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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Howdy!

It’s been long overdue since we have updated our blog.  We apologize for those of you that check back waiting for something new to be posted.  We will do our best to keep this more current.

The year of 2013 was full of some staff changes.  Tony, Vicki (our daughter) and their children–Raygen 4 and Weston 1 1/2, moved back to our home state of Wisconsin.  They are enjoying the snowy weather and have started a great husband/wife photography business—Tony Just Photography, that has really taken off for them.  Although we miss their faces at the ranch, we have some great new staff that have blended in nicely to our program.  Since Tony is no longer here as our cook, my brother Randy is back at the ranch doing all the home cookin’.  He was with us for the first 9 years of operation, then left to pursue his own interests.  We are happy to have his wonderful cooking back and his fun antics during game night.  Another new face, Allan is our “all around guy”.  He greets our guests, and is often found washing dishes in the kitchens.  He pitches in wherever he’s needed.  We have welcomed a new family at the ranch, the Westmoreland’s.  Tex is one of our wranglers, while his wife Jenny assists with housekeeping and cooking.  They have two wonderful children, Levi and Shelby, that love interacting with the guests.  Another wrangler Cody has been added to our staff this summer, as well as his dog Clyde.  Craig is still our head wrangler and has been large part of the ranch and riding program for countless years.  We love all of our staff and the care they give our guests.

We’ve had a busy busy season full of family reunions and wonderful holiday gatherings.  Our favorite school group from Atlanta has returned for their 12th annual two week school trip in January.  This special group took many side trips to the glass Skywalk of the west rim of the Grand Canyon (only 2 1/2 hours from the ranch), the old gold mining town of Oatman (1 hour 15 minutes away) and a few days in Tombstone.

We thank all of our returning guests that continue to come back year after year and we welcome all the new guests becoming part of our ranch family.  We look forward to another relaxing year in the saddle and hope to see y’all kicking up some dust in your cowboy boots in 2014!

Happy Trails!

Carrie

A fun filled week with special guests

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Stagecoach Trails was thrilled to host two disabled groups last week.  The LEEP group from Minnesota was here for their 4th visit to the ranch.  Many repeat faces and some new ones.  We also welcomed The League for Partners with Disabilities group from out east.  We had such an inspiring week with all of these individuals.  It was great to get guests whom are wheelchair bound, up into the saddle.  The smiles all week never stopped!  We miss you all and can’t wait for your return visits next year!

Children’s Oncology Group Returns for 5th Year in a Row

Monday, November 24th, 2008

We would like to personally thank the Children’s Oncology Group for a great 5th year visit.  Thanks to the group coordinator Amber for making this trip happen year after year.  It is the most inspirational group of children and staff that we have at the ranch every fall.  Everyone talks about the group throughout the year and can’t wait for their return and are always sad to say goodbye.  These children ranging from ages 11-17 are in remission for childhood cancer.  The trip out west is a real treat after some hardships these kids go through.  Majority of the staff that join the children are also cancer survivors and we can’t thank them enough for being part of one of our best weeks out to the year.  We can’t wait for you all to return next fall and possibly add an additional spring group into the mix.

Many Groups Return to STGR for a Week of Fun!

Friday, October 24th, 2008

We’d like to extend a thank you to all of the guests that were at the ranch last week.  Everyone was a returning guest and many were on their 10++ visit!  One of the groups, dubbed “Nancy’s Group,” has once again created fond memories for everyone.  Many other guests returned this week just so they could join in on the fun that the various groups have brought over the years.  Friendship Ventures, a special needs group from Minnesota, was on their 10th visit, and they are always an inspirational group to have at our ranch.  We also enjoyed having our “Japanese Cowboys” come back for their 3rd year in a row and teach our guests origami.  A few pictures are included below.We thank all of our guests that continue to visit the ranch year after year, and we look forward to having everyone back next year and some of you back a little sooner than that.

Project Independence Visits the Ranch…

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Howdy all! We just a had a wonderful group from California stay with us the past 2 nights, 3 days - Project Independence from Orange County California. They had 19 participants and 5 staff who all had a wonderful time exploring the desert trails, roping, food, and entertainment. For many it was there first time on a horse and everyone was able to experience several trail rides. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to hosting you again next year!

Project IndependenceTim Roping…

If you would like more information on there program please visit there website - http://www.proindependence.org

Happy Trails!