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Modern Bridge at the White Stallion Ranch

Program Number: 20396RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2013 - 4/19/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,066.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bridge & Other Games
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Intermediate and experienced bridge players can increase their skills at White Stallion Ranch, a popular dude and working ranch that offers an Old West atmosphere of corrals, horses, long-horned cattle, cowboys, adobe casitas and many amenities. If you’re looking to bring your bridge game up to date, here’s your chance! With a Grand Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League, achieve the next level in bidding and play.




Highlights

• Improve your bridge scores as you brush up on bidding, review responder responsibilities, opening bids, intervening and defending.
• Learn when to bid slams, good partner communication and how best to play your hand, and study the many conventions that define this intricate game.
• Play four full days of duplicate bridge and earn ACBL points, and enjoy evening activities at the ranch like line dancing and cowboy songs.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-quarter mile over flat, packed dirt, sandy terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-14-2013

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Tucson

Cactus forests, craggy mountains and rolling hills surround this temperate city, which lies in the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. The region reflects a blending of the two cultures, along with a history of Native American settlement. The city is dotted with museums, galleries and parks that celebrate this natural and historical diversity.



Accommodations
Comfortable accommodations at a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch; heated pool, hot tub and tennis courts.
Meals and Lodgings
   White Stallion Ranch
  Tucson, AZ 5 nights
 White Stallion Ranch
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rates apply Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in any time after 2:00 PM on opening day of program You will be staying at White Stallion Ranch that night.
  End of Program:
Depart after breakfast on last program day. Checkout time is 11:00 AM You will be staying at White Stallion Ranch the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at White Stallion Ranch.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tucson, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Benson
  Nearest highway: Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  Tucson International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Tucson, AZ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tucson

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Stagecoach Shuttle
phone: 520-889-1000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45 per person one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Call shuttle company well in advance of program's start date and reserve shuttle for pick up close to your plane's arrival time. Tell the company in advance (520-889-1000) that you'll be traveling to White Stallion Ranch, and they'll give you the current price per person one way.

 

Tucson

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
White Stallion Ranch Shuttle
phone: 520-297-0252
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies by number of people transported (approximately $35 one way for one person)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Call White Stallion Ranch at least two weeks prior to program's start date to arrange for shuttle close to your arrival time at Tucson International Airport. If you find that your plane will be delayed, please call the Ranch at 520-297-0252, and give them your new arrival time.

 

Tucson

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
White Stallion Ranch Shuttle
phone: 520-297-0252
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies by number of people transported (approximately $35 one way for one person)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Please let front desk at White Stallion Ranch know, several days in advance, when your plane departs from Tucson International Airport. The van's departure will be scheduled with plenty of time for you to get to the airport 1 1/2 to 2 hours prior to your flight time.

 

Tucson

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Stagecoach Shuttle
phone: 520-889-1000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45 per person one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Call shuttle company well in advance of program's ending date and reserve shuttle for pick up at least 2 1/2 hours before your plane's departure time. Tell the company in advance (520-889-1000) that you'll be departing from White Stallion Ranch and going to Tucson International Airport, and they'll give you the current price per person one way.

 
Driving Directions
  Interstate 10 From Phoenix you will be going East on I-10 and from Tucson you will be going West on I-10. Exit from I-10 at Twin peaks road, Exit #244. From Phoenix, turn RIGHT on Twin Peaks road and from Tucson turn LEFT on Twin Peaks Road. Go 2 miles to 5th traffic light 'T' intersection at Silverbell and turn RIGHT. Almost immediately, bear LEFT up the hill. Travel 1/2 mile on Twin Peaks Road over the hill. Turn LEFT at bottom of hill onto White Stallion Ranch Road (dirt road). Watch for sign on right side of road (opposite the entrance). Go 300 yards and cross over cattle guard. Turn RIGHT. Follow dirt road 1 mile to Ranch Office Headquarters Building. Call Ranch office at 520-297-0252 for additional assistance. WORD OF CAUTION: Do NOT follow directions found in the on-line mapping program Map Quest - they are incorrect!
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and check in at White Stallion Ranch. Program orientation and introductions.
(Sunday, April 14)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks over packed dirt terrain between housing and dining hall/meeting room



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at White Stallion Ranch and check in at the front desk between 2:00-5:00 PM on first day of program. Register with your Road Scholar group leader between 5:00-6:00 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet in Ranch's dining hall from 6:00 7:00 PM.
 Evening: From 7:00 - 8:30 PM, there will be a welcome reception, introductions to participants and staff and a program orientation followed by an optional bridge class.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bidding brush-up from no-trump or suit and bidding planning
(Monday, April 15)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks over packed dirt terrain between housing and dining hall/meeting room. Other activites as desired; walking trails, swimming, tennis, ping-pong, games.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall (buffet style) between 7:00 and 9:00 AM.
 Morning: From 9:30 AM until 12:00 PM, you'll have a hands-on bridge class. This will consist of an overview of what is now considered standard bidding, opening no-trump bidsand responding to them, using Stayman and Jacoby Transfers. You'll bid and play hands to practice what you've learned. Dennis Dawson will be your instructor and appropriate breaks will be scheduled.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. The meals at White Stallion Ranch are beautifully prepared and presented; there are always a number of choices. There are always nice, fresh salads/vegetables, healthfully prepared. Save room for dessert; the cooks prepare some fabulous cookies and more. If you have special needs, let us know in advance in the health/info form you'll find in the mailing you'll receive; we'll try to accommodate if possible.

If you don't let us know in advance, we may not be able to provide what you feel you need.

 Afternoon: From 1:15 until 4:30 PM, we'll play duplicate bridge for ACBL masterpoints.
 Evening: Country line-dancing and other western dancing experiences OR take an optional, additional class and play some more bridge!
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Opening bids, forcing major suit raises, bidding and playing hands
(Tuesday, April 16)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks over packed dirt terrain between housing and dining hall/meeting room. Other activites as desired; walking trails, swimming, tennis, ping-pong, games.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall between 7:00 - 8:00 AM.
 Morning: Today you'll study opening bids using five-card major majors and better minor, limit raises, forcing major suit raises (Jacoby 2NT). Bid and play hands to practice what you've learned.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Duplicate bridge for ACBL masterpoints in the afternoon between 1:15 and 4:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
 Evening: Optional Ranch nightly entertainment in Main Lodge or an optional bridge class!
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Theory of captaincy; how opener or responder can limit hands
(Wednesday, April 17)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks over packed dirt terrain between housing and dining hall/meeting room. Other activites as desired; walking trails, swimming, tennis, ping-pong, games.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall from 7:00 - 8:00 AMl.
 Morning: From 8:30 - 11:30 AM, learn the theory of captaincy, the three ways how opener or responder can limit their hand. Bid and play hands to practice what you've learned.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: From 1:15 - 4:30 PM, play duplicate bridge for ACBL masterpoints.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
 Evening: Evening activities at the Ranch or participate in an optional class.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Opening and responding to pre-emptive bids
(Thursday, April 18)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks over packed dirt terrain between housing and dining hall/meeting room. Other activites as desired; walking trails, swimming, tennis, ping-pong, games.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall from 7:00 - 8:00 AM.
 Morning: From 8:30 - 11:30 AM, study opening and responding to pre-emptive opening bids, including weak two bids. Bid and play hands to practice what you've learned.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: From 1:15 - 4:30 PM, play duplicate bridge for ACBL masterpoints.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
 Evening: From 7:00 - 9:00 PM, there will be a program closing followed by evening activities at the ranch or an optional bridge class (and more bridge games!).
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and departure. Checkout time is 11:00 AM
(Friday, April 19)

Note: Walking up to a few blocks over packed dirt terrain between housing and dining hall



   
 Depart From: Depart from White Stallion Ranch afer breakfast. Check-out time is by 11:00 AM
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall between 7:00 - 8:00 AM. This will be the last meal included with your Road Scholar program.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Bridge at a Glance


Author: Audrey Grant


Description: A good bidding review in a pamphlet-style pocket guide



Bidding in the 21st Century (ACBL Bridge Series)


Author: Audrey Grant


Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West


Author: William Manns, elizabeth Clair Flood & Charlotte Berney


Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border


Author: Rachel C. St. John


Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900


Author: Jeremy Agnew


True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine


Author: Editors of True West


Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City


Author: C. L. Sonnichsen


Western Trails


Author: Austin, Mary




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