Ken McNabb’s Trail Rider University – Sept. 2-6, 2024
WHAT IS IT? Join Ken McNabb for a week-long all-inclusive Trail Rider University, hosted at Wyoming’s Powderhorn Ranch! As a rider, you will have the opportunity to:
Enjoy miles of breathtaking trails complete with mountain views, flowing creeks, stunning rock formations, wildflowers and aspen trees, and plentiful wildlife.
Gain confidence and build your relationship with your horse both in the arena and out on the trail. You’ll enjoy one-on-one and group lessons with Ken as you learn how to achieve the body control (and emotional control) you need to lead your horse through various obstacles with ease.
Enjoy fellowship over homecooked meals with fellow riders and crew, courtesy of Powderhorn host, Susie True, and her five-star team. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in your stay!
WHAT WILL THE WEEK CONSIST OF? Morning sessions are normally dedicated to group (and one-on-one) arena lessons with Ken, focused on improving your overall leadership & confidence, navigating obstacles, and developing control for the trail. During arena lessons, you will also have the opportunity to work on more advanced maneuvers as you and your horse are ready. You will also have the opportunity to work your horse on an outdoor obstacle course with tarps, bridges, noodles, logs (and whatever else we add on), all with Ken’s guidance.
Each afternoon, the group will head out on a trail ride, guided by Ken and his staff of Master Certified Trainers. Riders will be exposed to a variety of natural obstacles, including creek crossings, fallen timber, rocky hillsides, and more. You will likely run into deer and antelope, and may also get some glimpses of elk, black bears, bald eagles, and more! Every trail ride will take you to a different part of the ranch’s varied landscape, and you’ll feel like you’re in a new place every day! At times, Ken will offer different routes for more adventurous riders who wish to go deep into backcountry, and less extreme loops for those who would relax and enjoy the scenery. Whether you consider yourself a novice or advanced, Ken is excited to help you and your horse grow.
After a long day of fun in the saddle, be prepared to relax over a home-cooked meal. Then enjoy the comfortable & beautiful lodging of the ranch; enjoy a sunset walk around the property, or perhaps stargaze and recount the day around a cozy campfire. Feel free to kick back in a chair, read a book, watch a good movie, or sit on the porch and enjoy the sounds of the babbling creek and bugling elk. You may also enjoy browsing the Ken McNabb tack store or Powderhorn Ranch gift shop.
PROGRAM PACKAGE. Trail Rider University is an all-inclusive trip at $3,200 – this includes riding instruction, lodging, meals, and stall/shavings/hay for your horse (you may bring or borrow one at no additional cost).
Guests may arrive at the ranch on Sunday. Riding activities will start on Monday and go through Friday. Dinner will be provided Sunday evening and breakfast will be served on your checkout day, Saturday. Ken has spent years developing and refining this program. We encourage you to take advantage of the incredible support offered by Ken and his team of Master Certified Trainers during your stay.
HORSES. Bringing your own horse? GREAT! This is a wonderful opportunity to expose your horse to one-on-one help with Ken, advance your horsemanship, and capture some beautiful scenes horseback. It is a once-in-a-lifetime trip! Stalls, hay, and shavings are provided. It is your responsibility to do chores for your horse and strip the stall before you leave. A tack room & tack stalls are available with saddle stands and bridle hooks for your use. We do not provide grain, but you are welcome to bring it along with you. **You may bring an ADDITIONAL horse at a rate of $30/day**
Can’t bring your own horse? We’ve got you covered! Ken McNabb will have quality, trained horses available for you to enjoy for the week. Please note this on your checkout order, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call the office 307-645-3149.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR TRIP. Limited riding spots are available. To secure your spot in the Ken McNabb Trail Rider University a deposit of $1,600 is due. Final payment (a second $1,600, for a total of $3,200) is due 2 weeks prior to the start of the clinic. Please note all deposits as of 10/10/2022 are NON-REFUNDABLE with the exception of a medical emergency – in this case, a signed document must be sent to our office from your doctor. Your remaining portion of the cost is due two weeks prior to the event. You may book your trip online or mail a check made out to Ken McNabb Horsemanship to KMH Attn: Michaela Miller, PO Box 411, Broadus MT 59317.
WHAT LODGING IS OFFERED? Your stay at the beautiful Powderhorn Ranch comes included in the clinic cost. The Powderhorn Ranch offers private suites as well as family-style rooms in the event that you desire to book in a group. Multiple occupancy groups will receive a 10% booking discount. (Discount will be applied when you make your final payment). Please feel free to call as soon as possible to coordinate your lodging (307-645-3149). If you have a spouse, friend, or family member who would like to join you for the week but does not wish to participate in the riding, they may enjoy lodging and meals for $1,260 for the week.
HOW TO GET TO THE RANCH? Driving In? Great! We will see you on Sunday! Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM. A member from Ken McNabb Horsemanship or the Powderhorn Ranch will meet you for check-in and you can get your horses and yourself settled. The Powderhorn Ranch is located at 2345 Cold Springs Rd. Douglas, WY 82633.
Directions From I-25 North (Casper): Allow about an hour and 15 minutes from Casper. Going South on I-25, take the LaPrele Creek Exit (#146). At the stop sign at the end of the ramp, turn right, then immediately left. This is State Highway 96, parallel to I-25. In about 3 miles, turn right onto the Cold Spring Road (State Highway 91). Stay on this paved highway for approximately 23 miles. The Powderhorn Ranch entrance (marked with a big metal sign) will be on your right within 500 yards after the pavement ends.
Directions From I-25 South (Wheatland or Glendo): Allow about 35 minutes from Douglas. Going North on I-25, exit right at the West Douglas exit (#140). At the first stop light, turn right onto South Riverbend Road. Within ½ mile, turn right onto the Esterbrook Road (Highway 94) and pass under the Interstate. Within one mile, turn right onto the Chalk Buttes Road (County 9). This road will intersect with the Cold Springs Road (Highway 91) in about four miles, turn left and continue until the pavement ends. The Powderhorn Ranch entrance (marked with a big metal sign) will be on your right within 500 yards after the pavement ends.
Flying In? We can pick you up from the Casper airport on Sunday. We ask that you try to arrive as close to 5:00PM as possible. Depending on the number of folks flying in and crew schedules we will more than likely have one shuttle coming around 5:00 PM. If all flights are arriving in earlier, we will bump up a pickup time. Please let our office know your itinerary as soon as possible. A shuttle will also be offered back to the airport on Saturday. Please do not make your flight out prior to 10AM. Hoping to not have to fly with your saddle? Feel free to ship it to the ranch address listed in the driving directions with Attn: Ken McNabb Trail Rider University followed by your name.
Have questions? Please feel free to reach out to the office at 307.645.3149 or email@example.com. We would love to visit!