Rancho Rio Bonita Ranch
Between Wickenburg/Morristown, AZ
Wild Rose Horse Obstacle Contests
November 19-21, 2021
The COVID Pandemic
Everyone needs to participate in creating the safest and best environment as per your understanding of best practices – masking when in the vicinity of other individuals, maintaining a 6-foot perimeter from other individuals when in a group setting, washing your hands and other common-sense protocols.
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Gary and Carole Wilder are volunteers partnering with Bethany’s Gait in creating opportunities for our fellow equine enthusiasts. Our goal is to create an enjoyable environment where we challenge ourselves and our horses to advance our skills while enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of other riders. The upside of this is that 100% of proceeds go directly to benefit a fantastic 501(c)(3) charity – Bethany’s Gait – to support their programs.
Bethany’s Gait is dedicated to “Rescuing Horses, Restoring Lives”. The programs offered by Bethany’sGait were created specifically for active duty, reserve and veteran military personnel, first responders and their families. One of the things that makes the program unique is that Bethany’s Gait is also a horse rescue. They have found that bringing the rescue horses together with the people offers a dynamic situation where horses and humans heal through a bond that is developed based on unconditional love, unwavering trust and a keen understanding of what the other has been through. Bethany’s Gait is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ranch in Prescott, AZ.
—– WE RIDE TO GIVE BACK —–
100% OF PROCEEDS BENEFITTING BETHANY’S GAIT, PRESCOTT, AZ
FALL ALONG THE HASSAYAMPA RIVER
A WORKING COW CLINIC & TWO DAYS OF WONDERFUL RIDING IN ARIZONA
MONDAY SMALL GROUP LESSONS WITH BUDDY ULDRIKSON
Jennifer from Silver Buckle Photography will be taking pictures on Saturday. Give her a call at 623-340-3601 to set up your personal photo shoot.
THE WORKING COW CLINIC IS FULL. Call Carole at 602-686-2435 to be put on a wait list.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – WORKING COW CLINIC presented by Buddy Uldrikson from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Have you wanted to learn how to work with cattle? Moving them where YOU want them to be – down a fence line, sort out a calf from a group, etc. You will learn how to prepare yourself and your horse for this type of activity and then you will put it into practice.
Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $125.00 per person. THE CLINIC IS FULL. Call Gary at 928-595-0428 or Carole at 602-686-2435 to be put on a wait list.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21– Each day a 6-Mile Obstacle Trail Contest on the beautiful trails at Rancho Rio Bonita Ranch. We utilize the Uldrikson Ranch and surrounding area to provide challenging real life “trail situations” (like water and hills) for our obstacles. Bring your pony and experience “trail obstacles in a natural setting”. Three levels of difficulty. You select your level at time of registration.
Rancho Rio Bonita Ranch is less than 10 miles from Wickenburg, AZ. It is nestled in a pristine valley surrounded by hills decorated by red rocks and regal cactus. And we trail ride right out our back door. You will ride decomposed granite trails with minimal rocks on well-marked trails crossing over serveral small creeks and passing through the Ranch. This ride is rated easy to light moderate. Shoes and boots are recommended.
POTLUCKS ARE BACK!!! Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a potuck on Saturday night. Best noodle dish wins $20 – decided by participants.
JOIN THE FUN – BLIND TEAM JACKPOT – SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – 100% PAYBACK
EVERYONE CAN ENTER – NOVICE – PLEASURE – ADVANCED
Here is how this will work. $10.00 entry fee. We will randomly group up to 3-4-5 riders to make a “team”. During the competition, you will NOT KNOW who your team members are. After the ride awards, we will announce team members and team scores and award the jackpot. Sign up at registration table on day of ride.
All teams will have the same number of riders. We will add the score of all team members together to create a team score – high team score wins the jackpot! 100% psyback.
RIBBONS FOR FIRST THROUGH SIXTH PLACE — THREE LEVELS OF COMPETITION
PICK YOUR LEVEL AND RIDE THAT LEVEL ALL DAY!!!!
LOTS OF PRIZES AND GIVE AWAYS FROM OUR SPONSORS!!
NO MEMBERSHIP FEES!!!
Online Registration Fees Payable until November16: Adult – $55.00 per day; Student – $25.00 per day; Companion – $25.00 per day.
Additional Fees – CASH ONLY – Payable on site at Registration Table Day of Event :
Late Registration Fees: Adult- $65.00 per day; Student-$35.00 per day; Companion- $35.00 per day.
IF LATE ENTRY, CALL CAROLE AT 602-686-2435 TO SECURE EVENT SPOT AND PAY ON SITE.
Dry camping only with horse water – $10 per night per rig – no reservation required.
Stalls (20 stalls available) – $15 per night per horse.
Facility Use Fee: $10.00 per day per competitor for trail competitions.
Blind Jackpot Fee: $10.00 fee for Saturday and $10.00 fee for Sunday
Lunches are on your own all three days.
Competition limited to 50 competitors per day.
ONLY ONE HORSE PER COMPETITOR ALLOWED ON SITE.
SHOES AND BOOTS RECOMMENDED.
DOGS: All dogs must be on a leash at all times. If left unattended, they must be kept in your trailer and not disturb other people. Please pick up after your dog. NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL. This is coyote country – do not tie your dog to your trailer and leave it.
PLEASE – NO ARRIVALS BEFORE NOON ON THURSDAY.
Friday, November 19 – Working Cow Clinic. 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Limited to 12 participants.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Check in
10:00 a.m. – noon Preparing the horse and rider for cattle work – learning how cattle react and move
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Practicing basic cattle moving and control
Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 – Obstacle Trail Contests:
7-8:00 a.m. Check in, sign up for ride out time
7:45 a.m. Judges’ Meeting
8:30 a.m. Riders’ Meeting
10:00 a.m. First Riders out on course
Lunch Bring your own all three days
Awards Half hour after last rider is back
6:00 p.m. Potluck – best noodle dish – $20 cash prize
Address: 27510 W. Gill Road, Morristownk, AZ 85342. Ranch is located between Morristown and Wickenburg.
DIRECTIONS: Turn off Route 60 on to McCarroll Road. McCarroll Road is about one mile north of Highway 74 turnoff.
If coming from south, McCarroll Road will be on your left past mile marker #119.
If coming from north, McCarroll Road will be on your right past mile marker #118.
From US 60 south of Wickenburg, turn left (south) on to McCarroll Road; turn left again and continue right on to North 275th Avenue; continue on to Gill Road and follow to the Ranch. Ranch is about one-half mile from Route 60.
GREAT NEW SHORT CUT TO AVOID GOING TO CENTRAL PHOENIX, I-17 AND I-10:
Coming from south of Phoenix: Use the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway West. Get off I-10 at the Loop 202 San Tan Freeway and go west. You will exit the Loop 202 at I-10 atnd approximately 59th Avenue. Go west on I-10 to 303 North to U.S. 60 (Grand Avenue) to go north to Wickenburg.
Coming from north of Phoenix: On I-17 take the 303 Loop West and south to I-10. Turn east on I-10. Get off at the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway exit at approximately 59th Avenue if you want to continue south toward Tuscon.