Horsemanship Tips with Stacy Westfall

June 22nd, 2016|

Have you ever watched a horse and rider performance that brought you to tears? I confess that my eyes have welled up from watching some of the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials that air during the Super Bowl game, so perhaps you’d call me a push over. Nevertheless, I cried when I watched Stacy Westfall and a […]

Custom Leather Made in Montana

September 2nd, 2015|

For those of you who read Writing Horseback regularly, you know that Montana has a special place in my heart. I love the warmth and can-do attitude of the people, especially the cowboys and cowgirls. Being a third-generation California girl, I have no interest in riding out a Montana winter, but I do love the […]

Montana Rocky Mountain Rendezvous

May 27th, 2015|


Climbing into Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range on horseback, I am pushed back in time to a journey with Lewis and Clark and their interpreter and goodwill ambassador Sacagawea. However, my journey differs greatly from this band of explorers. As an active adventure baby boomer, I am not heavy with child as was 16 year old […]

Montana Between the Ears

May 20th, 2015|

I recently had the pleasure of going on a horseback riding vacation at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana. The photos below were taken during the Women’s Rocky Mountain Rendevous, a five day retreat for fun loving cowgirls. On this particular trip I had only ridden with one rider previously, her name was Barbara Barrett, […]

Interview with Equestrian Artist Jessi Sparkman

August 14th, 2013|

Interview with Equestrian Artist Jessi Sparkman

On my last trip to Montana I discovered an Equestrian Artist named Jessi Sparkman. Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of meeting Jessi in person. I found Jessi online via Twitter, the micro messaging social media platform.

I noticed a #MontanaMoment photo that Jessi had posted on Twitter. From there, […]

Pine Butte Ranch; Nature Conservancy in Montana

July 31st, 2013|

Dude ranch vacations – the phrase conjures up images of cowboys on horseback, dressed from head to toe in straw hats, western styled shirts, denim jeans hidden underneath leather chaps and the required cowboy boots with spurs that jingle when they touch the ground.


Many types of horse riding holidays
There are many types of horse riding […]

Montana Horseback Riding Vacation at Lone Mountain Ranch

July 24th, 2013|

As I swing open my cabin door and walk across the green lawn to the dining room at Lone Mountain Ranch, I spy a brown and white pinto grazing contentedly in front of a neighboring cabin. I quickly access the situation, thinking the horse has escaped from his corral.  I spot another horse from the […]

Ranch at Rock Creek; Luxury Horseback Riding Vacation in Montana

May 1st, 2013|

As the suburban rumbles along the Montana highway, we leave Missoula Airport behind us and head for the creek. Fly fishermen world-wide know this blue-ribbon stream of water as Rock Creek, home to native trout. Like a fish heading upstream to spawn, we turn the car off the pavement and crunch up the gravel road […]

Triple Creek Ranch Horseback Riding Vacation in Darby, Montana

November 16th, 2011|


First Class Luxury at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch

It’s difficult to pack winter riding clothes in carry on luggage.  And while I know what to pack for a winter trip to Alaska, I challenge anyone to pack snow boots, riding boots, riding pants, chaps or chinks, as the cowboys call them, and a cowboy hat in […]