I don't normally write long reviews but as this will be the first review Red willow has had I feel compelled as I must say how brilliant this place really is!!
For our first trip to Canada my fiancee and I wanted to do as much as we possibly could in the three weeks we were over there. We thought a stay at a horse ranch would be good experience but nevertheless were a bit apprehensive having never done anything like it before.
We are not horse people - we've got virtually no experience! So wanted a place that would teach us the basics quickly and hopefully get us to a stage where we could really get into it - as we would only be staying two nights.
I got the impression when booking this would be the place. It certainly was.
On arrival we had lunch and were introduced to all the guides/staff and a few other guests. Everyone was very friendly.
We were then introduced to the horses and went on a 2 hour ride with Ulrike to get used to it. Ulrike was really patient with us, taking us through everything. We got on really well and got upto a canter in no time at all!
That evening Craig (Ulrikes husband) cooked an excellent Fish pie and we had the best apple pie!
Dinner (as well as breakfast and lunch) is a wonderful time. The place is run superbly and the atmosphere created by everyones positive attitudes really makes you feel at home in no time.
The reason is simple - everyone at RWR is treated equally, the staff have just as much fun as the paying guests - even when they're doing the washing up!
I have stayed at similar places that just don't cut it because they're not run in this way.
We then retired to the Saloon and the fun continued til late as we enjoyed a few beers with Ulrike and Craig and a couple of the other guests.
The following day (after an excellent breakfast) we went on a day ride - about 7 hours! We went with two other, more experienced, guests who again were very patient with us and didn't mind at all us tagging along. We went all through the woods, to a lake where we had a picnic. Then back through some really interesting landscapes - it really was brilliant.
We were constantly running with the horses and were getting really into it.
Just a note - if you are more experienced you just normally go off riding on your own - thats how most people do it I think - maybe next time!!
Dinner was delicious once more - and obviously back to the saloon for a couple of beers!
The following morning, despite being a bit sore, we were really depressed to be leaving. We still had over two weeks left in Canada but it was hard to a place as brilliant as this, even after only two nights.
To sum up..
At about £60 pppn for accommodation, full board and all your riding/tuition if needed it is totally incredible value. It isn't a luxury resort - saying that, the rooms/beds were huge and the food is great. If you're considering going to a ranch look no further than this.
Thank you so much Craig and Ulrike and everyone else who was at RWR when we were for making our holiday so brilliant.