Gazette Monthly  |  August 2016
Message from Our GM

Summer has hit the Cariboo and we couldn't be more grateful for that beautiful big lake out front! Everyday at 4pm the waterfront buzzes, and I had the special pleasure of taking two guests (Tracey and Kelly) and Teddy, Squirrel, and Luna out for a play in the beautiful green water. The horses have a blast splashing, frolicking and cooling off. We swim off of The Flying U beach, where it's possible (but tricky, requiring some serious horsemanship) to swim right over to the island. 

We've met our capacity on more than one occasion, breaking records for numbers of guests in house, and horses out at one time. It's been one-heck of a summer, and I'm so proud of all the staff working so hard to make this ranch an amazing success. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we've been so happy to share our passions with our wonderful guests. All our staff are so honoured to steward the space both for new guests, and those who have been coming for decades. 

Wild West Cowboy
Adventure Camp

This July we hosted our first Wild West Cowboy Adventure Camp of the summer, and it was a blast! Children from B.C. between the ages of seven and twelve joined us for a week long stay at the Flying U.

These  boys and girls had such a wonderful time, and we had an even better time hosting them. They learned so much about the outdoors and came away with a genuine Cariboo experience to pass on to their friends and families back home. Days were spent learning to kayak and canoe to the small islands throughout Green Lake, participating in scavenger hunts (Cariboo-style of course), playing exciting games of "Kick-the-Can" with some of our younger staff members, learning horsemanship, tricks, and riding skills among the Flying U herd, telling stories around the camp fire, and much, much more. 

It's safe to say that the event was a huge success!

August Gymkhana

August 13th, 2016, Gymkhana Grounds (about 45 min horse-back ride from Flying U). 

Come out and support the community and Flying U entries, or enter yourself! Everyone's welcome!

Entry is only $2.00, participants must be at Gymkhana grounds by 10:30am; eventing starts at Noon. Refreshments and beverage garden available. 

Green Lake/Watch Lake Gymkhana. Held twice each summer on the second Saturdays in July and August. The word gymkhana means "horses at play", and that's a great description. Both novices and experienced riders compete in skill testing and often outrageous events: the boot scramble, musical tires, barrel racing, stake races, keyhole races and more. There's concession stand and 'Bavarian Garden' under the aspens.

Have You Heard
The Flying U Pig Story?

A few months ago Tilley escaped the pen to be chased off by the horses. We thought she was gone forever, until one day, a few weeks later, she came walking down the back road! Since then she had been more-or-less our wild pig, with sightings around the barn and on the trails. 

But finally, Tilley the infamous Flying U pig has been wrangled! Employee Sue captured Tilley on July 31st by luring her into the pigpen. Guests and staff alike have been trying to wrangle Tilley for months.
Swimming on Horseback

This summer we've launched a ton of new and creative things to do to take your horsemanship to the next level. Too hot to ride? Why not take your horse for a dip in beautiful Green Lake! 

** Guide required, subject to availability.
Newest Furry Addition to The Flying U Family!

Meet Tucker, our new 10-week old Tri-Color Border Collie. Tucker is adjusting well to ranch life. Loving the freedom of the farm, learning to swim, as well as all the attention from guests!
Afternoon Watersports on Green Lake

Cool off after a day in the saddle by enjoying the crystal-clear and refreshing lake! Most afternoons in August we will be offering complimentary water sports behind the Flying U speed boat! Activities include single and double tubing, as well or learn to waterski under the expert instruction of Captain John Lovelace. John grew up on the water, and loves sharing his passion with children and adults alike.
 Make The Flying U Ranch the Highlight of Your Summer!