Ride 'em, cowboy!
The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp as the Native American warrior Tonto, may well increase our interest in the notion of the Wild West. The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as the Native American warrior Tonto, may well increase our interest in the notion of the Wild West. The film was shot in locations across the western United States, from New Mexico to Utah, an area that is particularly evocative of the frontier period in the late 19th century.
Help Icelandic farmers bring their horses down from the mountains for winter on a new trip from Regent Holidays (020 7666 1290; regent-holidays.co.uk). Experienced riders can join local farmers on a spectacular three-day ride, driving hundreds of horses down from the upper highland moors to the milder valleys and glacial lakes of the wild north-east.
Accommodation is at family-run farms and rural hotels where you can enjoy a traditional rettardansleikur each evening: eating, dancing and singing Icelandic songs to celebrate a successful day's round-up. The Western style of riding developed on working ranches is taught at the Castellare di Tonda 800-acre wine estate and quarterhorse stud farm in Tuscany.
Enjoy rides through vineyards and medieval villages, stopping for lunch and a gelato on the way. The trip by In the Saddle (01299 272 997; inthesaddle.com) also enables you to soak up the history of nearby Florence and Siena, book a spa treatment or just relax by the pool after a hard day's ride.
The Wrangler National Rodeo Finals (prorodeo.com) is the pinnacle of cowboy sports and a new trip from Ranch Rider (01509 618811; ranchrider.com) will take you to the heart of the action. Get in the mood with four nights at the luxurious White Stallion Ranch, near Tucson, Arizona - the setting for many a Hollywood Western including the 1940 Oscar-nominated Arizona - and four nights helping to herd cattle at Williams Working Family Ranch.
The group then heads up to Las Vegas for the big event: bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on SaturdaySimilar Stories