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TUCSON, ARIZONA

Ultimate Old West: The White Stallion Ranch Intergenerational

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Program #20350RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Jun 23 — Jun 28, 2013

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Type: Other

Description: White Stallion Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch run by the True family since 1965. Most rooms have original Western furniture. The spa and fitness center bring many comforts to this authentic setting. Horseback riding, hiking, hayrides, cookouts, team cattle penning, rodeos, country line dancing, telescopic stargazing, and campfire sing-alongs allow you to experience the absolute best of the Old West.

Contact info:
9251 W. Twin Peaks Road, NW
Tucson, AZ 85743 USA
phone: 520-297-0252 xor8889772624
web: www.whitestallion.com

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated in regional southwestern style with art and accents from Mexico. Generous floor plans offer sunny, comfortable rooms with plenty of closet space. All guest rooms have air conditioning and a charming patio. Views are of the mountains and cactus gardens. No televisions or telephones in rooms.

Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, heated pool, gym, hot tub, spa services, sauna and Fitness Center, basketball, billiards, horseback riding, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, petting zoo, full bar, library, piano, RoundUp Recreation Center, business services, meeting rooms, airport shuttle, no room phones, no TVs. Free wireless Internet access, guest office with computers and printers. Coin-operated laundry including detergents, etc. Additional horseback riding and lessons available at an additional cost; please speak with Ranch directly to arrange this.White Stallion Ranch now accepts Discover, Amex, Visa, Mastercard.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Check in at Ranch/Welcome Reception/Dinner/Dance ...
Note: Walking a few blocks over even packed dirt terrain from registration office to housing and back to dining hall. Country/Western Dance Lessons (if you wish).

Arrive To: Arrive at White Stallion Ranch between 3:00 and 5:30 PM; check in at Ranch office. Ranch personnel will provide information regarding dinner and orientation.

Dinner: Get acquainted reception and evening meal

Evening: Country/Western line dance lessons. Even if you haven't danced before, you'll find that this is a joyful, companionable experience that will allow you to meet more Ranch staff, other guests at the Ranch, and experience a great form of exercise.

Guaranteed - everyone will have a good time!

Lodging: White Stallion Ranch

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Other

Description: White Stallion Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch run by the True family since 1965. Most rooms have original Western furniture. The spa and fitness center bring many comforts to this authentic setting. Horseback riding, hiking, hayrides, cookouts, team cattle penning, rodeos, country line dancing, telescopic stargazing, and campfire sing-alongs allow you to experience the absolute best of the Old West.

Contact info:
9251 W. Twin Peaks Road, NW
Tucson, AZ 85743 USA
phone: 520-297-0252 xor8889772624
web: www.whitestallion.com

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated in regional southwestern style with art and accents from Mexico. Generous floor plans offer sunny, comfortable rooms with plenty of closet space. All guest rooms have air conditioning and a charming patio. Views are of the mountains and cactus gardens. No televisions or telephones in rooms.

Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, heated pool, gym, hot tub, spa services, sauna and Fitness Center, basketball, billiards, horseback riding, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, petting zoo, full bar, library, piano, RoundUp Recreation Center, business services, meeting rooms, airport shuttle, no room phones, no TVs. Free wireless Internet access, guest office with computers and printers. Coin-operated laundry including detergents, etc. Additional horseback riding and lessons available at an additional cost; please speak with Ranch directly to arrange this.White Stallion Ranch now accepts Discover, Amex, Visa, Mastercard.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - White Stallion Ranch History/Ranch Exploration/Me...
White Stallion Ranch History/Ranch Exploration/Meet the Horses/Wild West Show

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over packed dirt, even terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Ranch

Morning: The White Stallion Ranch's owner, Russell True, will tell you how his family purchased the Ranch, how he learned to manage it and how his own children are planning to run the Ranch in the future. He'll also tell you about the history of rodeos.

After his talk, he'll take you on a tour of the ranch, including behind-the-scenes areas that most people don't get to see, including the tack room, feed room and the all-important kitchen!

Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall. Most of the time, they serve delicious homemade cookies for dessert - everyone makes sure they get one or two of them at the end of the meal. By the way, the food is scrumptious!

Afternoon: After lunch, there will be an instructional riding video. You'll then go to the corral, where you will receive general safety instructions for holding, leading and grooming a horse. Part of this session will be hands-on.

The horses are so much fun to watch! In the cool of the early morning and evening hours, they romp and play in the corrals behind the casitas. If you go up and stand by the corral fence, several horses will come up to you, wanting to be patted and talked to. They're really delightful creatures, and respond to your attention with obvious requests for more of the same!

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall

Evening: After dinner, there will be a Wild West Show with Loop Rawlins

Lodging: White Stallion Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Other

Description: White Stallion Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch run by the True family since 1965. Most rooms have original Western furniture. The spa and fitness center bring many comforts to this authentic setting. Horseback riding, hiking, hayrides, cookouts, team cattle penning, rodeos, country line dancing, telescopic stargazing, and campfire sing-alongs allow you to experience the absolute best of the Old West.

Contact info:
9251 W. Twin Peaks Road, NW
Tucson, AZ 85743 USA
phone: 520-297-0252 xor8889772624
web: www.whitestallion.com

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated in regional southwestern style with art and accents from Mexico. Generous floor plans offer sunny, comfortable rooms with plenty of closet space. All guest rooms have air conditioning and a charming patio. Views are of the mountains and cactus gardens. No televisions or telephones in rooms.

Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, heated pool, gym, hot tub, spa services, sauna and Fitness Center, basketball, billiards, horseback riding, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, petting zoo, full bar, library, piano, RoundUp Recreation Center, business services, meeting rooms, airport shuttle, no room phones, no TVs. Free wireless Internet access, guest office with computers and printers. Coin-operated laundry including detergents, etc. Additional horseback riding and lessons available at an additional cost; please speak with Ranch directly to arrange this.White Stallion Ranch now accepts Discover, Amex, Visa, Mastercard.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Breakfast Trail Ride and Cookout/Natural Horseman...
Breakfast Trail Ride and Cookout/Natural Horsemanship Class/Class on Caring for the Ranch Animals/Hay Ride/Evening Star Party

Note: Riding gentle horses on easy trail ride (if you wish; van transportation available). Walking up to one mile over course of the day on even packed dirt terrain. Walking over Ranch grounds as needed; walking and standing to Star Party area (short distance) over relatively even terrain.

Breakfast: This morning, you'll meet at the corral, get on a gentle horse and take off on an easy trail ride.

A cowboy breakfast cookout will be a great early morning experience - there's no food better than that cooked in the great out-of-doors!

Morning: After riding back to the Ranch, there will be a Natural Horsemanship demonstration..

Natural horsemanship is the philosophy of working with horses by appealing to their instincts. It involves communication techniques derived from wild horse observation in order to build a partnership that closely resembles the relationships that exist between horses.

Horses are social herd animals, evolved for social interaction and the ability to escape predators. The horse has a highly developed communication system practiced primarily through body language. It is possible for humans to learn to use body language to communicate with the horse. Horses use ear position, head position, speed of movement, threatening gestures, showing of teeth and swinging of hips, and many other gestures to communicate. They are quick to escalate a behavior if early warnings are not heeded. Similarly, in natural horsemanship, the handler or trainer uses body language along with other forms of gentle pressure with increasing escalation to get the horse to respond.

Horses are quick to form a relationship of respect with humans who treat them in this fashion. The object is for the horse to be calm and feel safe throughout the training process; the horse that feels this way with his handler is quick to bond with that person.

The human must be knowledgeable of the horse's natural instincts and communication system, and use this knowledge in their work with the horse. The results can be remarkable!

Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have an opportunity to see how the ranch animals (including the long-horned cattle!) are cared for. You'll learn about feeding them, grooming them, shoeing the horses, and lots more - and get a chance to help groom and feed them as well.

Following this, there will some pool games for the young people, supervised by Ranch personnel, and a late-afternoon hay ride for all.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall

Evening: This evening, you're in for a real treat. Almost everyone has looked at the stars and the moon (and planets, too, if they knew what they were looking at!), and sometimes it's difficult to see those things well if there are city lights making it so bright that you can't observe as you'd like to.

At White Stallion Ranch, there aren't any "city lights" to get in your way. As soon as it gets dark, you'll walk out to a selected area where you'll be able to view the heavens just as the early Native American residents of this desert setting did - the stars, moon and planets will all stand out, and there will be more stars visible than you could possibly imagine existed.

Adults and children will have an opportunity to view the magnificence through telescopes as well as binoculars (we'd encourage you to bring some; even inexpensive ones make viewing more pleasurable). A local astronomer will tell you about what you're seeing, how and when it's best to look for certain stars and planets, and how to expand the experience if you choose to do so after returning to your homes.

Lodging: White Stallion Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Other

Description: White Stallion Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch run by the True family since 1965. Most rooms have original Western furniture. The spa and fitness center bring many comforts to this authentic setting. Horseback riding, hiking, hayrides, cookouts, team cattle penning, rodeos, country line dancing, telescopic stargazing, and campfire sing-alongs allow you to experience the absolute best of the Old West.

Contact info:
9251 W. Twin Peaks Road, NW
Tucson, AZ 85743 USA
phone: 520-297-0252 xor8889772624
web: www.whitestallion.com

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated in regional southwestern style with art and accents from Mexico. Generous floor plans offer sunny, comfortable rooms with plenty of closet space. All guest rooms have air conditioning and a charming patio. Views are of the mountains and cactus gardens. No televisions or telephones in rooms.

Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, heated pool, gym, hot tub, spa services, sauna and Fitness Center, basketball, billiards, horseback riding, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, petting zoo, full bar, library, piano, RoundUp Recreation Center, business services, meeting rooms, airport shuttle, no room phones, no TVs. Free wireless Internet access, guest office with computers and printers. Coin-operated laundry including detergents, etc. Additional horseback riding and lessons available at an additional cost; please speak with Ranch directly to arrange this.White Stallion Ranch now accepts Discover, Amex, Visa, Mastercard.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Indian Horse Painting/Roping Class/Team Penning D...
Indian Horse Painting/Roping Class/Team Penning Demonstration/Critter Show

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on packed dirt, even terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall

Morning: This morning, there will be a class about Indian Horse Painting. You'll paint your horse with Indian designs, braid its mane, and add some feathers or some flowers. Grandparents can help their grandchildren create the most beautiful horse. Meet at the round pen.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall

Afternoon: In the afternoon, there will be a hands-on roping clinic, followed by some free time for a swim or some games - or even a nap! Ranch personnel will spend time with the young people, and grandparents can relax as they choose for awhile.

There will then be a demonstration of "team penning."

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall

Evening: After dinner, there will be a "Critter Show" featuring some of the unusual living creatures that have adapted to the Sonora Desert climate. Most of them can be held (including the tarantula!) and enjoyed. The presenter will tell you what the critter had to do to be able to live with such temperature extremes and so little water.

Lodging: White Stallion Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Other

Description: White Stallion Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch run by the True family since 1965. Most rooms have original Western furniture. The spa and fitness center bring many comforts to this authentic setting. Horseback riding, hiking, hayrides, cookouts, team cattle penning, rodeos, country line dancing, telescopic stargazing, and campfire sing-alongs allow you to experience the absolute best of the Old West.

Contact info:
9251 W. Twin Peaks Road, NW
Tucson, AZ 85743 USA
phone: 520-297-0252 xor8889772624
web: www.whitestallion.com

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated in regional southwestern style with art and accents from Mexico. Generous floor plans offer sunny, comfortable rooms with plenty of closet space. All guest rooms have air conditioning and a charming patio. Views are of the mountains and cactus gardens. No televisions or telephones in rooms.

Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, heated pool, gym, hot tub, spa services, sauna and Fitness Center, basketball, billiards, horseback riding, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, petting zoo, full bar, library, piano, RoundUp Recreation Center, business services, meeting rooms, airport shuttle, no room phones, no TVs. Free wireless Internet access, guest office with computers and printers. Coin-operated laundry including detergents, etc. Additional horseback riding and lessons available at an additional cost; please speak with Ranch directly to arrange this.White Stallion Ranch now accepts Discover, Amex, Visa, Mastercard.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates apply
Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Field Trip to Desert Museum/Western Arts and Craf...
Field Trip to Desert Museum/Western Arts and Crafts/Final Evening Bonfire with Cowboy Singer

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing during museum visit. Sitting outdoors in evening around a bonfire; we recommend a chair cane if you have trouble sitting down on the ground. www.amazon.com - enter chair canes into search box.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall

Morning: Everyone will board one of the White Stallion Ranch's vans and drive to the amazing Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

The facility exhibits more than 300 live animal species, including mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, hawks, bighorn sheep and hummingbirds in natural habitats.

Paths lead visitors through landscapes containing more than 1,300 species of plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region, including desert grasslands, cactus and desert gardens.

A pollination garden complex shows interactions between insects, birds, bats and plants, and a fenceless enclosure allows javelinas to explore hillsides and take mud baths.

A simulated walk-through limestone cave features a collection of regional gems and minerals. A display about how the planet has evolved with explanations of erosion, volcanic and seismic activity and plate tectonics also is featured.

This is an absolutely incredible place to visit; kids and adults will be fascinated by the variety of exhibits and things to do.

Following the visit, the vans will travel back to the Ranch for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall at the Ranch

Afternoon: In the afternoon, there will be some time to learn some western-style arts or crafts, play some games and learn more about horses.

Children and adults can do these things, but if the adults want some time to relax, Ranch personnel will work with the young people.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the dining hall

Evening: After it gets dark, everyone will go outside and enjoy a real western bonfire, hear a cowboy singer present some songs (and you can sing along, too). There will be time for some socializing and a program closing afterwards.

Lodging: White Stallion Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Breakfast and Departure
Note: Walking a block or two from housing area to dining hall and check-out area.

Depart From: Check out no later than 11:00 AM. Independent departures anytime after breakfast.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall will be the last meal included with the program.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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