranch, the unique relationship formed between horse and rider can lead to increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem. Below are some of the horses here at the ranch. Those who have visited already know and love them and those that haven't are in for a real treat. In addition, you are assigned your own horse for the week to take care of, learn to groom and tack, and feed and water, but mostly all yours to love. If you already own your own horse, you have the option to bring her / him along.

  • Apache: This flashy black and white pinto is good to go for just about anybody as he listens and wants to please.
  • Bandit: An amazing black and white paint with a great attitude that will go through anything for his rider.
  • Bella: A smooth ride with lots of experience.
  • Buckles: A gorgeous Mustang who goes easily in either English or Western.
  • Casey: A great cowboy horse that makes you look good. The arched neck, the confidence, and the shiny red body of this QH gelding is everything you could want in a mount. He will go anywhere, anytime and never spook or question your directive.
  • Devil: Really flashy, a little nervous, and needs more trail experience. This horse is for medium to advanced rider only.
  • General: A big guy willing to give you a fun ride.
  • Ginger: A wonderful Bareback which is impatient and takes a relaxed rider.
  • Gypsy: A silver beauty with black mane and tail hosts the smoothest of rides taking lead, joining a group, or tailing. Mount her bareback and she will take you anywhere.
  • Jericho: A flashy blue-eyed baby (four years old) and a perfect gentleman who takes lead and is very social. He goes thru anything
  • and loves to move out.
  • Lacy: A fun mount that loves to go and the perfect palamino with a quarter horse attitude.
  • Quinten: He loves to lead and walks out really fast. He drives and Jumps. He is loads of fun for an advanced rider.
  • Sassy: A wonderful mare to take riding because she enjoys the trails. Taking lead without hesitation, she is perfect in the arena
  • showing off for her rider with her smooth gate.
  • Spitfire: The sweetest personality and mover who just wants to please. Spitfire is a great beginner horse.
  • Sunny: A perfect gentleman with power steering
  • Sweetie Pie: The little mini that loves your little ones.
  • Taffey: This red roan sweetie is wonderful to ride. You can just sit back and enjoy the scenery, never worrying about your safety. She will bring you home with a 'song in your heart'. Coming out of early retirement, both Casey and Taffey are a gift to the ranch from Carol and Bruce from New Jersey. Because of their dedication to a "just cause" in a third world country, they found themselves without the time to ride.

Instructors

Gina Lurissi
Gina has several certificates in Equine Studies including Farrier. She teaches English, Western, bareback, emergency dismount, and one-rein stop. She lives here at the ranch and oversees all the barn management.

Location

R&R Dude Ranch is located in scenic Cattaraugus County in Western New York, USA, in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. They're right next to Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville. This place is within 500 miles of most of the major cities in the USA.

Nearby places

  • Buffalo, New York - one hour
  • Ellicottville - 15 minutes
  • Jamestown - 45 minutes

Food

This holiday is inclusive of daily breakfast. Extra meals for your lunches and dinners are also available for 5 to 15 USD each. You can also take a taxi to Holiday Valley Ski Resort which is full of fine dining, visit R&R Dude Ranch's local market that has a Deli, or visit the Casino's Buffet which is just minutes from the ranch. Most guests, after befriending others at the ranch, opt to join-in and enjoy a barbecue under the beautiful rain/shine shelter

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Playing volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, badminton, ice skating, snow tube, and cross country
  • Riding ATV and snowmobile
  • Swimming or creek tubing

What's included

  • All day horse rides
  • Moonlight ride and lessons
  • Experiences of working ranch
  • Exciting horse lover programs
  • Drill team / survival / graduation ceremony
  • Use of Jacuzzi, creek for fishing swimming or tubing, and trails for hiking
  • T-shirts
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

How to get there

Driving direction from Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Take I-90 Erie to I-86 (17).
  • Take exit 16 and turn left on route 394.
  • Turn left on route 242.
  • Turn left on route 353.
  • Turn right on route 76.
  • Turn right on route 12.
  • Turn left at the sign.

Driving direction from Buffalo or Rochester, New York

  • Take I-90 West.
  • Take 219 / Springville to end.
  • Turn right on Peters Road.
  • Turn left on Old 219 for 12 miles.
  • Turn right on Lindburg.
  • Turn right on Hinman Hollow / Route 13.
  • Turn right on Route 12.
  • Turn left at White Horse sign.

Driving direction from Olean, New York

  • Take I-86 (17).
  • Take exit (20).
  • Turn right to signal.
  • Turn left to Route 353.
  • Turn left on Rt. 353.
  • Turn right on Lovers Lane (76).
  • Turn right on Route (12).
  • Turn left at sign.

Driving direction from Ellicottville, New York

  • Downtown 3-way light.
  • Turn West on Jefferson.
  • Thru stop to Elk.
  • Left on Mechanic (Route 13).
  • Left on Maples (Route 13).
  • Right on Route (12).
  • Left at sign

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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