President's Message

We are coming off another fantastic year! A big part of this success is due to the solid core staff we are building. To illustrate this, in the fall of 2015, when we took over we had only two returning staff! This year we have an awesome team returning. Ariel who just did an amazing job with the kids is coming back. Victoria who pretty much runs the ranch will be back in the ranch office. Cowboy Steve, the heart of the ranch, will be back in the saddle. Wendy will be back running things at the barn again. Cathie and Caroline in housekeeping will be returning. William who does an outstanding job on fences and trails is returning. Paul our Yoga instructor and Dallas in the lodge are also coming back. Kim will be cooking up her famous ranch meals again this year. Plus there are other familiar faces who will be back.

With the increased business we have the resources for capital improvements for 2020. We have just placed an order for new mattresses for every single cabin. And guests will be happy to hear we are renovating the bath house. We even bought a specially equipped boat for the serious fisherman in the family. But the biggest news is that the Ranch will be doing a major expansion of our riding herd. They have already started to arrive. Guests returning this year will have more then 24 new horses to meet and greet.

Special thanks to all the guests who come back year after year. Also, thanks to the new generation of riders who are discovering the ranch for the first time!
John Lovelace 
President and CEO 
Flying U Ranch

Wrangler Report

Winter has set in at the ranch. The horses are happily munching away on our high protein hay we brought all the way down from the Peace River area. Will and Steve do a daily wellness check on both our turned out herd and our seniors who have stayed in for some extra TLC. They have several heated water troughs that are topped up daily to provide fresh water. This helps to decrease the chances of winter colic. With thick winter coats and lots of snug treed shelter area, the herd is enjoying their winter holiday.

Meet Our New Horses

Constellation is a 12 year old mare that has joined our herd from up in Prince George. She has spent the last 6 years as a kids horse and will now spend the summers taking our beginner and young riders out on our trails. 

Buster is a 20 year old gelding who is very gentle and steady. He is the perfect mount for the nervous young rider who needs some more confidence. 

Lunna is a 17 year old paint mare who came to the ranch with her buddy, Buster. She is well trained and is currently out in the herd with Buster and is making new friends. 

Wild West Family Week

Monday June 29 2020 to Friday July 3 2020

Have you heard about the FLYING U WILD WEST FAMILY WEEK designed for both parents and children!!

This week is designed for families to come up to the ranch and enjoy a full range of activities such as horseback riding, trail rides and gymkhana events. 
Children will also be offered nature hikes, canoeing, tubing and archery.
Evening activities will include fun for the whole family such as talent shows, archery, camp fires and game activities. 

Please note: this year children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all activities. Sorry, as we anticipate a sold out camp we can not offer day only campers. 

Be sure to book early as space is limited and spots are filling up fast. 

Summer Jobs at the Flying U 

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our growing team. We offer various positions in our ranch from wrangling to guest services. We offer live/work positions where you get room and board right at the ranch. Or we hire local staff from the surrounding area too.  We offer on the job training, great wages and a wholesome outdoor life of nature, horses, and lakefront activities of swimming, sailing and canoeing.
Kim is looking for cooks of various experience  for the 2020 season. This is a fast paced environment, preparing meals for up to 100 people per sitting. We are looking for candidates who have excellent track record from prep to senior cooks. We provide excellent wage and on-site accommodation if required.   
Our wranglers must be able to catch and saddle horses quickly and correctly. Riding and training experience is required. Our wranglers are responsible for starting and training unbroke horses, putting trail miles on green horses and tuning up horses that develop bad habits as needed. Must be able to provide basic equine first aid. A certification in first aid is an asset. 
You are responsible for setting up and cleaning up after meals and maintaining the cleanliness of the lodge and interactions with the guests during mealtime. Serving experience is not required as training will be provided. All servers must take an online Serving It Right course before starting. 
Activities Staff 
Our activities staff are responsible for organizing our broad range of non equine related activities. This includes (but not limited to) yoga sessions, archery, waterfront activities, kids camp, and school groups. This is ideal for teachers for a summer job or University students who would love working with guests.
2020 Ranch Dinner Menu

In this months newsletter we are proud to announce our 2020 dinner menu!! 

(Actual menu can vary depending on our seasonal products.) 

Monday - Succulent stuffed chicken or 1/2 BBQ Chicken with a fresh Greek salad, hearty potato with cream cheese and bacon bits, fresh from the oven home-made bread, and local fresh vegetables. Finished off with special home-made desserts featuring 6 new recipes for 2020. 
Tuesday - A generous ranch size portion of saucy and savory ribs with home-made spinach salad, fresh baked dinner rolls, and garden-to-table vegetables. 
Wednesday - Outside BBQ Night with all beef hamburgers and choice of toppings. OR on rainy days Auntie Kim's home-made shepherd's pie, a fresh tossed salad and oven baked bread. Make sure you leave room for our decadent chocolate cake! 
Thursday - Pasta night at the ranch features delicious pasta from around the world: beef stroganoff, Pacific seafood, Italian marinara, and chicken fettuccine alfredo. Served with Home-made garlic bread vegetables, zesty Caesar salad and a homemade dessert with a side of ice cream. 

Friday - Our decadent Friday night all you can eat festival! Fresh from the oven pizza and chicken wings featuring our own made from scratch pizzas. It is all served up with veggies and dip, hummus and pita bread. The wings come in 3 flavours: BBQ, sweet chilli, and salt and pepper  This is the one night that you forget about your diet.
Saturday - Steak night! Enjoy a generous portion of premium marbled flat iron steak served with your choice of medium rare or well done. Comes with baked potatoes, corn, Caesar salad and dessert! 
Sunday - Enjoy our poached salmon with white wine and dill. Served with roasted red potatoes, vegetables, homemade buns and dessert. 
OR Some Sundays we do Prime Rib Roasts with mashed potatoes, gravy, butter flake buns, and vegetable medley.   
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options always available.

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