Willow Ranch is the perfect destination for your dream horse holiday. We offer 3 all inclusive Horse Holidays per year and 3 Irwin Insights Certification courses per year. Outside of these dates we are happy to work with you and create a custom Holiday completely fulfilling your holiday wishes.
With endless trails ride at our door step, great set up on the ranch and certification and extensive knowledge of the Chris Irwin (Irwin Insights) method we are the an amazing horse holiday destination.
Pick our Learning Holiday to work on your horsemanship and our riding skills, a Riding Holiday for exploring all the beautiful trails surrounding the ranch or pick a combination of learning and trails with our Horse Experience Holiday.
The dates for our 2019 season are May 13 - May 20, June 10 - June 17 and September 2 - September 9. During all three of the Horse Holidays you can pick any of the the options we have.
A week of learning as much as you can! Our head trainer and coach, Lissy Hendriks, is a Master Level 4 Irwin Insights certified trainer. The Chris Irwin method is the base to anything we work on training our horses and teaching our lessons. Work towards skills and/or master certification or get your certification to the next level! No knowledge of the Irwin Insights method, that’s no problem. We will happily give you a good start.
Learn how to create a mutual bond of trust and respect with your horse, learn to play with your horse at liberty, and learn to read horse body language. Work on a great seat while riding, work on your confidence while riding or doing ground work with your horse or work on learning to ride through obstacles.
Every Learning Holiday program is completely adjusted to your level, wishes and goals so it’s made to always fit your needs.
Our Learning Holiday includes:
7 nights in one of our cabins, 2 lessons per day per person, breakfast delivered to your cabin every morning, lunch and dinner on the ranch, a ranch night with campfire, ranch games etc, and free use of our Chris Irwin DVD and Chris Irwin book collection
A week filled with trails! With so many trails around the ranch you can never get enough, so enjoy a week full of riding.
Besides going on our explorer ride every day (different routes), enjoy our half day ride and a trail side cooked dinner on our cowboy cook out ride. Enjoy our trail obstacle workshop to take your trail riding to the next level.
An amazing horse holiday, riding through the endless trails in the Canadian mountains, join our ranch family around the campfire and enjoy Canadian ranch life in beautiful Valemount.
This program will still give you plenty of time off to enjoy all that Valemount has to offer, we’re happy to help you out with filling your afternoons with fun activities in Valemount (ATVing, Jeep tour, Rafting etc.)
Our Riding Holiday includes:
7 nights in our cabin, breakfast delivered to your cabin every morning, lunch and dinner on the ranch, 6 Explorer rides per person, a half day trail per person, cowboy cook out ride per person, trail obstacle workshop per person, ranch night with campfire ranchgames etc.
Horse Experience Holiday
Our Horse Experience holiday is a combination of the two holidays above. Enjoy trail rides while learning the beginnings of natural horsemanship. Learn about horse body language, playing with your horse at liberty, learn how to work on riding through fear on our trail obstacles.
This holiday is also a great option to work on your confidence with horses and riding.
Our horse Experience Holiday includes:
7 nights in our cabin, breakfast delivered to your cabin every morning, lunch and dinner on the ranch, ranch night with campfire ranchgames etc., cowboy cook out ride, 3 explorer trail rides for pp, 2 liberty workshops pp, 2 lessons of choice pp (can be riding or groundwork)
As the lessons, rides and workshops are adjusted to the level of each individual guest, these holidays are great for any level of rider and any level of experience in the Chris Irwin (Irwin insights) method.
We have all levels of horses available on the ranch so there's always a great match for you, what you want to work on and you'll feel comfortable with.
If you don't see any option that meets your needs please feel free to contact us as we are always happy to customize any horse holiday to your own wishes.
The learning holiday can also be booked together with your own horse to work on issues specific to your horse, work together with our certified Irwin Insights trainers and your own horse to get a better bond and understanding with your horse.