Special Events

8-Day Horsemanship Clinics

Looking for more Buck Brannaman style horsemanship? NEW throughout the 2020 season, McGinnis Meadows will host special extended horsemanship clinics!

These weeks give participants 8 solid days of riding and instruction. The 8-day Horsemanship Clinics are exclusively designed for those guests who have studied with us at MMR before, and are serious about making great improvements in their riding in a short period of time. We will pick up where we left off last time in our studies. Although these clinics are 3 days longer than our normal guest weeks, the real beauty is the content and how much guests can progress because they already have a foundation. We’ll do town pick-ups and orientation and the riding will begin on the following morning. You’ll ride for 8 solid days before departing the ranch. (So, 10 days onsite, with 8 days of riding).

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be learning at the ranch with Shayne and Des, in an environment that enables participants to take their riding even further than with our normal 5 – day guest weeks. Anyone who has ridden with these two before, knows how excited they are to share their knowledge :-). You can bring your own horse or ride one of our ranch horses at no extra cost.

These special clinics will follow the amenities program of the season they are in. So for instance, for winter clinics (Mid Oct-Mid Apr), there will be a continental breakfast, a hot meal at lunch and a help-yourself leftover fridge for dinners. There are no daily housekeeping services during this time. The rate for these is $2250 per person plus tax.

For the spring season (Mid Apr – end of May), there will be a continental breakfast, a hot meal at lunch and a help-yourself leftover fridge for dinners. There are no daily housekeeping services during this time. The rate is $3200 per person, double occupancy cabin, and $3050 for a lodge room, single occup, plus tax.

For the Peak season (Jun-Mid Oct) there will be our Deluxe Continental Breakfast Bar, Sandwich fixins, chips, snacks and drinks to make your sack lunch, Family style sit down dinner with salad bar, beer and wine served at 6:00PM, and daily housekeeping service. The rate is $3895 per person, double occupancy, and $3750 for a lodge room, single occup, plus tax.

Women’s Retreat Weeks

Women riders taught by women! 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 plus a ‘whole lot more! In addition to riding, you’ll have opportunities to learn from our horse doctoring expert, farrier, riding coaches, and five star chef– all women, all passionate about what they do and helping others learn. They’ll also be plenty of time to relax, or try something a little different …Learn to paint or draw at the Paint and Wine party. Or learn the basics of roping, and …well you’ll just have to be there!  If you are thinking it will be all serious and stuff, don’t be fooled. You will not find a more fun loving group of women anywhere on the planet :-). Contact Janice for more information and to sign up.

Thanksgiving week at MMR

Thanksgiving week is very special at MMR. Besides all the intensive horsemanship you’ll receive, you’d be hard pressed to find a more scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner, complete with all the trimmings, prepared by our chef Miriam and staff! We’ll have a short light lunch brought out to the arena so you wont miss riding time, and then break the day off for an early multi course dinner. If you were thinking you would leave here “lighter” than when you arrived you will be disappointed. Miriam will sure that doesn’t happen! Our ranch family would love nothing more to share the beauty of our surroundings with you on this very special holiday.

8 -Day Cow Working Clinic

This week is for guests who have studied with us MMR before and are serious about making great improvements in their riding in short period of time. Participants will get 8 solid days of riding and instruction with an emphasis on horsemanship and cattle! You’ll learn how to get your horse hooked on to a steer, how to read cattle, ride a rodeer and sort. You may also get to ride out and see how we manage cattle out in our pastures. It is the perfect time to bring your own horse to the ranch that you want to introduce to cattle. Of course, you are welcome to use one of our ranch horses too! We’ve got a brand new indoor arena so we can work cattle inside or out, if the weather doesn’t cooperate. And, you’ll be introduced to the cutting machine and lots of different ways to work with cattle.

Veterans, Active Duty and Law Enforcement Appreciation Week Guest week

MMR appreciates all of those who have or are serving our country to protect our freedom and safety. This week is exclusively for Veterans, Active Duty and Law Enforcement personnel looking to improve their riding and relationship with the horse. All guests this week will receive out 10% appreciation discount.

VIP Weeks 

What makes these weeks special? For starters, you’ll receive a 10% discount on the total price of your reservation! These weeks are exclusively for our loyal repeat guests. We want you to know that we appreciate you sticking with us over the years and we appreciate the friendships we’ve made with you.

This week will be tailor-made to suit your interests. Whether it be graze, an all day ride with a scenic deluxe mountain lunch, bonfires, jingling in horses, lake trips, horsemanship in the meadows, roping-we’ll make this your best week ever, and make it as hands on as possible. Why, last year we even gave a tour of the mountain trails in “Blue” our trusty ranch truck, while guests got to ride along with Dave to check mineral and cattle! If you are the active outdoor type, hiking the mountains here is spectacular too. Like to cook? You can even spend some time with Miriam learning the secrets of how to make her scrumptious meals!

Expect to be greeted with a glass of champagne upon arrival, luxury meals, massage, yoga and stretching classes and be ready to smile because we will be taking lots of pics and video clips. At the end of the week grab a mimosa (or two) and enjoy a complimentary flash drive with all the week’s photos and videos. There may even be some surprises like an evening of great music by one of our local bands. Be prepared for additional surprises/goodies throughout the week!

All of us at MMR are looking forward to riding with you and enjoying this fun-filled week together! Book early as space will be limited, and on a first come, first served basis!

Call or email Janice for more details and to book your spot. 406-293-5000, info@mmgranch.net. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

Buck Brannaman Clinic Weeks

Buck will be returning to the ranch to teach his horsemanship & Cattle working clinics. Space is limited!  Each week for 3 full days, Buck will cover Horsemanship 1 in the mornings, and Cattle Working in the afternoons. Two full days are with us either working on horsemanship, trail rides, cattle working, or moving cattle on summer range.  Ride one of our horses or bring your own-we’ll provide space for you horse at no extra cost if you bring your own hay, or for a small additional cost if we provide hay.

For all seasons, if you need a ride to the ranch from Kalispell, we can provide transportation. Rate is $100 per person, round trip.