Spring Celebration: Cowboying the Western Way of Life
Dates: Sunday, May 20 - Sunday, May 27
Cost: $2450 per person, $4695 per couple.
"Spring Celebration: "Cowboying the Western Way of Life"
We've put together more than a few week long events over the past ten years, as most of you know, there's "Riding the Four Winds, Off the Beaten Path, Pure Horsemanship, " etc. All of them have worked pretty well, some better than I or some of the folks who've been part of them would have ever imagined. We began "Off the Beaten Path," our now very successful annual July event, three years ago, and it's a been nothing but a success and a pleasure to be part of. On that note, over the course of two days of riding with an old friend of mine, Ray Champ, while moving cows with our our guests and some of the local cowboys, we began to talk about doing a real special Spring event that would honor and celebrate many of the very traditional rites of Spring that are an important part of our western way of life. Using the horse to gather and move cattle and to rope calves on "branding day," certainly qualifies. Neighborhood "brandings" bring together the families and friends of like-minded folks with a common purpose of getting the job done while at the same time catching up with old friends and celebrating the Western Way of Life. What I'm talking about is old time visiting and guess what? You 're invited!
Bear Creek Ranch will be hosting the Spring, 2018 "Cowboying the Western Way of Life," beginning on Sunday, May 20th. The week will begin at Bear Creek Ranch with a full day of horsemanship work on cattle in the Bear Creek arena. We'll be emphasizing all the skills you'll be using as we work cows and calves both in the pastures you'll be gathering in but as well in the smaller pens. As you get more confident with your skills you'll be welcome to try roping . Ray is not only an accomplished horseman but also a life-long roper and an excellent hands on teacher of the skill. You'll learn more than a little bit under Ray's hands on teaching and will enjoy his company as well.
We'll all be moving to the prairie country on Tuesday and will spend a good part of the remainder of the week gathering cattle both to brand and move closer to summer range. You'll be part of that entire process including riding, roping, branding, castrating, vaccinating, and doctoring the cattle. May in northern Montana means light until late in the evening so plan on barbecuing until the stars are out! You'll be meeting some of the finest cowboys and cowgirls during the course of the week and will begin to understand the value the local folks put on the act of "visiting."
Monday, Tuesday , and Wednesday will be spent gathering cattle, separating calves from cows, riding, roping , and branding. During the course of those days we'll be eating lunches both home-made on the site and brought with us from Bear Creek. Visiting folks will contribute their knowledge of the area, the western culture, the art of Cowboying, and their own lives in the American West. I promise you as well you'll meet some folks you'll never forget!
The latter part of the week is going to be devoted to getting a smaller herd of cattle cross -country to a staging area just prior to the mountains and the summer grass the area is known for. We'll be moving that bunch of cattle for two days, across rolling grass and along just barely planted wheat fields. The massive peaks of the Rocky Mountain Front Range will be in full view all day, still carrying an enormous amount of snow in the higher elevations. We should finish up moving the cattle late on Friday afternoon and will set our sights on a big, eventful last day.
Saturday has been set aside for a combination of sleep- in, breakfast, and then the afternoon activities. Lunch outside will be served bar-be-cue style prior to a real team roping at the Bear Creek Ranch arena followed by a visit and sit down discussion of the American West by some of the most well known and respected citizens from the area.
"Cowboying the Western Way of Life," ends on Sunday. You'll be with us from Sunday till Sunday and we're looking forward to putting on one heckuva' event for you. I think this week as well will be like none other we've ever done but it's gonna' be good one!
Limited to 10 guests.