True West Horsemanship - Ben Longwell
Ben Longwell - True West Horsemanship Ltd
  Escorted Ranch Tour to US Cattle Ranch

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  Each year Ben escorts a group of New Zealanders back to his homeland to experience some of the history, culture, horsemanship, cuisine, stockmanship and music that he grew up with in the American West. We generally take the 10 day Tour in June/July where guests spend 7 days riding with Ben on a 5th generation working cattle ranch in Montana. Below is a little information about last years Tour - the trip of a lifetime!  
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Where: We will be travelling to Montana to an authentic working cattle ranch nestled in the Mountains between Bozeman and Clyde Park. The ranch has been in the same family for 5 generations where horsemanship and stockmanship are a large focus. You will have the opportunity to advance your riding skills to the next level with both Ben and the Ranch owner out on the job. The Ranch runs on over 60,000 acres, as well as managing the breeding and summer grazing rotation for five neighbouring ranches which expands the cattle operation. You will come to the ranch as a group of relative strangers, you will leave the ranch as friends and family!

When:
We have locked in our 2018 dates June 21st - July 1st. Depart Auckland as a group and travel to Bozeman Montana, have a couple of days here and then out to the Ranch for 7 days. The escorted part of the trip will end in Bozeman, when you will have the opportunity to book further travel in the US (read further down for more info).

Activities:
Ben will escort you to the American West where he is originally from! If you have only ever travelled to California or New York – you are missing out on an incredible part of the country, as every state in America is so diverse. On the Ranch both Ben and the Rancher will take you out for daily ranch riding.
All cattle work is done on horseback and there is always something to do. You will have the opportunity to move cattle to new pastures and check herd health and grass conditions. This is Authentic cattlework that needs to be done - no 'made up' work here! Horsemanship lessons will be given on the trail - with emphasis on natural horsemanship and building practical communication with your horse. Stockmanship will be taught, the art of handling cattle horseback in a low stress and humane manner. Daily riding is geared to the skill level of the riders. In addition to the cattle work, there is varied scenic trail riding. The panoramic views just get more awe-inspiring the higher you go.
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Shopping:
Friday afternoon and Saturday we have time for shopping in Bozeman. Ben will make sure he gets you to the local tack shops, saddlery and western stores and you will have plenty of free time to shop in the local downtown stores or check out a local museum. We suggest packing your suitcase light - or booking an additional bag on the return trip to accommodate all your new purchases. We have had a couple of guests on our Tours buy a new western saddlery and the saddlery is happy to ship back to NZ for us!

Rodeo:
Saturday night, after a day of shopping, Ben will take you to the Big Timber Rodeo to experience the excitement and entertainment of an American Rodeo. We will have dinner at the Rodeo this night - which will be an experience in itself for most Kiwis!

Lodging:
The hotels we will stay in are 3+ stars. The Ranch facilities are all about old fashioned ranching hospitality, comfort and quality. The 4 rooms in the lodge have views to the mountains and have their own bathrooms. 2 of the outer cabins have 2 bedrooms, a living room and shared bathroom. The renovated homestead has 3 bedrooms each with its own bathroom.

Food:
During the tour all breakfasts at your hotel and 1 dinner in Bozeman are included in the package price. Before we reach the Ranch approx 2 lunches and 2 dinners (1 after the long haul & 1 at the Rodeo) will be your responsibility.
All meals at the Ranch are included in your package price. Maria cooks delicious meals with ranch-raised beef, garden-fresh vegetables, or freshly baked bread made with the ranch’s 100-year-old sourdough starter. It is all served family-style.

Alcohol:
Alcohol at the Ranch is BYO – before our transfer from Bozeman to the Ranch we will stop at a liquor store for anyone who would like to purchase their own drinks for dinner time. Any sort of alcohol is not permitted prior to or during riding activities.

Travel Insurance:
Insurance is required, but as many people like to make their own arrangements for this or have the option free with their credit card – this price is not included in the package price. Our travel agent who will book the trip for us is able to arrange this for you if you prefer. Please make sure you are covered for horse riding!

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Longwell Ranch Tour

Longwell Ranch Tour
Ben Longwell Further Travel:
As one of your biggest costs is the price of airline tickets to and from the US – we recommend making additional travel plans after the Escorted Tour is finished. You will only be 2.5hrs north of Yellowstone Park – which is a real highlight when visiting the States. Our travel agent can help you book additional travel or tours – or you can just ask her to have your return dates adjusted and hire a car and explore! If you would like further ideas of things to see in the American West, we would be happy to make suggestions.

Weight Limit:
As you will be ‘in the saddle’ for most of the week – and the majority of guests will not be used to this, the Ranch suggests the below for a general fitness guideline. “Guests who want to participate in Horsemanship activities should be fit enough to be able to mount from the ground unassisted and not have to rely on the horse or a mounting block. In general, participants should comfortably handle their own weight.”

Group Size & Age Restriction:
We have a minimum of 8 guests on the trip to secure the exclusive use of the Ranch. We have a maximum group size of 12. The trip is designed for those 16 years and over.

Tipping:
Most Kiwis have a bit of a hard time or feel a little intimidated with this concept as we are just not use to tipping – it’s just a part of life in the US. We can help you out with this, but for the main part of this trip (the stay at the Ranch & meals) – we have included it in the price.

Flights:
Flights are not included in your package price. Guests have the choice to either use our travel agent (guaranteed to be on the same flights as Ben) or arrange their flights with their own agent (we will give you Bens flight info - but we are not liable for flights being different).

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  2018 Cost:
Double Occupancy - US$3589 pp + flights (shared room in hotels & at Ranch)
(based on exchange rate on 1/12/17 of $1.46 = NZ$5250 pp + flights)

Single Occupancy - US$3930 (own room in hotels & at Ranch)
(based on exchange rate on 1/12/17 of $1.46 = NZ$5750 pp + flights)

Price is per person and includes hotels in San Francisco & Bozeman, Friday & Saturday dinner, rodeo, week stay at the Ranch [incl food/accommodation/activities], tax & gratuity, transfer to/from ranch

**Please note!!** the prices above are based on current exchange rate. The price in NZ$ could change if the exchange rate rises/falls.

Payments:
A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot on the trip. 50% of total is due on November 30th and final 50% payment March 31st.
 
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So... are you coming with us?
We have been working hard to make this an amazing opportunity for those who are interested in and passionate about horses, Western culture, and/or the cowboy life! This trip will be full of adventure, don’t miss out on your spot - they go fast!

Email: ben@truewesthorsemanship.com to book your spot or for more information!

2019 Tour: to put your name on the 'expressing interest' list for 2019 - Email: ben@truewesthorsemanship.com

 
True West Horsemanship Ltd - email: ben@truewesthorsemanship.com