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USA - Rocking Z - Montana
Genuine ranch, set right in the heart of cowboy country, Montana

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Horse Riding Holidays USA – Rocking Z, Montana

Rocking Z has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays USA). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in the USA for our clients.

Don’t forget our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find any of our Horse Riding Holidays in the USA at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

PRICES & DATES top

Rocking Z

PRICES 2017

Suitable for all levels of riders. Stays are from Sunday through to Saturday. Rates are quoted per person sharing, a week is based on 6 nights.

Jan- March, & December

£1,420/€1,690/$1,720/person/week

April & November

£1,500/€1,780/$1,800/person/week

May & October

£1,570/€1,870/$1,900/person/week

June & September

£1,720/€2,050/$2,080/person/week

July & August

£1,830/€2,150/$2,260/person/week

10% discount for children aged 4 to 12 years , Single supplement 15%,No Single Supplement if you are willing to share.

The above rates include the state tax of 2%, there are no hidden costs. Gratuities in the US are expected but discretionary

Includes – All the riding, horse driving, accommodation, meals, drinks, activities on the ranch, plus fly fishing, floating down the Missouri river on a RIB & clay pigeon shooting. They don’t have a liquor licence but have wine and beer available and the Wirths are very happy for you to stop off at the local liquor store and bring your own supplies, which they’ll serve to you in the Saloon bar! Transfers to and from Helena at set times.

Excludes – Flights & tips.

DATES 2017

Open all year round.

Getting There
International flights to Helena or Great Falls.

Transfer
Flights to Helena & Great Falls. Helena is the closest airport, a small airport just 1/2 an hour from the ranch.
Transfers to ranch is 1/2 hour from Helena and complimentary pick up is scheduled at 11 on Sundays returning you at noon on Saturdays. Or you can fly to Great Falls with a private transfer which is $225 one way.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

The Wirths have owned and run this Rocking Z Montana ranch for generations and have a great love for horses and cattle. It’s a genuine working ranch, no frills, but still cosy and accommodating. The Wirths themselves are the warmest, friendliest family you’ll meet – they’ll certainly make sure all your cowboy or cowgirl aspirations are met on this ‘authentic’ horse riding ranch holiday in the USA.

Rocking Z is a genuine ranch, set right in the heart of cowboy country, Montana, and not far from Yellowstone and little known but better Glacier Park. It’s a beautiful North American wilderness and if you’re lucky you might glimpse some of the local wildlife out on a ride, like eagles, bears, mountains lions and the very shy lynx.

Patty and Zack Wirth have been ranching and raising their children here for over 30 years – Zack is a 5th generation Montana rancher and works hard to preserve this life that he loves. Two of his daughters, Maria and Anna are also involved in the business, and are big followers of Parelli, so there’s also the opportunity to watch and learn about this training method. The other benefit to this is you can expect to ride very well schooled and responsive horses.

The family see themselves as true wranglers, there to teach you and show you the ropes – guests at the Rocking Z can join in on many different activities – cattle round-ups, barrel racing, team penning, roping – there’s even trips out to local rodeos in June, July and August which are not to be missed. And if you like the outdoors, pack trips are also easily organised. You can come here a beginner or advanced, and you’ll learn a thing or two about being a proper cowboy or cowgirl!

THE RIDING top

Horses at the Rocking Z – A great mix of Quarter Horse Crosses, Appaloosas, Mustangs, Thoroughbred Crosses, Arab Crosses, Welsh Crosses, Falabella,, Shetland Cross, plus a team of Belgians used for teaching driving.

Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced.

Tack – Western style with a couple of English saddles. The bridles have Mecate style natural reins with slobber straps & natural Hackamores.

Weight Restriction – 18 stone / 114kg / 251 lbs.

Group Size at the Rocking Z – Maximum 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

The rooms at the Rocking Z are spacious, ranch style decor with wooden beds and en suite. They have natural gas stoves and open onto a lovely porch area for great views of the Montana countryside.

Meals at the Rocking Z are wholesome, home cooked and delicious and eaten around large tables, family style with freshly baked breads. The kitchen is open and friendly and guests are encouraged to help themselves to tea, coffee and snacks.

Expect pancakes, bacon and eggs for breakfast, picnics on rides or if at the ranch, soups and salads. Dinners are things like brisket, steaks and lasagne with vegetables and potatoes or pasta or rice. When weather allows there’s also cook outs, with good old fashioned beans, meat and fresh bread all done over the fire in a Dutch oven, not forgetting fresh coffee.

The ranch is also very well set up to offer Gluten and Dairy free options.

There’s also lots of outdoor chill out space, a hot tub and a Saloon bar to practice lines dancing and have parties.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at the Rocking Z are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays USA.

Please Ask About

  • Fishing
  • Canoe trip down the Missouri river
  • Massage treatments
  • Migration of Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, and Canadian Geese – you can see thousands of swans and geese as they migrate north, March and April, or migrate south, November and December
  • Local Rodeos – you are welcome to join the Wirths on outings to their local rodeos which happen in June, July & August

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

The itinerary is set daily, and includes riding out with the wranglers, rounding up cattle, playing arena games like barrel racing, having a lesson, driving out the team of Belgians (a great activity for non riding partners) archery, fly fishing, and joining in with other general ranch activities, like cleaning out the barn.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

If you are having trouble finding exactly the right horse riding holiday for you from our horse riding holidays collection, please contact us directly using the form below and tell us in your own words what you would like to do and we will use our extensive knowledge to make sure we find that perfect horse riding holiday.

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USA Holidays Testimonials

Laura & Michael on Bitterroot Ranch, USA

The riding was the most phenomenal we've ever had. The horses were all big hearted and fun to ride. Every ride made a lasting impression; our walk on the secret path by the river; the fantastic prairie gallop; the roller coaster and the cross country course with Mel; the exhilarating canters with Bayard and our

Laura & Michael Sheridan from UK