Page Lambert’s “Literature and Landscape of the Horse” Retreat
May 31–June 5, 2014 – Anybody is Welcome
Article on Forbes.com: A Week On An Authentic Wyoming Ranch – Reading, Writing and Riding
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A horse is an instinctive animal. Humans, too, are instinctive creatures. Our natural environment is not between four walls. Horses teach us about living in the present moment. They remind us to be engaged with the world. They understand fear. They understand courage. They “think” with their entire beings. We’ll get to know our horses from the ground. We’ll get to know our horses from their backs. We’ll ride in small groups formed by our various comfort levels. We’ll ride among cows and newborn calves in mountain meadows. We’ll ride together across open grasslands and on forested mountain trails. We’ll share our favorite horse stories and explore the creative heart of writing.
“I loved everything about Page’s Literature & Landscape of the Horse retreat at the Vee Bar. I haven’t felt as refreshed from a trip in years — it just filled me up! It was truly was one of the top five vacations/retreats of my life!”~ Lisa Couturier, author of The Hopes of Snake and Other Tales from the Urban Landscape
July 6-12, 2014
The Vee Bar Ranch Jubilee will coincide with Laramie’s Jubilee Days. Besides the horseback riding, riding lessons, hiking, fishing, evening entertainment, campouts, and more, Laramie has its own share of festivities to offer. Local rodeos, professional bull riding, petting zoos, carnivals, street dances and more await travelers who are young at heart. The week begins on July 4th with a fireworks show in Centennial, 7 miles from the ranch. That will only be the beginning of a fun-filled vacation at the Vee Bar! The Laramie Jubilee Days Committee does not finalize it’s schedule until much closer to the event, but the rodeos are usually the culmination of the festivities. If you would like to go to the rodeos, performances are usually on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. You might want to consider staying an extra night (Saturday night) at the Vee Bar to get the most out of Laramie Jubilee Days. On Saturday, July 12th the downtown streets of Laramie are blocked off for street fairs, a carnival, a chili feed, live music, a beer fest, and much more. The parade through Laramie begins at 10:00 on Saturday–watch for the Vee Bar float! Laramie Jubilee Days is the only Statehood Celebration in the state. Wyoming was admitted into the Union as the forty-fourth state on July 10, 1890.
August 3-9, 2014 – Anybody is welcome!
Engage yourself in this week of guest ranch festivities and become educated at the same time. Have you ever wanted to learn more about what it takes to care for a horse? Have you ever wanted to learn how to saddle and unsaddle your own horse? This week is for you. We will have plenty of hands-on opportunities for you as well as some demonstrations. We’ll also have special groups for kids ages 6-12 when appropriate.
Along with our trail riding program, we’ll have instruction on the basics of horse care: grooming, picking hooves, recognizing and treating small wounds, and more. A large part of enjoying horses is understanding them. We’ll take you into the mind of a horse so that you are aware of what your horse is thinking. Also enjoy some demonstrations on training a horse at different levels—yearlings, 2-year-olds, trail horses, and show horses.
Along with saddle horses (those that are ridden) we’ll introduce you to our draft horse team, Waylon and Goliath. We’ll show you the basics of harnessing and hitching up a team of horses. If you’re lucky, we may even show you how to drive them (from the ground)!
What would a little education be without some fun? Of course we’ll have a great time out on the trails, doing cattle work, on our mountain ride, at our campout and during the gymkhana.
Adult Only Week
Aug 24-30, 2014–SOLD OUT
Although the majority of our summer is dedicated to families with kids, a week that has been growing in popularity over the past couple of years is back again! The Adult-Only week is for couples, singles, men, and women. You’ll enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and other activities at the Vee Bar as well as evening entertainment and meals. Last year, this was the first week to completely fill up so call early for your reservations!