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Erika Roberts featured at Cowgirl Camp August 29-September 4, 2010!

TAKE THE REINS WITH LEE SMITH

Wilderness Trails Ranch Hosts Natural Horsemanship & Cattlework Clinic

with Lee Smith

It's often been said that "it's never too late to be a cowgirl!" Yup, there's a little bit of cowgirl in every woman, whether she wears high heels with a business suit or owns her own horse and saddle. Cowgirls exemplify strength with softness, skill with "smarts" and often, communication with horses that can outshine most cowboys. Both city slickers and ranch women love their horses!

Whether you are a working cowgirl or an aspiring cowgirl, a great opportunity for a dream vacation or holiday awaits at the 3rd annual Cowgirl Camp at Wilderness Trails Ranch , August 29 -September 4, 2010. Wilderness Trails is a family owned guest ranch located in the spectacular San Juan mountains near Durango, Colorado. They specialize in outstanding hospitality and horses, horses, horses!

Cowgirl Camp will feature instructor Erika Roberts. Erika's passion for horses is the central element in her life. She is an enthusiastic and talented horsewoman, who loves to share her knowledge and experience with horse enthusiasts.  Erika has shared her 33 years of dedication with horses at clinics as far as England and with hundreds of students across the United States and world.

Born on Wilderness Trails Ranch, she was raised horseback. Her varied experience includes show jumping, cutting, driving, ranch roping, and packing.  Erika won a world championship in 1981 in western equitation at the Morgan Nationals, and has competed in multiple disciplines across the Western U.S.

In 1997, she was exposed to the horsemanship tradition popularized by the Dorrance brothers, and carried on by great horseman such as Ray Hunt, Lee Smith, Tom Curtin, and many talented others.

Erika practices and teaches those principles, as she continues to adamantly pursue her own education.

Gals can either bring their own horse or use one of the excellent ranch horses. Erika will teach practical ranch, trail and recreational riding skills. Basic horsemanship and safety skills will be covered; such as the best way to bridle and saddle a horse, what knots are good to use, and common safety sense with horses. 

There will be some riding in the arena, but the most spectacular classroom for this clinic is in the mountains on trailrides or working cattle on the adjoining 250,000 acre grazing permit. Erika continues to teach as students ride into the Colorado high country around the ranch. Horses and riders learn to bond and communicate as they negotiate logs, streams, gates, and steep terrain. Narrow trails open into gorgeous high mountain meadows where riders can refine their skills in a natural environment.

Erika will also teach stock handling on the ranch's yearling cattle. The ability to quietly move your horse and effectively move cattle, is a fine art of communication between horse, human, and bovine. Skills learned from working cows can be applied every time you ride your horse, no matter the situation or riding style. Of course, the camp wouldn’t be complete without learning to throw a rope. From the basics of how to hold the rope to throwing "houlihans" and "hip shots," Erika teaches with skill and humor so even the novice cowgirl can make a "catch.”

After a long day in the saddle Wilderness Trails Ranch provides the ultimate in cowgirl relaxation. Hot showers accompanied with fluffy bathrobes and aromatic soaps. Rinse off the trail dust with a dip in the swimming pool or hot tub and indulge in yoga classes and tailored massage therapy. Each evening cowgirls are treated to gourmet meals and entertainment. Singing cowboys croon around an open firepit one evening, or you can learn how to line dance as lessons are offered. Dance and stomp to a live cowboy band or take a hayride pulled by giant Belgian draft horses. The intimate Waterin' Hole bar in the main lodge is furnished with cold drinks and a large stone fireplace where you can prop up your boots. Above all, the spectacular scenery and incredible views from the deck of the lodge or any of the cabin porch provides what could be the most relaxing spot on Earth.

The Roberts family, owners of Wilderness Trails Ranch, truly makes you feel at home. Located among the spectacular San Juan mountains near Durango, Colorado, their staff is warm, friendly and well-trained to ensure that you have all that you need during your visit. Filled with expert instruction, endless scenery, laughter, friendships and horses, Wilderness Trails Ranch invites YOU to their Cowgirl camp August 29-September 4. What more could a cowgirl want?

Please see the Specialty Weeks and Events page for details.

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