Janice and Roley,
I wanted to thank you both for taking Judy and I into your family at the ranch and making us feel so at home. Every day was a new delight and the western lesson at the "finale" was just great with Janice. I was particularly happy to have the cattle work during our week and it was just fantastic! That steer that faked a butt at my horse had some nerve, huh! What fun. Your piano sound was not to beat. The lodge was so unique and spectacular with the hotub just a few feet away. Of the many dude ranches we've been to, Judy and I have never found one with a more personal and warm touch. That was our first county fair and so interesting to see how people live in a different part of the country. We are grateful for this and coming from the Northeast where congeniality and friendliness are subdued, it was quite refreshing and restored my faith in humanity so to speak. Many thanks for making our week so enjoyable.
Art and Judy Gertler
Hello, Western Pleasure!!!
I just wanted to thank you for the absolutely WONDERFUL vacation I had at your ranch. It was by far one of the BEST ranches I have visited--your staff was exceptional, your facilities beautiful, and your horses were amongst the finest, kindest, and well-trained animals I have ever ridden!!! I would recommend your place to anyone who would like a great western vacation. I have nothing but good things to say to anyone who asks how my trip was. Thank you again for doing what you do so well!!!
Hope to re-visit soon!!!
Karen Gianacoplis ("Lazy Lopers")
Dear Janice and Roley and Ranch family,
We want to thank you again for the wonderful time we had with all of you. The ranch is awesome and has such beautiful surroundings. The wranglers were great and the food was also wonderful. The accommodations worked beautifully. Each family enjoyed having their own cabin so they were able to have some of their own family time. Everything about the ranch is warm and comfortable and the hospitality is super. The weather was about as good as it could get and we enjoyed all the fun different events. As I said before, it really couldn't have been a more perfect anniversary celebration with all our family together enjoying Western Pleasure Ranch!
Tom, Sandy and family
Just wanted to let you know that I'm home safe and sound after what was probably one of the best vacations I've had in a while!
Dear friends at Western Pleasure Ranch:Thank you for the great five days that we spent with you. We are reliving every memory over and over. It was such a good time for us. Les was a farm boy, so it brought back wonderful memories for him without all of the work. The girls and I were able to experience a wonderful taste of so many things that we would have never known. Even my Mom had a good time. It was a nice change of pace for her that was good for her and she did enjoy.
It is sometimes hard for me to resist bringing my memories into closer reality by calling out, "Lariat", as our new friend, Marci, would; or "Lady, Come in", as Brad, the real cowboy with that great western drawl would. We loved watching those little dogs happily run in and out through the horses with their ears flopping and their tongues hanging out.
The best memories of all will always be the day we went to the cascading waterfall and the evening at the camp fire for dinner by Marci and the guitars and songs by Roley and Brad and the violins (fiddles) and songs by Isaac and Danielle.
Loretta, for Les, Lula, Alexa and Chantelle, as well as me.
Hey everybody how's it goin'? Man I had SO MUCH FUN this year at camp it was awesome. I just want to say thank you for putting up with me for a whole 5 days I no it was tough but we all got through it. Please have camp next year. If you didn't have it you no how sad i would be. Me and Amanda talk about it all year round and can't wait to go again. And you should think about making it longer. Well, I hope everybody is doing great and I'll e-mail you guys again.Amanda Poulos
Thank you and bless you for a truly memorable Valentine Birthday experience. From the first glimpse of the ranch and your heart felt welcome- we knew the evening would be exceptional. The decorations were a work of art. What a pleasure to have Brad & little Heather take us on our ride by moonlight & twinkling stars. Then to come and feast on your delicious salmon and beef with all the trimmings...The music and Danielle's Happy B-day on the violin just topped it off.
Lovingly, Jim & Lee Powell.
A long time ago, ten years or so, I was a teenage girl that loved horses above anything else but didn't have many opportunities to ride them. I had the fortune to participate in your youth horse camp for four years in a row and to this day I have not been able to surpass that experience. It never felt like a "camp" to me, but it felt like a home away from home. The last two years at Western Pleasure I had the amazing fortune to ride Thunder and I truly thought of him as my own. I had to bite back my jealousy when I saw someone else ride him when he was in that movie a few years later. Your kindness and hospitality was beyond compare and that week each summer I was able to spend with you for those four years will forever stay with me..
I now live in Phoenix, AZ and have recently felt a little homesick because nothing can compare to the Pacific Northwest and it's wilderness. So when I envision the beauty of Eastern Washington and North Idaho, the picture that will remain ingrained in my mind that portrays my old stomping ground at it's best is your ranch and it's magnificent surroundings. It always amazed me that such a beautiful place could exist so close to where I grew up in Spokane. Every time I went to Schweitzer to snowboard, drove to Canada through Sandpoint, or camped at Priest Lake I thought of Western Pleasure.
In remembrance of those days my curiosity was aroused as to how things were going for such an amazing family and their beautiful ranch. I chanced upon your website and was extremely pleased to see that you appear to successfully continue to create happiness in those who have the opportunity to stay with you. I hope many more will get to experience the beauty and friendliness that I did. Thank you so much for those weeks and one day I might be able to visit again, this time as an adult.
P.S. I wonder if you still make the teens sleep in the barn because that made the whole experience that much better.
Janice, Roley and everyone else,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful stay we had at your ranch last week. Although my tan is starting to fade under the flourescent lights of work, the memories of our week (and especially my loping ride with Melissa) are sustaining me. From start to finish we had a perfect stay. The accommodations were beautiful and perfectly situated to keep our family happy. The food was plentiful and delicious and the riding was outstanding. I even need to compliment you on your choice of guests! Having such a small group there really fostered great friendships that I hope will last beyond this summer. All in all, I'd recommend your ranch to anyone and hope we have an opportunity to visit again in the future.Beth
Roley, Janice, Melissa, Marci, Brad and assorted critters (pooches, ponies and the unseen cat:
Just wanted to tell you all I had a great time at the ranch and I hope I can come back again soon. Didn't get a chance to say goodbye to Brad, so tell him "hey" and that I liked his songs. Great company, food, fun, etc. Have told people at work about the ranch and believe some will be visiting you in the near future. Roley, please thank your parents again for going so out of their way to take me to the airport. They were very gracious.
All the best,
What a wonderful time we had! Thank you so much for all of your hosptiality...and patience!
Wonderful all around!
We just got back from 4 days at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and the pleasure was all ours. What a wonderful place. Janice and Roley are gracious hosts, as are their two talented children. The lodge and cabin were beautiful and the food was terrific. The riding was outstanding. The wranglers led us through beautiful terrain on well-trained horses. We even got to try herding a few errant cows. My only complaint was that our stay was too short. We received the royal treatment and I can't wait to get back. Thank you!!
Every year gets better!!!!
This is my third trip to Idaho and I love it more and more each year! Western Pleasure continues to be an outstanding place to vacation and ride. This trip I didn't miss one ride, I went out on an all day ride and I participated in team penning, which was more fun than I ever could have imagined. As always, I look forward to my next visit and seeing my Idaho "family" again. You couldn't pick a better ranch to visit than Western Pleasure!!!
My second vacation at the ranch
This visit was my second stay at this ranch. The Schoonovers made me feel like I came home for a family visit. I have definitely left my heart out there in Idaho. The food was all home cooked and delicious. You could not ask for a better riding experience on their calm, quiet horses. The trails are beautiful. I just loved riding in the forests and meadows. The guides, Brad and Melissa, take you to these very beautiful places on horseback. I certainly hope to be back next year for my third visit.
What a wonderful place to share with good friends & family!!
It's been over a week since the "New Yorkers" were at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.I know I can speak for each of us when I say none of us wanted to leave that morning. This was the second trip to the ranch for many in our group from NY. I was not able to make it last year. Jack, Susan, Suzanne, Michelle, Ken & the kids just raved about the Ranch when they came home. I think Michelle described it best when she said it was a "magical place." I was really happy when they said they were going back this year. When we got to the ranch, I knew exactly what Michelle meant...it was magical! The lodge was beautiful! Every meal was home cooked and OUTRAGEOS! The horses were perfectly matched to every riders abililty. The trail rides were always fun and so,so beautiful. I highy recommend Western Pleasure Guest Ranch to anyone who is interested in riding great horses, eating delicious food & sitting by a campfire just having a old fashioned good time!