Welcome to Dunrovin Ranch where horses are partners and guests are friends! At Dunrovin, we do guest ranch differently. We prize people and animals for their individuality, we embrace all walks of life, we celebrate the wonders of nature, and we live in the moment.
Throughout this 8-week series, we invite you to join guide Anya on her day-to-day chores, activities, and events at the ranch. Together with Anya, you’ll learn about horse basics, care, riding, and (most importantly) the loving bond we build with our equine partners.
Each horse has his or her own distinctive personality, quirks, and preferences. At Dunrovin, we cherish this uniqueness and use these individualities to bring out the best in each horse; after all, an adventure is so much more momentous when everyone’s unique ideas and contributions come in to play – this is true for people and animals alike! With that in mind, Anya will follow a tentative itinerary for weekly topics throughout the nine broadcasts; however, Dunrovin makes up its own microcosm of ever-changing and moving parts. We just never know quite what will happen on any given day! If a teachable moment arises, Anya may divert from the planned itinerary to address a horse’s imminent need. Lucky for you, she’ll take you along for the journey and share what is happening and why she is responding in a specific manner. Throughout this adventure, all participants are welcome and encouraged to chime in, speak up, and ask questions.
Our goal is to generate an interactive community of horse aficionados in which we all learn together as a family. To allow us to truly get to know each other and collaborate as a team, we ask that you sign up for the entire 8-week series package. This purchase comes complete with a 1-year membership to the Days@Dunrovin website. This membership grants you access to the ranch’s four 24 hour live-feed cameras, community chat, messaging boards, newsletters, broadcasts of events, and more. Our hope is that you will become a continuing member of our Dunrovin family beyond the nine weeks of this series.
· Week 1, 6/28/21: Welcome & Introductions (everyone is invited to introduce themselves, share their history with horses, and talk about what motivated them to sign up for this series)
· Week 2, 7/5/21: Horse anatomy and movement
· Week 3, 7/12/21: Horses as individuals – the unique personalities between and within breeds
· Week 4, 7/19/21: Riding equipment (referred to as Tack) and saddling
· Week 5, 7/26/21: A riding lesson in the arena (with guest speaker Ashley Chapin)
· Week 6, 8/2/21: A trail ride in the Sapphire Mountains
· Week 7, 8/9/21: Horse of a different color: coat patterns and coloration
· Week 8, 8/16/21: The horse as an art medium (with guest artists from the Missoula community that will paint their art directly on the horse!)
|Public Experience||Private/Custom Experience|
|Who||You will be one of several joining the experience from across the globe.||Exclusive experience for you and/or your party|
|Interaction||You will get a chance to ask questions, however, the guide will be attending to all participants.||You will get more one on one time with your guide throughout the experience.|
|Experience||Standard, curated for the public.||You can make custom requests to your interests.|
|When||Choose from an available time.||Choose from an available time slot or request a specific date and time.|
|Price||$197 / person||Not Available|
Preparing for your Experience
Get on your (imaginary) cowboy boots, your adventure caps, and hop on your device each week for an exciting new journey!
There is no specific preparation required, though Anya may encourage you to brainstorm ideas and jot down thoughts in-between weekly sessions. Consider having a note pad and pen available. There will also be optional opportunities to create art, share stories, and upload photos of your personal lives so that we all can get to know each other and grow as part of the Dunrovin family.
Meet Your Guide
Anya is Dunrovin’s lead trail guide and wrangler. Hailing from Switzerland, she has spent the past twenty-five years exploring the many corners of the globe in search of new adventures and friendships (horse-related whenever possible!). Anya has been riding horses since before she could walk. Growing up, her family always had a barn full of horses of various breeds ranging from the cuddly and gaited Icelandic horse, to the heavy and steadfast Belgian draft, and finally to the courageous and reliable quarter horse. Through the years, Anya has apprenticed and worked for ranches across many states gaining experience in a broad range of disciplines. Among her favorites are her years spent training horses and guiding multi-day rides out of a ranch in Wisconsin with trips ranging from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to South Dakota’s Badlands.
Anya received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and holds a M.Ed. in Online Course Design & Adult Education. Anya is currently working on her doctorate degree at the University of Montana in Teaching & Learning and Curriculum & Instruction. Aside from exploring the great outdoors (preferably on horseback), one of Anya’s true passions is reaching people and exchanging experiences with anyone and everyone that will lend an ear and a story. Anya is happiest when she can share the paradise she calls her backyard with those that take an interest in exploring Montana. Are you ready for an adventure?