Tabernash Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers women’s bicycling, equestrian clinics
Whether you prefer pedals or stirrups, are a beginner or advanced cyclist or horse enthusiast, Devils Thumb Ranch is offering two special women-only clinics in July: Women, Wheels and Wine on July 6, and a Womens Horse Retreat, July 28-Aug. 1.Both are designed to improve skills, knowledge and fitness and then reward attendees with special spa and rejuvenation options.Boasting a new 52-room main lodge and 12,000-square-foot Ranch Creek Spa, Devils Thumb Ranch is an eco-friendly, wilderness-based upscale ranch resort and spa in the heart of the Fraser Valley. Honored with awards from the EPA, Mountain Living Magazine and Travel + Leisure Magazine for its environmental commitment and sustainable energy and historic preservation programs, the Ranch is a must-visit retreat for people looking for a quick getaway or extended stay.Specifics on each getaway follow. For more information, visit devilsthumbranch.com or call 800-933-4339.BY BIKEWomen, Wheels & WineDate: Sun., July 6, 2008Cost: $85Includes: Professional mountain bike instruction from Womens Quest and the Titus Factory Team; lunch at Devils Thumb Ranch; lectures on bike fit, training and bike maintenance; Yoga for Improved Performance class; use of the sauna, steam room, hot tub and pool; small class individualized instruction; water bottle, T-shirt and bike gloves; raffle drawings on goods and gear throughout the day.Schedule:8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration and check-in Devils Thumb Ranch Adventure Center9:30-10 a.m. Bike fit demo10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Divide into ability-based for skills, drills and riding1-2 p.m. LunchAfternoon options:2-3 p.m. Everything you ever wanted to know about your bike but were afraid to ask2-4 p.m. Extra ride for those who want more3-4 p.m. Yoga for improved performance4-5 p.m. Wind down time grab a glass of wine and celebrate the day poolside or in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the Ranch and breathtaking views of the Continental Divide. Indoor steam, sauna and womens locker room with showers also available for guests.Reservations and informationAll abilities welcome. Advanced reservations are required and can be made through the Devils Thumb Ranch Adventure Center: 970-726-8231Make it an overnight spa getaway: Mention Women, Wheels & Wine and receive a 10 percent discount on spa treatments at Ranch Creek Spa. Lodging rates start at $210/night. Call (800) 933-4339 or (970) 726-5632 for reservations and information. BY HORSE … Women’s Horse Retreat with Women’s QuestDevelop new skills or hone existing ones at this special Womens Horse Retreat led by Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s Cabin Creek Stable professionals and Womens Quest. Experience the nurture first philosophy of horsemanship and how horses think, respond and react to a riders leadership. Test skills on the trail and in the arena and finish the week off with a special penning session true wrangler style.Dates: July 28-Aug. 1Cost and reservations: $450/person for horse program only, with Ranch Creek Spa and lodging specials also available for attendees. Reservations and information are being handled by Womens Quest, (303) 545-9295 or http://www.womensquest.comScheduleMonday, July 28Late morning arrival and check-in1-3 p.m. Meet at Cabin Creek Stables on the Ranch for tour and overview with instructors, round pen work and horse riding skill training 3 to 5 p.m. Orientation ride to get everyone comfortable with their horsesTuesday, July 299 a.m.-noon Horsemanship lesson and trail ride Noon-5 p.m. Free time for everyone; 10 percent discounts at Ranch Creek Spa for attendees or additional riding for those interested 5:30-7:30 pm BBQ dinner with wagon ride to a campsite on the Ranch Wednesday, July 30 9 a.m.3 p.m. All day ride to the high country, sack lunch included Thursday, July 319 a.m.-noon Trail ride2 -4 p.m. Team penning instruction and practice in the arena Friday, Aug. 16-9 a.m. Farewell sunrise ride or 1-hour carriage or wagon ride depending on interest and energy levels
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