- 8:30 a.m. Arrive at the Rusty Spurr Ranch Cow Camp for check-in. All participants must sign waivers.
- 8:30-9:00 a.m. Wranglers will get acquainted with guests to best match each guest with an appropriate horse. Then group will be given verbal instructions on how they will be expected to handle cattle while horseback. Along with instructions on how to move cattle, teams will be instructed on how focal points will be incorporated into the cattle drive. Teams will be assembled by wranglers.
- 9:00 a.m. Mount-up and ride out of camp as group after tutorial on how to handle a cow horse.
- Upon locating cattle, group will break into teams to gather cattle (non-competitive portion as thorough gathering is essential) during this time wranglers will provide a working demonstration and instruction.
- Each team will get an opportunity to move cattle while wranglers take note. Each team will face similar obstacles and challenges during their time frame. Wranglers cannot help!
- Winners will be determined based on the time it took to move their cattle. Penalties will be assessed for inefficiently moving cattle by cowboy standards, e.g. How well did the cattle stay together, how quickly did the cattle reach their destination without the herd running (weight loss is bad in the beef industry), how organized was the herd (where are your calves?), how well the participants work/communicate as a team (too many chiefs not enough Indians?) etc.
- 12:00-1:00 p.m. return to Cow Camp for Western Lunch
Rusty Spurr recommendations for the best ride possible:
- Long pants and jackets
- Sun protection (sunblock, sunglasses, caps, etc.)
- Cameras are a MUST!
- Sneakers or cowboy boots strongly recommended
- Hiking boots or other heavy treaded footwear are discouraged
- NO sandals or clogs
The horses have a 230 lb. Weight limit
We ride in all weather. Weather cancellations shall be the exclusive decision of the Rusty Spurr Ranch.