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Wild West Extravaganza May 2019


WILD WEST EXTRAVAGANZA, two weeks of Montana fun.

THREE FORKS, MONTANA 

May 4th, 5th, and 6th

Kick off two weeks of Montana fun in Three Forks and get your mountain riding legs under you by attending the 20th annual Red Rock Hounds Three Forks Hunt and Lynn Lloyd’s “Riding Safely to Hounds Cross Country” Foxhunting Clinic at Headwaters Ranch, home of Big Sky Hounds and the beautiful Headwaters Hops Cross Country Course.   Enjoy top notch acclimation and instruction by Lynn, then participate in a meet across this very challenging Montana country with Red Rock Hounds, followed by a wild day of riding in the Hunter Poker Pace and the Wild West Shootout (yes, with guns).  Lodging is at Headwaters Ranch which is the headquarters for the Three Forks leg and can be reserved at www.headwatersranchmt.com (check in the 3rd and out the 7th).  Horses are available for lease, pens available for boarding.

RED LODGE, MONTANA | May 7th, 8th

As we make our way eastward across this gorgeous state, we’ll be staying in Red Lodge, gateway to Yellowstone Park via the beautiful Beartooth Highway. This quaint, historic, mountain town is nestled against the Beartooths, Montana’s highest mountain peaks and is a place of extraordinary beauty and Western-style hospitality.  After a welcoming party, we’ll spend the next day riding this breathtaking country! Lodging and board TBD, horses will be available for lease.

MILES CITY, MONTANA

We are very excited to once again be hunting Miles City - Montana’s premiere Old West town – and this time we’re here for the WORLD FAMOUS MILES CITY BUCKING HORSE SALE!  This legendary cowboy town is rolling out the red carpet for us again and entrenching us in their ranch world.  It’s a behind the scenes look at real Montana ranching, rodeo, and Foxhunting Montana-Style.  Spearheaded by our good friends Terry and Janet Haughian, we have been invited by a group of local stockgrowers and long-time ranching families to bring the sport and tradition of foxhunting to the real Wild West.  Not only have they welcomed us to hunt their massive ranches, but also enjoy their community and rich heritage.  When we’re not chasing coyotes, we’ll be branding cattle, horseback on a wagon train, riding the range, gathering cattle, and learning the cowboy tricks of the trade (like roping) while we sit around the campfire in the middle of The Big Open.  We’ll ride into town afterward in time for the 68th Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, to parade hounds in the Main Street Parade, and where we have premiere seats and backstage passes for some of the best fun imaginable. We’ll arrive in Miles City on the 9th and depart the morning of the 20th.  Horses are available for lease, as well as boarding.  LODGING FOR MILES CITY BUCKING HORSE WEEK IS SOLD OUT YEARS IN ADVANCE, but we have a block of rooms set back at our favorite hotel in town (which just happens to be across the street from our favorite saloon).  YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM by JANUARY 31st.  Rooms are not available by calling the front desk.  Contact Renee (renee@montanahorses.com or 406 579-4060) for info on how to reserve your lodging in Miles City.

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, May 3rd – arrive Three Forks, Headwaters Ranch – kickoff cocktail party (TF)

Saturday, May 4th – Lynn Lloyd’s “Riding Safely to Hounds Cross Country” Clinic, Day One  (TF)

Sunday, May 5th – Lynn Lloyd Clinic Day 2  &  Red Rock Hounds Hunts (TF)

Monday, May 6th – Hunter Poker Pace and Wild West Shootout (TF)

 Tuesday, May 7th – Hunt (sight hounds) (TF), travel to Red Lodge, evening cocktail party and dinner (RL)

Wednesday, May 8th – Red Lodge Hunt Country Trail Ride and Hound Exercise, evening celebration (RL)

Thursday, May 9th – travel to Miles City, evening Bucking Horse Saloon Welcome Celebration (MC)

Friday, May 10th – Haughian Ranch Ride and Campfire Cookout (MC)

Saturday, May 11th – Hunt (pack and fixture TBD), evening festivities (MC)

Sunday, May 12th – Hunt (pack and fixture TBD), evening festivities (MC)

Monday, May 13th – Ranch work and activities (MC)

Tuesday, May 14th – Hunt (pack and fixture TBD), evening festivities (MC)

Wednesday, May 15th – Ranch Work and activities (MC), evening Match Bronc Ride Calcutta at Bison Bar

Thursday, May 16th – Hunt (sight hounds), evening Bucking Horse Sale Concert (Aaron Watson and Faren Rachels)

Friday, May 17th – Join Wagon Train riding into Miles City, evening Bucking Horse Sale/Rodeo (Wild Horse Race, Bucking Bull Sale, Mutton Bustin’, Ranch Bronc Ride), Street Dance 

Saturday, May 18th – Range Riders Museum Breakfast, BHS Parade (entry hounds and horses), Horse Races, Bucking Horse Sale/Rodeo (Wild Horse Race, MC Bucking Horse Sale featuring World Class Bucking Futurity, Open Bucking Horses & Sale), Preakness (pari-mutuel betting race 4), evening Sage Riders Steak Dinner, Street Dance

Sunday, May 18th – Cowboy Church, Horse Races, Bucking Horse Sale/Rodeo (Ranch Bronc Ride, Match Bronc Ride, and Wild Horse Race), evening bon voyage party.

Earlier Event: January 22
Tejon Hounds Hunt Week