10-Day Working Ranch Experience

10-Day working Ranch Experience at McGinnis Meadows Ranch & Buck Brannaman Clinics!

From March through November, we will be offering ONE 10-day working ranch experience/program per month. Working ranch program, you say? What would that entail?

Basically, it’s this: Guests come out to the ranch with the priority of advancing their horsemanship in a working ranch setting, the Buck Brannaman way. Shayne has always been loyal to Buck’s methods and that remains a constant here. This is an opportunity to further advance this horsemanship style in a multi-faceted, working ranch environment. This program will get you handy in AND out of the arena! Shayne (owner) and Des (ranch Manager/wrangler) will be heading up the program, so you can count on them being here and working with you during any of the dates available.

The program will be adjusted to the current seasons and jobs at hand. In the wintertime, we’ll be indoors. But come spring/summer/fall, there’s country to cover, cattle to drive, cattle to sort and cut on and of course, lots of refining of horsemanship movements in our state-of-the-art indoor facility. We believe in the complete horse—as proven by the fact that every one of our guest horses can work a cow, ride out solo or in groups covering any and all types of country with confidence, rope cattle, jingle in the horse herd, be well mannered on the ground and have the ability to perform the most refined horsemanship movements in the arena. With this 10-day program, we hope to help you become a more complete rider as well!

BUCK BRANNAMAN CLINICS:

*MMR hosts our two weeks of Buck clinics at the ranch each July. These dates are July 9-15 and July 23-29. We will book guests for both of these individual weeks like normal, with a 6 night/5 day stay. That will be the only deviation from our updated programming for 2022. See below for details.

Cabins

We have four cabins that have a queen bed, pullout convertible futon and a sitting area. The rate for these cabins drops significantly for double occupancy, so bring your spouse, partner or friend! An added bonus is that each of these cabins now has internet, making it easy to work remotely if you need to during your stay.

Bunkhouse & Cristel cabins

These two cabins are the largest of our lodging options. These each have a queen bed downstairs, and two twin beds upstairs in an open style loft, as well as a sitting area. These cabins can accommodate 3-4 people very comfortably. Designed for families, or a group of friends, and for each person over the initial two, there is a discounted rate.

So, without further ado, here are the 10-day dates for 2022!

*Please keep in mind that your arrival date to the ranch is the first date of your stay, which will be a Saturday, and your departure from the ranch is the last date of your stay, a Wednesday.

March 19-30

We are entering into the beginning of our Montana Spring and the 10 days will be indoors exclusively due to the still lingering winter weather conditions. But you certainly won’t be bored! Aside from our basic to advanced horsemanship skills, you’ll also be working on the cutting flag, and even going over some small jumps!

RATES for March 19-30

Double Occupancy Cabin- $3300 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Cabin- $3835.29, plus tax

Double Occupancy Lodge Room- $2589.41 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Lodge Room- $3176.47, plus tax

April 9-20 & May 14-25

The days are still cooler, but green grass and blue skies are abundant with signs of spring all around.

Be prepared for beginner to advanced arena horsemanship, and rides outside covering country. This is a great time to bring your OWN horse if wanted, to get it tuned up for a full and safe summer season. We will also be riding out some of our younger horses at this time. We will be working on cutting flag. Cattle work may include gathering, sorting, weighing and cutting.

RATES for April 9-20 & May 14-25:

Double Occupancy Cabin- $3,549.41 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Cabin- $4,352.94, plus tax

Double Occupancy Lodge Room- $2.769.41 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,352.94, plus tax

June 11-22

The countryside is a bright green and the temps are mild this time of year.

Arena HMS, checking on and moving cattle across our grazing allotments. We will be working on the cutting flag. Cattle work may include gathering, sorting, weighing and cutting.

RATES for June 11-22:

Double Occupancy Cabin- $3,900 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Cabin- $5,044.71, plus tax

Double Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,050.59 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,764.71, plus tax

BUCK WEEK #1- July 9-15 Arrive on Saturday/depart on the following Friday.

BUCK WEEK #2-July 23-29 Arrive on Saturday/depart on the following Friday.

For the Buck clinic weeks, you’ll ride with us for 2 days in HMS, then ride with Buck Brannaman for 3 full days—Horsemanship in the AM, Cattle Work in the PM.

*All participants must be comfortable walk, trot, cantering. 

RATES for BUCK WEEKS: (includes Buck’s clinic fee)

Cabin- $4,047.06 per person, plus tax

Lodge Room- $3,888.24 per person, plus tax

 * We normally share cabins for these clinics, however, we know that people have Covid concerns. If you are wiling to room with a friend or family member riding in the clinic, we can arrange for you to share a cabin. If you are coming as a single person, we can put you in a lodge room (dependent on availability), or we can put you on a wait list should a single occupancy cabin become available.

August 20-31 WOMEN’s Adventure stay!

This ten day will be for women only  🙂

McGinnis Meadows is a ranch that believes in giving women equal opportunity! Join us for a week of things we do best. If you have ever taken part in a “women’s only event”, then you know how much fun we have, and how empowering it can be. Here you’ll get to experience top-notch horsemanship led by women riders plus a ‘whole lot more! Riding, Lake Trips, WINE, Hiking, Painting, Cooking, Photography, Music and Massage! Then, at the end of the ten days, we will offer a ranch working competition for our guests to put to use all the skills learned during your stay! It is a great time to visit with warm temps, lots of cattle work and beautiful scenery.  Arena HMS, checking on and moving cattle across our grazing allotments. We will be working on cutting flag. Cattle work may include gathering, sorting, weighing and cutting.

RATES for August 20-31:

Double Occupancy Cabin- $3,900 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Cabin- $5,044.71, plus tax

Double Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,050.59 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,764.71, plus tax

September 10-21

We will be offering some arena horsemanship, but most of our horsemanship will be outside while gathering cattle off of our 40-square mile grazing allotment! Be prepared to ride for miles each day on good horses in beautiful country.   Learn how to track cattle, the intricacies of moving cattle with finesse, all while maintaining balance and softness in your horse.

RATES for Sept 10-21

Double Occupancy Cabin- $3,900 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Cabin- $5,044.71, plus tax

Double Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,050.59 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,764.71, plus tax

October 1-12

Fall colors and crisp days. Can you almost smell the pumpkin spice?  There will be plenty of arena horsemanship going on. In addition, we may need to check cattle on the ranch and may do some weighing periodically. Weather permitting, we will also be working on outside trail/horsemanship rides.

RATES for October 1-12:

Double Occupancy Cabin- $3,900 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Cabin- $5,044.71, plus tax

Double Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,050.59 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Lodge Room- $3,764.71, plus tax

November 5-16

We are entering into the beginning of our Montana winter and the 10 days will be indoors exclusively. But you certainly won’t be bored! Aside from our basic to advanced horsemanship skills, you’ll also be working on the cutting flag, and even going over some small jumps!

Rates for Nov 5-16

Double Occupancy Cabin- $3300 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Cabin- $3835.29, plus tax

Double Occupancy Lodge Room- $2589.41 per person, plus tax

Single Occupancy Lodge Room- $3176.47, plus tax

FAQ

Why did you choose the days of the week the way you did?

Great question! We know that flights can be expensive, especially when coming out to Northwest Montana! Flights have been shown to be the cheapest coming in on a Saturday and leaving on a Wednesday.

Is this 10 FULL days of riding? It depends on YOU. Our schedule will be as such that after the first 5 days, on the 6th day we will have a non-riding day with options for anyone that needs a little rest—these can include shoeing demos, guided (or unguided) hikes or snowshoe/cross country ski (in the winter), lake trips, massage or watching any horse demos going on. We will all be riding days 7-10 together.

What if I don’t want to ride every day, or I want to take a ½ day off during any of the OTHER 10 days of riding?

No problemo! You can do as much or as little as you’d like. The cattle working portion (specifically cutting) is progressive, so you would need to be involved from start to finish in that part to participate.

We have trails around the ranch for hiking and biking, fishing, massage, stretch class, cooking, or just good ol’ fashioned RELAXATION

Will I get a discount if I cannot stay the full 10 days of riding?

Unfortunately, this is not an option. We’ll try to make sure you get everything you need with the time you have with us though!

What will meals be like?

Family style. Hearty, healthy ranch cooking, and we accommodate special diets too!

What if I’m a beginner?

Not an issue. We have several student teachers who are LOVED amongst our guests who will spend more one-on-one time with you in the classes to make sure you feel comfortable and right in time with the rest of the class.

Do you have a weight limit?

Yes we do. We will only take riders under 220 lbs. Riding horses is an athletic sport. Our horses cover some very tough miles and perform some extremely refined horsemanship maneuvers that require lightness and balance. This requires that they have riders who can operate within this weight limit.

Do we offer transportation to and from the ranch, or will I have to rent a car?

For $100.00, per person round trip, we can provide hotel or airport pickup and return to Kalispell. Pickup at your hotel is usually between 12:00 pm and 12:30pm.  Airport pickups are usually between 12:30pm and 1:00 pm. WE DO NOT DO ANY PICKUPS BEFORE 12 or AFTER 2:00. If your flight arrives before 12 noon or after 2:00, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the ranch.If you choose to rent a car, you can rent a car directly from the airport or there is also a taxi service in Kalispell.

What is your refund policy?

All payments made to the ranch are non-refundable. Travel insurance is highly recommended for your trip incase changes do come up.

Due to the uncertainties surrounding Covid 19- Please check with us about our Covid related refund policy.

Please note: Any horses coming on to the ranch are required to have a current coggins (within the last 12 months), and proof of Rhino and Influenza shots within the last 12 months and no sooner than two weeks prior to arrival).